Contributor Guidelines

The Wildlife Professional (ISSN 1933-2866) is a quarterly magazine published by The Wildlife Society (TWS). All TWS members receive print copies and online access to full content as a benefit of membership. In addition, select articles are made available free to the public on TWS’s website at news.wildlife.org.  

Purpose

The Wildlife Professional (TWP) is published to provide timely, readable, and relevant news and information reflecting the work, interests, and concerns of professionals who work in fields related to wildlife management and conservation. 

Readers

The Wildlife Professional goes to all of the nearly 11,000 members of The Wildlife Society. Our diverse membership includes wildlife biologists (both researchers and field practitioners), policymakers, wildlife law enforcement officers, veterinary scientists, educators, wildlife technicians, and a broad range of other specialists whose daily work is related to the science-based management and conservation of wildlife and habitats. Members also include students who are training to enter a profession related to wildlife management and conservation. 

Scope and Content

TWP accepts story ideas and submissions for all sections of the magazine as follows: 

Standing Departments

Every issue of TWP has some regular, recurring departments such as State of Wildlife, Science in Short, Field Notes, and Today’s Wildlife Professionals. These standing departments are usually written by staff, who welcome suggestions submitted by TWS members and the magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board. 

Cover Story

Every issue focuses on a major issue or challenge facing wildlife professionals today, featuring that topic on the cover. Often the cover story anchors a package of several articles related to the same theme. These articles may be written by staff, TWS members, or, occasionally, by qualified outside contributors. 

Rotating Departments

The magazine has 11 article categories that reflect the broad range of issues facing wildlife professionals today. These are generally written by TWS members as a means to share information and insights from their work. Article categories include: 
  • Commentary (opinion pieces)
  • Research and Practice
  • Education
  • Professional Development
  • Ethics in Practice
  • Reviews (of books, primarily)
  • Health and Disease
  • Tools and Technology
  • Human-Wildlife Connection
  • Wildlife Imaging
  • Law and Policy

Style

The Wildlife Professional is a hybrid of a scholarly journal and general-interest magazine. Articles should be scientifically sound and well-supported, and should include citations to scientific papers to support key points.
 
The articles, however, should not be presented in the formulaic style of a journal paper. Instead, they should be akin to news magazine articles, with a timely lede (opening paragraph), solid reporting, relevant quotes, and an engaging writing style that uses the active voice. Authors must include specific examples to illustrate their main points (the “show, don’t tell” approach). Authors should also keep in mind that their articles are intended for a broad, general audience of readers who may not be expert in the topic. We rely on Associate Press style for text, and follow citation style recommended in Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers. 
 
Important note: TWP editors are available and happy to work with authors who may be unfamiliar with magazine writing style. We want and need your articles and expertise, so we encourage you to contribute and allow us to help bring your article to publication. 

To Submit

All queries, drafts, suggestions, or manuscripts should be sent by email to editor@wildlife.org, or by mail to:
 
Editor
The Wildlife Professional
The Wildlife Society
5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814.
 
Submission does not guarantee placement. Articles submitted for publication are usually sent to outside experts for an informal review. However, authors are responsible for the accuracy of their articles.

Deadlines

Submissions for the Spring issue (mailed March 10) are due November 1 of the previous year.
Submissions for the Summer issue (mailed June 10) are due February 1 of the same year.
Submissions for the Fall issue (mailed September 10) are due May 1 of the same year.
Submissions for the Winter issue (mailed December 10) are due August 1 of the same year.

Additional Requirements

If a manuscript is accepted, we also require the following:
  1. Headshot. If there are one or two authors, we require a headshot of both. If there are more than two authors, we will run a headshot of the lead author only. Images must be at least 300 pixels wide by 330 pixels tall (or 300 dpi) and should be clear and in focus. Color images are preferred. 
  2. Brief Bio. We need to identify the authors by professional title and institutional affiliation. Please include “Ph.D.” and/or “CWB” if applicable.
  3. Bibliography. Format according to CSE style. When possible, include a link to the abstract or full PDF for every bibliography entry. All items referenced in the text must be included in the bibliography, though not all items in the bibliography need to be referenced in the article. Example: Boyles JG, Cryan PM, McCracken GF, Kunz TH. 2011. Economic importance of bats in agriculture. Science 332:41-42. http://www.sciencemag.org/content/332/6025/41.short
  4. Citations in Manuscripts. All citations within a manuscript will be linked to an abstract or PDF of the document. Style for citations within the text is as follows:

    • For peer-reviewed journal articles, cite the author’s name and date: (Smith 1995; Brown et al. 2000)
    • For popular press items, cite the publication and date: (New York Times 2000)
    • For websites: (www.widlife.org)
    • When possible, insert a hyperlink for each reference: (Smith 1995)
  5. Photographs. We encourage authors to submit photographs that illustrate key points in their articles. Please also provide the photo credit (photographer’s name and affiliation) and caption information (who, what, when, where, why). The editors will help locate additional suitable photographs as necessary. All photos must be minimum 300 dpi in resolution, and JPEG or TIF files are preferred. Candid shots are also preferred; avoid submitting posed images, except for headshots. 
Charts, graphs, and videos are welcome if they add useful and specific information to the article. Acceptable formats include print-ready image files. Videos may be posted on the TWS website, along with other interesting supplemental material when available.