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Author Guidelines

Thank you for considering submitting your work to The Canadian Field-Naturalist. Please read Instructions to Authors for information on formatting, page charges, and other topics related to submission. We also have an Ethics Statement describing expectations of authors, reviewers, editors, and the publisher of CFN.

Please submit your manuscript using our online submission system.


Book Reviews: please read our new book review guidelines.


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format (.doc). The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end of the manuscript file.
  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in Instructions to Authors.
  4. Paste your cover letter in the "Comments for the Editor" box below. For Articles and Notes, please include the names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of at least three potential reviewers with suitable expertise who would not be in a conflict of interest reviewing your manuscript.

Copyright Notice

Copyright for Canadian Field-Naturalist content is held by the Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club, except for content published by employees of federal government departments, in which case the copyright is held by the Crown. In-copyright content available at the Biodiversity Heritage Library is available for re-use under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) licence. For usage of content at the BHL for purposes other than those allowed under this licence, contact us.


To request use of copyright material,  please contact our editor, Dr. Dwayne Lepitzki: thecanadianfieldnaturalist -at- gmail -dot- com


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