Each paper is examined by the Submissions Editor and assigned to an Associate Editor who selects at least two reviewers knowledgeable about the subject. Reviewers judge submitted manuscripts on data originality, ideas, analyses, interpretation, accuracy, conciseness, clarity, appropriate subject matter, and overall contribution to the field. Reviewers are selected principally from biologists, managers, and academics throughout the world who are directly familiar with the subject material. Associate editors strive to complete the review porcess within 4 weeks; the journal is published annually within 12-14 months of the previous year's annual North American Moose Conference and Workshop.
Papers will be published on-line after final galley proofs are approved by, and page charges are received from the author. An annual bound issue of ALCES will be published after a sufficient number of papers are completed, normally within 12-14 months after the annual North American/International Moose Conference and Workshop.
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
Pete Pekins, United States
Gerald Redmond, Canada
Art Rodgers, Alces Business Editor, Canada
Brian E McLaren, Lakehead University, Canada
Murray Wayne Lankester, Professor Emeritus, Lakehead University, Canada
Kristine M Rines, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
Guide to authors
For abbreviated instructions on preparing a manuscript for submission to Alces, consult the inside front cover of a recent issue of the journal.
For detailed instructions, consult examples in recent issues of Alces and follow the "Manuscript Guidelines for Contributors to Alces", by Rodgers et al. 1998 (Alces, Vol. 34). You can also obtain a .pdf version of the Manuscript Guidelines by clicking on the above link. Recent Revisions to the Manuscript Guidelines are provided below. Authors should also review the Checklist of Common Errors in Manuscripts submitted to Alces, which is also provided below and as a printable pdf file.
Prior to submission, authors, especially those for whom English is a second language, are strongly urged to have their manuscript "peer-edited" by a colleague to improve grammar and reduce the number of simple errors. Authors will be held responsible for making substantial changes to manuscripts.
Manuscripts submitted for review should be laid out as described by Rodgers et al. (1998). All text and tables must be double-spaced and left-justified. To submit a manuscript electronically, you must first register as a user of the Alces website. Put all parts of the manuscript (text, tables, figures, etc.) in a single IBM-compatible file (Word, WordPerfect, or PDF format) and submit it, as an attachment.
If it is necessary to submit hard copies, put all parts of the manuscript (text, tables, figures, etc.) in a single IBM-compatible file (Word, WordPerfect, or PDF format) and send it, as an attachment, to the Submissions Editor, Gerald Redmond. Four (4) copies of the manuscript must be provided for the review process.
Text must be provided in an IBM-compatible format (Word or WordPerfect). A graphic artist will format all manuscripts into the double column layout as seen in the journal.
Tables should be numbered and presented on separate pages. Titles and all parts of tables must be typed double-spaced. Tables must be constructed to fit the width of the page (21.5 cm), leaving 2.5-cm margins on all sides (i.e., 16.5 cm wide). Table columns must be generated with tab settings or a table editor - do not use the space bar. Table titles should be concise. The layout of tables should resemble those in recent issues of Alces.
Figure captions should be typed on a separate page. Identify the corresponding illustrations by typing the author's name and figure number on each page.
For final production, each illustration (either a photograph or line-drawn figure), must be of professional graphics quality and reduced to fit into the area of either 1 (67 mm) or 2 (138 mm) columns of text by the author(s). Figures that can be reduced to single-column width are preferred. Seldom should there be a reason to consume a whole page for one figure (maximum length 190 mm).
Letters and numbers on reduced line-drawn figures must remain legible and be no less than 1.5 mm high after reduction. The same size and font of lettering should be used for all figures in the manuscript. Use a sans serif font (e.g., Arial) for all lettering.
Computer-generated graphics are acceptable as long as they conform to the above requirements with respect to size and legibility following reduction. Some may be judged unsuitable and originals may have to be prepared using traditional graphic art techniques.
Photographs must be of high contrast. Photographs or line-drawn figures may be submitted as electronically scanned images with a minimum resolution of 600 dpi. Scanned images must also conform with the above requirements with respect to size and legibility following reduction. For final production, authors should provide the original bitmap images (preferably as Tagged Image File Format files - .tif) in an IBM-compatible format.
Please read instructions to authors carefully so that the preparation of your manuscript for printing can proceed as quickly as possible.
Revisions to the Manuscript Guidelines for Contributors to Alces:
- For all References, spell out the names of books, proceedings and journals in full.
- Eliminate the use of all other abbreviations in the References section except for M.Sc., Ph.D., Inc., Ltd., U.S., U.S.A., D.C., and U.K.
- Do not provide the total page numbers of books, theses, or government publications in the References section.
- Use large and small capital letters for author(s) names in the References section (e.g., KARNS, P.D., and V. CRICHTON).
- Where there are two (2) authors of a paper cited in the References section, follow the first author's initials with a comma (see example above).
- If e-mail addresses are provided, include them with the affiliation and mailing address of authors following the title on the first page.
- If not the first author, indicate the corresponding author in a footnote on the first page.
- Do not italicize "et al.", "unpublished data", "personal communication", or "in press" when citing sources in the text.
- Do not use an apostrophe for plural dates (e.g., use 1970s instead of 1970's) or with acronyms (e.g., use ANOVAs instead of ANOVA's).
- When citing websites in the References, provide the month and year the website was last accessed by the author(s); e.g., Accessed June 2007.