Bulletin Author guidelines

Aims of the Bulletin

The aim of the Bulletin is to publish information of interest to amateur entomologists. These include new observations of behaviour or distribution, accounts of breeding and rearing, and field expeditions. As many of our members are new to entomology hints and tips on how to search for specific groups which is not new information are also appropriate. Human interest articles and a small number of poems are published from time to time. Discussion and comment on other topics such as conservation and legislation are also published if they have a direct bearing on entomology. Items can be accepted for the calendar of forthcoming events. The Bulletin is generally not used as a forum for discussion, the AES discussion forum serves this function.


The length of articles and notes is not fixed and may have any length from a single short paragraph to several pages. Technical terms and abbreviations should generally be avoided but when this is not possible they must be explained within the article (either when first mentioned or in a glossary at the end).

Good quality colour photographs and other illustrations are encouraged when they support an article. Please remember that colour plates are still relatively expensive and we can publish only a limited number.

Manuscripts should preferably be submitted electronically either by email, USB stick or CD using either rich text or Microsoft Word document format. Paper manuscripts should be printed double-spaced, single sided on A4 paper, with wide margins. Do not use italic, bold, underlining or any other text formatting apart from paragraphs as it makes scanning the article accurately very difficult. Short handwritten items can also be accepted. Two copies of the manuscript and, where possible, two copies of any illustrations should be sent to:

Bulletin submission contact details

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, posted on the Insect Identification Forum

Please note that we cannot guarantee exactly when, or in which issue, an article will be published.

Additional notes

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 the common name (if there is one), the scientific name, the order (abbreviated to three letters) and family should be given in the title. For example:

Unusual Behaviour Shown by The Tanner Beetle (Prionus coriarius) Col., Cerambycidae.

It is not necessary to include the naming authority. Scientific names should be printed in italics in electronic versions only or, if hand written, underlined. Illustrations should be clearly identified on the back, using a soft pencil or adhesive label, stating the author's name and the figure number. Figures should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numbers and should be referred to in the text. Figure legends should be listed together on a separate sheet. Photographs must be clear, good-quality colour or black and white slides or prints. Some high-resolution electronic formats (no less than 300 dots per inch; at a size of not less than 10 cm²) are also acceptable, and should be discussed with the Bulletin editor. All illustrations will be returned after publication. SI units must be used throughout the text, apart from casual remarks e.g. "A few miles further down the road we came across...". Acronyms and abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and, where used, must be spelt out in full on first usage. Nomenclature should follow the latest biological nomenclature. Your article must finish with your name as you wish it to appear in print, and your postal address. If you wish, you may also add an email address.

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When an article has been published in the Bulletin, the author can request a PDF copy of the article, taken directly from the Bulletin. The document can then be printed by the author. We regret that we are unable to supply printed "offprints" of articles. The editor reserves the right to edit manuscripts for clarity of expression and to conform to journal style and the limits of space available. Articles for publication are not subject to peer review.

The editorial content of the Bulletin is copyright and permission for reproduction must be obtained by application in writing to the Bulletin editor.


References should be provided and listed in alphabetical order of first author, they should be in the following format:

Beringer J (1997) Genetic manipulation: can genes really escape; does it matter? In: Managing biological and chemical risks. Morgan D R (Ed). London: Institute of Biology

Brooks R, Anderson C and Stewart R (1999) Phytomining: growing a crop of a metal. Biologist, 46, 201 - 205.

Smith J E (1996) Biotechnology (third edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press


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.