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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 1,000–3,000 words in length, although 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 Opinion Pieces) is generally 500 words or fewer, and should not exceed 1,000 words. The use of full colour, high quality images is encouraged with all submissions (see Image Guidance below). As a guide one image per 500 words is typically included with a standard article, but submission of more would be welcome so that we have a choice. It is the responsibility of authors to ensure that any necessary image permissions are obtained. Additional supplementary material may be submitted for consideration for publication on the Antenna website.

Please note the following. There is no need to worry about typeface or size. Use UK English spellings, e.g. use -ise not -ize. Put all foreign language phrases and abbreviations in italics, e.g. etc. When naming an organism give the Latin name in full at first mention and the vernacular name if appropriate in brackets. There is no need to name the species authority. In subsequent mentions use the genus initial and species name unless starting a sentence, in which case give the genus in full.

For the headings we prefer this style but can be flexible:

What’s not to like about aphids?

Richard Harrington Hon FRES1 and James Bell FRES2

1Royal Entomological Society, UK ([email protected])

2Rothamsted Research, UK ([email protected])

In the body of the text, please put references in brackets, e.g., (Poppycock et al., 1997). Do not number the references. We would like to keep the space taken by the reference list to a minimum. Please use the following style.

Feldmeyer, B. et al. (2021) Molecular Ecology 25, 648–660. (Note: one author then et al.; no paper title; journal title in full; dash not hyphen between page numbers.)

Field, L.M. et al. (2017) Chapter 2 in van Emden, H.F. et al. (Eds) Aphids as Crop Pests. 2nd Edition. CABI, Wallingford, UK.

Halliwell, B. et al. (2015) Free radicals in biology and medicine. 5th Edition. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

We can only publish obituaries of entomologists who are Fellows or Members of the Society and have made extraordinary contributions to entomological science and/or the Society. Obituaries will not normally be more than one page long (up to 750 words and a photograph). Please discuss with the editors before writing an obituary.

Authors will be required to sign a declaration to confirm that their writing is wholly original and that they have permission to use any submitted photographs.


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 ‘[email protected]’, 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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