About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Conservation Science is a peer-reviewed open access journal devoted primarily to the dissemination of up-to-date knowledge about global, regional and national conservation issues and the ways to tackle them. It promotes interdisciplinary research that has strong implications for the conservation of products and services provided by nature.

Papers with clear hypothesis that use applied conservation problems to test conservation theory will get priority.

The journal welcomes cross-disciplinary papers (e.g., social science, economics and geology etc.) that have broader implications for the scientific basis of conservation. Relevance of manuscript to specific conservation problem should be clearly stated in the separate mandatory section “Conservation Implications and Conclusion” (see Instructions to Authors).The subjects include, but not limited to, conservation biology, conservation genetics, conservation governance, energy conservation, species conservation, habitat conservation, landscape conservation, conservation laws and policies, and conservation education. The journal also covers critical review on topical issue and overview of the conservation status in particular regions/countries. Conservation Science is intended for a wide range of international readership, including both academicians and practitioners in nature conservation.

Peer Review Process

The submitted papers will be subjected to pre-review by editors. The papers deemed to be appropriate will be sent to reviewers.

Publication Frequency

Articles accepted for publication will be published immediately online.

Open Access Policy

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.

Publication Ethics

Conservation Science (Conserv Sci) gives a top most priority to maintain publication ethics during scholarly research and publication. We, therefore, strongly encourage to review our policy on “Publication Ethics and Malpractice” to ensure that editors, reviewers, publisher and authors follow it during article publication cycle. Failing to maintain best practice guidelines may result in article retractions with an official notification to concerned agencies (e.g., donor agencies, home institution of editors, authors and reviewers). We are also prepared to publish clarifications, corrections and rebuttal statements, if any.

Editors at Conservation Science are committed to maintain a fair peer review process, which include, among others, maintaining anonymity and privacy of reviewers, preserving privacy of personal data of authors and reviewers and any unpublished information. Editors work closely authors and reviewers to keep a high standard of articles in the journal. Editorial board (editor(s) and/or executive editor reserve a full authority to reject/accept an article submitted to journal. Any conflict of interest should be disclosed and be notified to executive editor.

Our reviewers are required to treat content of the paper confidentiality and provide an objective evaluation of scientific merit of the submitted paper. Reviewers should review the whether he/she is conversant with subject matter and examine any conflict of interest with respect to the research and the funding agencies.

Authors must declare that the manuscript as submitted has not been published or accepted for publication, nor is being considered for publication elsewhere, either in whole or substantial part. The work should conform to the legal requirements of the country where the work was carried out (e.g., national research guidelines, research permission etc). Authors should acknowledge all sources, avoid any form of plagiarism, and disclose any potential conflict of interest. The corresponding author is responsible for timely communication with all authors during whole period of article publication cycle. We strongly discourage ‘honorary authorship’. Detailed criteria to qualify an individual as an author are available by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Authors are suggested to review following documents:

  1. Guidelines for resolving authorship disputes;
  2. Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers;
  3. Guidelines for the medical research and publication ethics;
  4. Guidelines for the treatment of animals in behavioral research and teaching;
  5. Coauthors gone bad; how to avoid publishing conflict and a proposed agreement for co-author teams