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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).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word or rtf file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); all illustrations and figures are submitted as separate jpg or tiff files under "supplementary files".
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Focus and Scope

The CHIRONOMUS Journal of Chironomidae Research is devoted to publishing peer-reviewed research articles related to all aspects of chironomid research. The journal also serves as an updated news bulletin for the Chironomidae research community. Full journal issues are provided annually in December, while individual papers are published contiuously upon acceptance. All contributions are open access and can be downloaded freely from this website. All research articles submitted to CHIRONOMUS are subject to peer-review. There are no page charges for manuscripts accepted for publication.

Online Submission Process

New authors must register with the journal prior to manuscript submission; when registering, we encourage you to also register as a Reader and a Reviewer. Alternatively, returning authors can simply log in and begin the 5-step submission process. Registration and login are required to submit manuscripts online and to check the status of current submissions. Names, addresses, and affiliations should be entered for all authors upon submission through the journal website.

Author Guidelines

Authors contributing a manuscript to the CHIRONOMUS Journal of Chironomidae Research should adhere to the formatting requirements outlined below:


Manuscripts must be written in English; either British or American spelling may be used, however please be consistent throughout the manuscript. Authors who speak English as a foreign language are strongly encouraged to have their manuscript proof-read by a native English-speaking colleague.

Manuscript Format

Manuscript should be single-spaced, written in 12-point Times New Roman font, and submitted as either an MS Word document or an ‘.rtf’ file. Please construct your manuscript using the following organizational format:

First page must include manuscript title, names, mailing and e-mail addresses of all authors. Please use lower-case letters in title and headings, with the exception of proper nouns. Subsequent sections should include an Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, and References. Short communications can deviate from this format if appropriate.

Primary headings (e.g. Materials and Methods) should be bold faced, while subheadings (e.g. Sample Sites) should be italicized. Please adhere to the rules of biological nomenclature, as outlined in the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. Species names should be stated in full and the name of the describer should also be provided when presented for the first time.  Scientific names should be italicized throughout the manuscript. Manuscripts which include the description of new species should include information detailing official repository of type specimens (holotype and paratypes).


Tables can be included directly in the text or may be submitted as a supplementary file. Please supply a title and table caption explaining all components of the table. Please indicate in the text where the table should appear.


All figures should be included in the text file at the end of the manuscript. Please indicate in the text where tables and figures should appear. When referred to in-text, please abbreviate Figure as “Fig.” or “Figs” Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters [ex. (Figs 1a-c, Fig. 2a)]. Each figure should be accompanied by a descriptive caption explaining what the figure depicts.

Stylistic Conventions

Dates should be expressed in the day-month-year format (ex. 17 February, 2015); time should be expressed in terms of the 24-hour clock (ex. 0800 and 2200); units should be expressed using the SI system.

Numbers with four or more digits should contain commas, while those less than 1.0 should be preceded by a zero (e.g. 0.19).

Use the following abbreviations: s – second, min/mins – minute/minutes, hr/hrs – hour/hours, yr/yrs – year/years.

Citation and Reference Format

In-text Citations. Relevant references should be cited in parentheses without a comma between name and year [ex. (Langton 1991)], use “and” for manuscripts with two authors [ex. (Langton and Pinder 2007)] and “et al.” for manuscripts with three or more authors [ex. (Ekrem et al. 2010)]. Citations referring to multiple works should be in chronological order and separated by a comma [ex. (Langton 1991, Ekrem and Stur 2009, Anderson et al. 2013)].

References. List all references alphabetically at the end of the manuscript. Please use the following formats and include DOIs when available:

Journal Article (Please use full journal titles):

Ekrem, T., Willassen, E. and Stur, E. 2010. Phylogenetic utility of five genes for dipteran phylogeny: a test case in the Chironomidae leads to generic synonymies. - Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57: 561-71. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2010.06.006

Electronic Journal Article:

Anderson, A.M., Kranzfelder, P., Bouchard, R.W. and Ferrington, L.C. 2013. Survivorship and longevity of Diamesa mendotae Muttkowski (Diptera: Chironomidae) under snow. - Journal of Entomological and Acarological Research 45:e6. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4081/jear.2013.e6


Armitage, P.D., Cranston, P.S. and Pinder, L.C.V. 1995. The Chironomidae. The biology and ecology of non-biting midges. Chapman & Hall, 572 p.

Book Section:

Ferrington, L.C., Berg, M.B. and Coffman, W.P. 2008. Chironomidae. In Merritt, R.W., Cummins, K.W. and Berg, M.B. (Ed.) An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America, 4th ed. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, pp. 847-989.


Anderson, A.M. 2012. Winter-Emerging Chironomidae (Insecta: Diptera) in Minnesota Trout Streams. Ph.D Thesis, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota. 261p.

An EndNote style file can be supplied by contacting Torbjørn Ekrem or Alyssa Anderson.