Author Guidelines

The Zoologist is an international journal that publishes scholarly articles in English Language. It is dedicated to promoting innovative research on animals, ecosystems and sustainability. The journal welcomes articles based on research on biological phenomena at scales ranging from the molecular level to the level of individual organisms to that of populations, communities and ecosystems within the sub-disciplines of Ecology, Population dynamics, Epidemiology, Immunology, Environmental Science, Hydrobiology & Fisheries, Biodiversity & Conservation, Physiology, Anatomy, Cell Biology, Zoos & Parks, Genetics & Molecular Biology, Wildlife Management,  Parasitology & Public Health, Epidemiology and Entomology. Papers in other areas are acceptable at the editors’ discretion. The journal also publishes short notes, expository and review articles and book reviews.

The journal is available online at and It is also indexed in ASFA centre for inclusion in ASFA database (

Manuscripts and all editorial correspondence should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief and/or the Managing Editor, The Zoologist, Department of Zoology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, or via e-mail the addresses;, Manuscript must be written in clear and coherent English Language in MS-word, double-spaced and have 3cm margins throughout. Manuscript should be submitted with evidence of payment of processing fee of N4,000 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,  the name and email address of the corresponding author and a short running  title of not more than 30 characters.

Abstract: 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 should be divided into: Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion and Acknowledgements. Results should consist of a summarization of the important data using tables and figures where possible.

References: In the text, references should be cited consecutively with the authors surname and year of publication in brackets e.g. (Ringim and Aliyu 2018; King and Akpan 2020). 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 authors' surname.

Examples of references

  1. Journal articles

Okogwu, O.I., Elebe, F.A. and Nwonumara, G.N. 2022. An efficient low-cost-low-technology whole-household water collection and treatment system. Water Supply 22(2): 1327-1336. https://doi: 10.2166/ws.2021.349.

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. Hydrobiol. 115(33): 451-462.

Edo-Taiwo, O. and Aisien, M.S.O. 2020. Parasitology of ground-dwelling anurans from cocoa plantation in Ugboke, Edo State, Nigeria. The Zoologist. http://doi:/10.4314/tzool.vl18il.3.

  1. Book or Thesis

Smith, T.M. and Smith, R.L. 2015. Elements of Ecology (9th ed.). Pearson, Boston, 621pp. 

  1. Chapter in Book

Adelana, S.M.A., Abiye, T.A., Nkhuwa, D.C.W., Tindimugaya, C. and Oga, M.S. 2008. Urban groundwater management and protection in Sub-Saharan Africa. In: S.M.A. Adelana and A.M. Macdonalded (eds.), Applied Groundwater Studies in Africa.  Taylor and Francis, London, 231–260.

Nomenclature and Units

All abbreviations must be written in full at first mention. SI units are strongly recommended, when it is necessary to use non-SI units, authors are required to give SI unit equivalent.


Artwork submitted as EPS, TIFF or PNG formats and a minimum of 300dpi is preferred.

Tables: Tables should be titled and designated with Arabic 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 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.

Tables, figures, plates, etc. must immediately follow the text to which it relates. Figures and plates will be published in black and white. However, authors that desire colour publication of figures should contact the publishing department as additional fee per colour page published will be required.

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.

Publication Fee: Authors whose articles are accepted are required to pay a publication charge of N30,000  (Nigerian authors) and $150 (foreign authors) per article of 6 pages, additional pages attract additional charge of N5,000 ($27) per page.

Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 1596-972X