Author Guidelines

This page explains how to prepare your manuscript for submission to Snow Leopard Reports. Before submitting, please make sure that your article fits with the journal’s Aims and Scope.

Snow Leopard Reports publishes original contributions, observations and news related to the ecology and conservation of snow leopards and co-occurring species across the snow leopard range.

Submission Categories

Snow Leopard Reports publishes the following types of articles:

Field Notes (500-1,000 words main text) present novel natural history or field observations within snow leopard landscapes. Field notes must tell a compelling story that can help generate a novel hypothesis or that can be placed in a larger context of snow leopard and co-occurring species’ ecology, biology and evolution. These are typically expected (although not required) to be accompanied by photos that help to document the observations. 

Research Notes (500-2,000 words main text) present new findings, approaches or concepts relevant to snow leopard and co-occurring species’ conservation. This is the most data-oriented section of Snow Leopard Reports, typically including an introduction, methods, results and their concise discussion. Short review papers on a specific topic are welcome as well. We encourage the inclusion of photos, diagrams and maps.

Notes from the Conservation Frontline (500-1,000 words main text) highlight issues that practitioners face at the frontline of conservation across snow leopard landscapes. The Notes should be concise and capture their relevance within the wider conservation literature. The structure is open to allow practitioners' perspectives to be shared in a conducive form and should be written in an accessible way with a minimum of technical language. Any figures, plates or tables should be included only if essential for understanding the material.

All types of articles are peer reviewed and an abstract is required. Word counts excludes the title page, abstract (up to 150 words), table content, tables and figure captions and references. 

Formatting your manuscript 

Submissions must be in a Word document format. Text should be in Times New Roman, font size 12, double spaced with pages and lines numbered.

Title page

On the title page, include the title, author list with affiliations and corresponding author indicated, ORCID if available, keywords, type of contribution, and word count (for the main text).

Title: The title should be concise and informative (≤ 20 words). If possible, include the main results in the title, e.g. Bharal is the main prey of snow leopards in Bhutan.

State type of article: Field Note, Research Note or Notes from the Conservation Frontline

Author list and affiliation: Enter author names in the following order: First name, Middle name, Last name (surname or family name). Include affiliations and indicate with superscript numbers which author they belong to. Add a symbol to indicate the corresponding author and include contact information, e.g. Justine Shanti Alexander1,+, Byron Weckworth 2

1,+ Snow Leopard Trust
+Corresponding author, email: xxx@xx.xx

Provide ORCIDs for all authors that have such.

Keywords: Include 4-5 key words in alphabetical order (these should be optimised for online search engines)


The Title page is followed by an abstract (required for all article types). The abstract should summarise the aims, method and main results of the work. It should contain no more than 150 words and should not contain references or unexplained abbreviations or acronyms.

Main text

Use headings and subheadings to split the main text in sections (usually Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Literature Cited, but other headings can be used if they suit your submission). Abbreviations should be written out in full at first mention. Do not use footnotes.

Figures and photos

Pictures of species, habitat, landscape or other graphic material may be included to illustrate articles. Diagrams, drawings and captions should be legible after reduction. Maps should always indicate both the scale in metric units and the North. All figures, photos and tables should be numbered and referred to in the main text. Figure and photo captions should be included at the end of the manuscript, after Literature Cited. Any relevant copyright information must be included.


A brief statement thanking individuals, organisations and government bodies that provided assistance and details of financial support.

Conflicts of interest 

Details of any relationships that have the potential to bias the work. If no known conflicts of interest exist, please include ‘No known conflicts of interests’.

Literature Cited

Please ensure that all in-text citations are also present in the Literature Cited (and vice versa). Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the Literature Cited but may be mentioned in the text. Use of the references’ DOIs is highly encouraged. All citations (in-text citation and Literature Cited) should use Harvard style.

Format and Style

Language  Manuscripts should be written in British or American English. Be consistent throughout the manuscript.

Headings Limit manuscript sections to one or two heading levels and indicate them clearly, e.g. Methods, Study area

Nomenclature Units: Use SI units as much as possible.

Species names Write in italics (e.g. Panthera uncia). Write out genus and species in full at first mention.

File Format Manuscripts must be submitted as Word files.

Page/line numbers Include page and line numbers in the manuscript file. Use continuous numbering (do not restart on each page).

Layout and spacing The main manuscript text should be single column, double spaced and written in Times New Roman, 12 point.