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Instructions to authors


Scope and editorial policy

Authors who wish to publish their papers in the Argentine Entomologic Society Magazine (RSEA) are requested to follow the instructions in this guide. The papers that fail to comply with these guidelines will be returned for the authors to make the due changes.



Form and preparation of manuscripts


Contributions. RSEA publishes unpublished papers on entomology (hexapods, myriapods and arachnids) in any of their aspects (systematic, ecology, biogeography, cytogenetics, behavior, agricultural plagues, etc) and which entail an original contribution.

Publication ethics and malpractice statement
1. Publication and authorship:
- The authors should recognize that the article has not been published previously and not considered for publication elsewhere, besides the article does not infringe any copyright or other proprietary right of any person or entity, and does not contain false claims, defamatory, obscene or fraudulent, or any other statement that is illegal in any way.
-This work is under a Creative Common License Attribution 4.0 International. Permission to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format without restriction; adapt and edit the material for any purpose. It will always be necessary to recognize the authorship of the work and whether changes to it are made.

2. Author's responsibilities:
- At the time of the submission all authors are supposed to be aware of and have agreed to the submission and recognize the correspondence author as being authorized by the co-authors.
-The authors must statement that all data in the submitted paper are real and authentic.
-The authors are obliged to participate in peer review process and to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.

3. Peer review / responsibility for the reviewers:
- Authors may suggest up to two potential reviewers for your article. The editors may or not follow the suggestions.
- Reviewers will have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the research.
- Reviewers should point out relevant published work not mentioned, and do all suggestions that they consider should be take into account to improve the paper.
- Reviewed articles will be treated confidentially.

4. Editorial responsibilities:
- Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject or accept an article and have no conflict of interest with respect to these articles.
-­If errors are found, the publication of correction or retraction is promoted (clarifications, and apologies when needed are also allowed).
- In all cases the anonymity of reviewers will be preserved.

These publishing ethics are safeguarded by the editorial board of the RSEA.

RSEA contains the following sections:
a) Forum. Synthesis of different issues, not longer than 15 pages. Only one of these manuscripts will be included in each RSEA issue, and the authors will be invited by the Editorial Committee.
b) Articles. Unpublished research papers of variable length, normally above four typewritten pages.
c) Scientific notes. RSEA scientific notes must be brief contributions not longer than six typewritten pages. The content must be original and scientifically relevant.
d) Remarks. Concerning seminars, conventions, distinctions to researchers, books or far-reaching scientific articles, and necrologies of authors that have stood out in the entomologic field. The length of these comments should not exceed two typewritten pages.

Languages. RSEA publishes papers in English (strongly recommended) and Spanish.  

Authors. At least one of the authors must be a member of the Sociedad Entomológica Argentina.

Length and expenses. There are no limits of manuscript length. There are no author charges.


In any specific doubt about the preparation of a manuscript it is advised to refer to the newest articles published in RSEA.

Format. The text of the paper must be sent in .doc or docx format, with 3cm left and right margins and all lines and pages numbered consecutively. At the top right angle on the first page the briefed title should be stated, exactly as it will be published.

Sequence of the Material.

a) title; b) name of author(s); c) address; d) title in alternative language; e) abstract in alternative language; f) key words in alternative language; g) abstract; h) key words.

Scientific articles: i) introduction; j) materials and methods; k) results; l) discussion; m) conclusions; n) acknowledgements; o) cited bibliography.

Scientific notes: i) text with all the information; j) acknowledgements; k) cited bibliography.


The titles and the subtitles should by in bold on the left margin.

Scientific and vernacular names. Names of generic and specific level must carry the name of the author in both abstracts, and in the text only the first time it is cited. The publication year should be included only if the paper is cited in the bibliography. The international codes of zoology and botany nomenclatures must be respected. Vernacular names of animals and plants must be stated between inverted commas.

Italics and bold. Italics should be used for scientific names of generic and specific level, and terms in Latin or in a language different from the text. When a word from the text is to be highlighted, it should appear in bold. 

Placing figures and tables in the text, together with their references. If the author wishes to insert figures and tables in the text, their location must be indicated conspicuously throughout the text on the left margin and in red. All tables and figures must be mentioned at least once in the text. Legends should be numbered consecutively immediately after the References.

Formulae, symbols and numbers. All formulae must be legible and symbols must not lead to confusion (differentiate the letter O form the number 0, the letter I from the number 1, etc).  Exponents and subscripts must be clearly indicated. As for figures, whole numbers and decimals must be separated by a comma. The same number of decimals should be employed, for example: 6,0-8,9 (instead of 6-8,9) or 7,89-8,00 (instead of  7,89-8). If the text is in English, the whole number will be separated from the decimal by a period (6.0-8.9).
Symbols representing units of measure are not abbreviations and therefore should not be followed by a period (except when it is the full stop of a sentence) or an “s” when in plural (i.e. mm, cm, mg, g, kg, s, min, h).
There should be no space between a figure and the symbol % (“20%”, instead of “20 %”, except with a figure followed by the symbol °C (“18 °C”, instead of “18°C” or “18° C”).

 Bibliographic citations within the text. Bibliographic citations within the text must include the author’s last name (the first name’s initials must also be mentioned if there were more than one author with the same last name), and the year between brackets. When there are two authors, their last names must be separated by “&”, and in the case of more than two authors, the first one will be cited followed by “et al.” in italics. When several authors and manuscripts are listed, citations must appear in chronological order.

Examples: Germain (1895, 1911); Nelson & Platnick (1981: 123).
 (Ruiz & Cornejo, 1995; Smagghe, 2012, 2014; Bowers et al., 2016)

            The following guidelines are valid both for the elaboration of articles as well as scientific notes.

Title. It must clearly show the content of the paper, and be brief and concise. It must be written in capital/low case. Titles which include generic or specific names should not mention their authors; their order and the family to which they belong should appear separated by a colon and between brackets.

Example: Systematic revision of the genus Berypus (Coleoptera: Carabidae)  

Author(s). The last name must be indicated in capital letters, followed by the first name and initial of the middle name after a comma. In the case of a compound last name, it should be indicated in capital letters (i.e. COSTA LIMA, C.) Should there be more than one author, for the second, third, etc, the order of first and last name must be inverted.

     Example: GÓMEZ, Pedro E.
      GÓMEZ, Pedro E. & María M. GONZÁLEZ

Address. The authors’ work place, address and the e-mail of at least the correspondence author when there is more than one author must be indicated. Superscript numbers will be used to indicate different working places.


Abstract and Resumen. The abstract must properly show the paper’s content. The results and conclusions must be brief and clear, and the use of passive voice must be restricted. It must not exceed 200 words or include bibliographic references. 

Key words and Palabras Clave. A maximum of five key words that do not appear in the paper’s title must be included, separated by periods.

Both the English and Spanish abstracts and key words should include the same information.
Introduction. It must include nature, scope and significance of the tackled issue, its background, the paper’s objectives and hypothesis, and its connection with similar studies. 

Material and Methods. The origin of the material studied in the paper must be indicated (collections and institutions) as well as the methods, laboratory techniques and experimental designs. In physiology, ecology, agronomy, etc. papers it is vital to mention the institution and/or the collection where the reference copies (“voucher specimens”) have been deposited.

Results. The results must be clearly presented, repetition of information in tables and figures should be avoided .

All the results presented should have been submitted to an appropriate statistical analysis (except in the case of the descriptions). Data submitted to the t test or the variance analysis, should present the values of parameters F, gl and P.

Discussion. This must only describe significant comparisons with other studies, and justify the importance of the results reached.

Acknowledgements. They must be included when it is timely to thank people or institutions that made contributions to the paper.

Literature cited. All papers cited in the text must appear in the bibliography and vice versa. They should be listed in alphabetical order according to the authors’ last name. Papers in contribution must follow those of single authors, in alphabetical order according to second, third, etc. author. In case there is more than one paper by the same author or group of authors, they must be listed in chronological order. If they were also of the same year, the letters of the alphabet must be used to differentiate them. If more than one paper by the same author or group of authors were cited, his/their name/s must be fully transcribed in all occasions (It must not be replaced by a line).

For bibliographic citation the following layout acording to Harvard (author-date) style must be used

Periodical publications

Aravena, O. & Toro, H. (1985) Morfología de las partes esqueléticas del aparato picador de Xeromelissinae (Hymenoptera, Colletidae). Revista Chilena de Entomología,12, 177-183.


Harwood, R.F. & James, M.T. (1979) Entomology in human and animal health. Macmillan, New York, USA.

Contributions in books edited by a third party

Gauld, I.D. (1986) Taxonomy, its limitations and its role in understanding parasitoid biology. Insect parasitoids (ed. Waage, J., & Greathead, D.), pp. 1-21. Academic Press, Londres.

Contributions appearing in records from seminars and symposiums

Oglobin, A.A. (1961) La estructura cefálica de los representantes de la familia Mymaridae (Hymenoptera). En: Actas y Trabajos del I Congreso Sudamericano de Zoología, 1960, La Plata. pp. 109-155.

Papers in press

Autino, A.G., Claps, G.L. & Barquez, R.M. (En prensa) Insectos ectoparásitos de murciélagos de las Yungas de la Argentina. Acta Zoológica Mexicana (nueva serie).

Web pages or electronic documents
(When the author is not known, the person, institution or organization responsible for the document should be mentioned and in their absence the access site for the document) 

Carbonell, C., Cigliano, M.M. & Lange, C.E. (2006) Especies de acridomorfos (Orthoptera) de Argentina y Uruguay. The Orthopterists Society, Argentina/USA. [CD].

The programs used for the analysis should also be cited indicating their version.

Tables. The term “table” is only accepted to classify data presented in a compact format. Tables must be numbered with Roman numbers in a consecutive way and must bear a title at the top indicating the data it contains. If possible, avoid large tables; if this were necessary, it should be modified, subdivided or reduced in a suitable way. Tables must be attached to texts, in pages consecutively numbered with the rest of the paper. 
Average values should be indicated with their corresponding standard errors (SE), not by the standard deviation.
When results from data under analysis probit are presented the table should include the following columns: n, slope ± SE, DL50 (or the corresponding parameter, always with the respective IC95 (Confidence Interval of 95%))
Asterisks should only be used to indicate statistical significances. In order to indicate both significant or not significant differences between values, lower case letters following figures without space should be used (i.e., 234,5ab).  
Leave a space before and after the symbol “±”  (“24 ± 3”, not “24±3).
Notes at the foot of the table should be used to describe the meaning of the abbreviations or other terms or to make other comments. Superscripts in lower case letters to make reference to the footnotes should be used in tables. Superscripts should appear in alphabetical order from right to left and from top to bottom.
The word “Table” should appear in boldface followed by the corresponding Roman number, but not the rest of the title (example: Tabla VII. Efecto de la temperatura sobre la toxicidad de cinco piretroides en Rhodnius prolixus.).

Figures. All figures (drawings, maps, photographs, graphics, etc.) must be numbered consecutively and independently with Arab numbers either they are in the same page or not irrespectively from being in the same page. The figure captions must briefly describe the type of information presented and must be attached to the text in a separate page at the end.

Example:  Figs.1-4. Listroderes affinis Hustache. 1, aedeagus, vista ventral; 2, aedeagus, vista lateral; 3, esternito 8 de la hembra; 4, espermateca. (Escala = 1 mm).


Quality. All figures must be of excellent quality and good contrast. It is advisable to carefully elaborate the illustrations which include several photographs or drawings taking into account the box size in order for the figures and references in them (numbers, abbreviations, scales, etc) to have the adequate size for a right reading in the final size (see Reductions).
Indivisible sets of drawings and photographs will not be accepted, as both printing processes are different.
Images must be in TIFF or JPG format with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Images or graphs in Word or Excel will not be accepted.

Reductions. Drawings with lines and text must be designed taking into account their reduction to the box width (14.0 cm) or to only one column (6.6 cm). Illustrations or tables of a whole page should be adjusted to the box size (14.0 x 19.5 cm).

Scales. When required, figures will have bars indicating the corresponding measure and unit on the bar itself or in the corresponding epigraph. 


Once the work is accepted for publication, and in order to meet the requirements of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (Article 8.5.3), the authors of articles containing new names and/or nomenclatural acts (a published act which affects the nomenclatural status of a scientific name or the typification of a nominal taxon) must register the paper in ZooBank, and add at the end of Materials and Methods section (or at the end of the Introduction in the case of Scientific Notes) the following paragraph: "This article has been registered in the Official Register of Zoological Nomenclature (ZooBank) as [code provided by ZooBank] ....".


Sending manuscripts

The original manuscript and the supporting files must be sent through the http://www.biotaxa.org/RSEA page.

When sending the paper, authors must suggest at least two referees for their paper, including specialists from abroad, stating their e-mail addresses and the institutions they belong to.This information must be included in the cover letter along with the submission.The Editorial Committee will designate the referees for the manuscript who could be others than the suggested by the authors.

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