FAO Regional Office for Africa

The Nature & Faune Journal is an information source for a broad audience in Africa, containing articles, papers and news items from policy makers, researchers, wildlife authorities, students etc. The aim of the journal is to disseminate information (scientific and technical knowledge) and promote the exchange of experiences on wildlife, protected area management and the sustainable use and conservation of natural resources in Africa.

Nature & Faune Journal: Guidelines for Authors

Nature & Faune is a peer-reviewed open access international bilingual (English and French) publication of the FAO Regional Office for Africa. Its aim is to disseminate information (scientific and technical knowledge) and promote the exchange of experiences on wildlife, protected area management and the sustainable use and conservation of natural resources in Africa. It is currently produced twice a year under the coordination of the Senior Regional Forestry Officer.

The editorial board is particularly interested in manuscripts about successes and failures from which African readers can draw lessons, as well as innovative practices which can enhance the sustainable management of natural resources and lead to improvement in wildlife management and conservation. Announcements of funding opportunities, research possibilities, meetings and other activities of interest are also welcomed for posting in the magazine.

Outline of Manuscripts

Manuscripts presented for publication should not exceed 3 pages of A4 sheets, including figures, tables, and references). They should be single-spaced with a 12-point font. Articles should have a maximum word count of 1,500 and are required to include the following:

1. Title and if necessary a Subtitle
Titles and/or subtitles of articles should denote the topic, the country where the work took place,.

2. Abstract or Summary
Include in the summary the context of the paper; summarizing the main discussion, conclusions and recommendations. The maximum allowed is 250 words. The summary needs to be an abridgement of the document you wish to be published, concentrating in itself the ideas from your full document.

3. Introduction
Please explain the background and justification of your work and the importance of it, preferably with references to other articles.

4. Materials and methods and Results (for research articles only)
For research articles, materials and methods used, as well as results should focus on how the work was carried out. The results section provides the findings of the work, preferably in tables or figures.

5. Discussion and Conclusions
If it is a research article, the research method is assessed in the "discussion section" , the findings of the research are explained, comparisons are made with other research, and the possible practical use of the outcomes is emphasized. The Conclusions section summarizes the main findings.

6. Recommendations and Suggestions for further research (optional)
If possible and relevant, the article should give recommendations about the subject discussed and provide suggestions for further research and/or development programmes.

7. References
Use reference format MLA to cite sources (The Modern Language Association of America, also referred to as the Modern Language Association or simply MLA). This entails that bibliographical references should be limited to the essential information and should include: name of author(s), year of publication, title, place of publication and publisher (for books), journal title, volume and pages (for articles). The names of all authors of a work should be given in references. Where there are more than three authors in the reference, abbreviate to et al. in the text (but not in the reference). The name of the author is to be followed by the initials of the first name(s), year of publication, title of the document, journal or any other publication in which it appeared, name of the editor and number of pages. If the document is part of a collection, the title should be quoted in brackets at the end of the reference. If the document is also available on the Internet, the Internet address may follow the reference ("also available at www...").

You can use this link to build your MLA citation http://www.easybib.com

Preparation of Manuscripts

  • Manuscripts are accepted in English and/or French.
  • A title page should be provided with details about the submission and the author(s). This should include the name(s) of author(s), function/position, professional organization, full contact information of author(s) (i.e. postal address, telephone number, and email address), dates or years of execution of the research, country, research area, species name(s), keywords, length of manuscript, number of pictures/tables, attachments etc.
  • Articles should be written in plain, concise language, and in a style that is accessible and meaningful to all readers, including non-scientists, and readers for whom English/French is not a first language. Terms that may be unfamiliar to readers should be defined and explained the first time they appear.
  • The Latin name of a species should be provided in italics.
  • Non-digital photos or drawings should be scanned and converted to jpg, jpeg, tif, gif or bmp format. The highest possible resolution and color scheme should be used.