Instructions to Authors

Copeia, the journal of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH), invites submissions of original work dealing with the biology of fishes, amphibians, or reptiles or using those organisms as models for testing hypotheses of broad significance. Appropriate topics include, but are not limited to, such areas as ecology, conservation, life history, evolution, systematics, taxonomy, biogeography, phylogeography, and physiology. Principal criteria for acceptance of articles are quality and significance of research, breadth of interest, and clarity and conciseness of expression.

Acceptance will be based upon the quality of the science and the appropriateness of the manuscript for the journal. Each manuscript must stand on its own merits and be a substantial contribution to the field. Final acceptance of a paper for publication requires compliance with the style and format of the journal. Download the complete instructions to authors.

All aspects of publishing in Copeia are electronic, including submission, review, and correspondence. Manuscripts must be submitted online via New authors will need to register for an account.

ASIH retains copyright to all materials and works published in Copeia. No portion of the contents may be reproduced elsewhere without the expressed consent of the ASIH Secretary. 

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field equipment to model rattlesnake thermal ecology