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Author Guidelines

This page explains how to prepare your manuscript for submission to the journal Tarumitra. Before submitting, please make sure that your article fits within the journal’s aims and scope.


This page explains how to prepare your manuscript for submission to the journal Tarumitra. Before submitting, please make sure that your article fits within the journal’s aims and scope.


The Tarumitra editorial and publishing policies regarding conflict of interest, authorship, roles of editors, copyright and licensing and open access conditions are compiled in the ethics and policies page. Please carefully read this information before submitting.

To make science more just, we ask our authors to declare whether the conduct of their study considers equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) when they submit their papers.

There are no charges for publishing in the Tarumitra journals. However, all open access publications have article publication charges.

Papers submitted to Tarumitra journals are evaluated using double-blind peer review. This has implications for manuscript formatting (see quick checklist below).


RESEARCH PAPERS report original research in all fields of ecology and should aim at a readership from a wide range of ecological disciplines.

FORUM PAPERS are the home for synthesis and review. The format can be short notes or more substantial reviews to bring fields together, to transgress existing boundaries by synthesizing larger fields or seemingly disparate areas, and to offer new ways of interpreting existing data. Forum articles must strive for conceptual unification and serve as a point of departure for future work rather than just summarizing existing bodies of theory and data. It is an arena for challenging current thinking on ecological issues by revising established concepts and insights from critical experiments or for developing new theory to promote novel research. Purely speculative pieces are discouraged. Where uncertainties, problems, or debates in current theory are identified, authors are strongly encouraged to, wherever possible, highlight productive and positive lines of research that may resolve the issue. In particular, we encourage collaboration in debates to promote more effective synthesis and balance.

A successful Forum paper includes novelty, an appeal to our general readership and is a topic that stands to generate synthesis in the field. Prospective authors are strongly encouraged to read the editorial on why many Forum manuscripts are unsuccessful.

META-ANALYSES. Synthesis is a critical component of modern ecology and involves big data in many forms. We welcome meta-analyses and systematic reviews provided quantitative analyses are included either of the literature or of the evidence reported within studies. Novelty, future research, and analysis of gaps are strongly encouraged versus summary. Transparent reporting of the synthesis process is required.

DIALOGUE PAPERS are intended to promote ecological synthesis via critical thinking and the expression of contrasting viewpoints on historical or current critically important ecological topics. They have a concise format. Topics are chosen to foster the articulation of constructive debate in the form of, alternative, conflicting or opposed viewpoints among contributors. Dialogues may act as a source for synthesis and insights for future research on the topic.

Dialogues are comprised of three sections:

  1. overture where each contributor explores stimulating views on the topic, including points of tension, disparity in viewpoints and insights that can either promote coherence or insights on why discord is likely to remain (max. 300 words per contributor). In the overture, contributions are made without knowledge of the other contributors and what their views are. In most cases, each text appears separately in alphabetical order based on the first name of the author, promoting a convivial context for debate; this will also be the final authorship order;
  2. in the dialogue section, all contributors receive the contributions of the other reviewers and anonymity is lifted. Contributors then have the opportunity to elaborate further on their views or the views of the other contributors.  Each text appears in the same order as the overture;
  3. the epilogue section is meant to emerge as one voice where all contributors participate to promote a synthesis and insights for future research on the topic (max 1000 words).

Figures and boxes can be considered in any section. Dialogues can be suggested by the readership at large but they are entirely commissioned by the editor of the section. It should usually include between 4 and 6 contributors. Space is limited for this section as we plan to publish about 4 Dialogues per year.