Login or Register to make a submission.

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available and appropriate, DOIs or URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced throughout; uses at least a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end of the text.
  • You have used line numbers throughout your submitted manuscript to assist reviewers with their work. You have included page numbers on all pages.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

Author Guidelines

The JESBC is an open-access journal. Articles are published online as they are accepted; bound copies are printed every December. Manuscripts dealing with all facets of the study of arthropods will be considered for publication. Submissions may be from regions beyond British Columbia and the surrounding jurisdictions provided that content is applicable or of interest to a regional audience. Review and forum articles are encouraged. Authors need not be members of the Society. Manuscripts are peer-reviewed, a process that takes about six weeks.


The JESBC accepts only electronic submissions via our electronic submission system. Manuscripts should be 12-point font, double-spaced with generous margins and with numbered lines and pages. Tables should be on separate, numbered pages. Figures and captions should be placed together at the end of the manuscript. Each figure should be on a separate page. Figure lines should be sufficiently thick and lettering sufficiently large so that they will be clear when reduced to fit on a journal page (12.7 x 20.5 cm). If a paper is accepted following review, we may ask for original figure files during layout editing.

Style and format

Consult the examples below for style and format. Style generally conforms to The Canadian Entomologist.

Scientific Notes are an acceptable format for short reports. They must be two journal pages maximum, which is about four manuscript pages. Scientific Notes do not use traditional section headings, and the term "Scientific Note" precedes the title. A short abstract may be included if desired but must fit within the page limit. Notes are peer reviewed in the same manner as are regular submissions.

The JESBC accepts review articles and forum pieces. Both are also rigorously peer reviewed.


Citation of references in the text should be in the form “Klimaszewski (2003) showed”, “(Klimaszewski 2003)”, “(Walker 1976, 1978)”, “(Walker 1976; Allen 1977)”, or “(Walker 1976; Allen 1977a, 1977b)”. The reference list should be in alphabetical order of authors at the end of the manuscript. The names of serials and periodicals cited must be written out in full. The full title for each reference and the complete pagination for all items except books must be given. Pages or figures should not be cited in the Reference list but, if necessary, in the text as “(Nealis and Turnquist 2003, p. 906, Fig. 1)”.

Use the following formats for listing references.


Arditi, R. 1983. A unified model of the functional response of predators and parasitoids. Journal of Animal Ecology, 52: 293–303.

Truman, J.W. and Riddiford, L.M. 2002. Endocrine insights into the evolution of metamorphosis in insects. Annual Review of Entomology, 47: 467–500.

Van Driesche, R.G., Bellows, T.S., Elkinton, J.S., Gould, J.R., and Ferro, D.N. 1991. The meaning of percentage parasitism revisited: Solutions to the problem of accurately estimating total losses from parasitism. Environmental Entomology, 20: 1–7.


Layberry, R.A., Hall, P.W., and Lafontaine, J.D. 1998. The butterflies of Canada. University of Toronto Press, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Pinheiro, J.C. and Bates, D.M. 2000. Mixed-effects models in S and S-PLUS. Springer, New York. 

Price, P.W. 1997. Insect ecology. Wiley, New York.


Knudson, A. 1996. Evaluation of the biosprayer for the application of Trichogramma to cotton. In Proceedings of the Beltwide Cotton Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, 9–12 January 1996. Edited by P. Dugger and D. Richter. National Cotton Council, Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America. Pp. 788–791.

Chapter in a book:

Marshall, S.A., Buddle, C.M., Sinclair, B.J., and Buckle, D.J. 2001. Spiders, flies and some other arthropods of the Fathom Five National Marine Park islands and the upper Bruce Peninsula. In Ecology, culture and conservation of a protected area: Fathom Five National Marine Park, Canada. Edited by S. Parker and M. Munawar. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands. Pp. 191–229.


Rondeau, K.J. 2007. Dispersal of the biocontrol agent Cyphocleonus achates (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) on the invasive plant diffuse knapweed (Centaurea diffusa) (Asteraceae) M.Sc. thesis. University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.

Government Report:

Amman, G.D. and Cole, W.E. 1983. Mountain pine beetle dynamics in lodgepole pine forests. Part II: population dynamics. General Technical Report INT-145. United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Ogden, Utah, United States of America.

Krcmar, E. 2008. An examination of the threats and risks to forests arising from invasive alien species. Information Report BC-X-415.Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service. Pacific Forestry Centre, British Columbia, Canada.

Reeher, M.M. 1945. The wheat midge in the Pacific Northwest. Circular 732. United States Department of Agriculture, Washington District of Columbia, United States of America.

Journal article with DOI:

Wahlberg, N., Oliveira, R., and Scott, J.A. 2003. Phylogenetic relationships of Phyciodes butterfly species (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae): complex mtDNA variation and species delimitations. Systematic Entomology, 28: 257–273. doi:10.1046/j.1365-3113.2003.00212.x.

Journal article with URL:

Wahlberg, N., Oliveira, R., and Scott, J.A. 2003. Phylogenetic relationships of Phyciodes butterfly species (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae): complex mtDNA variation and species delimitations. Systematic Entomology, 28: 257–273. Available from[accessed 7 January 2016].

Journal article available online only (with DOI):

Lambshead, P.J.D., Brown, C.J., Ferrero, T.J., Hawkins, L.E., Smith, C.R., and Mitchell, N.J. 2003. Biodiversity of nematode assemblages from the region of the Clarion–Clipperton Fracture Zone, an area of commercial mining interest [online]. BMC Ecology, 3: 1.

Website citation:

Peck, S.B. and Newton, A.F. 2001. The leiodid beetles of Costa Rica [online]. Available from [accessed 29 October 2012].

Authors may not refer to their own unpublished information as “submitted” or “in preparation” but need simply state what was found. Do not cite “unpublished data” and “personal communications” in the Reference list.

Page charges

The Society has no support apart from subscriptions. There is one $350 flat fee for publication. There is no charge for color.

Page charge waiver

Authors whose entomological activities are not supported by universities or official institutions, who are unable to pay page charges from their personal funds, may apply for assistance when submitting a manuscript.

In addition, authors whose manuscripts have been invited for publication in the journal may have page charges waived.

Electronic reprints

The Society provides authors with an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file of an exact copy of the paper as it appears in the journal. This file will also be posted on the JESBC website to provide free electronic access to our journal for all interested parties.


The editors will make every effort to protect the identity of anonymous reviewers, although reviewers may reveal their identities to authors if they so choose. All submitted manuscripts are considered confidential until they are accepted for publication in the journal.

Natural History & Observations

Natural history observations are short – typically about two pages maximum – pieces outlining entomological observations such as (but not exclusively) insect outbreaks, population collapses, observations in unexpected locations, novel behaviors, etc.

The purpose of these papers will be to record potentially important phenomena – that may otherwise be overlooked – for the use of future researchers. Papers of this sort were common in many of the earlier years of the journal, and we feel that they still have a place, particularly as we move further into the Anthropocene.

Natural History and Observations pieces will be subject to peer review. While not necessarily required, pieces that supply photographic, video, audio, two-witness, voucher specimens, and/or other rigorous evidence of the observation will be more likely to be accepted.

Photographs will be included in the journal. Video, audio, or other such files should be deposited in a DOI-based repository (such as figshare, Dryad, or an institutional repository) with the DOI noted in the written piece. Voucher specimens should be deposited in recognized musuems with a notation to that effect in the text.

The JESBC encourages entomologists and other naturalists working in British Columbia and the surrounding jurisdictions to consider submitting their observations as part of the long term record of our regional entomological natural history.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.