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The Rangeland Journal publishes original work that makes a significant contribution to understanding the biophysical, social, cultural, economic, and policy influences affecting rangeland use and management throughout the world. Rangelands are defined broadly and include all those environments where natural ecological processes predominate, and where values and benefits are based primarily on natural resources.
Papers may present the results of original research, contributions to theory, practice or policy, or new conclusions reached from the review of a topic. Their structure need not conform to that of standard scientific articles but writing style must be clear and concise. All material presented must be well documented, critically analysed and objectively presented. All papers are peer-reviewed.
All authors are expected to ensure that their papers meet these requirements before submission, both for scientific content and for correctness in presentation of text, references and illustrations. It is strongly advised that these Author Instructions be read in conjunction with a recent copy of The Rangeland Journal. This will make their interpretation far easier for you. Submitted papers that do not conform to these editorial requirements may be returned without consideration.
- Publishing Policies
- Peer review
- Licence to publish
- Open access
- Submission of manuscripts
- Summary text for the Table of Contents online
- Additional Keywords
- Botanical names
- Animal experimentation ethics
- Website addresses (URLs)
- Conflicts of Interest
The Rangeland Journal insists on high standards of ethical behaviour throughout the publication process. Our journal editors work within the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Further information on our policies can be found at http://www.publish.csiro.au/rj/PublishingPolicies.
The Rangeland Journal is a peer-reviewed journal that uses a single-blind peer-review. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible to maintain high-quality peer-review of papers submitted to the journal and works together with Associate Editors to ensure a thorough and fair peer-review and the highest scientific publishing standards. All submissions undergo preliminary assessment by the Editor-in-Chief, who may reject a paper before peer review when it is outside the journal’s scope or is of insufficient quality. Associate Editors select reviewers and after at least two review reports are received, they make the decision whether to accept/reject or send a manuscript for revision. The final decision is made by the Editor-in-Chief.
The conditions around authorship for The Rangeland Journal should follow the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), for more information see http://www.publish.csiro.au/rj/PublishingPolicies.
Please note that as an Author you agree to:
- Include a link and/or a reference to the Work as published by the Publisher on all digital copies used within his/her institution
- Not reproduce or authorise others to reproduce adaptations of the Work that are substantially identical to the Work for any commercial publication
- Not permit digital copies of the Work as published by the Publisher to be systematically networked to external users
- Not use the work in any way that implies that the Publisher, the Journal or the Editors endorse any product or procedure described in the work
When you submit a manuscript, please supply us with your telephone number and email address, as well as your postal address; we may need to contact you urgently. Please supply an alternative email address if you will be away or nominate a co-author (with email address) as an alternative contact.
Submission of manuscripts
To submit your paper, please use our online journal management system ScholarOne Manuscripts, which can be reached directly through this link or from the link on the journal´s homepage. If a first-time user, register via the ´Register here´ link, or use your existing username and password to log in. Then click on the ´Author Centre´ link and proceed.
Papers should be typed with double spacing and include line numbers to assist in the editing process. All pages should be numbered consecutively, including the bibliography, figure captions, tables and appendices. The Journal requires electronic copies of all accepted manuscripts provided as a Word file (to allow changes to formatting if required). Even if provided in the file with the text, all figures must also be provided in a separate file from the text in MS Word, EPS, XLS, WMF, BMP or TIF format. Figures and tables should be numbered in the order in which they are discussed in the text, and authors should indicate the approximate position of the figures and tables on the manuscript. Place figures and tables at the end of the manuscript, each on a separate page. Figure captions should be provided in the file containing the text (the Word file) and should be on a separate page. List references in the References section in alphabetical order. Do not put full web addresses in the text but cite them as a reference and put the address in the References section. Check that figures and tables are numbered in the order in which they are discussed in the text and indicate the approximate position of the figures and tables on the manuscript. Place tables and figures at the end of the manuscript, each on a separate page. Figure captions should be on a separate page.
A covering letter must accompany the new submission and should include the name, address, telephone number, and email address of the corresponding author. The letter should also contain a statement justifying why the work should be considered for publication in the journal, and that the manuscript has not been published or simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere. Suggestions of possible referees are welcome.
If you encounter any difficulties, or you have any queries, please contact:
Dr Paul Novelly
The Rangeland Journal
This should be short and informative and should contain the keywords used in the text; a short running title of 4 to 8 words (for use as a header) should also be provided.
Summary text for the Table of Contents online (this does not appear in the hardcopy version)
The online version of each paper requires a three-sentence paragraph of 50 to 80 words written for interested non-experts, such as journalists, teachers, government workers, etc. The text should be free from scientific jargon, and written at the level of an article in a science magazine. Your first sentence should engage the reader, convincing them that this is an important area. The second sentence should introduce the problem addressed in the paper, and state your main discovery. The final sentence should describe how the results fit into the bigger picture (i.e. implications or impact of the discovery).
A brief and informative abstract should be provided. It should not exceed 300 words and should be suitable for direct use by abstracting agencies.
Up to six keywords selected from the CAB Thesaurus (or an equivalent reference volume) and that do not already occur in the title should be listed at the end of the Abstract.
Authorities should be quoted at first mention of each name. Alternatively, a reference can be given to the nomenclature being followed.
Animal experimentation ethics
For papers reporting work with animals, Editors should ensure that peer reviewers consider ethical and welfare issues raised by the research they are reviewing, and to request additional information from authors where needed. In situations where there is doubt as to the adherence to appropriate procedures or approval by the relevant ethics committee, editors are required to reject these papers. Where an experiment has involved the use of captive animals, the animal experimentation ethics committee approval number should be given in the acknowledgements.
CSIRO Publishing also follows CSIRO’s own guidelines on animal welfare.
The hierarchy of headings is: upper and lower case bold left flush; upper and lower case italic left flush; upper and lower case italic indented; and upper and lower case italic on the same line as the text. This is best understood by reference to a recent issue of The Rangeland Journal.
SI units should be used throughout; Imperial equivalents are not required. Numbers referring to units of measurement (e.g. 10 mm) are never spelt out; if it does not refer to a unit of measurement then numbers fewer than ten are spelt out. Figure is abbreviated to Fig. both in the text and figure captions, except when it is the first word of a sentence.
Website addresses (URLs)
Website addresses (URLs) should not be included in the text but should be placed in the References section. If the item is dated, then the name and year should be placed in the text as for a normal reference and linked to the name and date in the References section. If there is no short name and date on the item referenced, then a short name should be invented followed by the year in which the site was accessed. This name and date is then linked to and used in the References section. The URL in the References section should be prefaced by ‘Available at:’ and followed by ‘(accessed dd Month yyyy).’ The date at which it was accessed is important because websites change over time.
All tables should be constructed using the Table option in Word or Excel and each value should have its own cell. Tables must be self-explanatory, typed on separate sheets, numbered consecutively and carry an appropriate title. The same material should not be presented in both tabular and graphical form. If material can be presented in either form then the graphical form is preferred. Vertical rulings (lines) should not be used in tables. Tables should be submitted in editable format and should not be appended to the Word file as uneditable images. See a recent copy of the Journal for the details of table presentation.
A table of mean yields should always present an estimate of the variation, usually the standard error of the mean (s.e.m.) or the standard error of difference between two means (s.e.d.). Please do not use spaces to align columns in tables.
Line diagrams and photographs must be prepared electronically using either a draw or chart/graph program such as Illustrator, Excel, Sigmaplot, Harvard Graphics, or Cricket Graph and files should be saved in one of the following formats: encapsulated PostScript (EPS) (preferred), Illustrator (preferred), Excel (provided the Excel files have been saved with the chart encapsulated), or as pictures in a Word file.
If using other people’s photographs, illustrations or data in figures, authors are expected to clear all third party intellectual property rights and obtain formal (written) permission from their respective institutions before submission, where necessary. Prior permission must be obtained to avoid any copyright infringements and unnecessary delay during production. When exercising any of the rights assigned or granted, each party is required to give sufficient acknowledgement of the contribution made by the other party to the published material including a citation to the Journal source and/or book.
Lettering should be in sans-serif type (Helvetica preferred) with the first letter of the first word and any proper names capitalised. The x-height of inscriptions after reduction should be 1.2-1.3 mm (capitals 2 mm). Thus, for the preferred reductions of graphs to 30, 40, or 50% of original linear dimensions, the initial x-height of lettering should be 4, 3, or 2.5 mm, respectively. Symbols and grid marks should be the same respective sizes, and curves and axes should then be 0.8, 0.7, or 0.6 mm thick, respectively. Proportionately smaller sizes of type, symbols, grid marks and curve thicknesses should be used for lesser reductions. The following symbols should be used: . Grid marks should point outwards; legends to axes should state the quantity being measured and be followed by the appropriate SI units in parentheses.
Photographs must be of the highest quality with a full range of tones and of good contrast. They must be separated from neighbouring photographs by uniform spaces that will be 2 mm wide after reduction. Lettering should be in a sans-serif type and contrast with its background; thus, white lettering should be used on darker backgrounds. The size of lettering should be such that the final height after reduction is 1.5-2 mm. A scale bar must be inserted on each photomicrograph and electron micrograph. Important features to which attention has been drawn in the text should be indicated.
Suitable electronic formats for photographs are TIFF and EPS at a required resolution of 300 d.p.i. Colour photographs are accepted but the journal does not cover the cost of their printing. Please specify to the editor if you wish to publish photographs in colour. Electronic files of colour figures or photographs should be saved in CMYK colour rather than in RGB colour as this is required for our printing purposes. Authors should note that colour may change when converted to CMYK from RGB colour.
Conflicts of Interest
A ´Conflicts of Interest´ section should be included at the end of the manuscript. It should identify any financial or non-financial (political, personal, professional) interests/relationships that may be interpreted to have influenced the manuscript. If there is no conflict of interest, please include the statement "The authors declare no conflicts of interest".
Authors should check the most recent issue of the Journal to familiarise themselves with the conventions used for citing references to books, periodicals and other literature. In the text a reference should be cited by the author´s name and date. Where there are three or more authors the first author´s name is given followed by et al. (note use of italics). An alphabetical list of references should be provided at the end of the text giving surnames of authors, initials, year of publication (in parentheses), title of paper, name of journal (in full), volume number and first and last page numbers. Authors should check the most recent issue of the Journal to familiarise themselves with the conventions used for citing references to books, periodicals and other literature. When a web address is included, it should be prefaced by ‘Available at:’ and followed by ‘(accessed dd Month yyyy).’ The date at which it was accessed is important because web sites change over time.
In general, avoid the use of footnotes. Working this material into the text itself is the preferred option. If they must be used, indicate them by superscript numbers in the text, and type them all double-spaced on a separate page. Never use footnotes to cite references.
These will be sent to authors to enable them to check for the correctness of the typesetting. Excessive alterations made after page proofing may be charged to the author.
Authors can order offprints on the appropriate form sent with the proofs.