Instructions for authors


In Travaux du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle “Grigore Antipa”, original papers of broad interest dealing with all aspects of general zoology (taxonomy, systematics, evolutionism, faunistics, zoogeography, palaeozoology, animal ecology, invasive species of animals, parasitism, biodiversity conservation) can be accepted, as well as book reviews, anniversaries and obituaries of some personalities of science world. Papers are published in English.

Submission of manuscripts

Each manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter (click to download) which should explicitly state that the authors have the authority to publish the work and that the manuscript (or one with substantially the same content, by any of the authors) has not been previously published in any language anywhere and that it is not under simultaneous consideration by another journal. All authors of the manuscript are responsible for its content; they must have agreed to its publication and have given the corresponding author the authority to act on their behalf in all matters pertaining to publication. The corresponding author is responsible for informing the coauthors of the manuscript status throughout the submission, review, and production process. Papersare accepted for publication on the basis of merit. Please note that since July 2012 the Travaux du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle “Grigore Antipa” uses the Editorial Manager system for handling manuscript submissions. Manuscripts should be sent via this on-line system going at the "Electronic submission" section of this site. We accept submission of text, tables and figures as separate files or as a composite file. Text files and tables must be submitted in the format MS Word - standard DOCUMENT (.DOC). Please note that a straight Excel file is not an acceptable format for tables. Figure files can be submitted in any of the following formats: BMP; JPG; TIFF or GIF. Please note that PowerPoint files are not accepted. Authors should clearly indicate location of tables and figures in the text if these elements are given separately or at the end of the manuscript. If this information is not provided to the editorial office, we will assume that they should be left at the end of the text.

Form of manuscripts

The manuscript must be typed 1.5 spaced, on one side of A4 paper, with the symbol “Times New Roman CE”, 12 points. The sequence of material should be as follows (all titles with capital letters): Title, Author(s) name, Mailing and e-mail address of author(s), Abstract and Key words, article body (titles: Introduction, Material and methods, Results, Discussions), Acknowledgements, References, Figures captions (each figure numbered and identified) and foot notes, Tables. Use italics for scientific names of genera and species, and in the description of a species for the titles of sequence (material, description, distribution, remarks), as well as for fully spelled Latin words. The abstract should not exceed maximum 8-10 lines. Figures caption, tables and figures should be on separate pages; figures proportioned to fit within the journal’s margins when reduced (13 cm wide, 20 cm high, maximum 25/38 cm). Each table should start on a separate page. All papers referred to in the text should be listed in the “References” alphabetically by the senior author’s surname and initials, then chronologically for multiple papers by the same author(s). Name of periodicals should be written out in full; i. e.: BURBANCK, W. D. (1962a) Further observation on the biotope of the estuarine isopod Cyathura polita. Ecology, 43 (4): 719-722. followed by BURBANCK, W. D. (1962b); BURBANCK, W. D., M. BURBANCK (1961)..., and BURBANCK, W. D., L. ABELEE, J. R. COMER (1960)...; ROMAN, M.-L., H. DALENS (1999) Ordre des Isopodes...:177-278. In: J. Forest (ed.)Traité de Zoologie... The running head should not exceed about 70 characteres and spaces. All papers published in our journal are subjected to a peer-review. 

Review process

When a manuscript is received by the Editor in chief, he will have it reviewed by at least two peers qualified to evaluate the manuscript and he normally asks the reviewers to complete the review in 30 days. However, the reviewing process will normally take longer, depending on the length of the manuscript and reviewers responses. For more details, please access the "Review process" section of this website.


Proofreading should be carried out once a final draft has been produced. Since the proofreading stage is the last opportunity to correct the article to be published, the authors are requested to make every effort to check for errors in their proofs before the paper is posted online. Major changes other than correcting printer’s or editor’s errors will be charged to the authors. Please note that only essential changes can be made at this stage and extensive corrections, additions, or deletions will not be allowed. Limit changes to correction of spelling errors, incorrect data, and grammatical errors and updated information for references to articles that have been submitted or are in press.

Transfer of Copyright Agreement

Once the paper is accepted, authors are assumed to have transferred the copyright of the paper to the publisher, "Grigore Antipa" National Museum of Natural History. A properly filled Transfer of Copyright Agreement Form (click to download), signed by the Corresponding Author on behalf of all the authors, must be provided for each submitted manuscript as a condition of publication. After submission authors are asked to email a scanned copy of the signed original to the Editor-in-chief of the journal.

Publication costs

There is no page charge for publishing with Travaux du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle “Grigore Antipa”. Publication of colour figures/photographs in online and print editions is also free of charge. Authors will receive a free e-reprint (PDF) for personal use (printing a copy for own use or exchange with other researchers, but not for deposition in a library/website/ftp-site for public access). However, authors are encouraged to offer biological materials for museum’s collections. The value of donations will help covering the printing costs.