AIMS AND SCOPE                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Basic and Applied Herpetology (B&AH) is the open access free of charge scientific journal of the Spanish (AHE) and Portuguese (APH) Herpetological Societies. B&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 keywords.

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

  • Provide a running title of maximum 50 characters (including spaces).
  • Include full addresses of all authors.
  • Provide 3-6 keywords.
  • Type text double-spaced and include line numbers.
  • Use italics only for scientific names of genera and species.
  • Write the main titles (Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion) in separate lines.
  • Manuscripts should be arranged as follows: title page, abstract page(s), text, tables and figures.
  • Do not use small caps or caps for reference authors’ names.



For references in the text give full surnames of the first author followed by the publication year and separated by a comma (Pleguezuelos, 1997). For papers with two authors, use the term “&” to separate surnames (Semlitsch & Bodie, 2003). Papers with three or more authors will be quoted with the surname of the first author followed by ‘et al.’ (note italics) (Stuart et al., 2004). To distinguish between two papers by the same author(s) in the same year use lower-case letters (a,b) after the year, without space, arranged in alphabetical order as the references are quoted in the text (Harris et al., 2004a,b). List multiple citations in chronological order, using alphabetical order for citations within the same year. Separate citations with semicolons (Tyler, 1991; Wake, 1991; Blaustein et al., 1994a,b; Stuart et al., 2004). If the citation is part of the sentence, move the surname(s) of the author(s) out of the brackets and delete the comma.

“As pointed by Pleguezuelos (1997)”

“Blaustein et al. (1994a) reviewed the situation of amphibians”

The reference list should include all and only the references mentioned in the text, tables and figures. Cite references in the reference list in alphabetical order according to the authors' surnames. Multiple citations for the same author should be organized as follows: single citations first (in chronological order), two-author citations second (in alphabetical order), three or more authors third (in chronological order). Spell out (i.e. do not abbreviate) the names of all journals. The references should conform to the following formats: 

Articles in periodicals:

  • Stuart, S.N.; Chanson, J.S.; Cox, N.A.; Young, B.E.; Rodrigues, A.S.L.; Fishman, D.L. & Waller, R.W. (2004). Status and trends of amphibian declines and extinctions worldwide. Science 306: 1783-1786.


  • Vitt, L.J. & Caldwell, J.P. (2009). Herpetology: An Introductory Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles, 3rd ed. Academic Press, Burlington, Massachusetts, USA.

Book chapters:

  •  King, R.B. (2009). Population and conservation genetics, In S.J. Mullin & R.A. Seigel (eds.) Snakes: Ecology and Conservation. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York, USA, pp. 78-122.

Web pages:

  • IUCN (2010). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, v. 2010.3. International Union for Nature Conservation and Natural Resources, Gland, Switzerland. Available at Retrieved on 10/31/2010.



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. 



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.