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Author Guidelines


Basic and Applied Herpetology (B&AH) is the open access scientific journal of the Spanish (AHE) and Portuguese (APH) Herpetological SocietiesB&AH publishes original Research Papers and updated Reviews about especially interesting issues dealing with any aspect of amphibians and reptiles worldwide. Authors can also submit Short Notes if these are organized around hypotheses appropriately argued and analysed quantitatively.


Manuscripts should be submitted through the online submission system available here.

Authors are requested to send with the manuscript the names and contact information of at least three qualified reviewers. Decisions are expected to be communicated within a 90-day period after manuscript submission.


Immediately after a manuscript is accepted, its main information (title, author(s), contact information and abstract) will be published on the B&AH website and a digital object identifier (DOI) will be assigned for ahead-of-print citation. Upon availability of corrected proofs, these will be uploaded on the B&AH website. The time between article acceptance and full text publication is expected to be less than one month. All material published in B&AH is Open Access.


B&AH publishes papers in English. Only exceptionally, manuscripts in Spanish and Portuguese will also be considered for publication, although manuscripts in English will be given preference in the review and edition process. Manuscripts in Spanish or Portuguese must include an English version of the abstract and key words.

Original manuscript submissions are preferred to have no formatted text. Authors must simply follow these indications: 

 - Upload the manuscript preferentially as a single file.

 - Provide a running title of maximum 50 characters (including spaces).

 - Include full addresses of all authors.

 - Type text double-spaced and include line numbers.

 - Use italics only for scientific names of genera and species.

-  Write the main titles (Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion) in separate lines.

-  Do not use small caps or caps for reference authors’ names

For reference formatting, authors are strongly encouraged to use EndNote reference manager software and prepare the reference list using the B&AH style that can be downloaded here and added to the software.


Authors can submit with their manuscripts supporting material related to the work (additional tables and figures, detailed protocols, data logs, audio and video recordings, etc.) according to these guidelines:

-  The supporting material will be quoted in the text as tables or figures with the letter S before the number (Table S1, Fig. S2).

- Supporting material must be submitted as a separate file. The supporting material will be uploaded to the online site of B&AH


Because right animal use and care is an area of major concern to the AHE and APH, authors must guarantee that all animals used for research purposes are treated ethically and in accordance with the applicable regulations. Therefore, authors are recommended to state in the manuscript that they have followed the corresponding legislation on animal care. Editors might request from authors as much information as they consider necessary to confirm the fulfilment of such premises. Failure to comply with these bioethical principles will suppose immediate rejection of the article, regardless of the reviewers’ recommendation.


Submission of a manuscript implies, without further acceptance by authors, that the work described has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract), that it has not been submitted or published elsewhere, and that its content and publication in B&AH has been approved by all co-authors. By submitting a manuscript, the authors agree that the copyright for their article is transferred to the AHE if and when the article is accepted for publication. The copyright covers the exclusive and unlimited rights to reproduce and distribute the article in any form of reproduction. The following exceptions apply to this general copyright statement:

  • For articles authored by U.S. Government empolyees who have written them in that capacity, the copyright transfer to the publisher applies only to the extent allowable by U.S. law.