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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 has it been sent to another journal for consideration.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  • Full references have been included and carefully checked. Where reference is given to a website, the correct URLs have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point Times Roman font; employs italics, rather than underlining; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end of the document (if the combined size is < 2mb) or as supplementary files.

Author Guidelines

Submission: Manuscripts intended for publication in Kukila should be submitted online via this site in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word or RTF document file format. The single file size limit is 2mb. Photos and maps and other should be reduced to a suitable resolution (ADD) and submitted separately as supplementary files, where the same 2mb single file size limit also applies. When submitting the article online, authors should take care to ensure that all authors listed on the paper are entered into the online system along with contact details and email addresses.Paper Categories:

  • Full Articles: 2,000-7,000 words in length, and generally present detailed new information on the biology (e.g. ecology or behaviour) or status of particular bird species, or on the avifauna of a poorly-known region of Indonesia, with reference to all relevant literature. A summary is required.
  • Short Communications: Less than 2,000 words in length, and may include less detailed observations of single species, or records that constitute the first of a species for a province or large island, providing authors furnish an adequate description of the bird’s appearance, habitat, location (if possible, geographical coordinates) and calls (if heard), as well as a thorough review of the literature. A short summary is required.
  • Around the Archipelago presents recent Indonesian records of bird species that are poorly known or rarely observed, as well as breeding records and records of recapture or recovery of birds banded or re-trapped in Indonesia. Author’s initials appear in brackets after the record, and their full names are given at the end of the report.  Observations from the Greater Sundas should be sent to Bas van Balen (, from Lesser Sundas to Colin Trainor (, and from Papua or Moluccas to Richard Noske (

English and scientific nomenclature and sequence should follow the latest version of the IOC World Bird List, unless otherwise stated. Geographic names follow any recent edition of the Time Atlas of the World. See Andrew (1992) for the boundaries of biogeographic regions. Geographic coordinates are required for place names. Scientific names and foreign words or abbreviations should either be in italics or underlined. Trinomials and the authority for nomenclature are required only where relevant to the theme of the manuscript. Dates should be written as in the following example: 2 June 2005.

References: Titles should be given in their original language. Literature should be cited in the text as follows: Vorderman (1900) or (Howard & Moore 1984; Monk et al. 1997). All references in the text should be listed alphabetically in the Reference section, and not as footnotes. They should follow the format shown below. Authors are reminded that the accuracy of the reference details is their sole responsibility. References should be presented according to standard form and listed in alphabetical order, with titles of book and journals in italics or underlined, as follows:

  • Hernowo, J. B. 1989. Studi pendahuluan habitat dan arena tari burung kuwau (Argusianus argus). Media Konservasi 2: 55-63.
  • Kemp, A. C. 2001. Family Bucerotidae (Hornbills). Pp 436-523 in J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott & J. Sargatal (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 6. Mousebirds to Hornbills. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
  • King, B. F., M. W. Woodcock & E. C. Dickinson. 1975. Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. Collins, London.
  • Somadikarta, S. 1982. The White-bellied Swiftlet Collocalia esculenta from Java. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club. 102: 18-20.

Style of Manuscript: Text should be in Times New Roman (font size 12) with single line spacing. Titles should be not more than 20 words, followed by the name and address of each author, including an email address for the corresponding author. A brief summary is required for all submissions. A summary in the Indonesian language is also appreciated for any article. Authors should consult the most recent published edition of the journal to check for the style and formatting approach used and as far as possible they should try to follow it.

Illustrations, graphics & photos: All illustrated material, including maps, graphs and photographs, must be presented in print-ready format (at a suitable resolution for both printing and on-screen viewing). All illustrated material must form part of the submitted manuscript, placed following the main body of text. The editors reserve the right to carry out non-technical editorial alterations, without reference to the authors.

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