Submitting to Methods in Ecology and Evolution is now easier than ever!

Formatting manuscripts for submission can take a long time.
Formatting manuscripts for submission can take a long time.

Formatting a manuscript for journal submission can be time-consuming and frustrating work, especially for the first version. To make things a little bit simpler for our authors, we now have just a few small formatting requirements for initial submissions.

To have a paper considered in Methods in Ecology and Evolution it just needs to:

  • Be double line spaced and in a single column
  • Be within the word count (6000-7000 words for Standard Articles, 3000 words for Applications)
  • Include both line and page numbers
  • Have a statement of where you intend to archive your data
  • Follow the standard manuscript structure: Author details, Abstract (must be numbered according to journal style), Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion

This means that you do not need to worry about the format of your references, the placement of your figures (they can be within the text, at the end of the document or uploaded as separate files), whether or not you have used scientific names or anything else like that.

You don’t even need to change the file type for your paper, we can accept Word documents, LaTex files or PDFs at this stage (and supporting information/figures in most formats too).

Your abstract for a Methods in Ecology and Evolution submission should be no more than 350 words. It should be numbered and follow this outline:

  1. Set the context and purpose for the work
  2. Indicate the approach and methods used
  3. Outline the main results
  4. Identify the conclusions, the wider implications and the relevance of the method.

In certain cases (for example, Applications articles) the final three sections of the standard manuscript structure may not be appropriate. Just let us know in your cover letter if it doesn’t apply to your paper.

If you have any questions about the formatting of your initial submission, please contact the Assistant Editor Chris Grieves.