Pholeos: Submission Guidlines

EDITORIAL POLICY: Manuscripts treating basic research in any aspect of speleology will be considered for publication. They must not have been previously published, accepted for publication, or be under consideration elsewhere.

All manuscripts are to be in English. Metric and Celsius units must be used, and SI units are preferred. The CBE Style Manual, the Handbook for Authors of Papers of the American Chemical Society, and Webster's Ninth Collegiate Dictionary are useful guides for matters of form and spelling.

The original of the manuscript must be typed double-spaced on one side of white bond paper approximately 8.5 x 11 inches, leaving margins of one inch. Use triple-space above headings.

The most effective way to submit a manuscript is as an attachment to an e-mail message sent to the editor. A second approach is to submit three (3) hard copies of the manuscript, figures, and tables along with a digital copy of the manuscript, figures, and tables in separate files.

Number pages consecutively at the top right-hand corner. Underline scientific names of genera and lower categories. Acknowledgements should be on a separate, double-spaced page. Each figure and table must be referred to in the text. Text references are by author, followed by year of publication.

The sequence of material in the manuscript should be as follows:


  1. The title page should include the title, author's name, affiliation, WUSS and NSS membership number, and mailing address.
  2. The abstract should not exceed one double-spaced page. It should contain a summary of significant findings and note the implications of these findings.
  3. The introduction.
  4. Methods and materials.
  5. Results.
  6. Discussion.
  7. Literature Cited. List all publications referred to in the manuscript alphabetically by first author on a separate sheet of paper (double-spaced). Each citation must be complete, according to the following examples:
    • Journal Article:
      Peck, S.B. 1974. The food of the salamanders Eurycea lucifuga and Plethodon glutinosus in caves. NSS Bulletin, 36(4): 7-10.
    • Book:
      Moore, G.W., and N. Sullivan. 1997. Speleology: Caves and the cave environment. St. Louis, Missouri: Cave Books.
    • Chapter:
      Hobbs, H.H. 1992. Caves and springs. IN, C.T. Hackney, S.M. Adams, and W.A. Martin (eds.), Biodiversity of Southeastern United States / Aquatic Communities. John Wiley   Sons, pp. 59-131.
  8. Figures and tables should be self-explanatory, with captions of tables placed above and those for figures situated beneath. Each table and figure should start on a separate sheet. Headings and format should be consistent. Originals for all figures and tables should be submitted with the manuscript or, if in electronic form, should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

Address all manuscripts and correspondence concerning editorial matters to:

Editor, Pholeos
c/o Ken Irwin
Thomas Library
Wittenberg University
P.O. Box 720
Springfield, OH 45501-0720