"Cichlid Research: State of the Art": Call for Papers

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March 3, 1999




A special issue of the Journal of Aquariculture & Aquatic Sciences (JAAS)

Edited by Ronald M. Coleman and Wayne Leibel


Why publish this volume?

Do you know the state of the art in areas of cichlid research other than your own? Equally importantly, do other cichlid researchers know the state of the art in your discipline? The answer to both questions is likely "not really." We work in different disciplines, attend different conferences and publish in different journals. The last major compilation of cichlid research was Keenleyside's book in 1991. Much has been done since then, but the bulk of it has appeared in specialized journals. We need a way to bring this material together to foster cross-talk among researchers.

Our goal is to produce a compilation of papers that will allow a
broad cross-section of people interested in cichlids to understand the
cutting edge in cichlid research.


Why publish in this format?

We seek to publish a range of papers, some longer, some shorter. The long lead time and more rigid format of a book is less appropriate to meet our goals. The journal format allows flexibility and rapid publication. Our goal is to publish in the late summer/early fall of 1999.


What kind of papers are acceptable?

Papers can be on anything pertinent to cichlid biology. This includes, but is not limited to, systematics, evolution, reproduction, ecology, behaviour, nutrition, disease, parasites, conservation, genetics and biochemistry.

All papers must be original contributions, i.e. not exact reprints of material published elsewhere, but the format can be highly variable. Standard papers describing new research are certainly welcome, but we also welcome reviews and mini-reviews. The latter in particular are encouraged and might take the form of a synthesis of a number of papers published by the author in the more technical literature. We also welcome shorter contributions, particularly those on techniques of working with cichlids (e.g., physiological, behavioral, molecular techniques).

The writing style will be academic, but the goal is comprehension by the readers. We want this material to be accessible to researchers in other disciplines and so we encourage explanation of jargon or techniques to a greater degree than might be found in a typical journal paper.


Why submit to this issue?



Important Dates

April 30, 1999: Please email one of the editors with your intention
to submit. After April 30, we cannot guarantee space.

July 15, 1999: Deadline for submission of manuscripts.





About JAAS

JAAS is abstracted in all relevant secondary services such as Zoological Record. JAAS is normally sold by subscription and is available in many major libraries. There are currently approximately 1200 subscribers. Non-subscribers can reserve copies of this issue in advance or purchase it after publication.

JAAS is printed on 8"x11" archival paper and is paper-bound with a Title Page, Table of Contents, and Systematic, Subject, Geographic and Authors indexes. Black and white photographs reproduce very well on the semi-gloss paper. The 1995 special issue on "The Biology of Freshwater Elasmobranchs" is a rough model for this special issue on cichlids.


Contact information

Ronald M. Coleman (Co-editor)
1311 35th Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95822
Tel: 916-424-0720
email: Ron Coleman <rcoleman@cichlidresearch.com>
website: http://cichlidresearch.com (Cichlid Research Home Page)

Wayne Leibel (Co-editor)
Department of Biology
Lafayette College
Easton, PA 18042
email: Wayne Leibel <LeibelW@lafvax.lafayette.edu>
website: http://www.lafayette.edu/biology/WSLres.html

John Farrell Kuhns (Publisher)
Journal of Aquariculture & Aquatic Sciences
7601 East Forest Lakes Drive, North West
Parkville, Missouri 64152, USA
Tel: 816-891-6671
Fax: 816-891-6486
email: jfk@compuserve.com or jfk@sound.net
website: http://AquaScienceResearch.com


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