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Scope of articles

Articles of any length containing valid scientific data concerning any aspect of the study of African Lepidoptera will be considered for publication. The content of such articles may include but will not be limited to:

1.   Taxonomic hypotheses, reviews, systematics and descriptions of new taxa.

2.   Life history descriptions, behavioural studies and ecological research including habitat descriptions.

3.   Behavioural and ecological hypotheses supported by field and laboratory observations and datasets

4.   Phylogenetic and evolutionary hypotheses based on molecular analyses and other characters.

5.   Descriptions of the lepidopteran fauna of specific areas, with checklists, photographs and notes.

6.   Lepidoptera distribution, atlassing and biogeographical analysis.

7.   Lepidopteran conservation biology and management including IUCN assessments.

8.   Reviews of fields of research and methods applied in studying lepidopterology.

Length of articles

There is in principle no limitation to the length of research articles or review papers.

“Notes” will comprise articles of three pages or shorter.

“Book Reviews” will normally be less than one page.

Responsibility for articles

The factual accuracy of articles and any opinions expressed are the responsibility of the author(s). The Editor of Metamorphosis and the Lepidopterists’ Society of Africa (LepSoc) assume no responsibility for these articles or opinions. The editor in his/ her absolute discretion reserves the right to reject any articles not conforming to the instructions to authors given below, or which do not comply with scientific conventions.


Articles must be written in English. We encourage all non-native English speaking authors to have their manuscripts read by native English speaking colleagues, and to make the recommended improvements.


Copyright for contributions published in this journal belongs to LepSoc Africa and the individual author(s), who retain(s) the right to fully use or republish the content of the article, provided that the original publisher is acknowledged.

Usage license

This work is licensed for use in terms of a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license visit: http://creative commons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/.

This licence requires that the work must be attributed to the source, may not be used for commercial purposes, and may not be altered, transformed, or built upon.

Third parties may only use extracts from the work with the prior, written permission of the Metamorphosis Editor and (as a minimum) the senior author. The journal name, volume, number and date of publication must be acknowledged by the third party together with the author(s) and title of the article.

Digital object identifiers (DOIs)

Metamorphosis articles now have DOIs which improve their visibility and ease of access to the global scientific community.

Accreditation and indexing

Metamorphosis is applying for accreditation with academic and research institutions within South Africa, and for listing in international scientific literature indices such as Web of Science and Scopus.

Publication procedure 

Articles are published as PDF documents on the Metamorphosis website www.metamorphosis.org.za as soon as the review process and editing has been completed. The Metamorphosis website is Open Access to the public.

Address for submissions         orachrysops@gmail.com


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