Arachnology Letters - Instructions to authors

The Open Access journal Arachnologische Mitteilungen sub­titled Arachnology Letters publishes scientific papers about West Palaearctic arachnids (excluding mites and ticks) in German or (British) English. The main focus lies on the topics of taxonomy, faunistics, biogeography and ecology.

Manuscripts (double-spaced, in 12-point font) should be sub­mitted as a digital version to the editors by mail to editors(at) Ex­ceptionally a printed version sent to one of the editors may be allowed (three copies). Manuscripts will be sent by one of the two editors to two reviewers (Peer Review). Authors are welcome to propose at least two potential reviewers. The author/s themselves are wholly responsible for the contents of the article. The publisher accepts no responsibility for the correctness, accuracy or completeness of the article, or for taking into account the rights of third parties. The editors reserve the right to make changes as they see fit.

Separata will be made available to the authors in a digital form (PDF, preferably sent by e-mail). PDFs are available for download on the AraGes-website (Open Access) and authors may also make them available on other sites.

Form of the manuscript: Title, main text, all headings, legends, etc. should be left-justified without indents. The title, authors and main headings in bold, in normal text. Spaces between paragraphs are used only to separate major topics. All personal names, including authors of references and species, in normal text. The complete nomenclature of the species (author/s, first year of description) must be used when mentioning it for the first time in the text or in a complete species list.

Literature citations: In the text, if there are three or more authors, only the first author is cited (Schulze et al. 1969), several citations are separated by commas (Koponen 2000, 2008, Huber 2010). Author’s names should not be in small caps or capitals.

Formalities: Generic and species names must be italicised! Country names in material lists in capital letters. Please do not use symbols to separate numbers in the thousands. Figures and plates should be submitted grouped together and numbered consecutively. In the case of submitting solitary figures their arrangement must be obvious in the legends. For tables (one or more pages) it is very important that they fit in the type area (14.5 cm, vertical format) and that they are easily readable.

Figure legends should be arranged in normal text above the tables (Tab. 1: …) and beneath the figures (Fig. 1: …). Footnotes cannot be accepted.

In the References citations are arranged alphabetically by author and journal names are not abbreviated. Papers with the same author(s) and years are identified by a, b, c etc.

Articles of Arachnologische Mitteilungen should be cited with the German title without the English subtitle.


Broen B von 1993 Nachweise selten gefundener oder ge­fährdeter Spinnen (Araneae) in der Mark Brandenburg. – Arachnologische Mitteilungen 6: 12-25 – doi: 10.5431/aramit0603

Chatzaki M 2008 A critical review of the spider family Gnaphosidae in Greece. In: Makarov SE & Dimitrijevic RN (eds.) Advances in arachnology and developmental biology. Pensoft, Sofia. pp. 355-374

Clayhills T, Rinne V & Koponen S 2008 On insect and spider fauna of Jungfruskär in Houtskär, 2007. Unpublished report to the Finnish Forest and Park Service, Turku. 80 pp. (in Finnish)

Kovblyuk MM & Marusik YM 2012 First description of the female of the theridiid spider Robertus golovatchi (Araneae: Theridiidae). – Arachnologische Mitteilungen 44: 17-19 – doi: 10.5431/aramit4405

Lindgren L 2000 Island pastures. Metsähallitus and Edita Ltd. Helsinki. 203 pp.

Merkens S 2000 Die Spinnenzönosen der Sandtrockenrasen im norddeutschen Tiefland im West-Ost-Transekt – Gemeinschaftsstruktur, Habitatbindung, Biogeographie. Dissertation, Univ. Osnabrück. 165 pp.

Nentwig W, Blick T, Gloor D, Hänggi A & Kropf C 2014 araneae – Spiders of Europe, version 5.2014. – Internet: (May 5, 2014)

World Spider Catalog 2014 World spider catalog, version 15.5. Natural History Museum, Bern. – Internet: (October 5, 2014)

Doi-links should be added where possible (see above).

Format: Following a concise title, the next line is the author(s) full name(s), the last author added with &. Authors are invited to submit their ORCID IDs, funding sources or award numbers to be used by BioOne. After this comes an Abstract briefly summarising the main results.

English manuscripts will receive a German abstract (Zusammenfassung), which begins with the German translation of the title. The editors can translate the abstract for non-German speaking authors.

Next come a few precise Keywords, sorted alphabetically, which supplement the title and abstract (for the purposes of bibliographic databasing). For the header line a short title has to be added. The arrangement of the text is preferably as follows:

Introduction chapter without a title,

Material and methods (or Study area, Methods, etc.)





The address/es of the author/s contains the full name(s)(surname in capitals) and address(es) of the author(s), including the e-mail-addresse(s).

Hints for the electronic format: The manuscript should be submitted by e-mail in a Microsoft-compatible format, preferably as a WORD- (name.doc or .docx) or a Rich-Text- (name.rtf) document. All MS Office graphical elements (e.g. tables) can be embedded in the WORD document.

It is important to note that EXCEL-graphs should be sent together with their xls-/xlsx-files, as the original data-table is needed for formatting. All photos have to be submitted separately. Photographs will be printed in black and white half-tone (8bit), but should be submitted in colour (RGB, 4-5 Megapixel), so that they can be embedded as coloured images in the digital separata. Coloured elements should remain readable and discriminable in monochrome. All drawings, both half-tones and line drawings, should be submitted as 8bit half-tone images (each 4-5 Megapixels, TIFF- or PSD-file format). Colour photos can be submitted as JPG-files (e.g. originals from the digital camera). They will be arranged according to their legends along with all other figures submitted with the manuscript. Alternatively the author(s) can submit ready-formatted digital figures. However, in such cases authors should consult the editors with respect to file formats, etc. It should be possible to format the inscription of the single figures separately, e.g. as a layer in photoshop.

The instructions to authors are downloadable as a PDF file (August 2018).

For automatic formatting of the references with a reference managing program like ReferenceManager, Endnote or Mendeley we provide two style files:
for Reference Manager and Endnote: AraMit2015.os
for Mendeley and other programs: AraMit2015.csl

These files have to be copied into the Style directory of the respective program and then be activated within the program. For Mendeley see: