Philosophy of Western North American Naturalist

The Western North American Naturalist welcomes previously unpublished manuscripts pertaining to the biological natural history of western North America, including western Canada and all of Mexico. Preference will be given to concise manuscripts of up to 12,000 words. Longer manuscripts will be considered for the monograph series. Simple species lists are discouraged.

For more information, please see Western North American Naturalist Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Western North American Naturalist provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series or as a thesis/dissertation does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Western North American Naturalist, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Western North American Naturalist. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Western North American Naturalist, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Western North American Naturalist has general guidelines for authors that govern the structure and formatting of manuscripts submitted for review. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details.

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Rights for Authors and BYU ScholarsArchive

As further described in our Copyright and Publication Agreement, in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Brigham Young University all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal-use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of Western North American Naturalist, requires credit to Brigham Young University as copyright holder (e.g., Brigham Young University © 2024).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Western North American Naturalist provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a noncommercial open access institutional repository or other noncommercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a noncommercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the BYU ScholarsArchive website and/or software agree not to misuse the BYU ScholarsArchive service or software in any way.

The failure of Brigham Young University to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Copyright and Publication Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Copyright and Publication Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Copyright and Publication Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Copyright and Publication Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Brigham Young University and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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