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Instructions to authors


Submission / How to contact the editorial office

All manuscripts are submitted and reviewed via the journal's Manuscript Central site. New authors should create an account prior to submitting a manuscript for consideration. Questions about submitting to the journal should be sent to the editorial office at zool@ioz.ac.cn

Peer review process

All submissions to the journal are initially reviewed by one of the Editors. At this stage manuscripts may be rejected without peer review if it is felt that they are not of high enough priority or not relevant to the journal. This fast rejection process means that authors are given a quick decision and do not need to wait for the review process.

Manuscripts that are not instantly rejected are sent out for peer review, usually to three independent reviewers. Based on the feedback from these reviewers and the Editors’ judgment a decision is given on the manuscript. The average time from submission to first decision is five weeks.

If a paper is not acceptable in its present form, we will pass on suggestions for revisions to the author.

Language Editing Pre-submission

Language editing, if your first language is not English, to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers is optional. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. For further information on this service, please click

Please note that edited manuscripts will still need to undergo peer-review by the journal.


Publication Ethics

Authors should observe high standards with respect to publication ethics as set out by the Commission on Publication Ethics (COPE). Falsification or fabrication of data, plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the authors’ own work without proper citation, and misappropriation of the work are all unacceptable practices. Any cases of ethical misconduct are treated very seriously and will be dealt with in accordance with the COPE guidelines. Manuscripts submitted to the journal may be checked for originality using anti-plagiarism software.


Experimental Ethics

When reporting animal experiments authors should indicate whether the institution’s, national research council’s, or any other law on the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.


Third-party copyright

In order to reproduce any third party material, including tables, figures, or images, in an article authors must obtain permission from the copyright holder and be compliant with any requirements the copyright holder may have pertaining to this reuse. When seeking to reproduce any kind of third party material authors should request the following: • non-exclusive rights to reproduce the material in the specified article and journal; • print and electronic rights, preferably for use in any form or medium; • the right to use the material for the life of the work; and • world-wide English-language rights.

It is particularly important to clear permission for use in both the print and online versions of the journal, and we are not able to accept permissions which carry a time limit because we retain journal articles as part of our online journal archive.

Third-Party Content in Open Access papers

If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access license but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:

Title of content

Author, Original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder]

This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons licence of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.

Further guidelines on clearing permissions can be found here.


Conflict of Interest

Oxford University Press requires declaration of any conflict of interest upon submission online. If the manuscript is published, conflict of interest information will be communicated in a statement in the published paper.

Crossref Funding Data Registry

In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.


Permissions regarding reuse of OUP material

Self-archiving policy



Open Access

Content published in Current Zoology is made freely available online under an Open Access model. After a manuscript is accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be required to complete a mandatory licence to publish form.

Authors can use the following licences for their articles:

Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY): This is subject to charge, detailed below.

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC): Charges for this licence type have been waived in 2017.

Please click here for more information about Creative Commons licences.

• Regular charge: £900 / $1440 / €1170

Reduced Rate Developing country charge*: £450 / $720 / €585

Free Developing country charge*: £0 /$0 / €0

*Visit our developing countries page (click here for a list of qualifying countries).



Manuscript format and structure/style

(i) On the first page please include the title of paper, author names, and the address (including email) of the corresponding author. If there are multiple corresponding authors then nominate one for communication with the editorial office.

(ii) We suggest a maximum length of 250 words for the Abstract. Avoid reference citations and abbreviations in the Abstract. The abstract should describe briefly the purpose of and method used in the study, outline the major findings, and state the main conclusions. Both the common and scientific names of organisms should be provided at the first mention unless they are given in the title. Please list the key words on a separate line below the abstract. Do not use more than six key words.

(iii) Tables and figures should be accompanied by a legend. Please use a common image format for figures (e.g. pdf, eps, gif, tif, jpg).  Legends for tables and figures should be concise and self-explanatory, without repeating the information presented in the text or tables. The initial submission can have figures and text in one file, rather than separate files if desired. Further information on figures can be found here: ttp://oxfordjournals.org/en/authors/figures.html

(iv) Videos can be published in the online article, with a still image of the video appearing in the print version. Please submit videos in MP4 format. Any supplementary videos that you do not want to be included in the article itself can be uploaded as supplementary data. All videos should have an accompanying legend.

(v) References can be formatted in any readable style at submission, although authors are responsible for their accuracy.

(vi) Acknowledgements and details of funding sources should be included at the end of the text. Please refer to your funding organizations to acknowledge their support.  PubMed Central links will require a specific grant number to be referenced.

 (viii) Please list all author contributions upon submission of the manuscript.

(ix) Please also define non-standard abbreviations at the first occurrence and number figures and tables consecutively.

(x) Letters to the Editor are short experimental papers that may present as little as a single experiment or observation and should constitute unusually interesting data combined with a discussion of what the data might mean, or an explanation of why the data contradicts current paradigms. No abstracts, subsections or introductions are required. However, the opening paragraphs should present sufficient background information to allow readers to appreciate the rationale of the work, and to put the study in a proper perspective. Generally, the information on materials and methods is submitted as a supplementary data. The content for ‘Discussion’ should be placed at the last paragraph of the paper, just below the last paragraph of ‘Results’ presented in the letter. The word count for the main text (including references and figure legends) should be no more than 2000, the letter should include no more than 10 references, and if any more than one figure is required in the ‘Results’ section, they can be published as Supplementary Data.

Upon revision papers should be submitted in Word format and figures should be submitted as separate, high-resolution, files.


Figures / Illustrations

For information on how to submit figure files, please see the Oxford Journals page on figures http://oxfordjournals.org/en/authors/figures.html. You can also send queries about figure files to – current.zoology.oup@cenveo.com

Supplementary data

Submit all material to be considered as Supplementary Material online at the same time as the main manuscript. Ensure that the supplementary material is referred to in the main manuscript at an appropriate point in the text. Supplementary material will be available online only and will not be copyedited, so ensure that it is clearly and succinctly presented, and that the style conforms with the rest of the paper. Also ensure that the presentation will work on any Internet browser. It is not recommended for the files to be more than 2 MB each, although exceptions can be made at the editorial office’s discretion.



Authors will receive a link to the PDF proof of their manuscript on our online system by email, and it is essential that a current email address is supplied with all manuscripts. Proofing instructions will accompany the PDF file but the proof should be checked immediately upon receipt and uploaded in accordance with covering instructions. Only essential corrections should be made at the proof stage.



For Current Zoology, accepted manuscripts are published on Advance Access within 24 hours of receipt at OUP. The manuscript goes through the production process and, when the final version is ready, it is uploaded on Advance Access replacing the uncorrected version.



All contributors of published articles will have free online access to the PDF and HTML version of their article, to which links can be created from an institutional or firm website.

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