Author Guidelines for The Shape of Enrichment Quarterly Publication
The Shape of Enrichment is a
quarterly publication dedicated to environmental enrichment for animal
caretakers. It is an international open forum, presenting articles from
researchers, curators, keepers, volunteers, and others involved in animal care.
Guidelines for authors are presented below. For more
information, view the sample
article or contact the editors.
Articles concerned with aspects of environmental
enrichment are accepted.
Please restrict articles to ideas that you have tried --
whether successful or not!
Untried suggestions are appropriate for publication in
Letters to the Editors.
Since our focus is enrichment and how it benefits animals,
be sure to give a complete description of how the animals react, what they do,
how they interact with the enrichment and each other, immediate and
long-lasting effects, and whether the goal you set is achieved.
Feature articles cover a variety of enrichment categories (or
one that is not covered in the specialized columns) as well as related issues
such as beginning an enrichment program.
Columns include enrichment focus on: food and food
presentation (Food for Thought); browse (Browsing); enclosure design and
construction (Building for the Future); and animal training (In Training).
Shorts are usually 1-2 paragraphs long. These short articles
are often tips or a single, simple enrichment idea.
column offers readers the opportunity to present their enrichment challenges
(i.e. problems, questions) to our network of enrichment experts. Questions are
posed anonymously to a variety of appropriate persons. Answers are forwarded to
the person(s) requesting information and published in an upcoming issue.
Articles of any length are accepted -- from 200 to 1,000
words are preferred, but articles both shorter and longer have been published.
Technical papers are accepted. However, these will be
rewritten into an appropriate format. The editors will rewrite technical papers
at the author's request. If you are submitting a technical paper, please only send us the introduction, materials, methods, results, and
discussion. Please do not include an abstract or lengthy review of other
literature on the subject or species – we’re looking for the “meat” of
your article, not what others have said.
Articles need not be polished or even completed before
submission. One of our favorite articles started as notes on a paper towel -
literally! The editors are willing to work with prospective authors to produce
the final version.
Articles and photos, graphs, drawings, etc. may be submitted
or posted to:
1650 Minden Dr., San
Diego, CA 92111 U.S.A.
Text must be submitted in an MS Word document or a RTF
formatted document. Do NOT embed any graphics (photos, graphs, diagrams, etc.)
in this file!
Photographs and illustrations should be submitted as jpg,
tiff, giff, or png files.
EACH graphic MUST be in its own file. Photos and illustrations should be 300
dpi or larger in size – e.g., larger than 12 inches width and height.
Graphs and tables must also be submitted as separate files
from the article text. These should be readable at a small size and in black
and white (e.g., a complex graph that relies on different colors to
differentiate data will not reproduce appropriately).
All articles are edited for readability, grammar, spelling,
etc. and then forwarded to the
Consulting Reviewers. The reviewers comment on content and
request clarification or more information where appropriate. These revisions
and comments are forwarded to the author. The graphic layout is completed using
the authors' final versions, with occasional copy and/or layout edits.
Once the article has cleared the review and editing phases,
it will be assigned to an upcoming issue. As these phases may take several
weeks, the article may not appear in the issue immediately following its