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Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia (PAZ) covers primarily the areas of Zoology, publishing original contributions in systematics, paleontology, evolutionary biology, ecology, taxonomy, anatomy, behavior, functional morphology, molecular biology, ontogeny, faunistic studies, and biogeography.
The journal also encourages the submission of theoretical and empirical studies that explore the principles and methods of systematics.
All contributions must follow the rules and recommendations of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN).
Relevant specimens must be deposited in national or international public museums or collections.
Tissue samples should be referred to their voucher specimens and all nucleotide sequence data (aligned as well as unaligned) should be submitted to GenBank or European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL).
ZooBank is the Official Register of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) for registration of new nomenclatural acts, published works, and authors.
All submissions are subject to analysis by at least 2 (two) referees qualified to evaluate the manuscript and one Editor.
The peer review type adopted is “single-blind”, in which the names of the reviewers are hidden from the author.
Once a manuscript is accepted providing changes suggested by the referees, the author is requested to return a revised version incorporating those changes (or a detailed explanation of why reviewer's suggestions were not followed) within a maximum of 15 (fifteen) days upon receiving the communication by the Editor.
Page-proofs with the revised version will be sent by email to the corresponding author.
Page-proofs must be returned to the Editor, preferentially within 48 (forty-eight) hours.
Only necessary corrections in proof will be permitted.
The omission of return the proof will mean automatic approval of version with no changes and may result in a delay in publication.
Article Processing Charge (APC)
There is no publication fee to submit or publish in Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia.
Submission of Manuscripts
IMPORTANT: You must correctly complete all fields for each AUTHOR: Name, Middle Name, Last Name, Email, ORCID, URL (if there is), Institution/Affiliation, Country, and Biography Summary.
From 2019 on, the inclusion of the ORCID ID for each author is mandatory.
The fields for the manuscript should also be filled with the information: Title, Abstract, Area and Sub-Area of Knowledge, Keywords, Language and Funding/Support Agencies.
AUTHORS WHOSE NATIVE LANGUAGE IS NOT ENGLISH ARE ENCOURAGED TO HAVE THEIR MANUSCRIPTS REVISED BY A NATIVE ENGLISH-SPEAKING BEFORE SUBMISSION.
• The manuscripts must be double-spaced between lines, justified text, and Calibri font, body 11 (eleven) (except for special symbols not included in this font).
• The text should be organized in the following sections, each started on a new page, in the order, and numbered consecutively: Title Page, Abstract with Keywords, Body Text, Acknowledgments, References, Appendices, Tables, and Figure Legends.
• Scientific names of species and genera and other Latin terms must be italicized in all sections of the manuscript.
(1) Title Page: Should include the Title, Running Title, Author(s) Name(s), ORCID numbers(s), Institution(s) and Address(es). The title should be concise and, where appropriate, should include particulars about families and/or taxa of higher categories. New taxa names should not be included in the titles.
(2) Abstracts: All papers should have an abstract and keywords in English. The quality of the abstract is of great importance since it can be reproduced in other vehicles. Therefore, must be written in an intelligible form as it may be published separately, and should summarize the main facts, ideas, and conclusions of the article. Telegraphic abstracts are unacceptable. Finally, the abstract should include all new taxonomic names for reference purposes. Abbreviations should be avoided. It should not include bibliographical references. Abstracts and keywords must not exceed 350 (three hundred and fifty) and 5 (five) words, respectively.
(3) Body Text: The main body text varies with different types of papers, but should usually include the following sections: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgements and References. The main headings of each section of the body of the text should be written in capital letters, bold and centered. Secondary headings should have only the first letter capitalized, bolded, and centered. Tertiary headings should be the first letter capitalized, in bold and indented left. In all cases, the text should start on the next line.
(4) References: Citations in the text should be given as follows: Martins (1959) or (Martins, 1959) or (Martins, 1959, 1968, 2015) or Martins (1959a, b) orMartins (1959: 14-20) or Martins (1959: figs. 1, 2) or Martins & Reichardt (1964) or (Lane, 1940; Martins & Chemsak, 1966a, b) or Martins et al. (1966) or(Martins et al., 1966), the latter when the article contains 3 (three) or more authors. There is no need to provide a full reference when authors and date are presented only as an authority of taxa.
(5) References Models: References should be arranged alphabetically and according to the following format, respecting the titles in italics:
Responsibility: The scientific content and opinions expressed in this publication are sole responsibility of the respective authors.
Authorship and Authors' Contributions Statement:
An authors' contributions statement must be included in a section at the end of the article for works written by more than 4 (four) authors. The statement has to include the individual contribution of each author.
Copyrights: A Term of Assent and Cession of Copyrigh (attached template) should be signed and sent to the Editor, prior to publication of the manuscript.
Conflict of Interest:
For more details of the manuscript preparation format, see CBE Style Manual, available at the electronic address of the Council of Science Editors (https://www.councilscienceeditors.org/publications/scientific-style-and-format/).
Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia is a publication of the Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo (www.mz.usp.br).
Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia recommends the deposit of scientific data in appropriate repositories and its citation in accordance with FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable).
As described in the “General Information” section of this Instructions to Authors, all nucleotide sequence data (aligned as well as unaligned) should be submitted to GenBank or European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). All articles that contain nomenclatural acts are registered in Zoobank by the journal staff and the Life Science Identifier (LSID) of the article is included in the published version.
Authors are encouraged to deposit their data in a repository that is best suited to their dataset. Some examples of repositories are the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), Environmental Data Initiative (EDI), Dryad, Figshare, Zenodo, etc.
The data repository used must guarantee the preservation of the data and provide a persistent identifier such as a DOI so it can be accessible and citable.
Journal will make exceptions for sensitive information as the location of endangered species.
Datasets used in the research, deposited in a scientific research data repository, should be cited in the “Materials and method section” and its reference (with the DOI number) should be included in the reference list.
Datasets References Examples:
Botham, M.; Roy, D.; Brereton, T.; Middlebrook, I.; Randle, Z. 2013. United Kingdom Butterfly Monitoring Scheme: species trends 2012. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. [dataset]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.5285/5afbbd36-2c63-4aa1-8177-695bed98d7a9 . Accessed: 13/04/2019.
United States Department of Health and Human Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Office of Applied Studies. 2015. Treatment Episode Data Set -- Discharges (TEDS-D) -- Concatenated, 2006 to 2011. Version V5. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 23 Nov. 2015. Available at: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR30122.v5 . Accessed: 30/09/2019.
Yoon, J; Sofaer, H.R, Sillet, T. S, Morrison, S.A., Ghalambor, C.K. 2017. Data from: The relationship between female brooding and male nestling provisioning: does climate underlie geographic variation in sex roles?. Journal of Avian Biology, 48(2):220-228. Available at: https://doi.org/10.5285/5afbbd36-2c63-4aa1-8177-695bed98d7a9 . Accessed: 07/07/2019.
Bovendorp, R. S., Villar, N., de Abreu-Junior, E. F., Bello, C., Regolin, A. L., Percequillo, A. R., & Galetti, M. 2017. Atlantic small-mammal: a dataset of communities of rodents and marsupials of the Atlantic forests of South America. Ecology, 98(8):2226–2226. [data paper]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ecy.1893. Accessed: 07/10/2019.
Authors can share the published version* of the manuscript with their colleagues and post them on personal websites or institutional repositories for academic purposes while providing bibliographic details that credit, if applicable, its publication in this journal.
*Published version - is the article published in PDF format available at the Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia website.
Research or publication misconduct (plagiarism, self-plagiarism, fabrication or falsification of data and results, etc.) will be treated in accordance with the Commission on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines.
From May 2020 on, the journal has adopted the tool Originality Check (Turnitin) to prevent duplication and plagiarism occurrences.
Allegations, corrections, and doubts must be sent to the Editor (contact information). All allegations/cases will be evaluated and, when necessary, retractions, corrections or expressions of concern will be published.
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