Submissions

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We welcome several types of articles:

  • Research Articles (2,000 to 7,500 words*) Peer-reviewed articles which detail original research in which new data, concepts or applications are presented.

  • Research Notes (3,000 words or fewer) Peer-reviewed articles which report results of completed original research projects of smaller scope.

  • Conservation Issues articles (2,000 to 7,500 words*) Reviewed by at least one Associate Editor, these may summarize observational research that involves minimal quantitative data, review legislation pertinent to the natural areas profession, discuss trends and issues in biodiversity conservation and management, or be reviews or syntheses of topics related to natural areas and the preservation of biodiversity.

  • Stewardship in Action articles – Short communications (3,000 words or fewer), reviewed by the Editorial Board, that describe timely, on-the-ground techniques and equipment, research in progress and innovative management practices. NO TIME TO WRITE BUT SOMETHING TO SAY? We can assign a writer who will interview you and write your Stewardship in Action topic! Contact the editor Eric Menges.

  • Forum Submissions (Fewer than 1,000 words) Comment on material published in the Natural Areas Journal or address issues of general interest to natural areas professionals.

  • Book Reviews (1,000 to 2,000 words) Prospective book reviewers can click here for a list of available titles, and look here for some advice on the review process. Or you can contact the Book Review Editor for guidance. Publishers, get in touch with the Review Editor to inquire if your book/publication is suitable for the NAJ and for mailing information. Do not send book previews and samples to the NAA office – we cannot receive them there. Instead, send overnight to this address:
    Scott Rush, PhD
    Rm 213a Thompson Hall
    775 Stone Blvd.
    Mississippi State, MS 39762

* Authors planning to submit manuscripts significantly longer than 7,500 words should first contact the Editor.

It is recommended, though not required, that those submitting articles to the Journal be Natural Areas Association members. Join now.

PAGE CHARGES AND REPRINTS

Authors of Research Articles, Research Notes and Conservation Issues articles will be charged $60 per page (NAA members) or $100 per page (non-members) to help defray publication costs. Stewardship in Action pieces do not presently incur page charges. To be eligible for the members’ rate, you must be a current member or become one within 30 days of your paper being accepted.

Reprints are available to authors in hardcopy or electronic format. Instructions for ordering reprints and costs are sent out to authors once the page charges are received.

COPYING AND PERMISSIONS

Authorization to reproduce articles or material from the Natural Areas Journal beyond one copy for personal use, or that permitted by sections 107 and 108 of U.S. Copyright Law, may be granted for a fee. For more information, please contact the Copyright Clearance Center at www.copyright.com or 978-750-8400.

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