Interested in submitting a manuscript or article to the Natural Areas Journal?

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The Natural Areas Journal welcomes several other types of articles in addition to research manuscripts:

  • 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 are a great way to share information when you don't have time to write a manuscript.  There are no page charges, and we can even handle the writing! Learn more
  • 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) See the titles currently available for review. Prospective book reviewers can contact the Book Review Editor to request books or for additional guidance. Publishers, get in touch with the Book Review Editor to inquire if your book/publication is suitable for the NAJ. Do not send book previews and samples to the NAA office; we cannot receive them there. Instead, send to this address:
    Scott Rush, PhD
    Box 9690 Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
    Mississippi State University
    Mississippi State, MS 39762

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

Page Charges for Journal Authors

Authors of Research Articles, Research Notes and Conservation Issues articles will incur charges 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 at the time you are invoiced, which is generally just before publication. Contact us for more information.

Member of NAANot a Member
Pages each$60$100
Color images$600$600
Open access$2,500$2,500

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 or 978-750-8400.


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