Instructions for Authors

New Zealand Natural Sciences documents research in the earth, life and environmental sciences relevant to New Zealand and Antarctica. This journal publishes experimental and descriptive papers from all aspects of natural science including biology, botany, ecology, geology, geography, soils and atmospheric sciences, zoology and related subjects.

We welcome:
1) Research articles
2) Review articles
3) Short notes
4) Letters to the editor
5) Book reviews

Instructions to Authors  (PDF)


In the interests of making the review process of submitted papers more efficient, authors are strongly encouraged to submit an electronic version their manuscript as a Microsoft Word document to

Manuscripts must be in English and accompanied by a complete, collated set of figures and tables. Manuscripts are accepted for publication on the understanding that they are subject to minor editorial revision. 

Reviewing Policy

Manuscripts will be sent to two or more specialist referees for constructive and confidential appraisal. Please suggest up to three potential reviewers. However, authors are expected to have their papers peer-reviewed for scientific content, clarity of presentation of text, references, and illustrations before submission. All authors are responsible for the manuscript. Well-presented papers result in faster turn around times and eventually reduced time to publication. Papers that do not conform to the guidelines may be returned without review.


After acceptance and the completion of any necessary revisions, a final electronic copy of text, figures and tables will be requested. Figures should be submitted electronically as separate image files (preferably as JPEG or TIFF files). File quality should be a minimum of 300 dpi.

Before publication, proofs will be provided to the authors. These are to be checked and corrected in accordance with the conventional proofreaders’ marks given in The Style Book (GP Publications, Wellington, New Zealand). Only essential corrections will be made. Authors are reminded that proof-reading is not an opportunity for revision.

Only after this draft is returned will the manuscript be published online.


Authors will be provided with a PDF copy of the final paper, which may be used for personal use only.

The Editors
New Zealand Natural Sciences
School of Biological Sciences
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand

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