I would like to submit an original research article to Oryx for peer review
What sort of articles does Oryx publish?
Oryx is a journal of biodiversity conservation, conservation policy and sustainable use, and the interactions of these with social, economic and political issues. The journal has a particular interest in material that has the potential to improve conservation management and practice. For full details see the Instructions for Contributors.
Can I have access to previous issues of Oryx to ensure my article is relevant to the journal?
Yes, the most recent January issue is freely available.
How do I submit my article?
Your article should be submitted online. The Instructions for Contributors indicates what you will need to include with your submission.
My article has a lengthy Appendix, does Oryx publish these?
Yes, as supplementary material online, see here.
My article has Figures or Plates, how should these be prepared?
See the Guidelines for preparation of Figures and Plates.
My article has colour Figures or Plates, does Oryx offer colour printing?
We welcome colour Figures or Plates but the additional cost of printing in colour is charged to the author, and cost is dependent on whether colour is required on one page or more. Please contact us for an estimate.
I have photographs from my research, could one of these be used for the front cover if my article is accepted for publication?
We usually have to source a professional image for the cover but if you have an outstanding photograph that you would like us to consider, please send it to us.
Can I recommend reviewers for my article?
We welcome the names, affiliation and contact details of appropriate reviewers, although we do not guarantee we will use those you recommend. Please provide the required details during the submission process (see Instructions for Contributors for further details).
Why does Oryx discourage the use of abbreviations in articles?
New acronyms appear everyday and we do not feel it is appropriate to burden readers with the necessity to remember them, even within an article. The only abbreviations that we allow to be used without explanation are CITES, IUCN and WWF, as these are widely known. Other relatively well-known abbreviations (e.g. GIS for geographical information system) can be defined upon first use and thereafter abbreviated. We otherwise discourage the use of abbreviations that are not widely used or result in cumbersome writing. In general it is usually possible to modify writing style to minimize the use of terms, or the names of organizations, that would otherwise be abbreviated.
How can I maximize the chances of my article being reviewed?
Obviously this depends on the article itself but a decision will be made about your article more swiftly if you ensure that it has been formatted according to the Instructions for Contributors and that your citations and bibliography are complete (there are a number of free bibliography and writing resources that can help with this, see Analysis & writing tools).
How soon will I hear about my article following submission?
You will receive an automatic e-mail confirming that your article has been received. We aim to make a decision regarding suitability for publication within 8 weeks. In the e-mail that confirms receipt of your article you will receive a URL that allows you to track the progress of your article through the submission process.
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I have submitted an article to Oryx
I have submitted an article to Oryx on ScholarOne Manuscripts, and have received confirmation that it has been received. What will be the next step?
You will receive an e-mail from the Editor either asking you to revise your manuscript and resubmit it within 90 days or informing you that your article is not suitable for publication in the journal.
I am revising my article but am not able to do so within 90 days. Can I have an extension?
We grant extensions but each case is assessed on an individual basis. If you think that you will not be able to meet the deadline for returning your revised manuscript please contact us as soon as possible.
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I have had an article accepted by Oryx
How quickly will my article be published?
We aim to publish articles online within 90 days of acceptance and in print as soon as possible thereafter.
Does Oryx offer online publication ahead of print?
Yes, your article will be published in the First View section of the Oryx page on Cambridge Journals Online. At this point it will be given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and is therefore considered to have been published. At a later date the article will be moved out of the First View section and allocated to a particular issue.
I would like to organize a press release – how will this work?
Let us know as soon as possible after your manuscript has been accepted if you are planning a press release. This will usually be coordinated by the Press Office/Public Relations department at your institution. We will flag this up at the earliest possible stage of production to ensure the online publication date of your article is timed to coincide with your institution’s press release. We will inform you when your article is nearing publication and agree an embargo date for online publication of your article. At this time, please send us a copy of the press release and let us know the date on which you intend to circulate it. We will also arrange for our publishers to make your article freely available for a short period of time (usually up to 3 weeks from your press release and publication embargo date). If appropriate, we may be able to create some further publicity for your article through our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Oryxthejournal) and twitter feed (@oryxthejournal). Please consider including the Oryx website (http://www.oryxthejournal.org) in your press release as well as the DOI so that people can find the article easily.
I would like to do a press release but am unable to do so through my institution—do you have any advice?
If you would like to write and circulate a press release but are unable to do so through your institution it may be possible to do so via the journal’s publisher, Cambridge University Press. If this applies to you please e-mail the Oryx Editorial office for further details.
What about copyright?
Authors are required to complete a copyright form, assigning copyright to Fauna & Flora International, once their article has been typeset.
I would like some offprints of my article, how can I arrange this?
Once your article has been proofed you will receive an offprint order form. Authors receive a PDF of their article, and offprints can be ordered at additional cost to the author.
I would like to use material from my article published in Oryx in another publication, what do I need to do?
The publisher of Oryx, Cambridge University Press (CUP), manages copyright matters on behalf of Fauna & Flora International. To include an extract, table or figure from Oryx in another publication you need to complete a CUP copyright permission request form. If the material you wish to use is a short prose extract of < 400 words, a single figure or a single table, you will not need to submit a permission request form but the reproduced material must be accompanied by a full citation of the original source.
Can I see how many people are reading my published article online?
Yes—on the Cambridge Journals Online Oryx page you can view the metrics for your article (click on the Metrics link below the title and DOI number of your article). Please note that these statistics are measured by calendar month and are thus available from the month after publication.
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I would like to submit a Briefly or Conservation News article to Oryx.
What is the difference between a Conservation News article and a full article?
Conservation News articles are reviewed only by the Editor, and deal with developments in conservation or important notices less than 6 months old that have not been published elsewhere. The word limit is 700.
What is a Briefly article?
The Briefly section contains articles of <150 words that summarize news of general conservation interest from authoritative published sources, including reputable web sites (<6 months old).
How can I submit a Conservation News or Briefly article to Oryx?
See How to submit other material.
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I would like to read Oryx
How can I receive Oryx?
You can become a member of Fauna & Flora International, and you will receive Oryx as part of your membership. See the FFI membership pages for further details.
I would like to recommend Oryx to my Institute’s librarian. How can I do this?
You can use the form on Cambridge Journals Online.
Do you offer online membership?
Yes. As a member of FFI you can choose to receive Oryx as a hard copy only, in electronic format only, or both. Information about these options, and membership, can be found on the FFI membership pages.
I would like to respond to something that I have read in Oryx, how can I do this?
We welcome substantial and informative contributions (<700 words) in response to material published in the journal. Letters must be submitted online.
I live in a developing country and cannot afford to become a member of FFI. Is there an alternative way that I can read Oryx?
Yes, certain countries are eligible for discounted or free copies of Oryx under various access schemes. See For readers.
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I have a miscellaneous question
Why does Oryx use z-spellings?
We favour the system followed by the Oxford English Dictionary, in which words with the Greek suffix -izo are spelt -ize. Note, however, words that are not formed by the addition of the -ize suffix to a stem, such as -prise (as in comprise) and -yse (as in analyse). For further details see AskOxford and American and British English spelling differences.
Why does Oryx not publish pie charts?
Pie charts are a poor method of displaying information because it is difficult for comparisons to be made between the size of items in a chart when area is used instead of length and when different items are shown as different shapes. Please see this Wikipeida article for further details.
Do you advertise conservation meetings in Oryx?
No, as there are websites that provide such information (e.g. Conference Management System). If you are interested in finding out about conferences that focus on conservation and the environment, the following sites regularly advertise such meetings.
Botanic Gardens Conservation International
British Ecological Society
Ecological Society of America
Ecological Society of Australia
European Tropical Forest Research Network
International Institute for Sustainable Development
Society for Conservation Biology
The Society for Economic Botany
United Nations Environment Programme
Convention on Biological Diversity
Zoological Society of London
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I just want to contact the Editorial Office!
See the contact us page!
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