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Tropical Conservation Science

Tropical Conservation Science

2017 Impact Factor: 1.149
2017 Ranking: 34/55 in Biodiversity Conservation
Source: Journal Citation Reports®, 2018 release, a Clarivate Analytics product

Editor
Dr. Darren Norris Universidade Federal do Amapa, Brazil


eISSN: 19400829 | ISSN: 19400829 | Current volume: 10 | Current issue: 1

Journal Highlights

  • Impact Factor: 1.491 (5 year), 1.149 (2 year)
  • Indexed In: Web of Science, JCR (Journal Citation Reports), SCIE (Science Citation Index Expanded), SCOPUS, and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Publication is subject to payment of an article processing charge (APC)
  • Submit here

Tropical Conservation Science (TCS) is a peer-reviewed open access journal which focuses on the field of conservation of tropical forests and other tropical ecosystems. Please see the Aims and Scope tab for further information.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


Submission Information

Submit your manuscript today at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/trc.

Please see the Submission Guidelines tab for more information on how to submit your article to the journal.


Open access article processing charge (APC) information

Publication in the journal is subject to payment of an article processing charge (APC). The APC serves to support the journal and ensures that articles are freely accessible online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.

The APC for this journal is currently $750 USD.

The article processing charge (APC) is payable only if your article is accepted after peer review, before it is published. The APC is subject to taxes where applicable. Tax-exempt status can be indicated by providing appropriate registration numbers when payment is requested. Please see further details here.


Contact

Please direct any queries to bree.sundling@sagepub.com.

Why Publish Open Access in Tropical Conservation Science

  • Visibility and Impact: Anyone anywhere in the world can read, use and cite your research
  • Rigorous Standards: Single-blind peer review policy
  • Speed: Avg. 30 days from submission to first decision
  • Copyright: Authors retain copyright under a Creative Commons License. The standard Tropical Conservation Science license is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC 3.0), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial.

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Aims and Scope

The main objective of Tropical Conservation Science (TCS) is to bring to light research related to the conservation of tropical forests and other tropical ecosystems.

TCS is a peer-reviewed, online, open access journal that publishes original research papers and state-of-the-art reviews of broad interest to tropical conservation. Short turn-around time from submission to publication is an important feature of the journal.

TCS seeks papers that investigate conservation problems involving, first and foremost, socio-economic, political and industrial drivers of tropical ecosystem loss and degradation. Equally important to the journal is its aim to stimulate the publication of research that maps, tracks, and assesses drivers of tropical/ecosystem conservation.

The journal serves as a forum for perspectives and analyses of contrasting concepts and data on tropical ecosystem conservation. It also provides a channel of communication between scientists and the public at large on tropical conservation.

TCS manuscripts typically report on a wide range of topics including taxonomy, ecology, evolution, behavior, parasitology, epidemiology, and population genetics, for both plant and animal communities, as they relate to tropical forest/ecosystem conservation. TCS also welcomes manuscripts reporting on social and economic issues related to tropical conservation, such as the impacts of and/or on indigenous people, poverty, population growth, ecological footprint, conservation policy, and pertinent scientific, technological, cultural and religious issues. The journal encourages interdisciplinary papers using a wide range of methods, including modeling, molecular biology, epidemiology, ecology and/or evolutionary theory, to analyze, assess and discuss vital tropical conservation issues.

Tropical Conservation Science publishes four types of papers: Review Articles, Research Articles, Conservation Letters and Short Communications. Review and Research Articles are synopses/reviews of particular topics and regular technical papers. Letters are non-traditional papers and could have, as a central theme, something like "critical thinking", whether it is a taxonomic, conservation policy, ecological, physiological or historical article. Letters should be a bit edgy and promote thinking by moving into the next paradigm even when traditional journals refuse to move there. The journal’s aim is to inspire discussions, disagreements and advances in thinking. Short Communications are reports of preliminary studies or of technical procedures in studies of species and specific conservation issues.
TCS is an international journal and all papers are published only in English.

Manuscript Submission

  • Submit your manuscript at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/trc
  • Please refer to the Submission Guidelines tab for more information before submitting your manuscript.
  • We encourage authors to include photographs of the landscapes, flora and/or fauna they have studied. These can be arranged as photo mosaics using a table from MS Word. The mosaics should be treated as figures and credits for the photographs should be provided in the figure legend.
  • Article Processing Charge (APC) of $750 USD
  • Copyright: Authors retain copyright under a Creative Commons License. The standard Tropical Conservation Science license is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC 3.0), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial.
Editor in Chief
Dr. Darren Norris Universidade Federal do Amapa, Brazil
Managing Editor
Dr. Sarah Bologna Independent Consultant, Co. Cork, Ireland
Commissioning Editor
Bree Sundling SAGE Publishing, Thousand Oaks, CA USA
Associate Editors
Dr. Victor Arroyo-Rodriguez Ecosystem and Sustainability Research, UNAM, Mexico
Dr. Norberto Asensio University of the Basque Country, Spain
Dr. Júlio César Bicca-Marques Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Dr. Sarah Boyle Rhodes College, USA
Dr. Sophie Calmé Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
Dr. Eliana Cazetta Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz - UESC, Brazil
Dr. Adriano Garcia Chiarello University of São Paolo, Brazil
Dr. Kenneth Clarke University of Adelaide, Australia
Dr. Richard Corlett Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, China
Dr. Rodolfo Dirzo Stanford University, USA
Dr. Christine Dranzoa Makerere University, Uganda
Dr. Juan Manuel Dupuy Centro de Investigacion Cientifica de Yucatan, A.C., Mexico
Dr. Pierre-Michel Forget Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, France
Dr. Paul Garber University of Illinois-Urbana, USA
Dr. Eduardo García Frapolli Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México, Mexico
Dr. Holly Gibbs University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Dr. Zhu Hua Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Gardens, China
Dr. Chen Jin Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Gardens, China
Dr. Lian Pin Koh University of Adelaide, Australia
Dr. Inza Kone L'Université Felix Houphouet-Boigny, Côte d'Ivoire
Dr. Martin Kowaleski Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales, Argentina
Dr. Joanna Lambert University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Dr. William F. Laurance James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Dr. Salvador Mandujano Instituto de Ecologia, A. C., Mexico
Dr. Andrew Marshall University of York, UK
Dr. Fernanda Michalski Universidade Federal do Amapa, Brazil
Dr. Salvador Montiel CINVESTAV-Mérida, Mexico
Dr. Eduardo Naranjo El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Mexico
Dr. Patrick Omeja Makerere University, Uganda
Dr. N. Parthasarathy Pondicherry University, India
Dr. Dave Pearson Arizona State University, USA
Dr. Katherine Renton Institute of Biology, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
Dr. Pablo Riba Proyecto Carey, Costa Rica
Dr. Janine E. Robinson University of Kent, UK
Dr. Innocent Rwego Makerere University, Uganda
Dr. Cagan Sekercioglu Stanford University, USA
Dr. Kathryn Stoner Texas A & M University, USA
Dr. Jatna Supriatna University of Indonesia, Indonesia
Dr. Weston Testo University of Vermont, USA
Dr. Nicolas Urbina Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Columbia
Dr. Sarie Van Belle University of Texas-Austin, USA
Dr. Kevina Vulinec Delaware State University, USA
Editor Emeritus
Dr. Alejandro Estrada Estación de Biología Tropical Los Tuxtlas, Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
In Memoriam
Dr. Ben Collen Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, UK
  • Clarivate Analytics: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • EBSCOhost
  • EBSCOhost: Biological Abstracts (Online)
  • ProQuest
  • ProQuest: Environmental Sciences and Pollution Management
  • Scopus
  • Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics)
  • This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing,
    and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals
    formulated by the International Committee of
    Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site
    https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/trc to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not
    conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Tropical Conservation Science will
    be reviewed.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original
    work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the
    Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published
    elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of
    any copyright works not owned by you.

    Please Read the Manuscript Submission Guidelines below before submitting your manuscript here:
    SUBMIT MANUSCRIPT

     

    1. Open Access
    2. Article processing charge (APC)
    3. What do we publish?
      3.1 Aims & scope
      3.2 Article types
      3.3 Writing your paper
      3.3.1 Making your article discoverable 
    4. Editorial policies
      4.1 Peer Review Policy
      4.2 Authorship
      4.3 Acknowledgements
      4.3.1 Writing assistance
      4.4 Funding
      4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      4.6 Research ethics and patient consent
      4.7 Clinical Trials
      4.8 Reporting guidelines
    5. Publishing policies
      5.1 Publication ethics
      5.1.1 Plagiarism
      5.1.2 Prior publication
      5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      5.3 Permissions
    6. Preparing your manuscript
      6.1 Word processing formats
      6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      6.3 Supplementary material
      6.4 Reference style
      6.5 English language editing services
    7. Submitting your manuscript
      7.1 How to submit your manuscript
      7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
      7.3 Information required for completing your submission
      7.4 Additional important guidelines
      7.4.1 Species common names
      7.4.2 Graduate students
      7.5 ORCID
      7.6 Permissions
    8. On acceptance and publication
      8.1 SAGE Production
      8.2 Continuous publication
      8.3 Promoting your article
    9. Further information

    1. Open Access

    Tropical Conservation Science is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer
    review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative
    Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by
    the collection of article processing charges which are paid by the funder, institution or author of each
    manuscript upon acceptance. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.

    For general information on open access at SAGE please visit the Open Access page or view our Open
    Access FAQs
    .

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    2. Article processing charge (APC)

    If, after peer review, your manuscript is accepted for publication, a one-time article processing charge
    (APC) is payable. This APC covers the cost of publication and ensures that your article will be freely
    available online in perpetuity under a Creative Commons license.

    The APC is $750 USD. It is payable on acceptance if the paper is accepted after peer review.

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    3. What do we publish?

    3.1 Aims & scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Tropical Conservation Science, please ensure you have
    read the Aims & Scope.

    3.2 Article types

    Tropical Conservation Science will publish the following types of papers:

    • Research Articles
    • Review Articles
    • Conservation Letters
    • Opinion articles
    • Short communications
    • Commentaries (invitation-only)
    • Perspectives

    We encourage authors to include photographs of the landscapes, flora and/or fauna they have
    studied. These can be arranged as photo mosaics using a table from MS Word. The mosaics
    should be treated as figures and credits for the photographs should be provided in the figure
    legend.

    Research Articles should be regular research papers and/or synopsis/reviews of particular
    topics. The maximum length is 35 double spaced pages, including tables, figures and references.

    Review Articles should comprise a review of the state of knowledge regarding a regional or a
    country-wide or a continental or a global conservation problem. Length of the review article
    should be 35-40 double-spaced pages, including references, tables, and figures."

    Conservation Letters is the vehicle to communicate about project designs of broad relevance for
    conservation, techniques, methodologies and use of innovating technologies for conservation,
    modelling for conservation, GIS applications, among others. Conservation letters can also deal
    with general and specific approaches or concepts to conservation which are innovating. The
    maximum length is 35 double spaced pages.

    Opinion articles should be non-traditional and have as a central theme something like "critical
    thinking," whether it is a taxonomic, conservation policy, ecological, physiological or historical
    article. These types of papers would aim to be a bit edgy and promote thinking by moving into
    the next paradigm even when traditional journals refuse to move there. Such approach could
    promote discussions, disagreements and advances in thinking. Opinion articles should be about
    15 pages in length.

    Short communications may report results of brief studies and/or assessments related to
    conservation issues. They should be about 20 pages in length.

    Commentaries are by invitation only. These are short summaries of significant recent and
    forthcoming papers, published elsewhere, that provide additional insights, new interpretations
    or speculation on the relevant topic. These manuscripts may include models, which due to space
    limitations were not included or discussed in the original paper. Commentaries may be written
    in free form, meaning that they do not need to be structured as a research paper, however it
    must include an abstract of 150-200 words. They should be between 1000-2000 words and have
    no more than 25 references. Please include keywords for indexing purposes. Figures are 
    encouraged, but no more than three. Please give your commentary a brief title and add the
    phrase “Comment on (citation to your original article).” underneath the keywords. Commentary
    material may be peer reviewed at the editor’s discretion.

    Perspectives are by invitation only. These are short (up to 1,500 words and 1 figure, no more
    than 25 references) pieces that highlight recent research as it relates to the author’s previous
    research. These should add to the research and avoid simply summarizing the findings. They can
    discuss the interdisciplinary importance of the research or how they believe the topic will
    develop in the future.

    The following structure should be followed for Research Articles and Short Communications.

    • Introduction
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Discussion
    • Implications for conservation
    • Acknowledgements
    • References
    • Tables
    • Figures
    • Appendices

    Review Articles, Conservation Letter and Opinion Articles have an open choice structure, but
    need to adhere to the rest of the guidelines.

    3.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to
    further resources.

    3.3.1 Making your article discoverable 

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title,
    keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search
    engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article,
    write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway:
    How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    4. Editorial policies

    4.1 Peer review policy

    The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. Tropical
    Conservation Science utilizes a single-blind peer review process in which the reviewer’s name
    and information is withheld from the author. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible,
    while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the
    Editor-in-Chief who then makes the final decision. 

    Please note that neither Tropical Conservation Science nor the reviewers participating in the
    peer review process have an editorial influence or control over the content that is produced
    by the authors that publish in Tropical Conservation Science.

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for
    possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by
    alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no
    involvement in the decision-making process.

    Tropical Conservation Science is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your
    paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to
    track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for Tropical Conservation Science can opt
    in to Publons in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to
    their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the
    relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not
    published on the site. For more information visit the Publons website.

    4.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing
    authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed
    to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all
    those who:

    (i) Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition,
    analysis or interpretation of data,
    (ii) Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    (iii) Approved the version to be published,
    (iv) Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public
    responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have
    participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the
    content.

    When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the
    individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully
    meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone
    does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for
    authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International
    Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines
    for more information on
    authorship.

    4.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an
    Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person
    who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support. 

    4.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do
    not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors
    must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of
    input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of
    Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    4.4 Funding

    Tropical Conservation Science requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent
    fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the
    SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of
    funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the
    public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Tropical Conservation Science to require a declaration of conflicting interests
    from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published
    articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of
    your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists,
    please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.

    4.6 Research ethics and patient consent

    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical
    Association Declaration of Helsinki
    .

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct,
    Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals
    , and all papers
    reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant
    Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure
    that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the
    approval number.

    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether
    participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

    Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in
    the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for
    patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally
    authorized representative.

    Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants.

    See excerpt from the Declaration of Helsinki below:
    “In any research on human beings, each potential subject must be adequately informed of the
    aims, methods, anticipated benefits and potential hazards of the study and the discomfort it
    may entail. He or she should be informed that he or she is at liberty to abstain from participation
    in the study and that he or she is free to withdraw his or her consent to participation at any
    time.“

    All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics
    committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The journal has
    adopted the Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare for Veterinary Journals
    published by the International Association of Veterinary Editors.

    4.7 Clinical trials

    Tropical Conservation Science conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are
    registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient
    enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and
    registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.

    4.8 Reporting guidelines

    The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type
    of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include
    a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should
    be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and metaanalyses
    should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed
    PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The
    EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.

    Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives.

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    5. Publishing policies

    5.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to
    refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the
    Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    5.1.1 Plagiarism

    Tropical Conservation Science and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or
    other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our
    authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally,
    we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be
    checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have
    plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with
    insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve
    the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum
    (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of
    the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal
    action.

    5.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE
    journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be
    considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in
    doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s
    Publishing Agreement. Tropical Conservation Science publishes manuscripts under Creative
    Commons licenses
    . The standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution
    Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long
    as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, you
    are advised to visit SAGE's OA licenses page.

    Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder
    mandates, made at the author’s request. 

    5.3 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any
    illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further
    information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our
    Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Preparing your manuscript

    6.1 Word processing formats

    The preferred formats for your manuscript are Word, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted.
    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right
    hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. You can
    download a Word template for Tropical Conservation Science or find a general LaTeX template
    on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway. This LaTeX template
    must be formatted to match the above specifications.
    American English style is preferred. Abbreviations should be spelled out at their first occurrence.

    Units of measurement should be presented simply and concisely using System International (SI)
    units.

    6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    We encourage authors to include photographs of the landscapes, flora and/or fauna they have
    studied. These can be arranged as photo mosaics using a table from MS Word. The mosaics
    should be treated as figures and credits for the photographs should be provided in the figure
    legend.
    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please
    visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines

    Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.

    6.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images
    etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the
    article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files,
    which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page. 

    6.4 Reference style

    Tropical Conservation Science adheres to the APA reference style.
    Please review the guidelines on APA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    6.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript
    formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit
    SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information. 

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    7. Submitting your manuscript

    7.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Tropical Conservation Science is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer
    review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit
    https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/trc.to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to
    create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely
    that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript
    online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    Manuscripts should be submitted by one of the authors of the manuscript online (.pdf) or Word
    (.doc, .docx) and should be accompanied by a cover letter.

    Submissions by anyone other than one of the authors will not be accepted. The submitting
    author takes responsibility for the paper during submission and peer review.

    All questions concerning publication of papers should be addressed to the executive editor at
    the following addresses: tropicalconservationscience@gmail.com.

    7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title,
    keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search
    engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your
    article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author
    Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    Please note that abstracts should be self-contained, citation-free, and should not exceed 250
    words.

    7.3 Information required for completing your submission

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and
    telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should
    be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the
    submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must
    match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the
    required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files
    (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    7.4 Additional important guidelines

    7.4.1 Species common names
    Whenever possible, species listed in tables and/or text for the first time, should include internationally recognized common names (e.g. IUCN RedList or other). If the topic of the paper is a focal species, its common name should also appear in the title and abstract as well.

    7.4.2 Graduate students
    Graduate students submitting a manuscript will need to also submit a letter of support from
    his/her major adviser. If for some reason this may not be possible, the letter should be written
    by the Chair of the Department or Faculty in which the author is a student.

    7.5 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process
    SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID
    provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher
    and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission,
    supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that
    their work is recognized.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their
    ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one
    here.

    7.6 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any
    illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further
    information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our
    Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    8. On acceptance and publication

    If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the
    contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been check for SAGE Production,
    the corresponding author will be asked to pay the article processing charge (APC) via a payment link.
    After the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online
    within an average of 60 days. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the
    APC has been received.

    8.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the
    production process. Proofs will be sent by email attachment to the corresponding author and 
    should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm
    that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are
    correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note
    that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to
    complete and sign a form authorizing the change.

    8.2 Online publication

    One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to
    publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully
    citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time
    it will be completely free to view and download for all. Articles are batched every quarter and
    are then available in the Archive.

    8.3 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is
    as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help
    you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.
    In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich,
    share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximize your article’s impact
    with Kudos

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    9. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission
    process should be sent to the Tropical Conservation Science editorial office as follows:

    tropicalconservationscience@gmail.com

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