Article Submission Guidelines

Guidelines for article Contributors to the JRASSL


Articles should be written in British English style and spellings.

Layout and Contents:

1. Title:                      This should be concise and reflect the contents of the article.

2. Author/s:             Last name with initials of authors should be given along with their e-mail addresses and

                                   institutional affiliations. Identify the corresponding author with asterisks.


3. Abstract:              Maximum of 300 words, capturing the essence of the article.

4. Keywords:           Five keywords should be included at the end of the abstract

 5. Body:                    The article should not be more than 8000 words, excluding references. Use sub-headings

                                      where necessary.

6.  Methodology:   Should be precisely and briefly mentioned.

7. Graphics:             Where photographs are included, they should be of high resolution of at least 600dpi and should be submitted as a separate file. Figure/ illustration/image numbers and their captions should be included in the test where they should appear in the article

8. Results,

    discussion and

    conclusion:          Results (if applicable) and discussion should be concise, conclusions should be logically drawn.

11. References:      References should be listed using Harvard style (Please see the section on references in the website).

12. Font type

      and size:             Arial 11, double spaced.

13. Declaration:     Author/s should sign the JARSSL – Author Declaration Form, sent by the editor, stating that no act of plagiarism has been committed by the author/s.

Guidelines for citation and references:


Reference citation in the text should follow the following formats. In the case of multiple citations, the

references should be cited in order in which they were published.

  • ….. Ricketts (2004), Wilson & Reeder (2005), and Stuart et al. (2008) …….

Publications of the same year, should follow the alphabetical order of the names of the author/s.

  •  ….. (Rodriguez 1999; Groves 2001, 2003; Bhatt & Jayaram 2004; Ricketts 2004; Turner et al. 2008).

In case of more than one publication by the author in the same year, the reference should be made in order of which they were cited in the text. .

List of references:

All references cited in the text should be included in the list of references in full Journal. Names should be mentioned in full.  Different sources should be listed in the following format:


Ricketts, T.H. (2004).Tropical forest fragments enhance pollinator activity in nearby coffee crops.

Conservation Biology 18(5): 1262‐1271.

Bhatt, A. & K.C. Jayaram (2004).A new species of the genus Batasio Blyth (Siluriformes: Bagridae) from Sharavathy River, Uttara Kannada, Karnataka. Zoos’ Print Journal 19(2): 1339‐1342.

Open Access Journal:

Turner, E.C., J.L. Snaddon, T.M. Fayle & W.A. Foster (2008).Oil palm research in context: identifying the need for biodiversity assessment. PlosOne 3(2): e1572.


Rodriguez, J.P. (1999).Ecology of contraction of geographical distributions. PhD Thesis. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, viii+143pp.


Groves, C. (2001). Primate Taxonomy. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, viii+350pp.

Edited Book:

Stuart, S.N., M. Hoffmann, J.S. Chanson, N.A. Cox, R.J. Berridge, P. Ramani & B.E. Young (eds.) (2008). Threatened Amphibians of the World. Lynx Editions, Barcelona, Spain; IUCN, Gland, Switzerland; andConservation International, Arlington, Virginia, USA, xv+758pp.

Edited Book (multiple volumes):

Wilson, D.E. & D.M. Reeder (eds.) (2005).Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, 3rd edition, Vol. 1 & 2. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, pp.i‐xxxv+1‐743 & pp.ixvii+745‐2142.

Book Chapter:

Lertzman, D.A. (2003).Caveat on consilience: barriers and bridges for traditional knowledge and

conservation science, pp. 284‐297. In: Westley, F.R. & P.S. Miller (eds.). Experiments in Consilience:

Integrating Social and Scientific Responses to Save Endangered Species. Island Press, Washington, xiv+393pp.

Peer‐reviewed Monograph:

Nguyen, M.T., D.T. Pham & P.T. Nguyen (2003).Conservation of rodents in tropical forests of Vietnam, pp. 246‐250. In: Sngleton, G.R., L.A. Hinds, C.J. Krebs & D.M. Spratt (eds.). Rats, Mice and People: Rodent Biology and Management. ACIAR Monograph No. 96, Canberra, 564pp.


Kumar, S., B.V. Shetty, D. Bennet & S. Molur (2000). Report of the Conservation Assessment and

Management Plan Workshop on Endemic Orchids of the Western Ghats. Zoo Outreach Organization &

CBSG South Asia, Coimbatore, India, 150pp.

Web Source:

China Plant Specialist Group (2004).Aristolochia westlandii. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. <>. Downloaded on 26 January 2009.

Eschmeyer, W.N. & J.D. Fong (2008).Species of Fishes by Family/Subfamily.

<>. On‐line version

dated 26 January 2009.

Submission details

Electronic: Email to RASSL Publications Committee –

Text should be in MS WORD, Arial font 11. (Paragraphs: Double spaced). Besides inclusion in the text, scanned and constructed images of all figures and photographs should be attached separately and must be of high-quality JPEG or TIFF files (minimum 600dpi resolution)


All articles will be blind reviewed before being accepted.


Publication is to the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka