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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. Fulfillment of the instructions will contribute to reduce expenses, improve quality and accelerate the publication of the papers.


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 RSEA publishes unpublished papers on entomology (hexapods, myriapods and arachnids) in any of their aspects (systematic, ecology, biogeography, cytogenetics, behavior, agricultural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:
- Submission of a contribution to RSEA implies the agreement of the authors with the editorial policies and with the exchange of author rights. The author rights of the text are the property of the RSEA, while in the case of images, including maps, the author rights are shared by the RSEA and the authors. RSEA implicitly agrees with the educational and scientific use of the texts but their commercial use is prohibited without the written authorization of the RSEA Director.
- The authors must acknowledge that the submitted paper has not previously been published and is not being concurrently submitted for publication elsewhere, that it is not infringing any author right or another property right of any person or entity and that it does not contain abusive, defamatory, obscene, fraudulent or any other statement which may be considered illegal in any form.

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. They may cover different issues such as: taxonomy (new combinations, synonyms and homonyms), morphology (redescriptions), introduced plagues, migrations, new records of plague species, new host plants, parasitoids and entomopathogenic, as well as brief descriptions of new methodologies or experimental procedures. The content must be original and scientifically relevant. Such relevance must be clearly specified both in the manuscript as well as in a detailed letter addressed to the Editing Committee, stating the necessary reasons to justify its publication. For instance, new information on the distribution of an ordinary, widely spread species would be less relevant than one of an endangered species or the first record for a superior taxon (i.e family) in a continent; the record of a new plant host to a phytophagous insect would deserve its publication for a demonstrably specific species instead of a generalist one.     

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 Spanish and English.  

Authors. RSEA members and SEA non-members are allowed to publish manuscripts. The publishing cost will be differential in the case that all, some or none of the authors is a member whose fees are in good standing.
Length and expenses. There is no limit of length for papers. Total publishing cost is to be paid by the authors according to the following scheme:  

    • When all the authors of the manuscript are members and keep up with the payment of their fees, the cost is $50 per page.
    • When at least one of the authors of the manuscript has no debt with fees payment and the rest are non-members or are members in debt, the cost is $80 per page.
    • When all the authors of the paper are non-members or members in debt, the cost is $120 per page.

For papers longer than 25 pages (100 pages in MSWord including tables and figures) the director must be consulted about availability of space.

            Once the paper is in press the authors will be informed about the amount and procedure of payment which must be informed to the Accounting Department.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

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 and it should be typed in 1.5 spacing, 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.
It is advised to keep the following sequence:
Scientific articles: a) title; b) name of author(s); c) address; d) title in English; e) abstract in English; f) key words in English; g) abstract in Spanish; h) key words in Spanish; i) text with all the information; j) acknowledgements; k) cited bibliography.

Scientific notes: a) title; b) name of author(s); c) address; d) title in English; e) abstract in English; f) key words in English; g) abstract in Spanish; h) key words in Spanish; i) text with all the information; j) acknowledgements; k) cited bibliography.

Use of capital and low case letters. The paper’s title must be written in capital/low case, as well as the full manuscript. The use of words in capital letters should be restricted to the titles of the sections and subtitles, but if names of taxons of suprageneric, generic or specific level were stated, these should be written in capital/low case.

Examples: MATERIAL AND METHODS; Genre Gladicauda Early; Acrididae Family

The titles to the sections must appear at the centre of the page, and the subtitles 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. The text must include references to the figures and tables as: “see Fig. 4” where the percentages show that the species is the most abundant” “see Table I…”, “Species A was the most abundant in all seasons (Figs. 3-7”, “Table III”. All tables and figures must be mentioned at least once in the text.

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); (Fairmare, 1895); Anderson, D.M. (1911); Anderson, W.H. (1938); Nelson & Platnick (1981: 123); Brewer et al. (1983).

            The following guidelines are valid both for the elaboration of articles as well as scientific notes. For the latter, a compact text must be written (without introduction, material and methods, etc), only mentioning the literature cited and the acknowledgements, if any. In both cases there must be an “abstract” and the “key words” both in Spanish and in English.

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.
Paper’s title in English

Abstract in English. The abstract in English 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 in English. A maximum of five key words that do not appear in the paper’s title must be included, separated by periods.

Abstract in Spanish. It must be written in Spanish and show the paper’s content. Results and conclusions must be clearly and briefly mentioned. It must not exceed 200 words or include bibliographic references.

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

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 . In systematic revisions, synonymies must be briefly and chronologically indicated, including taxon name, author, year and page number. The contribution’s classification can be indicated between brackets and abbreviated (v.g., list, cat, biogeogr., agric., etc). All papers cited this way in the synonymies must be mentioned in extenso in the bibliography.
Example: Antarctobius lacunosus Fairmaire, 1885: 59; Champion, 1918: 53; Schenkling & Marshall, 1931: 11 (cat.); Blackwelder, 1947: 813 (lista).         

As for the studied material, we recommend to avoid unnecessary repetition and we suggest to cite it as follows:
Studied material. ARGENTINA. Neuquén: San Martín de los Andes, 10-I-1955, Salas col., 1 male (MLP); Chos Malal, 23-II-1972, Benítez col., 5 males, 2 females (MACN). Río Negro: San Carlos de Bariloche, 13-XII-1985, Robinson col., 6 females (BMNH). CHILE. Santiago: Santiago, 23-II-1967, Peña col., 6 males, 3 females (MHNS).
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. This section’s development is optional for taxonomical studies. 

Conclusions. Conclusions must be based on the obtained results.

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).

In the case of an online publication the web address must be added at the end of the citation: (available in….)
For bibliographic citation, the following layout must be used:  

Periodical publications
a. Author’s last name (in capital letters);
b. comma;
c. initials of names, each followed by a period;
d. if there were more than two authors, the initials of the second, third, etc.   before their last names, separating names with commas, and using “&” for the last one.
e. period;
f. year;
g. period;
h. Paper’s full name, typing in italics only names of generic and specific level;
i. period;
j. Abbreviated name of the periodical publication in italics (we recommend to abbreviate according to the World List of Scientific Periodicals, except for those formed by a single word, and type the initial letters in capital);
k. volume ( in Arab numbers without underlining ;
l. number or part (if any) between brackets;
m. colon;
n. first and last page numbers of the paper separated by a hyphen;
o. full stop.
Example:   ARAVENA, O. & H. TORO. 1985. Morfología de las partes esqueléticas del aparato picador de Xeromelissinae (Hymenoptera, Colletidae). Rev. Chil. Entomol. 12: 177-183.


Items a-g as in the case of periodical publications;
h. book’s full name in italics;
i. period;
j. Editorial’s name (abbreviated if necessary);
k. comma;
l. location of publication;
m. full stop.
Example:   HARWOOD, R. F. & M. T. JAMES. 1979. Entomology in human and animal health. Macmillan, New York.

Contributions appearing in books edited by a third party
Items a-g as in the case of periodical publications;
h. name of the chapter or part of the chapter, only the generic or specific names in italics
i. period;
j. the word “In” in italics;
k. colon;
l. editor’s /editors’  last and first name initials;
m. ed. (or eds.) abbreviation between brackets;
n. comma;
o. book’s full name in Italics;
p. comma;
q. editorial;
r. comma;
s. place of publication;
t. comma;
u. pp.;
v. first and last pages numbers of the chapter or papers separated by a dash;
w. full stop.

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

Contributions appearing in records from seminars and symposiums.
If the contributions were later published, the published paper must be cited instead of the abstract.
Items a-k as in the case of books edited by a third party;
l. seminar’s or symposium’s abbreviated name;
m. comma;
n. venue;
o. comma;
p. year;
q. comma;
r. volume ;
s. comma;
t. pp.;
u. first and last pages numbers of the paper separated by a hyphen;
v. full stop.
Example:  OGLOBLIN, A. A. 1961. La estructura cefálica de los representantes de la familia Mymaridae (Hymenoptera). En: Actas y Trab. del I Congr. Sudamer. Zool., La Plata, 1960, 3(4), pp. 109-155.

Papers in press
Papers in press are those papers accepted for publication, in this case the magazine where they can be found must be indicated.
Insert “In press” where the year should appear.

Example: AUTINO, A. G., G. L. CLAPS & R. M. BARQUEZ. En prensa. Insectos ectoparásitos de murciélagos de las Yungas de la Argentina. Acta zool. mex. (nueva serie) 78.


Web pages or electronic documents

Items a-g as in the case of periodical publications. 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.  

h – Web publication date.
i -  Date of the last update between parenthesis: (updated on…)
j - period
k -  title
l - period
m – according to what corresponds: edition, editor, place of publication and name of publication
n – type of medium between brackets (web page, CD, DVD)
o – address in the case of web pages
p – access date between brackets

Example: CARBONELL, C., M.M. CIGLIANO & C.E. LANGE. 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. 

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.).
Horizontal lines should be used (a) to separate the title from the column headings, (b) to separate the data headings and (c) at the end of the table. Vertical lines should not be used.
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.

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. They must be cited in the text, not using the words “chart”, “picture”, “graph”, etc. 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.
For the revision process low resolution files are accepted although they must be legible and of good quality (JPG format preferably) An illegible or bad quality file may affect the evaluation of its content. After acceptance of the publication the authors will be requested to send higher quality images (TIFF or EPS format – unzipped – 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) Special attention must be paid to the width of lines to make sure they will not disappear in the reduction, as well as size of letters, numbers and symbols, so that they remain readable after they were given their final size (at least 3.0 mm)

Scales. When required, figures will have bars indicating the corresponding measure and unit on the bar itself or in the corresponding epigraph.
It must be taken into account that in the on-line edition the figures and photographs can be published in color, while in the printed version they will appear in different shades of grey or in black and white.


The Editorial Committee of the RSEA is formed by Associated Editors and Members of the Editorial Committee distributed in areas and by proper referees who will evaluate the scientific quality as well as the presentation and writing of the submitted papers. The corresponding evaluations will be anonymous and the authors will know the name of the referees only if they explicitly agree to it.   
After the analysis of the opinions of the referees by the members of the Editorial Committee the acceptance of rejection of the papers will be decided. The opinions of the Editorial Committee will be sent to the authors who will be able to justify their denial to introduce the suggested modifications.

After the evaluation the paper will be:

      • published without any modifications;
      • published after minimum modifications
      • acceptable after revision
      • rejected


Publication order. The order of publication of the papers will be strictly chronological, according to the time of acceptance. The reception and acceptance dates will appear in the first page of the published paper.
Corrections of galley proofs. The authors will receive a PDF file of the galley proofs in order to correct the eventual editorial errors.
Reprints. The authors will receive 20 reprints of their printed paper and a PDF file which will be sent after payment of the publication costs.



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