We are interested in new work that has not been previously published. To get a sense of what we publish, have a look at some of our back issues.
Submissions are welcome year-round. All articles should be submitted by email to:
Manuscripts should be submitted in standard word processor formats or rich text format. Figures should not be embedded in the text, they may be stored in EXCEL, JPG, TIF, or BMP formats. High-resolution images may be requested after acceptance of the article.
Authors should provide complete contact information including a brief (1-2 line) biographical note, email address, phone and fax numbers.
Authors should adhere to British English while writing in the submissions.
Submissions may include feature articles, perspectives or opinion pieces, project highlights, book reviews or research summaries.
Feature articles are topical pieces on current issues or research in conservation (typically 1500 to 2500 words). These should be thoroughly researched and reflect what is currently known about the topic from published science. We recommend that submissions include references to key literature, though the final accepted article may include only a short selection of these references, sources or further reading.
Perspectives or opinion pieces:
Perspective or opinion pieces are short focused articles on a particular topic that present a particular point of view or argument (typically 750 to 1000 words). Perspectives are usually invited pieces, but you may contact us with a short proposal.
We publish book reviews (-500 to 1000 words) on both current books (On the Bookstands) as well as old classics that have been forgotten or have current relevance (Books from the Attic). Do contact us if you want to review a book for us.
Photo essays :
Photo essays should convey an environmental or conservation issue. These visual essays could include 4-6 spectacular images on a particular theme, along with a narrative or captions that provide background and context to the images (~500 to 750 words). Your submission should include lo-res images (under ~1MB each); we will request hi-res images if your piece is selected for publication.
Articles about ecology and conservation often only cover the results of research, the end product of months or years of data collection and analysis. But field researchers have the most amazing experiences (sometimes more so in retrospect) during their time away from the comforts of civilisation. Sometimes, these may be even more instructive (and often more entertaining) than the research itself. Current Conservation welcomes contributions about field visits and experiences that somehow informed the researcher’s work or their perspective of conservation.
Current Conservation is proud to introduce a special section dedicated to all the field assistants working on projects across the world. This section features stories from field and memories of working with field assistants at various sites. These could be specific incidents or an overall field season experience with them.
Proposals are invited for a collection of articles around a particular theme. Such proposals should include the background and justification for the topic (why it is current and interesting), a potential collection of articles (features, perspectives, photo-essays) and authors, and a timeline.
Research In Translation (RIT):
Do you enjoy the challenge of communicating complex scientific ideas and conservation issues to the general public? This section features submissions of reader-friendly summaries of recently published research papers in conservation science.
The summary (~ 250-300 words) should be written in a simple jargon-free way that conveys the nuances of the paper while being easy and fun to read. Here are some examples. Selected summaries will be featured in Current Conservation’s website or magazine.
Current Conservation – Kids! is an annual supplement of Current Conservation magazine carrying stories in ecology, conservation, climate change, and the natural world for children aged between 6 to 14 years old. At Current Conservation, we believe that bringing stories crucial to our times in an engaging and artistic form to children is as important, if not more than, speaking to adults.
CC Kids is a huge part of the work we do at Current Conservation and welcome intelligent, interactive, and imaginative stories from different walks of conservation and the natural world.
We appreciate submissions to follow all or a majority of these attributes:
- Simple language
- Previously unpublished (or, if published before, carrying a Creative Commons license, and with necessary permissions from the original publication).
- Sharp observation
- Catered to non-scientific audiences
- Sensible and sensitive language
Word Limit: 800 to 1500 words per story
Categories under CC Kids:
- A Day in the Life: Here we focus on stories that walk our young readers through what an average day looks like for a creature, tree, habitat, species, a conservationist, other interesting scientists working closely in conservation etc. This piece engages the readers through the lens of their subject.
- Fun Facts: Self-explanatory. This is a directory of fun facts about your chosen subject, writing in an engaging manner. Think: visually enticing narrative. Eg. Steel is strong. But you know what’s stronger? The thread released by Darwin’s Bark Spider! What not to think: Darwin’s Bark spider releases very tough fibre.
- Storytelling: The only category where you could dip your feet into a little fiction. Tell stories about your subject. Draw from mythology, science, and your own imagination!
The subject line for submissions can either be A) ‘Submission for CC Kids’ if you are sending in a fully written piece, or B) ‘Pitch for CC Kids’ if you are running a possible idea by us.
Because of the volume of our submissions, we may get delayed in our responses but rest assured, we will write to you.
Please note: All stories in Current Conservation are licensed under Creative Commons 2.0. This is an endeavour to keep our content free and accessible to all communities across the world. CC Kids is distributed across schools in India, many of which teach underprivileged children. We believe that funding should not be the factor that deprives children (and all our readers) of the opportunity to learn and engage with the natural world. Considering the crucial nature of conservation work, accessibility is of great importance. Kindly send in your entries only if you consent to your work being open for access.
And while we are on the subject, kindly do consider donating to Current Conservation so that we can continue to bring stories of relevance, science, and imagination to our readers for free!
For both submissions and donations, write to email@example.com.
References need to be limited to relevant literature and listed in alphabetical order at the end of the article. Current Conservation follows Conservation & Society reference guidelines.
- Where there are two authors, the surnames be separated with ‘and’.
- Where there are more authors, then the first author be followed with non-italicized ‘et al’. Eg: Sahojas et al., 2001.
- Personal communication should be denoted as ‘pers.comm.’ in parentheses.
- References should be listed in alphabetical order according to the last name of authors.
- Where there are more than seven authors, the names of the first seven authors should be listed followed with et al.
- Where there is more than one author, the first author’s surname should be followed by the first name initial, followed by the second author’s first name initial and then the surname in full. For all authors following the first author the first name initial should be followed by the surname in full.
- Titles of books, journal articles etc should be in sentence cases.
- Journal name should be expanded and the name of journals and books should be in italics.
- Acronyms should be followed by their expansion in parentheses.
- In case of more than two publishers or where the book was published in two places, it should be indicated as eg: UK and New Delhi: Oxford Publishers , New House Publishing Co.
- Where the source is unpublished report or undated then they be denoted as ‘Forthcoming’, ‘In Press’ or ‘In Review’.
- Where the article/book is published in multiple places by a single publisher then denote it as: place 1 and place 2: publisher.
- Where the book is published in one place by many publishers then denote it as: place: publisher 1, publisher 2, publisher 3…or place: publisher 1 and publisher 2.
Arya, S. L., J. S. Samra and S. P. Mittal. 1998. Rural women and conservation of natural resources: traps and opportunities. Gender, technology and development 2(2): 167-185.
MacKenzie, J. M. 2009. Museums and empire: natural history, human cultures and colonial identities . Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Adams, W. M., and M. Mulligan. 2003. Decolonizing nature: strategies for conservation in a post-colonial era. London: Earthscan.
Plumwood, V. 2003. Decolonizing relationships with nature. In: Decolonizing nature: strategies for conservation in a post-colonial era. (eds. Adams, W.M. and M. Mulligan).1st edition. Pp 51—79. London: Earthscan.
For online reference/URL:
Conservation Leadership Program. 2015. Annual report. http://www.conservationleadershipprogramme.org/media/2016/08/CLP-2015-Annual-Report_website-1.pdf. Accessed on April 15,2017.
Guidelines for Submissions:
- Email subject: Submission_<Type of Article>
- Submission text should have: Name of the author, Title of the article, Date of submission
- File names should be in this format: Name of Author_ Article Type _ Date of submission
- For RITs, the submission must contain the main research paper referenced, as a citation; and the full paper.
Conflict of interest declaration: Be warned: this is a not-so-subtle attempt to recruit writers for Current Conservation!