Systematic & Applied Acarology Special Publications
ISSN 1461-0183
An international journal and rapid publication of the Systematic and Applied Acarology Society

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Notice to Authors

Aims and scope

Systematic and Applied Acarology Special Publications (SAASP) is a sister-publication of Systematic and Applied Acarology (SAA); both published by the Systematic and Applied Acarology Society. SAASP is designed for papers that can not be normally placed in SAA. These papers include (1) monographical works which are too long for SAA and (2) papers that need faster publication than the schedule of an annual publication such as SAA. Authors are required to contribute some printing cost for their papers published in SAASP. They have the benefit of having their papers made available online for free access from acarologists throughout the world.

SAASP publishes papers and monographs reporting results of original research on any aspects of mites and ticks. Submission of a manuscript implies that the results have not been published and are not being considered for publication elsewhere. It is assumed that all authors of a multi-authored manuscript agree to its submission. All papers are peer-reviewed before acceptance for publication. Papers can be published as fast as 2 months after receipt.


All manuscripts must be in English. Authors should make sure that the manuscript is written in good and concise English. A manuscript must start with a concise title followed by the name(s) and address(es) of the author(s). An abstract of no more than 500 words should be included before the text. Up to 6 key words should be provided. Headings such as Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, and References may be used. The text is followed by tables, appendices (if any), figure captions, and figures, all of which must be numbered consecutively. Authors of scientific names should be given when names of any animal or plant species are first mentioned. Manuscripts should be double spaced with at least 2 cm margins.

Systematic manuscripts

Taxonomic revisions, phylogenetic studies and descriptions of new species are considered for publication. New taxa, new combinations and new synonyms should be indicated as fam. nov., gen. nov., sp. nov, com. nov. and syn. nov. The data for holotype and paratype(s) and their depositories must be provided in the original descriptions. All other material examined should also be listed.


References are cited in the text in the format: Xin (1988) or (Xin 1988), Shih and Huang (1991) or (Shih & Huang 1991); Zhu et al. (1995) or (Zhu et al. 1995). All dated references cited in the text should be listed in alphabetical order in the bibliography; literature not cited should not be listed. The names of all authors should be given and the titles of the journals should be in full and not abbreviated. The references should be arranged in the following format for book chapters (A), books (B) and journal articles (C).

A) Book Chapter

Shih, C.I.T. & Huang, J.S. (1991) Functional responses of Amblyseius womersleyi preying on the kanzawa spider mites. In: Dusbabek, F. & Bukva, V. (eds.) Modern Acarology Vol. 2. Prague, Academia and The Hague, SPB Academic Publishing bv. pp. 481-484.

B) Book

Xin, J.-L. (1988) Agricultural Acarology. Shanghai, Fudan University Press. 466 pp.

C) Journal Article

Zhu, X.X., Zhang, W.Y. & Oliver, J.H. Jr. (1995) Immunocytochemical mapping of FMRFamide-like peptides in the argasid tick Ornithodoros parkeri and the ixodid tick Dermacentor variabilis. Experimental & Applied Acarology, 19, 1-9.

If any annotation is given, then the bracketed independent sentence at the end of a reference should have the period inside the closing bracket as in the example below.

Allen, R. W. & Kennedy, C. B. (1952) Parasites in a bighorn sheep in New Mexico.  Proceedings of the Helminthological Society of Washington, 19, 39. (A few larval O. megnini were found on a dead Ovis canadensis texiana, San Andres Refuge, 25 miles NE of Las Cruces.)



Manuscripts on mites should be submited to Dr Baker or Dr Zhang and those on ticks to Dr Durden. Potential author(s) should submit two copies of their manuscripts if done by post. Submission via e-mail is encouraged. Text part of the manuscript should be saved in Rich Text Format (rtf), although files saved in other software such as Word are acceptable. Line-drawings should be scanned at 600 dpi and photographs at 300 dpi; these should be saved as TIFF files and may be submited via e-mail as attachments. Figures can also be submitted as PDF.  Illustrations should have the author's (s') name(s) and the figure number(s) on the back. When preparing the illustrations, authors should bear in mind that has a matter size of 22 cm x 14 cm and is printed on A4 paper. Photographs can be published in colour online and in B&W in print without extra cost to authors.

Page charge

Authors are required to pay the following fee to cover part of the cost for publishing their papers in SAASP and to give free online access to everyone. 

Number of printed pages 
each additonal page
Price in US$

Paper offprints may be ordered at cost when the proof of the paper is returned. The following  table is a guide to cost in US$:

No.Copies      1-4pp     5-8pp     8-16pp   17-24pp

25                    25         40            60           90
50                    40         60            90         120
100                  60         90          120         150

Members of SAAS enjoys 25% discount. Payment should be made in USD or other major currencies (ask for conversion rates) and payable to Systematic & Applied Acarology Society. Payment should be sent along with corrected proof pages. SAAS can issue pro forma invoices for those who need them.
Authors without funds for publications may request (by writing to Dr Zhang) for further reduction of fees, subject to the availability of SAAS funds to cover the cost of publication.

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