Focus and Scope
What is Journal of Threatened Taxa or JoTT?
The Journal of Threatened Taxa is an open access and print, peer-reviewed, monthly (not including supplementary and special issues and monographs), rapid, international journal on conservation and taxonomy. The Journal is abbreviated as JoTT. The official shorter version of the Journal name is J. Threat. Taxa
JoTT is a platform for quick and timely publication of research, findings, reviews and other aspects of science related to conservation and taxonomy including subject areas such as ecology, behavior, physiology, methodology, veterinary, diseases, management, models, data, among other relevant topics of conservation biology that have a direct or substantial impact on the knowledge, distribution, status, threats and conservation of native fauna, flora and fungi.
JoTT encourages professional and amateur/upcoming scientists from around the world to publish. The Journal provides assistance and mentors first time writers and writers from non-native English language countries in presenting science to the world.
On an average, JoTT publishes 100 research articles and reviews every year. In 2015, JoTT published more than 150 articles with 130 research articles, communications and reviews.
JoTT publishes manuscripts under following categories (details):
6. Short communications
8. Conservation Applications
9. Data Papers
11. Peer Commentaries
12. Response and Reply
15. Special Series
16. Book Reviews
JoTT is monthly journal with a strict schedule of publication. Regular issues are published online on the 26th of every month. Print copies are mailed out of the office on the same date; in case of a holiday print copies will be mailed the subsequent working day. For manuscripts to be considered for publication in an issue, final galley proofs from the authors must reach the Managing Editor before the 20th of that month failing which the article will be processed for the next month. In exceptional cases delay by a day may be permitted, but the editorial office has to be informed in advance. JoTT also publishes supplementary issues in the form of either a Monograph or Special Issue. These will be published as and when the manuscript is ready for publication, except when it is too close to the date of the regular monthly issue. In that instance the supplementary issue will be published a week or 10 days after the regular issue.
Article processing charges / Submission / Subscription:
1. Publishing in JoTT is absolutely free.
2. There are no submission charges to publish in JoTT.
3. There are no publication or page charges or membership fees charged at any time for publishing in JoTT.
4. There are no subscription or download charges in JoTT.
5. All publications in JoTT are completely Open Access and are available as HTML and PDF downloads.
6. Withdrawal of manuscript from publication after two weeks from the date of submission will be with a penalty of USD 10/- per page (authors residing outside of India), or INR 500/- per page (for authors residing within India) as indicated in the Checklist (of total pages submitted in A4 size page as per standard JoTT format, including text and illustrations) will be deposited before the submission is considered withdrawn.
1. Color and grey scale prints of the journal issues are available at cost. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
2. Annual print subscription of JoTT is available. Contact us at email@example.com for subscription prices for color and grey scale prints.
3. Prints are available at the JoTT office. To purchase the print edition contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at – The Managing Editor, Journal of Threatened Taxa c/o Wildlife Information Liaison Development (WILD) Society 96, Kumudham Nagar, Vilankuruchi Road Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641035, INDIA
4. No reprints will be supplied to any author free of charge.
5. Individual article reprints in color and grey scale can be purchased on a per page cost as decided by the publisher. Contact us at email@example.com for more details.
Open Access Policy
JoTT 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. JoTT conforms to creative commons CC-By attribution. “All articles published in JoTT are registered under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License unless otherwise mentioned. JoTT allows unrestricted use of articles in any medium, reproduction and distribution by providing adequate credit to the authors and the source of publication”.
JoTT archives all its contents in LOCKSS, CLOCKSS and BIOTAXA. JoTT utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. CLOCKSS system has permission to ingest, preserve, and serve this Archival Unit.
Peer Review Process
1. JoTT follows the double-blind peer review process.
2. Three referees will review all manuscripts, except those solicited from experts.
3. Opinions, responses, replies, rejoinders, corrections and addenda will be reviewed for facts.
4. JoTT identifies subject editors only after the initial round of reviews. The Subject Editor will be picked from one of the initial reviewers or a new subject expert will be identified.
5. Every manuscript will be assigned to a Subject Editor who, along with the Chief Editor, will be responsible in making final editorial decisions.
6. The Subject Editor’s name will appear on the final published paper unless anonymity is requested.
7. All reviews are double blind. However, should the reviewer wish to know the author names, the reviewer will have to reveal their name to the authors.
8. Reviewers and subject editors of JoTT are volunteers. Although reviewer comments are expected within a month sometimes due to requests for extension from reviewers and non-availability of subject reviewers, the review process may take longer than 3 months.
Conflict of Interest
1. It is necessary that authors should disclose any conflict related to the manuscript while submitting the manuscript for consideration in JoTT. The conflict of interest will be published along with the article. If the study was funded and there was no conflict of interest the authors must mention “Funding source had no role in study design, data collection, interpretation of results and manuscript writing”. If there is no conflict of interest, authors should mention “Declared none”.
2. Reviewers and subject editors are required to disclose any conflict of interest in connection with the manuscript, authors, biases or competing interests.
Reproducing Copyrighted Material
1. If authors wish to use materials from any source published, online or otherwise, necessary permissions must be sought in writing from the authors or publishers who are the copyright holders.
2. In case of the original material registered under Creative Commons license authors should refer to the appropriate attribution and notify JoTT regarding the same.
Registered Deposit Policy
JoTT has registered with Sherpa/Romeo deposit policy directory.
What does 'threatened taxa' mean?
One of the first things to come to the mind about ‘threatened taxa’ is that of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and the classification of the threatened categories in that, viz.: Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable. However, the Journal of Threatened Taxa does not restrict itself to taxa (phyla, groups, families, orders, species, subspecies, varieties, forms or populations) that are threatened with extinction as defined by the IUCN Red List. The term “threatened” in the Journal of Threatened Taxa is defined broadly to include all forms of taxa and their ecosystems, with the premise that the natural world today is threatened and therefore its taxa. Taxa could be threatened in several different ways, not only in their status in the wild. Lack of knowledge about a species or subspecies or a population is a threat as priorities could be compromised due to deficiency in data. Taxa scientifically described for the first time are under threat from data deficiency in their distribution, status, ecological needs, etc. Any taxon could be under threat in a location due to the changes in habitat or quality. Ecological changes, changes in land use, socio-economic changes, human influenced changes, alien introduced species, wrong reintroduction practices, new emerging diseases, social and political unrest, improperly planned national and international wildlife and conservation legislations, constant changes in taxonomy, global climate change, and other factors that keep our environment and ecosystems in a constant flux can have widespread or localized impacts on taxa. In some instances even the so-called Least Concern species could be impacted locally or widely due to the above factors. Of late, the onus is on select species with known ecological roles, or with a beneficial role in the ecosystem (for humans), which overshadows the need or importance for lesser-known and less-understood taxa inherently threatening them. The aim of the Journal of Threatened Taxa is to eliminate threats to taxa and the ecosystems by rapid and timely publication of important taxonomic and conservation findings through a proper process of peer review.
The beautiful JoTT logo is designed by the famous Stephen Nash based on the concept of “Green Man” found in cultural contexts almost throughout the world. Traditionally, the Green Man is depicted by a human or animal face with plant material enveloping the sides or originating from within the face. Its relevance to today’s world is much stronger, its inherent symbolism of humans being an integral part of nature and the need to nurture all natural forms around us. While developing the Green Man logo, several thoughts went into the design and after a couple of draft renditions, the brilliant wildlife artist Stephen Nash developed this version which encapsulates the concept of the Green Man and brings out the aspects of biodiversity on the planet. For understanding the logo and the significance it holds to all of us, please read Stephen Nash’s contribution below. “Seeing the Green Man for the first time, many years ago in an old church near where I grew up in England, was a deeply moving experience for me. There was something that I could, subconsciously, 'read' in its symbolism, which went well beyond normal memory and experience. When subsequently I read James Lovelock's 'Gaia' hypothesis, in which he talks of the life-forms and ecosystems of the planet being so profoundly and delicately interconnected as to comprise a vast single functioning organism, and Hildegard von Bingen's ideas on 'veriditas', the 'greenness' which she felt were the manifestations of cosmic energies, and most recently Edward O. Wilson's 'Biophilia', that need we have for the company of other species, without which, as Chief Seattle put it, humanity would "die of a loneliness of spirit", it all seemed to make sense. Buddhism also points the way, urging as it does compassion towards all creatures, but I have learned more recently that forms of the Green Man are found in many parts of the world, and that the image may be linked inextricably with reverence for the Mother Goddess, perhaps the ancestor of all cultures. How appropriate then, as our relationship with our fellow-creatures has reached a point of crisis, and science has shown us that the survival of so many vital parts of our species' biological support structure is so uncertain, that the interdependence of all life is being appreciated ever more, and the Green Man is the visual symbol for, and the encapsulation of, that renewed awareness”.
What do you need at the time of submission?
1. Covering letter (Download)
2. Checklist (Download)
3. Names, affiliations, complete postal address and working email IDs of all authors.
4. Names of 3 preferred reviewers (see guidelines)
5. Names of non preferred reviewers, if any
6. Manuscript file in .doc or .docx format (preparation guidelines)
7. Figure and images (preparation guidelines)
8. Ethics statement signed by corresponding author (download)
1. Only electronic submissions are accepted.
2. Submissions are to be made through the online Open Journal System (OJS).
3. In case of difficulties in submitting through the OJS, submit –(i) covering letter, (ii) checklist, (iii) manuscript and related files and (iv) ethics statement – by email to the Editor, JoTT at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
4. In case of slow internet connectivity submit the manuscript text, tables and figure/image captions through the OJS or by email and high resolution images and figures can be submitted on a CD-Rom/DVD. CD-Rom/DVD should be mailed to – The Chief Editor, Journal of Threatened Taxa Wildlife Information Liaison Development (WILD) Society 96, Kumudham Nagar, Vilankuruchi Road Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu 641035, INDIA
5. When a manuscript is submitted to JoTT through email the corresponding author must copy the email to all the coauthors.
1. In case of Short Notes or Short Communications that do not match the requirements of JoTT, but are none-the-less of value to conservation, we will forward the manuscripts for consideration in appropriate newsletters such as FrogLeg Newsletter, Reptile Rap Newsletter, Small Mammal Mail Newsletter, MIN or to Zoo’s Print Magazine.
2. Articles submitted to JoTT are received under good faith as being based on original research and has not been submitted, accepted or published elsewhere.
3. After preliminary assessment of the suitability of the manuscript for consideration in JoTT, status of the manuscript will be intimated to the corresponding author within 4 months. If the manuscript is found in need of minor corrections or additions, a tentative acceptance will be communicated in that time. However, final acceptance will be communicated only after satisfactory changes have been carried out and accepted by the Subject Editor & Chief Editor for publication. The date of publication from the date of final acceptance depends on how fast the authors respond to the needs of the editorial office in making corrections to the proofs and submitting all files according to the format required by the publications department.
4. To facilitate speedy publication from the date of first submission, ensure that peers review the manuscript beforehand. This will potentially help your manuscript to be reviewed faster and with lesser suggestions for modification. For authors from countries with English as not the primary language, and for new authors, it is strongly recommended that you also get the text vetted for presentation, English, grammar, typographical errors, consistency, etc. before submitting to JoTT. While we do consider manuscripts on their merit of research finding and conservation need, poorly written manuscripts will have a higher probability of rejection/delays from reviewers and subject editors for difficulty in comprehending the subject.