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International Journal of Tropical Insect Science serves as a forum for original research findings on tropical insects and related arthropods, with special emphasis on their environmentally benign and sustainable management. Consequently, Synthetic Chemical pesticide studies, as a topic, is now no longer within the journal's scope. We, however consider for publication papers highlighting the adverse effects of such pesticides.

The subject areas encompassed by the Journal include: tropical agricultural pests; stored product pests; forest entomology and wood product pests; disease vectors; social insects; beneficial insects; commercial insects; arthropod–host and vector–parasite relationships; arthropod ecology and biodiversity; arthropod physiology, morphology, pathology, immunology and toxicology; arthropod taxonomy; population dynamics and genetics; arthropod molecular biology, biochemistry and biotechnology; behavioural and chemical ecology; economic entomology; biological control; host plant resistance; integrated pest and vector management; pesticide resistance and residue studies; ethnoentomology; socio-economics and technology transfer; and arthropod mass rearing and containment.

The Journal is published quarterly online only at

While the African Insect Science for Food and Health (icipe), ( is the proprietor of the International Journal of Tropical Insect Science, the journal pursues its own independent editorial policy.


In addition to original research articles, the Journal also publishes mini-review articles, short communications, scientific notes, book reviews, new patents, announcements and reports of meetings, and obituaries of prominent scientists. Regular issues of the Journal often contain a review article on a critical or rapidly developing area of tropical insect science, which is normally submitted at the invitation of the Editors. Handling Editors review all manuscripts prior to publication; however, the Regional Editor or Associate Editor reserves the right of final decision.

Short Communications

Authors are advised that a short communication reports on a significant piece of completed research that may be either a coherent component of an on-going research project that merits a special mention, or a publication of choice that is conveniently published in a short format. (It is not simply a note of preliminary results or a condensed version of a paper that is intended for an additional publication as a full paper.) Short communications are limited to about five journal pages including a maximum of two tables and/or figures and a limited number of references (maximum 15). The text of the paper should not exceed 2000 words and the abstract not more than 200 words. The basic style and submission should follow the same guidelines as for a full publication. Short Communications seldom exceed 12 typed double-spaced pages in length.

Scientific Notes

The Note can be used to announce an important observation or result in a minimal space, of maximum two printed journal pages (800 words maximum), which may include one figure or table. The Note should emphasize the method or results with very limited introduction and discussion. For further information, contact the Editors.


When submitting a paper to International Journal of Tropical Insect Science, the senior author must ensure that the work has not been previously published, is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and has been approved for submission by all its authors and the institution(s) in which the work was conducted. If the paper is accepted for publication, all authors will transfer copyright of their article to the publisher, after which the publication becomes the property of the journal. It is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain copyright permission to reproduce tables or figures published elsewhere and to ensure the correctness of all references. The senior author should also obtain explicit permission (preferably in writing) to use unpublished material cited as a 'personal communication' in the paper.

Please visit Cambridge Core to obtain a copyright form. Two versions of the transfer of copyright form (Standard and Open Access) for this purpose may be downloaded. The Open Access option allows authors the option to make their article freely available to everyone, immediately on publication and after the payment of the Open Access Article Publication Charge (APC). Please print out, complete, hand sign in black ink (unfortunately we cannot accept electronic signatures) and return your signed copyright form following the instructions included when your article is accepted by the journal editor for publication. This will avoid delays to the publication of your article. Papers will not be published until a signed copyright form has been received.


Voucher specimens of arthropods serve as a future reference for published names used in scientific publications. Although the deposition of voucher specimens is not required as a condition for publication, authors are encouraged to deposit specimens in an established permanent collection and to note in the published article that the deposition has been made and the location. The designation and proper labelling of voucher specimens is the author's responsibility; thus, before deposition, authors should contact the curator of a voucher repository concerning the procedures required for deposition.


Means should be reported in the same, or not more than one extra, number of digits as the original individual values. A measure of variability (standard deviation or standard error) should always be presented along with mean values in tabular or graphical forms. When the expression X ± A is used, always indicate whether A is variance, standard deviation or standard error. It is essential to indicate the sample size or number of replications in tables of means, correlations and other statistical tests results. Whenever the value of a test statistic (e.g. F, T or Chi-square) is presented, the associated degrees of freedom and probability value should be indicated. Standard error values should accompany the estimates of models parameters (e.g. regression slope). Mathematical expressions should be carefully written, algebraic symbols should be written in italics, while suffixes and operators [e.g. f(x), log, exp] should be written in roman typeface. If there are many equations, a number in parentheses should identify each, flush to the right. Duncan's Multiple Range Test (DMRT) is not acceptable for separation of means. If necessary, consult a qualified biometrician for adequate analysis of your data. References for the method used should be included under Materials and Methods.


• All measurements must be stated in SI units.

• Nomenclature. All organisms should be identified by their Latin names, with taxonomic affiliation and authority indicated at first mention in the abstract and text. Common names should be stated where appropriate. (Consult the Entomological Society of America's list.) Chemical substances should be described by their generic or common names and defined at least once in the paper by their IUPAC name. For editorial guidelines, consult a recent issue of the journal or the Council of Biology Editors’ Scientific Style and Format: The CBE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 6th Edition, 1994.



Papers (including abstracts) are published in English. We suggest that authors whose first language is not English should have their manuscripts checked by a native English speaker before submission or by a third party editorial service. This is optional, but will help to ensure that any submissions that reach peer review can be judged on academic merit alone. We offer a Cambridge editing service that you can find out more about at Cambridge Core, which we suggest that authors should contact directly. Please note that use of language editing services is voluntary and at the author’s own expense. Use of these services neither guarantees that the manuscript will be accepted for publication nor restricts the author from submitting to a Cambridge-published journal.


Plagiarism is unacceptable. If detected, the paper will be rejected and the author prohibited from publishing in IJT.

Manuscript Content

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the following guidelines:

• The title page should include the article title and the full name(s) and address(es) of all authors, indicating the author to whom correspondence should be addressed. The fax, telephone and e-mail contact of the corresponding author should also be provided. A running title of a maximum of 50 characters should be included.

• The abstract should be 250 words or less and include a brief statement of the objectives of the study, the methodology used, and the overall results and conclusions.

• Key words: List a maximum of 10 key subjects covered in the paper, including the scientific names of the major organisms studied and any important chemical compounds.

• Main text: The main text should be divided into the following sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgements and References. Results and Discussion may be combined.

• References. The Harvard (author, date) referencing system must be followed.  Consult Chapter 15 of the Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition published in 2010 by the University of Chicago Press, or a recent copy of the journal. Referencing in the text is in chronological order. Referencing in the list is in alphabetical order with full journal titles. Only articles that have been published or are ‘in press’ (accepted for publication) should be included.

- Referencing in text (in chronological order):


Single author
(Faleiro, 2006)

Two authors
(Reddy and Bhaskaran, 2006)

Three authors or more
(Kasina et al., 2006)

Multiple authors (in chronological order)
(Ajayi, 1990; Nwanze and Harris, 1992; El-Banhawy et al., 2006).

- Reference list (in alphabetical order):


Journal articles: Delobel A. G. L. (1983) Influence of temperature and host plant condition on preimaginal development and survival in the sorghum shootfly, Atherigona soccatta. International Journal of Tropical Insect Science 4, 327-335. doi: 

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

Books: 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).

Proceedings: Feldmann U. (1994) Some quality control parameters used in the rearing of tsetse flies, pp. 13–29. In Techniques of Insect Rearing for the Development of Integrated Pest and Vector Management Strategies Vol. 1. Proceedings of an International Group Training Course on Development of Integrated Pest and Vector Management Strategies, 16 March–3 April 1992, icipe, Nairobi, Kenya (Edited by J. P. R. Ochieng’-Odero). icipe Science Press, Nairobi. (Include the book title if any, the sponsor of the conference, dates, and publisher and city of publication).

Figures and Illustrations

Figures and illustrations are encouraged where they are a real contribution to the article. The journal publishes colour artwork for free. Authors are requested to provide the original data from which the Figures were generated.

  • Captions should be typed on a separate page after the Reference list and should contain enough information to make the figure self-explanatory without reference to the text. Do not include captions as part of the figure files or submit them in a separate document.
  • Please ensure that your Figures are saved at final publication size and are in our recommended file formats. Following these guidelines will result in high quality images being reproduced.
  • Please ensure that all graphs are exclusively submitted as 2-dimensional images.
  • Please use the same font for all figures in your manuscript (such as Arial, Times or Symbol), and 9–12 point font size.
  • Provide scale bars in the photomicrographs and not in the captions.
  • Submit one file per figure. Multiple panels should be labelled A, B, C, etc., and combined in a single file.

Figures and illustrations format and colour mode: To ensure that your Figures are reproduced to the highest possible standards, Cambridge Journals recommends the following formats and resolutions for your digital art:

Line artwork
Format: tiff is preferred. eps and pdf accepted
Colour mode: solid black and white graphs or charts with no gray values (also known as monochrome or 1-bit)
Resolution: At least 1200 ppi (pixels per inch)

Combination artwork (line art/halftone)
Format: tiff is preferred. eps and pdf accepted
Colour mode: colour or grayscale figures containing both halftone and line art/text elements
Resolution: 600–900 ppi

Black and white halftone artwork
Format: tiff is preferred. eps and pdf accepted
Colour mode: grayscale picture images, with no text or lines
Resolution: 300 ppi

Colour halftone artwork
Format: tiff is preferred. eps and pdf accepted
Colour mode: colour picture images, with no text or lines, submitted in RGB colour mode
Resolution: 300 ppi

If you require any further guidance on creating suitable electronic Figures, please visit

Please visit for an online preflighting tool where you can check if your Figures are suitable for reproduction.

Figures and illustrations file size:

  • File sizes should be as small as possible, to ensure that users can download them quickly.
  • Authors should limit the number of files to under ten, with a total size not normally exceeding 3 MB. Sound/movie files may be up to 10 MB per file; colour PDFs may be up to 5 MB per file; all other general file types may be up to 2 MB per file, but most files should be much smaller.
  • JTI recommends the following artwork files: the Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) for line art and colour/halftone images and Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) for vector graphics such as charts and graphs. Authors who have created their files using Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop should provide their files in these native file formats.


Tables should be numbered consecutively and typed in double-spacing and included at the end of the paper. Table titles should be self-explanatory without reference to the text. Non-standard units of measurement should be defined in the footnotes to the tables (See guidelines for reporting statistical data, above) and at first mention in the text. Authors are requested to ‘insert’ tables to be able to format the quantities into separate cells.

Supplementary Material

Reasons for Supplying Supplementary Material: There will normally be one of the following reasons for you to be supplying supplementary material to accompany the online version of your article:

a.    You wish to link to additional information, which due to its nature, does not lend itself to print media (examples- full data sets, movie or sounds files etc.)

b.    The Editor of the Journal has requested that you extract certain information from the original article in order to allow for space constraints of the print version.

c.    You have requested additional material to be available to accompany an article that does not normally allow such material to be included (example – tables to accompany a correspondence article).

N.B: Please note that no copyediting or quality assurance measures will be undertaken on supplementary material (other than to ensure that the file is intact). The authors therefore warrant that the supplementary material that they submit is in a suitable format for publication in this manner. The material shall be published online in exactly the form that it is supplied.

Submission of Supplementary Material: Please follow the following instructions to supply supplementary material to accompany the online version of your article:

a.    Each supplementary file must be supplied as a separate file.

b.    Each supplementary file must have a clear title (e.g., Supplementary Figure 1).

c.    Provide a text summary for each file of no more than 50 words. The summary should describe the contents of the file. Descriptions of individual figures or tables should be provided, if these items are submitted as separate files. If a group of figures is submitted together in one file, the description should indicate how many figures are contained within the file and provide a general description of what the figures collectively show.

d.    The file type and file size in parentheses.

e.    Ensure that each piece of supplementary material is clearly referred to at least once in the print version of the paper at an appropriate point in the text, and is also listed at the end of the paper before the reference section.


1. Online submission. All manuscripts should be submitted via the ‘Editorial Manager’ online manuscript submission system, at Authors can upload their files and check on the status of their manuscripts during the review process.

2. Manuscripts. Papers should be submitted for publication, preferably in Microsoft Word (.doc), Plain ASCII text (.txt), Rich Text Format (.rtf), WordPerfect document (.wpd), typed and double spaced (including abstracts, tables and figure legends) with 3 cm margins on right and left sides and printed in a legible font such as Times. All pages of the manuscript should be numbered. For initial submissions, authors can opt to upload the manuscript text files with the tables and figures typed on separate pages to follow the references. For submissions of revised manuscripts, authors should upload the manuscript file, individual figure files, and optional Supplementary files and videos as separate files.

3. Audio, video, animation and other general digital media formats for optional supplementary material: We accept files in any of the following formats for other material (if in doubt please enquire first): HTML document (.htm), MS Excel spreadsheet (.xls), GIF image (.gif), QuickTime movie (.mov), MPEG/MPG animation (.mpg).


1. Proofs. Once typeset, you will receive page proofs by email as a PDF file. It is the author's responsibility to keep the publisher informed of change of e-mail address, to check e-mails regularly and to have the software to receive files in PDF format. (You will need to have Acrobat Reader installed; freely available from You will be asked to detail your corrections directly in the PDF using e-annotation. You should avoid substantial changes to the text. We reserve the right to charge you for any alterations (other than typesetter corrections) of more than 10% of original text.

2. Reprints and page charges. CUP will supply each corresponding author of an article with a final PDF file of his or her article free of charge.

3. Copyright: Papers are accepted on the understanding that the work has been submitted exclusively to the journal and has not been previously published.


Authors submitting manuscripts for publication should make a copy of this checklist and submit it with their manuscripts. This will ensure that their MS is in the correct format and should make for more rapid processing and publication.


☐        Files exclusively submitted via Journal’s homepage, with copies backed up by author.

☐        Pages numbered throughout.

☐        Separate pages for references, tables and figure legends (all double spaced).

☐        Name, address and current email for correspondence clearly indicated.


☐        Cover page (p. 1) with: (a) Title; (b) full postal address; and (c) running title at foot.

☐        Abstract is in English (including authors and title) and includes key words for indexing.

☐        Citation of references in text conforms to specifications in Instructions to Authors.

☐        Joint authors quoted as Macharia and Mueke, i.e. not Macharia & Mueke.

☐        Journal titles are given in full and in italics.

☐        References in text and in reference list correspond exactly.

☐        First and last pages of references quoted.

☐        Measurements are in (SI) metric system.


☐        Size of figures conforms to specifications in Instructions for Contributors.

☐        Magnifications indicated by scale bars, not in the captions.

☐        Legends for figures are on a separate page.

☐        Abbreviations for figures fully listed and explained.

I have checked that the submitted manuscript conforms to the format outlined above.


(Date of Dispatch)

Updated 28 November 2017