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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published nor is it before another journal for consideration; or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor.
  • Use body text in 12 point size and double spacing with 2.5 cm margins on both left and right sides. Do not hyphenate at the right margin.
  • The text meets this journal's formatting requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines (above).

Author Guidelines

These guidelines apply to submission to peer-reviewed volumes of Rangifer. There are separate guidelines for submissions to Rangifer Report (not peer-reviewed).


To use the online submission system for manuscripts, registration and login are required. To register and get a password, please follow the "go to registration" link immediately above. After registration, you can submit items online and check the status of current submissions. Rangifer also accept manuscripts sent as e-mail attachments to the editor.

Online publishing and quality

From Vol. 28 (2008), Rangifer is an online open access journal (ISSN: 1890-6729). Rangifer publishes original research papers, review articles and brief communications in all themes and fields related to the animal reindeer and reindeer husbandry as culture and industry, and also papers on other northern ungulates. Rangifer is the world's only scientific journal dealing exclusively with husbandry, management and biology of arctic and northern ungulates. The journal has a main scope on domesticated and wild reindeer, and reindeer husbandry.

Language and proofs

Manuscripts should be submitted in English. It is the authors' responsibility to submit manuscripts in as complete condition as possible. Use linguistic consultant(s) if necessary. Authors are fully responsible for checking all material for accuracy. Authors must be careful in preparing manuscripts, there should be no corrections after the manuscripts have been accepted. Only mistakes made by the printers may be corrected in the proof reading.

Preparation of manuscripts

The manuscript shall include the title, authors, their affiliation and mailing addresses and the email address of the corresponding author.The structure of a manuscript will depend on the field and subject and not all contributions will follow the usual manuscript format consisting of the following main sections: introduction, material and methods, results, discussion, references, tables, figure captions, and figures. Abstract and relevant key words, in alphabetical order, are placed before the main sections. Key words may include words that occur in the title of the paper. Nordic authors are recommended to also prepare an abstract and title in their own language.

  • Please note that the normal length of a research article in Rangifer is 15 pages in printed format, which is equivalent to approximately 25 pages in manuscript format including all photos/figures, tables and references.
  • References given in the text shall be written: Smith (1994), (Smith, 1994), (Smith & Jones, 1994) or (Smith et al., 1994). Use a semicolon between references: (Smith, 1994; Smith & Jones, 1995; Smith et al., 1996) and put references in chronological order.
  • The reference chapter shall be listed alphabetically according to the author: Holleman, D.F., Luick, J.R. & White, R.G. 1979. Lichen estimates for reindeer and caribou during winter. - Journal of Wildlife Management 43 (1): 192-201. (43 volume number, (1) number in volume series (can be omitted) and: 192-201 page numbers, (NB: - dash before the journal name).
  • Consult a recent issue of Rangifer for any clarification regarding reference formatting ( Examples of citations include:
    • Caughley, G. 1977. Analysis of Vertebrate Populations. John Wiley & Sons, Toronto. 234pp.
    • Wiklund, E. & Smulders, F.J.M. 2011. Muscle biological and biochemical ramifications of farmed game husbandry with focus on deer and reindeer. - In: Paulsen, P., Bauer, A., Vodansky, M., Winkelmayer, R. & Smulders, F.J.M. (Eds.). Game meat hygiene in focus. Microbiology, epidemiology, risk analysis and quality. Wageningen Academic Publishers, The Netherlands, pp. 297-311.
    • Åhman, B. 1999. Transfer of radiocaesium via reindeer meat to man - effects of countermeasures applied in Sweden following the Chernobyl accident. - Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 46 (1): 113-120.
    • Sorensen, T., McLoughlin, P.D., Hervieux, D., Dzus, E., Nolan, J., Wynes, B. & Boutin, S. 2008. Determining sustainable levels of cumulative effects for boreal caribou. - Journal of Wildlife Management 72: 900-905.
  • Please note the dash sizes used for each reference. A long dash (-) (EM Dash in the MS Word symbol tray) is placed before the journal title, and a smaller dash (-) is placed between the page numbers.
  • Use metric untis. Follow the accepted nomenclature of the International Symbol of Units. Numbers should be written as: 739 847.34. Numbers 10 000 or greater shall be typed with spaces to group the digits. Use the CBE Manual for Authors, Editors and Publishers.
  • Italics shall be typed. Taxonomic names in Latin (genus and species; e.g. Rangifer tarandus tarandus), book titles and journal names shall be written in italics. Include a comma after e.g., and i.e.
  • Please adhere to formatting guidelines closely as this will reduce editorial revisions and speed up the review process.
  • To make the text accessible to everyone, use Microsoft Word's in-built styles for headings and subheadings. You are recommended to use Word’s accessibility checker before submitting your manuscript.


Use 12 point size body text and double spacing with 2.5 cm margins on both left and right sides. Do not hyphenate at the right margin. Number all pages of the submitted manuscript. Use line numbering through the entire manuscript. This greatly assists the review process.

Illustrations, graphs and tables

These shall be numbered with Arabic numbers (1, 2, 3 etc.) and accompanied by a short text, so they can be understood independent of the article text. Indicate within the manuscript where tables and illustrations will be placed in the text. The illustrations must be ready for printing and each figure must be submitted in a separate file once the manuscript has been accepted. Save figures as ai-files (Adobe Illustrator), eps-files (Encapsulated PostScript), pdf-files (Portable Document Format), jpeg-files (Joint Photographic Experts Group) or tiff-files (Tagged Image File Format). Photos/pictures in raster need a minimum width of 1750 pixels to cover two columns and 850 pixels for one column. (Photos/pictures should be made with 300 dpi resolution). 

To give equal access for people with diverse abilities and make it easier for everyone to use, images (pictures, charts, diagrams, graphs, etc.) require a text alternative. Color should not be the only visual means of conveying information. Parts of graphics should have sufficient contrast against adjacent colors. 

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