Author Guidelines

The Zoologist publishes scholarly articles in English dealing with animals resulting from new studies. The journal focuses on biological phenomena at scales ranging from the molecular level to the level of individual organisms to that of populations, communities and ecosystem that arise in the fields of Ecology, Population Dynamics, Epidemiology, Immunology, Environmental Science, Hydrobiology and Fisheries, Biodiversity and Conservation, Cell Biology, Genetics and Molecular Biology, Wildlife Management, Zoos and Parks. Papers in other areas are acceptable at the editors’ discretion. The journal also publishes short notes, expository, review articles and book reviews. The journal is available online at It is also indexed in ASFA centre for inclusion in ASFA database (

Manuscripts and all editorial correspondence should be sent to Editor-in-Chief, The Zoologist, Department of Zoology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, or via e-mail address, An original and two copies of all manuscripts written in English, type-written, double-spaced on A4-sized paper and have 3 cm margins throughout must be submitted with a CD readable on IBM compatible computers with a processing fee of N= 2,000 for contributors from Nigeria and $25 for contributors from other countries. Scientific names must be italicized and authority given at first mention. Number all pages in sequence beginning with the title page. Manuscripts should be divided into the sections given below:
Title page: The first page of the manuscript should contain the complete title of the paper, the names of authors and their affiliations; a short title (not more than 30 characters including spaces) to be used as a running head; name and address of person to whom editorial correspondence, including e-mail address, page proofs, and reprint request should be sent.
Abstract: The abstract must be a factual condensation of the entire work, including a statement of its purpose, a succinct statement of research design, a clear description of the most important results, and a concise presentation of the conclusions.
Abstracts should be between 250-300 words. Three to six key words for use in indexing should be listed immediately below the abstract.
Text: Regular articles should not exceed 25 manuscript pages. The text of the research reports should be divided as follows:
Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and Acknowledgements. Results should consist of a summarization of the important data using tables and figures where possible. Acknowledgements may include citation of funding sources, including the agency, grant number and names of non-authors who contributed to the research. All measurements are to be given in metric units.
References: In the text, references should be cited consecutively with the author’s surname and year of publication in brackets. Use the abbreviation, et al, for citing more than two authors (e.g. Fagade et al 1995). The reference list should be arranged alphabetically by first author’s surname. Only citations that appear in the text should be referenced. Unpublished papers, unless accepted for publication, should not be cited. Each reference should include: last names and initials of all authors, year, complete title of paper, abbreviated name of the journal, volume number, first and last pages. Abbreviations of periodical names must follow the rules of Index Medicus and/or Biological Abstracts. Works accepted for publication should be referred to as “in press”.
Examples of references
1. Journal articles
Okoli, E.I. and Odaibo, A.B. 1999. Urinary schistosomiasis among school children in Ibadan, an urban community in southwestern Nigeria. Trop. Med. and Intern. Health 4: 308-315.
Ugwumba, O.A. 1989. Distribution and growth of the ten-pounder Elops lacerta (val) in the fresh, brackish and marine environment in Lagos, Nigeria. Arch. Fur: Hydrobiologie (33): 451-462.
2. Book or Thesis
Ukoli, F.M.A. 1984. Introduction to Parasitology in Tropical Africa. John Wiley and Sons Ltd., Chichester, 464pp.                                                3. Chapter-in-Book
Piessens, W.F. and Mackenzie, C.D. 1982. Immunology of lymphatic filariasis. In: S. Cohens and K.S. Warren (eds.), Immunology of Parasitic Infections. Blackwell Scientific Publishers, Oxford, 622-653.
Tables: Tables should be titled and designated with roman numerals conforming to order of their appearance. They should be used primarily for presentation of data too complex to be included in the text; however, they must be referred to and keyed into the text.
Figures: This should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in the same order as they appear in the text. Author’s name, figure number and an arrow indicating the orientation of the illustration should be at the back. Figures must also be keyed into the text.
Plates: The journal will only accept laser-print of images or very high quality of photographs fully annotated and titled, if electronic format is not available. Plates will be published in black and white, otherwise contributors will pay for colour production per page.
A descriptive legend must accompany each illustration and must define all abbreviations therein.
All table, figure, plate, etc. must immediately follow the text to which it relates. Figures and plates will be published in black and white.
All manuscripts submitted to The Zoologist must be submitted solely to the journal, and must not have been published in any substantial form in another journal, in any other language, or be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

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