The museum’s journals – Records of the Australian Museum, Supplements, Memoirs and Technical Reports – are where so many species were first described, and these descriptions are readily available to anyone who needs them.

Instructions to Authors

Manuscripts must be submitted to The Editor. All manuscripts are refereed externally. Members of the Editorial Committee oversee the peer-review process and establish publication standards.

Only those manuscripts that meet the following requirements will be considered for publication. Submit manuscripts and images separately and electronically; images should be high resolution TIFF or PSD (see below). Attach one summary file giving: the title; the name, address, email and ORCID of each author; the author responsible for checking proofs; a suggested running-head of less than 40 character-spaces; and the number of figures, tables and appendices. Manuscripts must be complete when submitted.

Tables and figures should be numbered and referred to in numerical order in the text. Authors should avoid excessive layout or textual embellishments; a single font should be used throughout. All copy is manipulated within a Windows (not Mac) environment using Microsoft and Adobe software. Maps should be submitted as high resolution TIFF or PSD.

Manuscripts should be prepared using recent issues as a guide. There should be a title (series titles should not be used), author(s) with their institutional addresses, an abstract (should be intelligible by itself, informative not indicative), introduction (should open with a few lines for general, non-specialist readers), materials and methods, results (usually subdivided with primary, secondary and rarely tertiary-level headings), discussion, acknowledgments and references. If appropriate, an appendix may be added after references.

In the titles of zoological works the higher classification of the group dealt with should be indicated. Except for common abbreviations, definitions should be given in the materials and methods section. Sentences should not begin with abbreviations or numerals; generic names should not be abbreviated if at the beginning of a sentence. Metric units must be used except when citing original specimen data. It is desirable to include geo-spatial coordinates; when reference is made to them, authors must ensure that their format precludes ambiguity, in particular, avoid formats that confuse arcminutes and arcseconds.

Label and specimen data should, as a minimum requirement, indicate where specimens are deposited, in addition to locality, date and collector. Original specimen data—especially that of type material—is preferred over interpreted data. If open to interpretation, cite original data between quotation marks or use “[sic]”.

Rules of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature must be followed; authors must put a very strong case if a Recommendation is not followed. When new taxa are proposed in works having multiple authors, the identity of the author(s) responsible for the new name(s) and for satisfying the criteria of availability, should be made clear in accordance with Recommendations in Chapter XI of the Code. A scientific name with more than two authors is unwieldy and should be avoided. Keys are desirable; they must be dichotomous and not serially indented. Synonymies should be of the short form: taxon author, year, pages and figures. A period and em-dash must separate taxon and author except in the case of reference to the original description. Proposed type material should be explicitly designated and, unless institutional procedure prohibits it, registered by number in an institutional collection.

Previously published illustrations will generally not be accepted unless they are clearly CC BY 4.0 and appropriately attributed. Colour is acceptable but only where necessary. All images must (a) be rectangular or square and scalable to a width of 83 mm (one text column) or 172 mm (both text columns, including gutter) and any depth up to 229 mm (the number of lines in a caption limits depth); (b) have sans serif lettering similar to 14 pt, normal, Helvetica or Arial, in final print; (c) have no unnecessary white or black space; and (d) have vertical or horizontal scale bars 4 pixels wide at final size and resolution.

Digital images must be presented as TIFF, or as multilayered PSD files suitable for Adobe Photoshop version 5.0 or later. Halftone and colour images must be at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi at final size (at this resolution 2040 pixels = printed-page width) and all labelling must be sharp (with anti-alias active). Black and white line images (bitmaps) must be at a minimum resolution of 1200 dpi at final size (at this resolution, 8160 pixels = page width = 172 mm).

When reference is made to figures in the present work use Fig. or Figs, when in another work use fig. or figs; the same case-rule applies to the words tables and plates. Figures and tables should be numbered and referred to in numerical order in the text.

Authors should refer to recent issues of the Records of the Australian Museum to determine the correct format for listing references and to The Chicago Manual of Style to resolve other matters of style. If EndNote is used, Chicago 16th B output-style closely approaches the required specification. Insert URLs in the Reference section if they are known—use digital object identifiers (doi) if available (see

Certain anthropological manuscripts (both text and images) may deal with culturally sensitive material. Responsibility rests with authors to ensure that approvals from the appropriate person or persons have been obtained prior to submission of the manuscript.

Stratigraphic practice should follow the International Stratigraphic Guide (second edition) and Field Geologist’s Guide to Lithostratigraphic Nomenclature in Australia.

The Editor and Publisher reserve the right to modify manuscripts to improve communication between author and reader. Essential corrections only may be made to final proofs. No corrections can be accepted less than 10 days prior to publication without cost to the author(s). All proofs should be returned as soon as possible.

No duplicates or reprints are printed.

All authors, or the Corresponding Author on their behalf, must sign a Licence to Publish when a manuscript is submitted, and certify that the research described has adhered to the Australian Museum’s Guidelines for Research Practice—or those of their home institution providing they cover the same issues, especially with respect to authorship and acknowledgment. Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0) licensing for Australian Museum Scientific Publications is currently being introduced and will define ownership and attribution. While under consideration, a manuscript may not be submitted elsewhere.

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Editor, Records of the Australian Museum

Australian Museum Research Institute

1 William Street, Sydney NSW 2010, Australia