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Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics

  • Editor-in-Chief: Ehsan Rakhshani
  • Publication Period: Quarterly
  • This is an Open Access Journal
  • Publisher: Tarbiat Modares University
  • Journal Type: Scientific
  • Publication Format: Electronic
Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics is one of the TMU Press journals that is published with the collaboration of the Entomological Society of Iran by the responsibility of its Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board in the determined scopes.

Aim and Scope — Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics (JIBS) is an international peer-reviewed journal devoted to all aspects of insects and other arthropods diversity and systematics, both extant and extinct taxa. Various types of original papers in diversity and systematics including revisions, catalogues, taxonomic monographs, nomenclatural notes, descriptions of the new taxa, applications of biology and anatomy in taxonomy, biodiversity, historical biogeography, phylogeny, evolution, Paleontology, theoretical methodology in systematics, biogeographical distributional patterns, as well as regional checklists and the review papers are welcome. JIBS publishes papers in insect and other arthropods diversity and systematics from any part of the world. Extensive faunistic revisions on a group of insects throughout a country or wider biogeographical region are very welcome. Read more ...

Open Access Policy — Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics follows the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing. The Journal contents and the individual articles are freely available to readers without subscriptions or payments through the journal website or its permanent repositories.

Authors fees — There is no page charge for publishing with JIBS. Publication of color figures in online edition is also free of charge. Each author will receive a free e-reprint (PDF) that can be freely distributed or deported in public libraries or websites. Read more ...

Publishing Ethics — Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics follows all the terms and conditions of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and complies with the highest ethical standards in accordance with ethical laws. Authors may refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors for comprehensive information. Read more ...

Please upload Conflict of Interests Form together with your manuscript at online submission.

Indexing — Web of Science: Biological Abstracts | BIOSIS Previews | Zoological Record
Archived — ISC; SID; Magiran; Zenodo; BiotaxaScholarArchive

Aim and Scope

Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics (JIBS) is an international peer-reviewed journal devoted to the diversity and systematics of insects and other arthropods, both extant and extinct taxa. Various types of original papers in diversity and systematics including revisions, catalogues, taxonomic monographs, nomenclatural notes, descriptions of the new taxa, applications of biology and anatomy in taxonomy, biodiversity, historical biogeography, phylogeny, evolution, Paleontology, theoretical methodology in systematics, biogeographical distributional patterns, as well as regional checklists and the review papers are welcome. JIBS publishes papers on insect and other arthropods diversity and systematics from any part of the world. Extensive faunistic revisions on a group of insects throughout a country or wider biogeographical region are very welcome.


Entomology, Zoology, Systematic, Taxonomy, New taxa, Arthropods, Insects, Biogeography, Biodiversity, Phylogeny, Paleontology.

Open Access Policy

Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics follows the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing. The Journal contents and the individual articles are freely available to readers without subscriptions or payments through the journal website or its permanent repositories.

Peer-review process

All submitted articles are evaluated at the submission to meet the structural and subject principles of JIBS. Manuscripts are initially evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief/Subject Editors and only those that are following the aims and scope of JIBS, and covering the Editorial policies, will receive the subsequent processing. A maximum period of seven days is needed for this preliminary assessment to be conducted. Manuscripts that are scientifically poor/or written in poor English language will be immediately rejected before the peer review process, but resubmission after thorough corrections may be encouraged. A similar policy will be followed for those manuscripts that exhibit Similarity Index >25%.

The peer-review process is double-blinded in which the reviewer’s name is unknown to the author and, vice versa. So, both authors and reviewers are asked to exclude all identifying information (title page, Author’s contribution, acknowledgements, declaration of competing interests, etc..) on the manuscript before and after review. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least three independent reviewers (experts in the field who are not essentially part of the journal’s editorial staff). The reviewers are selected by the Editorial Board members according to their field of specialties, having no conflict of interest. Potential reviewers can be suggested by authors and they have the right to indicate those reviewers with whom they have a conflict of interests at the time of submission.

The results of evaluations by the reviewers are transmitted to the author (s) and they have a period of three months to revise their manuscript (the period can be extended upon the request of the authors). The authors' response to the reviewers' comments is evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief and a subject editor (as final referee) who can be a member of the Editorial Board. The editorial board and Editor-in-chief will decide which article should be rejected or published. The review process is done as quickly as possible, and an editorial decision is normally made within 6–8 weeks of submission. After final acceptance, the articles may also be further be revised by the Editorial Team members scientifically, structurally, and methodologically. According to article No. 8.5.3. of ICZN, scientific names of all taxons will be registered in ZooBank (The Official Registry of Zoological Nomenclature) by the editorial office before the publication of accepted papers. The galley proof will be sent back to the corresponding author for final confirmation. All authors are responsible for the precision and correctness of the content. All the submitted manuscripts from the Editorial Board members and the Editor-in-Chief of JIBS, are also gone under the same reviewing process as the other authors are gone, and authors will be completely unaware of the final evaluation process of their article.

Ownership and management

Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics is owned by the Entomological Society of Iran and hosted at Tarbiat Modares University (TMU), Tehran, Iran as the publisher.

Governing body

Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics is under the scientific control of the Editorial Board whose members are recognized experts in the subject areas included within the journal’s scope. Some executive roles of the Editorial Board members are delegated to the Editor-in-Chief who is well-known in the journal’s scope.

Editorial team

Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics is under the scientific supervision of the Editorial Team whose members are all experts with a high number of publications in their field.

Author fees

There are No Fees or page Charges at all for submission, reviewing, and publishing processes in the Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics. Publication of colour figures in the online edition is also free of charge.

The content of the Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics is under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Public License. To the extent this Public License may be interpreted as a contract, we are granted the Licensed Rights in consideration of your acceptance of these terms and conditions, and the Licensor grants you such rights in consideration of benefits the Licensor receives from making the Licensed Material available under these terms and conditions.

Right of Authors
Authors are allowed to deposit all versions of their paper in the institutional or another repository of their choice. Authors are also permitted and encouraged to distribute the published version (PDF) of their work freely in public repositories or on their institutional website after publication in JIBS. It is the authors’ responsibility to attain permission from copyright holders for copying figures, tables, illustrations, etc. previously published.


Process for identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct
Editors of JIBS are responsible to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. If plagiarism is identified, the COPE guidelines on plagiarism will be followed. See the section Post-publication discussions and corrections, and retraction policies.

Plagiarism is "wrongful appropriation" and "stealing and publication" of another author's "language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions" and the representation of them as one's original work. The idea remains problematic with unclear definitions and unclear rules. Plagiarism is not in itself a crime but can constitute copyright infringement. In academia and industry, it is a serious ethical offence. Plagiarism and copyright infringement overlap to a considerable extent, but they are not equivalent concepts, and many types of plagiarism do not constitute copyright infringement, which is defined by copyright law and may be adjudicated by courts.

Plagiarism (including self-plagiarism) or other breaches in publication are taken seriously in JIBS. The rights of authors are protected and claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal are investigated. We use iThenticate (advanced Plagiarism-checking software) in processing the submitted manuscripts to be assured about of their originality.  
All types of plagiarism are strictly prohibited. Manuscripts that will be involved in plagiarism will automatically be rejected and the authors will not have the right to submit any new manuscript temporarily (for six months). The Editors and reviewers are strongly prohibited from further processing such misconduct research.

If an article is found to have plagiarized other work or contained third-party copyright material without authorization or adequate
acknowledgment, or where authorship of the article is contested, JIBS reserves the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies; removing the article from the journal; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; proscription of the author from publication in the journal or proper legal action under the principles of COPE.

Editorial Policies
1. Authorship
All authors must ensure that the submitted manuscript is original, has not been published elsewhere, and is not concurrently under consideration for publication in any other journal. The text, illustrations, tables and all other materials included in the manuscript do not infringe any existing copyright or other rights. If it is needed to reproduce the already published copyright material, e.g., figures, tables, photos, etc., authors should obtain the necessary permission(s). Submitted manuscripts should not violate copyrights, personal/entity proprietary rights, and they contain no abusive, defamatory, obscene, or fraudulent statements. Duplicated submissions will be immediately rejected. The authors should keep high level of English language in their manuscripts prior to before submission. The corresponding author has to be authorized by all co-authors, and he/she is responsible to ensure the accuracy of all details and descriptions before submission. A summary of the above-mentioned requirements should be stated within the cover letter at the time of submission (see the sample).

The list of authors should include anyone who has significantly contributed to the writing of the article. The authors/co-authors are  generally someone who fully meets the following conditions: (1) Significant participation in the design or implementation of the article (idea), analysis or interpretation of the data of the article (idea); (2) Helping to correct and edit the article (idea) in response to the reviewers; (3) Final approval of the published version; (4) Agree to respond to all scientific aspects of the article (idea) to ensure that questions related to the accuracy or correctness of each part of the work are properly reviewed and resolved.

The contribution of each author (with the clear abbreviation of their names) should be clearly stated at the end of the manuscript or on a separate page. Generally accepted definitions can be used for the role(s) of each author, i.e. Administration; Funding acquisition, original drafting, Photography, Review & editing, Sampling and field works, Software and programming, etc.

Relative scientific or professional influences of contributors should be considered while specifying principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits. In multiple-authored articles which are derived from a student’s dissertation or thesis, normally the name of the student is listed as the principal author. By the COPE guidelines, JIBS allows the authors to correct authorship/ correspondence within a submitted/ accepted manuscript before publication, based on valid reason. All authors – including those to be added or removed – must agree to any proposed change. Contact the Editorial office of the Journal to request a change to the author list. A fully completed and signed form is needed to change the authorship.

All authors should explain all of the following conditions in their article: Conflict of interest, Availability of data and material, Authors' contributions, Funding, Ethics approval and consent to participate, Acknowledgement. At the beginning of 2022, all the above-mentioned items and obligatory and will appeare within the published article.

2. Handling the complaints and appeals
JIBS follows COPE Guidelines for handling complaints against the journal, its staff, editorial board or publisher. All appeals should be directed to the Editor-in-Chief, who may decide to seek advice from the Subject Editors or the Editorial Board. If the authors wish to request a journal editor’s decision, please submit a request letter to the journal’s online editorial office. Please explain clearly the basis for an appeal to the editor and why do you disagree with the editor’s and/or reviewers’ decision. the authors have to provide clear responses (new information, new data, any evidence, or conflict of interest) to any comments that contributed to the rejection decision.

3. Conflicts of interests
The articles publishing in the Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics must be accompanied by a conflict of interest disclosure statement. This statement must be declared by the authors that they do not have any potential conflicts of interest.  Any direct or indirect financial interests or other situations that led to bias in all scientific or commercial aspects of the work by the various funding personal/institutional sources should be clarified, accordingly. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or indirectly related to the work that the authors describe in their manuscript. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication in JIBS.  It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to inform these issues to the co-authors and to express the statement both in the cover letter to the Editor-in-Chief, in the manuscript, and in the respective form for declaration of Conflict of Interest at the time of submission. A statement is also required that confirms that there is no dispute on the ownership of the data in the articles. This statement has to already be properly attributed via co-authorship or acknowledgement. In the cases that a reviewer suspects and undisclosed conflict of interest in a submitted manuscript or a reader suspects and undisclosed conflict of interest in a published article, JIBS will follow COPE’s guidelines.
4. Data sharing and reproducibility
Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics expects the authors to archive all the data from which they published results are derived in a public repository. The accepted manuscripts are required to declare a data availability statement indicating the presence or absence of shared data in the repositories offering guaranteed preservation. The selected repository should follow the “Fair Data Principles” being freely searchable, re-useable and permanently accessible. The statements about shared data describe how the data can be accessed including a permanent identifier (a DOI, or an accession number) from the repository where the data are shared. In the case of legal, ethical, commercial or other reasons prohibiting the data sharing, or when the authors do not intend to share the data then you must provide the appropriate data availability statement.
5. Ethical oversight
COPE’s flowcharts and guidelines are addressed in confronting any ethical misbehaviour. The Journal also follows the guidelines mentioned in the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in fields of Medical that these Recommendations were published by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
6. Post-publication discussions and corrections
It is the responsibility of the authors when they discover a significant error or inaccuracy in their own published paper to promptly notify the journal Editor. The corrections will be made by the Editor-in-Chief in accordance with the journal’s discretion. The action for correction of the article depends on the publication stage. The authors have right to handle all corrections during the proofreading process, up to three times. The corrections on a published article can also be published under an “addendum” in the subsequent issue of the journal. On the other hand, anyone may inform the Editor-in-Chief and/or Editorial member at any time of suspected unethical behaviour or any type of misconduct by giving the necessary information/evidence to start an investigation. When a document is presented about a real error or mistake in a published article, the editor and members of the editorial board evaluate all of these documents based on their individual merits. Depending on the extent of error or plagiarism and their impact on the overall integrity of the published study, the original article may be considered for retraction or correction according to the severity of the claimed issue

Editor-in-Chief decides on the initiation of an investigation. During an investigation, any evidence will be treated as strictly confidential and only made available to those strictly involved in the investigation. The accused will always be given the chance to respond to any charges made against them. Minor misconduct will be dealt directly with those involved without involving any other parties. The simplest action is to communicate with both authors and reviewers dedicating a warning, regardless of the type of minor issue and whenever it has occurred. This may be followed by publishing a correction of a paper, e.g. when sources properly quoted in the text are omitted from the reference list or Publishing an erratum, e.g. if the error was made by editorial staff.

In the case of Major misconduct, the Editor-in-Chief, in consultation with the Editorial Board, or when needed with a team of experts makes the decision based on available evidence to define the course of action to be taken. The possible outcomes are as follows, which can be used separately or jointly): 1) Publication of a formal announcement or editorial describing the misconduct; 2) Informing officially the author's/reviewer's affiliating institution; 3) The formal, announced retraction of publications from the journal by the retraction policy; 4) A ban on submissions from an individual for a defined period; 4) Referring a case to a professional organization or legal authority for further investigation and action; 5) Publication of a formal announcement or editorial describing the misconduct.

7. Retraction Policies
Articles subjected to clear evidences of major breaches in publication, Duplicate publication without proper attribution, Fabrication and falsification, Failure in disclosing the major conflict of interest, infringed Copyright, “Plagiarism”, Unethical issues in research, Unreliable findings and major errors, using data or material that need authorization, bogus claims of authorship, etc. can be considered for “Retracting”. Generally, withdrawal or retraction of an accepted to published paper is mainly done to correct the errors, and to preserve the integrity of science, not for punishing the author(s).

According to guidelines by COPE, notices about the retraction will be publicly linked to the retracted article(s) with the indication of Title, authors, reasons for retraction, retractor, and politely. The URL to the original article will be retained unchanged, but each page on the source PDF file will be indicated by the watermarked retraction note.

Ethics and responsibilities for the Editors
Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics are processed and published under the responsibility of the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board within the determined scopes. The ultimate responsibility for editorial decisions lies with the Editor-in-Chief or respective Subject Editor. In the case of the accepted manuscripts, the name of the subject editor appears inside the published paper. Linguistic or copyediting of the manuscript is not expected from the editors, since they have to focus on its scientific aspect, readability, academic style, and structure for future applicability. Editors are asked not to explain the information of both reviewers and authors to each other, as well as to others. The same attitude of the editorial board members in evaluating the received manuscript only on the basis of scientific quality and without considering the authors and their organizational affiliation. It is the commitment of the Editor-in-Chief and the subject editors to do the review process of all manuscripts within the specified time. They are also responsible for selecting the expert reviewers among all relevant scientists who have no conflict of interest with any of the respective authors.

Assessing the novelty and consistency of the contents within each manuscript should be done by the subject editor. All editors have to strictly avoid disclosing the unpublished information before publication. Changing the order of authors or adding/deleting the name of authors by editors are strictly prohibited (see above for procedures of changes in authorship). Editors have to ensure about completing the review steps and thorough correction for the refereed manuscripts before issuing the acceptance letter/certificates.

Code of Ethics in ICZN
Since the scope of the journal is essentially emphasizing the Systematics/taxonomy, all the authors, reviewers and editors should follow the Code of Ethics in ICZN - Appendix A (the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature - https://code.iczn.org), when dealing with issues in zoological nomenclature. 1) Authors proposing new names should observe the following principles, which together constitute a "Code of Ethics"; 2) A zoologist should not publish a new name if he or she has reason to believe that another person has already recognized the same taxon and intends to establish a name for it (or that the taxon is to be named in a posthumous work). A zoologist in such a position should communicate with the other person (or their representatives) and only feel free to establish a new name if that person has failed to do so in a reasonable period (not less than a year); 3) A zoologist should not publish a new replacement name (a nomen novum) or other substitute name for a junior homonym when the author of the latter is alive; that author should be informed of the homonymy and be allowed a reasonable time (at least a year) in which to establish a substitute name; 4) No author should propose a name that, to his or her knowledge or reasonable belief, would be likely to give offence on any grounds; 5) Intemperate language should not be used in any discussion or writing which involves zoological nomenclature, and all debates should be conducted in a courteous and friendly manner; 6) Editors and others responsible for the publication of zoological papers should avoid publishing any material which appears to them to contain a breach of the above principles; 7) The observation of these principles is a matter for the proper feelings and conscience of individual zoologists, and the Commission is not empowered to investigate or rule upon alleged breaches of them.
Ethics and responsibilities for the Reviewers
The double-blind peer-review process helps us to ensure fair reviews free from personal considerations or conflict of interest. In the case of well-known authors, the selected reviewers should even
state they have no conflict of interest before accepting the review. Otherwise, he/she should inform the editor and decline to review. Accordingly, the review should not be influenced by the non-scientific issues that come from the origin of the manuscript (ethnical, nationalities, political, religious, etc..). In case of the incompatibility of the subject of the article with the expertise of the reviewers, they must announce it to the editorial office in the shortest possible time. Providing the details and accurate information about the area of their expertise is very welcome. The impersonation of another person can be considered serious misconduct. The reviewers are invited to conduct accurate and impartial reviews within a certain time interval. The comments and suggestions by the reviewers should be explicit, transparent, and non-inflammatory, avoiding derogatory or libellous comments. The insulting or uninformative reports by the reviewer(s) will be rescinded. The reviewers have to strictly avoid disclosing the unpublished information before publication. They also should not use the data/information/ideas obtained from the manuscript for their own or third party’s advantages.

Publishing schedule
Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics has published 4 issues per year.
All the content from the beginning to the end will be available forever on the JIBS exclusive website. Contents of JIBS are also deposited in SID, MagiranISCScholarArchiveZenodo and Biotaxa.
Revenue sources/Advertising
Journal of Insect Biodiversity and Systematics is financially supported completely by TMU and has no other sources for earning funds. JIBS accepts no advertisements on the site or even as a report article. We are trying to promote the published papers widely through email updates, table of contents, email alerts, and postings via social media to increase the visibility and accessibility of each paper. The authors are also individually asking to advertise their works as much as possible.

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Sahragard, Ahad; - Biological Control, Ecology
Affiliation: Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Guilan, Rasht, Iran
Email: sahragard@guilan.ac.ir
Tel: +98 (13) 33690282
Talebi, Ali Asghar; - Hymenoptera, Biodiversity
Affiliation: Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
Email: talebia@modares.ac.ir
Tel: +98 (21) 48292001
Editorial Board
Achterberg, Cornelis Van; - of Braconidae, Stephanoidea, Heloridae, Evanoidea
Affiliation: Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum, Leiden, Netherlands
Email: kees.vanachterberg@gmail.com
Tel: -
Ebrahimi, Ebrahim; - of Hymenoptera: Aculeata and Symphyta
Affiliation: Iranian Research Institute of Plant Protection, Tehran, Iran
Email: ebrahimi@iripp.ir
Tel: +98 (21)22403012
Eorge, Japoshvili; - of Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea
Affiliation: Agricultural University of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia
Email: g.japoshvili@agruni.edu.ge
Tel: +995 (99) 290785
Alipanah, Helen; - of Lepidoptera
Affiliation: Iranian Research Institute of Plant Protection, Tehran, Iran
Email: halipanah@gmail.com
Tel: +98 (21) 22403012-16
Lotfalizadeh, Hossein ali ; - of Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea
Affiliation: East Azerbaijan Research Centre for Agriculture and. Natural Resources, Tabriz, Iran
Email: lotfalizadeh2001@yahoo.com
Tel: +98 (41)32442424
Karimi, Javad; - of Insect pathology and symbiosis
Affiliation: Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran
Email: jkb@um.ac.ir
Tel: +98 (51) 38805817
Huber, John; - of Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea
Affiliation: Canadian National Collection of Insects, Ottawa, Canada
Email: john.huber@agr.gc.ca
Tel: -
Minaei, Kambiz; - of Thysanoptera
Affiliation: Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran
Email: kminaei@shirazu.ac.ir
Tel: +98 (71) 36138385
Schwarz, Martin; - of Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae
Affiliation: Kirchschlag in der Buckligen Welt, Austria
Email: schwarz-entomologie@aon.at
Tel: -
Parchami-Araghi, Mehrdad; - of Diptera
Affiliation: Research Institute of Plant Protection, Tehran, Iran
Email: maraghi20@yahoo.ca
Tel: +98 (21) 22403012
Kavallieratos, Nickolas G; - of Braconidae, Aphidiinae
Affiliation: Agricultural University Of Athens, Athens, Greece
Email: nick_kaval@aua.gr
Tel: -
Petrović-Obradović, Olivera; - of Hemiptera: Aphidoidea
Affiliation: University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
Email: petrovic@agrif.bg.ac.rs
Tel: -

Preparation of Manuscript
Tables, Figures and their captions

Instruction for Authors
Preparation of Manuscript

1. General issues

Before submitting your manuscript, make sure you have carefully read and adhere to all the following guidelines and instructions to authors. Needless to say, manuscripts not in line with these instructions will be returned. There are no limitations for words, authors, figures, and the total length of the manuscript. Preliminary demands on appropriate topics may be emailed to the Editor. Each manuscript should comprise a title page with a full title. For the double-blinded review to happen, each author's full name with their affiliation and current address/phone/fax/email information along with a brief biographical note needs to be provided on a separate page. Manuscripts that meet all the criteria in the Manuscript Submission Guidelines can be sent to the Editor, but the final submission should be done via the online submission system, after registration. Figures must be submitted both in the manuscript and as separate files (After acceptance). The Editors may decide to decline a manuscript without peer review if it is judged to be outside the scope of the Journal, poorly written or formatted, or without significance.

Direct submission via email - jibs@modares.ac.ir - is also available for the authors, who may occasionally have encountered the technical issues.

The authors are encouraged to provide the names of three or more potential reviewers with their full addresses and email. However, the Editors do not have any obligation to use the recommended reviewers. The recommended reviewers should not be anyone who has been a colleague in the same institution, research collaborator, and/or coauthor of papers and patents, or in any other way has a conflict of interest.
Authors need to complete and return an Assignment of Copyright form when the paper is accepted for publication. Please note that the maximum file size that may be uploaded through our online submission system is 20 MB.

A Graphical Abstract is a mandatory element at the time of submission to JIBS. The Graphical Abstract is a stand-alone figure representing at least 2-3 highlights of the scope of the paper, can be Interpreted with no legend enclosed. It should be prepared as an image file (TIF, JPEG) with a dimension of W20, H10 cm, and resolution of 300 dpi, with minimum text incorporated.
2. Cover letter

To every submission attach a cover letter approving that all authors have agreed to the submission. The letter should be written and signed by the corresponding author on behalf of all authors. It should also confirm that the manuscript has not been previously published nor is being considered for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts submitted to JIBS should be accompanied with the following notes as parts of the cover letter:

1. All authors agree to its submission and the Corresponding Author has been authorized by co-authors.
2. This article has not been published before and is not being considered for publication elsewhere.
3. The text, illustrations, and any other materials included in the manuscript do not infringe upon any existing copyright or other rights of anyone.
4. This article does not violate any copyright or other personal proprietary right of any person or entity and it contains no abusive, defamatory, obscene, or fraudulent statements, nor any other statements that are unlawful in any way
5. Authors are permitted and encouraged to distribute the PDF version of their work freely in public repositories or on their website after publication in JIBS.
For any technical problems in submitting a manuscript to this journal, please contact the Editorial Office at jibs@modares.ac.ir
3. File types

Electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. A preferred format for the text and tables of your manuscript is Word docx, doc or rtf.

- Double-spaced
- All margins: 3 cm
- The text should be standard 12 points

4. Structure of the manuscript

The manuscript should be structured as follows: Title page, Abstract, Keywords, main text, Conflict of Interests, Authors' Contributions, Acknowledgements, References, Figure and table legends. These headings need to be in bold font on a separate line and start with a first capital letter. Please do not number headings or subheadings.

Title page: Include title, author names, and affiliation, address of the corresponding author (including e-mail address), and short running title.
Title should be short, concise and informative describing the contents of the paper. It is highly recommended that titles not exceed 12 words. The title containing fewer than five words probably should be expanded, properly. Higher taxa must always be specified and placed in parentheses, which should be separated by comma (e.g., Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae). The title should be in a sentence case. Only the first letter of scientific names, localities, and names of persons should be written in capital.
Authors with full first name (s), and last name (s) must be provided.
Affiliations: The full address of all authors for correspondence, including institutional affiliation (University, Institute), city, state/province (if applicable), and the country as well as an e-mail address and ORCIDs (https://orcid.org/) should be provided. Professional titles should not be listed.
A short Running title, not exceeding 10 words should be provided.
Corresponding Author Contact details: Full contact details are needed for the corresponding author. For other authors, academic affiliation is required. To assist anonymous peer review this information should be presented independently to the main text of the article.
Abstract should provide an informative, self-explanatory, and concise summary of the paper. The Abstract should be 100 to 300 words in length. Standard nomenclature should be used and abbreviations should be avoided. Genus and species names must contain the author and year of description (separated by a comma) at first appearance. Any new names or new combinations proposed in the paper should be mentioned. No literature should be cited in the abstract.
Keywords: The abstract should be followed by a list of 5 keywords that preferably do not overlap with words in the title. Keywords should express the precise content of the manuscript, as they are used for indexing purposes.
Main Text
The arrangement of the main text varies with different types of systematic papers, but should usually the IMRaD format (Introduction, Material and methods, Results, and Discussion) should be used for dividing the main text. Latin names of taxa of the genus and species must be italicized in the main text, with author(s). At the first appearance in the main text, genus and species names must contain (an) unabbreviated name(s) of the author(s) and year of description, separated by a comma. The author(s) and year of description should be omitted in all subsequent appearances.
The Introduction with no subheadings should provide a clear statement of the problem or purpose of the research provided. A review of relevant literature should be presented in the introduction. On the other hand, the literature review should be limited to information that is essential to direct the reader. The general approaches and objectives of the new research based on the relevant hypothesis should be explained in the Introduction. Objectives should describe the main purpose(s) of the research. All new aspects of the research including methodology can be justified here.
Material and methods
It contains necessary information and procedures for other researchers to be able to repeat it. Subsections can be considered where a variety of different methods are used. A clear description of the sampling procedures, experimental design, dates, statistical analyses, laboratory equipment, software, and terminology must be provided. Methods in general use need not be described in detail and previously published procedures should be cited. For the computer software, the name of the publisher and year of publication should be cited. The trade name and model number of laboratory and technical equipment must be given, where are cited in the manuscript. The exact label of the type specimens should be placed within quotation marks. Dates should preferably be formatted without spaces and with months in Roman numbers (e.g., 21.vi.201). Body part terms specific to a given taxon should be explained in this section to be indicated preferably in figures, followed by an accepted terminology.

All recorded taxa including newly described species should be deposited in the institutional collection and national or international museums. Subsequently, an accession (registration) number should be provided from those depositories, before acceptance of papers to avoid unnecessary delay of publication. Holotype should not deposit in private collections. If needed, the primary type specimens should be deposited in collections of the country of origin.

This part may contain tables, lists, and figures. Focus on the important points of results in this section but avoid repeating information provided in tables or figures. Results should be presented as simply as possible with clarity and precision. Results should be explained, but without referring to the literature. Speculation and detailed interpretation of data should not be included in the Results but should be put into the Discussion section. The International System of Units (SI) for measurements should be used throughout the manuscripts.

The International Code of Zoological Nomenclature must be strictly followed. Author(s) of species name must be provided when the scientific name of any insect (or other animals) species is first mentioned. If the year of publication is given, then a full reference should be provided in the reference list. The Year of publication of the species should be given in taxonomic revisions that providing the original species description and must be given in the list of references. The name of authors for plant species names need not be given. Papers including new taxonomic decisions on previously described taxa (synonymies, new combinations, lectotype, designations, etc.) must include bibliographic data of the original description of the taxon (including page number). Genus names should not be abbreviated at the beginning of a sentence. Special symbols should be avoided.

Descriptions and re-descriptions of taxa should be concise and uniform throughout the paper. Use standardized abbreviations in the text: subf. nov., gen. nov., sp. nov., ssp. nov., syn. nov., comb. nov., stat. nov., stat. restit, stat. rev., nom. alt., nom. cons., nom. dub., nom. err., nom. illeg., nom. inval., nom. nov., nom. nud., nom. rej.. Author(s) are recommended to Include habitat, and host association for the type material as well as other recorded species. For a description of the new species the following arrangement of data is required:
- Information for type material and type locality, according to the ICZN requirements
Name of new species
- Type material (Holotype, Paratype(s))
- Type locality  
- Other material
- Diagnosis: A concise descriptive diagnosis
- Description: A comprehensive description referring to high-quality images of the diagnostic characters.
- Etymology
- Distribution
The supplementary data include ecology, biology, seasonal occurrence, host associations, which are welcome if exist. An identification key with the necessary illustrations will greatly enhance the quality of papers for the subsequent users/readers.

Type locality is the exact geographical place (with coordinate data - [DMS] 29°29′47″N, 60°51′46″E, Elev. 1,352 m a.s.l.) at which the specimens were collected. Additional locality information includes the type of habitat, collecting method, date, name of collector(s)’, host plant, or host insect should be inserted here.
Type material is a different statement about specimen(s), includes the exact quotation of its original label, accession number, condition of the specimen (pinned, card mounted, slide mounted, alcohol preserved, fossil), and repository (organization’s name and city). See the following example

Alloxysta kovilovicus Ferrer-Suay & Pujade-Villar sp. nov.
Type locality: SERBIA, Kovilovo, 14.vi.2010, collected from mix colony of Therioaphis trifolii (Monell) and Acyrthosiphon pisum (Harris) on Medicago sativa.
Type material: HOLOTYPE. ♀ (DAFNE), IRAN, Sistan-o Baluchestan province, Zabol - Hamoon international wetlands (31°12ʹ03.2ʺN, 61°20ʹ47.04ʺ E, 477 m a.s.l), 05.iv.2016, swept on Tamarix stricta, Leg.: H.A.Derafshan.
The Abbreviations for name of Depositories should appear in material and methods.

Identification Keys: The second couplets of the key should start with a hyphen only (-). Each couplet
should be typed simply as a separate paragraph as follow:

1 Tarsal claw with a distinct acute basal lobe. … 2
- Tarsal claw simple or with an indistinct basal lobe. … 3
2 The first submarginal cell large. … Species I Author
- The first submarginal cell small. … Species II Author
Subsequently, it can be converted to proper format by the expert typeset.

Discussion should interpret the findings given the results obtained in this and past studies on this topic. State the conclusions in a few sentences at the end of the paper. The last segment of the discussion may comply with a conclusion. A summary of evidence and any significant conclusions that have been drawn from the work may be carefully integrated with specific suggestions and recommendations related to the study can be given here.
Conflict of Interests
The authors must declare any kind of conflict of interest in their research. Your statements should be placed at the end of your manuscript, after acknowledgments, and before the references. This part should have a heading: Statement of Conflicting Interests. If there is no statement, in your article under this heading will be printed ‘None Stated’. Conversely, you may prefer to express that. For example The Author(s) state(s) that there is no conflict of interest.

When you make a statement, please bear in mind that the disclosure information needs to be specific and include any financial relationship that exists among authors of the article and any supporting institute and the for-profit interests the institute signifies as well as any for-profit product which is discussed or implicitly mentioned in the article. Any marketable or monetary contributions that may signify the presence of a conflict of interest should be made known in the covering letter that goes with your article to help the Editor decide if you have made adequate disclosure in the Statement of Conflicting Interests you provide in your article.

Authors’ Contributions
All authors' contributions to the research process need to appear in this section.
Example of Author contribution: AB and CD conceived the ideas. AB, CD and EF designed methodology; AB collected the material; AB, CD and GH described the material; AB, CD, EF and GH led the writing of the manuscript. All authors contributed critically to the drafts and gave final approval for publication.
Acknowledgments of the research institutions, companies, governmental bodies, or people who have contributed or financially supported the research, should be typed in a single paragraph directly who lack the necessary conditions for authorship. For example, you may acknowledge those who only provided technical help, those who assisted you in writing, or any authority who helped you merely through general support. Preceding the References. The ‘Acknowledgements’ section should include a list of any contributors Authors are required to mention if they have been helped in writing and should disclose the identity of the party that has paid for this help.
All authors are asked to report their funding regularly and under a separate heading. Otherwise, you need to affirm that: “this research received no specific grant from any funding agencies
All the research articles are required to have a funding acknowledgment in the form of the sentence below. The name of the funding agency must be written in full, followed by the grant number in square brackets: For example: This work was supported by the Tarbiat Modares University [grant number xxx].

In case the paper has various grant numbers, they should be divided by comma and space. If the research was financed by numerous agencies, the different agencies should be mentioned in the acknowledgment, separated by semi-colon, with ‘and’ before the final name, as follows: “This work was supported by the Tarbiat Modares University [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad [grant number zzzz]; and the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology [grant number aaaa]”.

Occasionally, a research is not funded by a particular project funding, but from the block grant and other resources of a university, college or other research institution. In cases where no specific granting has been provided, researchers are required to use the following sentence: “This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

The accuracy of all references needs to be checked by the author. Authors need to ensure that the cited references in the text match with the list of references at the end of the article.
The authors can use the Reference Manager Softwares, following this (Endnote) Template - prepared by Z. Rahmani.
Quick guide for References (Harvard Reference Style)
Citations in the text
References should be cited in the text by the last name(s) of the author(s) and year of publication as shown in the Table.
Type of reference Examples of citations
Citing one author (Spradbery, 1970)
According to Spradbery (1970)…
Citing two authors (Mauss & Müller, 2014)
According to Mauss and Müller (2014) …
Citing three or more authors (Choi et al., 2013)
According to Sedivy et al. (2008)…
Citations by the same author and same year (Rakhshani et al., 2008a, 2008b)
Multiple references cited in the same sentence (Jones et al., 2004a, 2004b; Coyle & Gandhi, 2012; Tabata et al., 2015)
It is also acceptable to use ‘et al.’ after the first author if the work has three authors.

Reference list
The references should be listed alphabetically. The references published by the same author(s) should be sorted chronologically. The list of References should be included after the final section of the main article body. Multiple papers by the same author published in one year should be ordered as they appear in the text and indicated by single-letter after year (e.g. 2008a, 2008b, 2008c). It is strongly recommended to check each citation in the text against the references and vice-versa to ensure that they match exactly. Authors are encouraged to cite only published, significant and up-to-date references in their papers. Before submitting, it is desirable to add a DOI (digital object identifier) for the cited papers, wherever possible (visit the following link: http://www.crossref.org/SimpleTextQuery). For the papers in other languages than English (and other languages with Latin alphabet) but having a translated English summary, title, or abstract, cite the “original” translation. If there is no such translation, use an English translation in brackets [ ] and indicate the original language in parenthesis (e.g., Chinese, Persian, Russian) at the end. Issue numbers (in parenthesis) can be ignored, except in the cases where the separate issues were numbered separately or appeared in different years. The author and year of description for each taxon should be separated by a comma when cited in the text, but only listed in large monographs and taxonomic revisions.

Journal titles should be italicized and unabbreviated. Please note the journal titles and volume numbers are followed by a comma ","; page ranges are connected by “n dash”, not hyphen “-”, which is used to connect two words. Hyphens are used to link words such as personal names while n dash “-” (the length of an 'n') is used to link the spans like sizes, dates, and page numbers (e.g., 1999–2011; figs 4–8; pp. 372–379; 1.5–2.5X).

Quicke, D.L.J. (2015) The Braconid and Ichneumonid Parasitoid Wasps. Biology, Systematic, Evolution and Ecology. Wiley Blackwell, Chichester. 681 p. + 63pl.

Book chapter
Sharkey, M.J. & Wharton, R.A. (1997) Morphology and terminology. In: Wharton, R.A., Marsh, P.M. & Sharkey, M.J. (eds.) Manual of the New World Genera of the Family Braconidae (Hymenoptera). Special Publication 1., International Society of Hymenopterists, Washington DC, pp. 19–37.
Journal articles
Peris-Felipo, F.J., Belokobylskij, S.A. & Jiménez-Peydró, R. (2014) Revision of the western Palaearctic species of the genus Dinotrema Foerster, 1862 (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Alysiinae). Zootaxa, 3885 (1), 1–483. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3885.1.1
Articles in Conferences/Proceedings
Bandani, A.R., Rasoulian, G., Kharazi-Pakdel, A., Esmaili, M. & Azmayeshfard, P. (1993) Cereal aphids and their hymenopterous parasites in Sistan region. In: Ahoonmanesh, A., Kharazi, A., Rahimian, H. & Baiat, H. (eds.) Proceedings of the 11th Iranian Plant Protection Congress, 1993, 28 August – 2 September, RashtIran. Ministry of Agriculture, Tehran, pp. 4–5.
Internet resources
Magowski, W. (2017) Fauna Europaea: Acariformes, Tarsonemoidea. Fauna Europaea version 2017.06. Available from: https://fauna-eu.org  [Accessed 15th June 2017].
Yu, D.S., Van Achterberg, C. & Horstmann, K. (2016) World Ichneumonoidea. Taxonomy, Biology, Morphology and Distribution. Taxapad (Scientific names for information management) Interactive catalogue, Available from: http://www.taxapad.com [Accessed 27th April 2020].
Aarvik, L.E. (2017) Fauna Europaea: Tortricidae. In: Karsholt, O. & Nieukerken, E.J. van (2017) Fauna Europaea: Lepidoptera, Moths. Fauna Europaea version 06. Available from: https://fauna-eu.org  [Accessed 15th June 2020].
The citation year is the last update on the internet website.
Thesis and Dissertations
Ceballo, F.A.A. (2002) An investigation into why Coccidoxenoides peregrinus (Timberlake) (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) is an ineffective biological control agent in Queensland citrus (Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation), School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland.
Try to avoid citation of Thesis and Dissertations since they are considered as unpublished data

Tables, Figures and their captions
All tables and figures together with their captions appear after references within the same file. The captions should be comprehensible without reading the manuscripts. Original files of the figures in high quality should be sent via email (JIBS@modares.ac.ir) or uploaded via web transfer hosts (DropBox, WeTransfer, GoogleDrive, etc…), after acceptance.
Figures and figure legends
All illustrations, including photographs, graphs, drawings, and maps are treated as figures, even if they are arranged in plates. All figures should be referenced consecutively in the manuscript and referred to as “Fig.” or “Figs” in the text. Line drawings are preferred for species description, although high-quality grayscale or color photographs are also acceptable. Line drawings should be scanned at a minimum resolution of 600 dpi (mode: Grayscale) and saved in TIFF format with LZW compression. Each plate (illustration) should be saved as in print size (up to 170×250mm), with some bottom space for figure legends. Magnification must be indicated by scale bars with appropriate units on both drawings and photographs, where appropriate. The color photographs should be originally prepared at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and saved as a TIFF file (flattened with LZW compression). The illustration files should be named as their content (i.e., Figure01.tif; Figure02.tif). Composites of line drawings, grayscale, and color illustrations have to be prepared as TIFF images at a resolution of 600 dpi and tightly cropped. Lettering or numbering of the figures must be done directly on graphic files and should be in a uniform style.

Use only Arial fonts (in upper case) 8-12 points for labeling or numbering the illustrations. Figures with several parts should be merged into a single plate. Photographs and illustrations of poor quality as well as the poorly assembled plate will not be accepted and will result in a delay in the review and publishing process. The author(s) have to obtain permission from the copyright holder to reproduce figures or tables that have previously been published elsewhere.

Figure legends must be self-explanatory and dependent and should be typed in numerical order and listed after the list of references on a separate sheet. Small illustrations should be grouped into plates. Use Arabic numerals to designate figures and upper case letters for their parts. The legend must include sufficient description so that the figure is understandable without reading the text of the manuscript. Information given in legends should not be repeated in the text. The genus and species names should be kept unabbreviated and followed by the name of author(s) and year of description, separated by a comma. Figure legends should be prepared as follows:

Figures. 1–9. Lysiphlebus orientalis Starý & Rakhshani sp. nov., female paratype (DPPZ): 1. Head and mouthparts, 2. Mesoscutum, 3. Antenna, 4. Forewing, 5. Propodeum, 6. Petiole.
Tables need to be prepared using the "Table" feature of Microsoft Word software. Tables prepared using Excel or other spreadsheet programs are not acceptable. Tables should be numbered in sequence using Arabic numerals and given at the end of the manuscript. Table formatting should be kept simple as much possible. Tables should also have a title that summarizes the whole table. All abbreviations in the table must be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, •, or a, b, c, can be used (in the same order). Statistical measures such as SE should be identified in the headings. Table headings need to be aligned left in all cases such as when they are related to various columns. Number tables sequentially and cite in the manuscripts as Table 1, Table 2, etc. The word ‘Table’ should be written in full. Number the tables in their order of appearance in the manuscript. Rules used for tables must be minimal horizontal to ensure clarity
Tables should have clear titles and explanatory footnotes (labeled with lower-case letters, in alphabetical order). Do not repeat the details provided in the main document.
Submitting supplementary files
TMU Press does not currently accept supplemental files.
After acceptance
A proof will be sent to authors for checking before publication. Alterations other than correction of printer's error will be allowed only at the editor's discretion. Manuscripts after being corrected must be returned to the editorial office within 15 days
TMU Press journals are all open access free journals and the PDF of all their articles will be available after acceptance.