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Niven Library - FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology Library Guide: Initial submission

The library supports a number of themes - African ornithology, conservation biology, Antarctic and sub-antarctic biology, specifically birds.


Many journals make a submission checklist available along with their Authors Guidelines, or Instructions for Authors.

Elsevier has published a generic checklist for use when a journal does not provide one:

"Ensure that the following items are present:

  • One author has been designated as the corresponding author in the manuscript and full contact details provided:
    • Email address.
    • Affiliation address/es (this should be where the research has been conducted).
    • Full current affiliation postal address for corresponding author if different to primary affiliation.
  • All necessary files have been uploaded, and contain:
    • Keywords on the title page.
    • All figures, with captions.
    • All tables (including title, description, footnotes), with legends.
  • Further considerations:
    • Manuscript has been 'spell-checked' and 'grammar checked'.
    • References are in the correct format for this journal.
    • All references mentioned in the Reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa.
    • Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Internet)."