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Journal of tropical Asian Entomology is a peer reviewed, open access and free* journal published on a continuous publication model, which means papers are published as soon as they are ready. The journal has a particular interest in studies of tropical Asian insects but findings from all aspects of insects and related arthropods are welcome. JTAE publishes research papers, short communications, review and mini-review articles, scientific notes and Checklists.  The Journal also includes book reviews.

Articles, Reviews, Short Communications and Scientific Notes are invited on topics relevant to the journal’s focus, including but not limited to:

  1. Arthropod ecology, biogeography, population dynamics, behaviour, biodiversity and conservation
  2. Arthropod–host and vector–parasite relationships and other microbial-Insect Interactions
  1. Agricultural pests, stored product pests, forest entomology, wood product pests, biological control, integrated pest and vector management
  2. Social insects, beneficial insects, commercial insects and socio-economics
  3. Forensic & medical entomology
  4. Arthropod taxonomy, phylogeny & systematics, descriptions and morphology
  5. Physiology, Biochemistry, genetics and genomics of insects
  6. Methods in insect research  


Articles are papers reporting original empirical research based on experiments, observations and/or modelling


Review articles should be analytical and report the up to date knowledge of an specific field in well-structured and concise manner pointing out knowledge gaps and future research directions. Tables, figures, flowcharts and text boxes should be used to structure and clear concise presentation. For example, highlights of the review or future research directions can be included in a text box. Unless testing specific hypotheses, meta-analysis will also be considered as reviews. Review articles should have an abstract, introduction/background, methods (if applicable) other heading and sub headings and conclusion(s). However, authors are free to use preferred style of structure and such style should be discussed with editor if an article is considered for peer-review.

Mini-reviews are reporting highly specific areas with limited knowledge, neglected important topics, emerging interdisciplinary subject area or recent advances of specific topic. Mini review contains no abstract, the first paragraph should summarise the content and include a brief introduction to the topic. Rest of the body may contain up to five sub headings with conclusion(s) at the end.

Scientific Notes - on following areas including other topics relevant to the scope of the journal are welcome.
Distributions, abundance and new sightings
Mating, feeding, migratory, territorial and other behaviors
Life history: eggs, larvae, pupa, nymphs, host plants and other hosts of insects
Herbivory, nectivory, pollination and other insect - plant interactions
Insect pests, parasitic and parasitoids insects, predatory insects, predators and parasites of insects

Checklists are special feature published by the journal.  This category includes checklists of species (1) in protected areas, agro forests or even in residential or urban areas with sufficient description of location, habitat types, conservation status and other remarks; (2) List of pest/ pollinators or other economically important species of a certain country/region or of a certain crop; (3) List of crops attacked by certain economic pest or group of pests, list of host plants of certain herbivorous insects or list of plants pollinated by certain pollinator. (4) Any other checklist articles should be suggested to editor and check for the suitability to be published in the journal.

All the species names should be in up to date taxonomic nomenclature. Checklists will be published as an original article if the list is a result of a survey or an experiment conducted by authors with sufficient presentation of data and analysis. If a check list is an updated taxonomic nomenclature based on published literature with adequate analysis and pointing out the gaps of research and/or corrections to early literature, that can be published as a review or mini review.

List of species based on authors' observations or survey without detailed presentation or data analysis and/or additions to existing lists will be published as short communications or scientific notes.

Category of a manuscript and page limits

Amount of contribution to the field is the main criterion of determination of the category of a manuscript, not the number of words or pages. Vertually there is no page or word limit but all manuscrpts must be written adequately consicely.


Preparation of Manuscripts

Authors are advice to consult a recent issue of Lepcey  for general style. Contributions should be in British or America English spellings (and consistency must be maintained throughout the manuscript), double-spaced, without footnotes, and with line numbers.  

Title A succinct description of the work (≤ 20 words) preferably embodying either the aim or the overall conclusion. The title page should also include the full name(s) and address(es) of all authors, clearly indicating the author to whom correspondence should be addressed. telephone and e-mail contact of the corresponding author should also be provided.
Abstract In < 250 words, the aims, methods, major findings and conclusions; should be informative without reference to the text and should not contain any references or undefined abbreviations.
Keywords Up to eight pertinent words or phrases, in alphabetical order. Avoid words from title and abstract.
Structure  This should be divided into an Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion and Acknowledgements. Results and Discussion may be combined. Minimize use of other subheadings. Short Communications must not have any subheadings. Scientific notes usually do not have an abstract, however the first few sentences of the first paragraph should summerize the content and contribution of the note.

All measurements must be stated in SI units. If other unites are used values in SI unites should accompany.
Figures and illustrationsare encouraged where they are a real contribution to the article. Authors will be requested to provide the original data from which Figures are generated. Figure legends should contain enough information to make the figure self-explanatory without reference to the text.
Tables Each on a separate page, with captions that are comprehensible without reference to the text. Vertical lines are not permitted and horizontal lines are used only in the heading and at the bottom of the table.
Supplementary Materialsupplementary material to accompany the online version of the article due to its nature does not lend itself to print media (examples- full data sets, movie or sounds files etc..)

References Cited in the text as, for example, Hardcastle and Wilson (1996) or (Leadbeater, 1996)
Examples: Single author: (Faleiro, 2006) Two authors: (Reddy and Bhaskaran, 2006) Three authors or more: (Kasina et al., 2006) Multiple citations: (Ajayi, 1990; Nwanze and Harris, 1992; El-Banhawy et al., 2006).
Reference list (in alphabetical order of author name, if more than one publication in same year, with a, b, c, etc.  Only articles that have been published or are 'in press' should be included. (Note that ‘in press’ is used only if the paper has been accepted for publication.)


Journal articles:

Bambaradeniya C.N.B. (2002). The status and implications of invasive alien species in Sri Lanka. Zoos’ Print Journal, 17 (11): 930-935.(with full journal titles in italic and volume number in bold )

In press:

Omoogun G. A. (1994) Design and construction of the Nitse trap. Insect Science and Its Application (In press). (The title of the journal/book must be stated in the reference list as well as the expected year of publication).


Mengech A. N., Saxena K. N. and Gopalan H. N. B. (Eds) (1995) Integrated Pest Management in the Tropics: Current Status and Future Prospects. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, New York, Brisbane, Toronto, Singapore. 172 pp. (Include the publisher's name, city of publication and page numbers).

Web resources

IUCN (2008) IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland. Http:// [accessed 24 July 2010].





All manuscripts should be sent to the editor via e-mail in MS Word or Open Office document format (preferably .DOC format) to . The submission of a manuscript will be taken to imply that (1) the submitted manuscript has not been published (other than an abstract) or submitted for publication elsewhere and  (2) all authors have read the submitted manuscript and agreed to its submission. Submissions can be a single file with all Tables, Figures, Plates and Appendices at the end or with text and other elements in separate files. For submission, graphics can be in low to medium resolution as long as they are legible, with publication-quality graphics to be provided upon any final acceptance.


The copyright  of all articles, illustrations and Supplementary Material published becomes the property of the journal, but abstracting journals may reproduce summaries or translations. Redistribution is allowed for nonprofit  purposes without alterations to text, figures or the format. Contributors can use the illustrations (photographs and drawings) in their future work. Permission for any other use should be sought from the editor.