Gajah: Instructions to Contributors

Gajah: Instructions to Contributors

Gajah welcomes articles on all aspects of Asian Elephants, of interest to those involved in conservation, management, and research on Asian Elephants and the general public. Articles may include but are not limited to research findings, opinions, commentaries, anecdotal accounts, and book reviews. Readers are encouraged to submit comments, opinions, and criticisms of articles published in Gajah. Such correspondence should be a maximum of 300 words, and will be edited and published at the discretion of the editorial board.

Manuscripts should be in British English and double-spaced on A4 paper. An article may have a maximum of 5000 words.

Tables and figures should be kept to a minimum. Each needs to be on a separate page at the end of the manuscript. Legends should be typed separately (not incorporated into the figure). Use of black and white figures is encouraged to facilitate reproduction. Refer to figures and tables in the text as (Fig. X) and (Table X). Include tables and figures in the MS WORD document you submit.

References should be indicated in the text by the surnames(s) of the author(s) with the year of publication as in the example below:

(Baskaran & Desai 1996; Rajapaksha et al. 2004)

If the name forms part of the text, it may be cited as in the following example:

Sukumar (1989) demonstrated that…

Avoid if possible, citing references which are hard to access (e.g. reports, unpublished theses). Format citations in the ‘References’ section as in the following examples, writing out journal titles in full:

Baskaran, N. & Desai, A.A. (1996) Ranging behavior of the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) in the Nilgiri biosphere reserve, South India. Gajah 15: 41-57.

Olivier, R.C.D. (1978) On the Ecology of the Asian Elephant. Ph.D. thesis, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

Rajapaksha, R.C., Mendis, G.U.S.P. & Wijesinghe, C.G. (2004) Management of Pinnawela elephants in musth period. In: Endangered Elephants, Past Present and Future. Jayewardene, J. (ed.) Biodiversity & Elephant Conservation Trust, Colombo, Sri Lanka. pp182-183.

Sukumar, R. (1989) The Asian Elephant: Ecology and Management. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Manuscripts should be submitted as a MS WORD file by e-mail to the editor, Jayantha Jayewardene (, but if you are unable to do so, a hard copy can be sent to: Jayantha Jayewardene, 615/32 Rajagiriya Gardens, Nawala Road, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka.

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