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Antenna author guidelines


As the Bulletin of the Royal Entomological Society (RES), Antenna publishes a broad range of articles. Articles submitted to Antenna may be of specific or general interest in any field related to entomology. Submissions are not limited to entomological research and may, for example, include work on the history of entomology, biographies of entomologists, reviews of entomological institutions/methodologies, and the relationship between entomology and other disciplines (e.g. art and/or design). Antenna also publishes Letters to the Editor, Meeting Reports, Book/App/Website Reviews, Society News, Obituaries and other items (e.g. selected Press Releases). Antenna further includes details of upcoming entomological meetings in its Diary Section and features information and reports on RES activities including National Insect Week, Insect Festival and National, Regional and Special Interest Group meetings. Details of RES Awards and recipients are also covered, as is notification of new Members (MemRES), Fellows (FRES) and Honorary Fellows (Hon FRES).  It is not necessary to be a Member or Fellow of the Society to submit - we welcome any submissions.


Antenna is distributed quarterly to all Members and Fellows of the RES, as well as other independent subscribers. After a period of 5 years of exclusive membership access, complete issues are published online on the Antenna webpage for a further 5 years to help raise public awareness of the RES and its activities.


Standard articles are normally 1,000-4,000 words in length, though shorter/longer submissions may be considered with prior approval from the Editorial Team. The length of other submitted copy (e.g. Letters to the Editor and meeting reports) is generally shorter, and should not normally exceed 2,000 words. The use of full colour, high quality images is encouraged with all submissions (see Image Guidance below). As a guide, 4-8 images (including figures) are typically included with a standard article. It is the responsibility of authors to ensure that any necessary image permissions are obtained. Additional supplementary material may also be submitted for consideration for publication on the Antenna website. Authors are not required to conform to any set style when submitting to Antenna. Our only requirement is that submissions are consistent within themselves in terms of format and style, including that used in any reference list.


To maintain a high quality, we suggest that submissions for Antenna be sent via e-mail or remote file transfer in common picture formats (e.g., jpeg, giff or tiff). Electronic images can be embedded in the Word document, but we will also require separate electronic images. These should be the full-size image from the camera. If an image is intended for the front cover then the photograph should be in portrait format and again should be the full-size image from the camera. To give an idea as to what happens when the image is not of sufficient size, take a look at the two photographs below. One is 300dpi and the other is 72dpi.


With the exception of advertising material, there is no charge for publication in Antenna. All articles, including images, are published free-of-charge in full colour, with publication costs being met by the RES for the benefit of its membership.


All submissions are reviewed and, where necessary, edited ‘in-house’ by the Antenna Editorial Board, though specialist external review may be sought in some cases (e.g., for submissions that fall outside the Editorial Board’s expertise). Receipt of submissions will be provided by email, with submitting authors of accepted articles being offered the opportunity to approve final pdf proofs prior to publication. Where appropriate, authors will be requested to revise manuscripts to meet publication standards.


All submissions should be sent electronically to ‘’, preferably in MS Word format with images sent as separate files (see above). Image captions and figure headings should be included either with the text, or as a separate file.


Editor: David George (Newcastle University)

Editor: Richard Harrington

Editorial Assistant: Jennifer Banfield-Zanin (Stockbridge Technology Centre)

Consulting Editor: Jim Hardie (RES)

Assistant Editors: Adam Hart (University of Gloucestershire), Peter Smithers (University of Plymouth), Hugh Loxdale (Cardiff University), Tom Pope (Harper Adams University), Alice Mockford (University of Worcester)

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