Bulletin - Author guidelines

The aim of the Bulletin is to publish information of interest to amateur entomologists. Likely topics include new observations of behaviour or distribution, accounts of breeding and rearing, reports of meetings and field expeditions. Many of our members are new to entomology so hints and tips on how to search for or identify specific groups are also welcome. Articles with human as well as entomological interest may also be published. Discussion and comment on other topics such as conservation and legislation are encouraged; preferably they should have a bearing on entomology.

If you feel you have something to say but "can't write"; please don't be put off. What we value are your ideas rather than your style of writing. The editorial panel can clarify and neaten your text, and sometimes suggest associated points that can be added. We will also edit contributions so that they fit in with the house style of the Bulletin.

The AES Facebook group and, to a lesser extent the AES Yahoo Group, serve as discussion forums. However, some members don't belong to these groups, so discussion in the letters pages of the Bulletin is welcome.

The length of articles and notes is not fixed. Any length from a single short paragraph to many pages can be accommodated. The majority of our members will be familiar with common technical terms and abbreviations, but specialised terms should be explained at some point within the article, preferably when first mentioned, otherwise in a glossary at the end. Good quality colour photographs and other illustrations are encouraged and can transform an article. Colour printing is now virtually the same cost as monochrome and pictures are normally included in the text rather than in a separate group of pages.

Articles and notes should be lively, accessible and as reader-friendly as possible whilst still remaining scientifically correct. All articles should have a short, imaginative title. If the article is about a single species then at least the common name (if there is one) and scientific name should be given, e.g. "Unusual Behaviour Shown by The Tanner Beetle Prionus coriarius."

Manuscripts should preferably be submitted electronically either as email text or attached as a MS Word document. Don't include illustrations in Word documents: send them as separate files. Paper manuscripts can be accepted and should be printed double-spaced on one side only of A4 paper, with wide margins. Short, handwritten items can also be accepted. Contributions and illustrations should be sent:


The Bulletin Editor
The Amateur Entomologists' Society
PO Box 8774

Please note, the email address is only for submissions of content for the Bulletin or queries regarding the Bulletin content. All other queries for the society should be sent using our contact form or, in the case of insect identification requests from non-members, please use one of these identification services


By submitting articles for publication in the Bulletin the author(s) consent to the submitted content being published and made available to members of the society via the journal and in publicly accessible collections held by organisations, such as public libraries, academic institutions and online via the Biodiversity Heritage Library, now and in the future. The society may also make electronic copies of articles available to entomologists/researchers on request if time/resources permit.