The editor welcomes original contributions, of any length, from feature articles to short news items.

These may be submitted in paper form, on CD/DVD disk or by e-mail as attachments, preferably in .DOC, .RTF or .ODT format.

Contributions should be accompanied by colour and/or black & white photographs, figures and tables where appropriate.

Illustrations may be either as hard copy photographs or in digital form (.tif and .jpg are prefered), but slides are acceptable if they have strong tone contrasts which make them suitable for reproduction.
When drawing up figures and tables, contributors should bear in mind the limitations of the IZN format.

The general style of articles should follow the examples in the printed issues and are listed separately below.

The editor reserves the right to alter material without prior consultation; where major changes have been made, the revised texts will be sent to authors for their approval before publication. The copyright of all original material published becomes the property of IZN unless otherwise arranged.

Source Material

IZN depends for much of its material on the generous cooperation of its readers; approximately half the contents of every issue is reprinted from zoo publications sent to us from around the world. At present, however, we receive nothing from many subscribing institutions. We will be grateful to any zoos or aquariums who add IZN to their mailing lists for newsletters, annual reports and other publications, and in return we will, wherever possible, transmit their significant news to our readers.


Many important zoo articles are published in languages other than English. The editor is always grateful for offers to translate foreign material for publication in IZN.

Please note

While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of all material published in IZN, the editor can take no responsibility for any remaining errors. Opinions expressed by contributors are their own, and do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher or the editor.

Papers should follow the general style:

Title - upper & lower case, left justified, bold
by Author(s) - upper & lower case, left justified, italics

Introductory section without a heading
Primary headings – upper & lower case, left justified, bold
Secondary headings – upper & lower case, left justified, italics, bold
English names of animals should begin with capitals; give English name at first mention of every species; give scientific name in italics at first mention of every species.

Numerals – thousands separated by commas, e.g. 12,000 and monetary units shown as (currency) xxx.xx
Units of measurement, SI. Space between values and unit, e.g. 12.1 g
Statistical tests in the form: (r28 = 3.12, P < 0.01). (C23 = 7.31, n.s.)

Citations to references in text: Author (Date); Author & Author (Date); if three or more authors – Author et al. (Date); or (Author(s) Date) etc.

Author, A. (or Author, A. & Author, B.) Date. Title of paper. Title of journal in italics. Volume: pages.
Author, A. Date. Title of book in italics. Publisher, place of publication.
Author, A. Date. Title of paper/chapter. In Editor, A & Editor, B. (Eds.) Title of book/proceedings in italics. Pages. Publisher, place of publication.

addresses of authors, including emails if desired.
For publication in the internet only; a personal photograph and brief resumé would be welcomed.

Format for tables
(to be typed on separate sheets at end of paper or as scanned JPG or TIFF graphic):
Description of table contents, including any abbreviations
Column A Column B
Row 1 Data Data
Row 2 Data Data

Legends for figures to be typed on one sheet at end of paper, in the form: Figure n. Text of legend, including key to symbols etc.

Letters confirming acceptance of papers will be accompanied by a form on which authors must assign copyright of their paper to the International Zoo News. Authors may be charged for any corrections that they request after their papers have been sent to the typesetter. Procedures for supplying offprints are currently under review; authors will be informed of current procedures at the time of acceptance.