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Copyright & Usage licence

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.

The following notice appears at the bottom of the first page of every publication:

 “This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license visit:  http://creative”.

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.

Article processing charges (APCs)

Lepidopterists' Society of Africa (LSA) members do not have to pay any APCs for the first 10 pages (5000 words) of an article, provided that the submitted manuscript complies with these author’s instructions.  Non-LSA authors are levied page charges for every page.

APCs are established from time to time by the Editor. Currently (2022 year) they are R300 per page for LSA members and R400 per page for non-LSA members (from the first page).


Articles will be available as PDFs online within a few days of acceptance of the final version by the Editor, and approval of the proof by the author(s).

Printed version

A printed hard copy of the Journal will be available at the end of each year to sponsors and honorary life members of LSA, or for purchase by LSA ordinary members or the general public.

Reprints and distribution via websites

 Author(s) will be provided with a high quality PDF file of their final article by e-mail or WeTransfer. Authors are permitted to produce any number of reprints identical to the printed manuscripts using these PDF files. They are also permitted to make such PDFs available on their personal or institutional websites.

Compliance with ICZN rules

An electronic version (PDF) of all systematic articles will be sent to appropriate libraries and museums, to comply with the new ICZN rules. The articles themselves and the taxonomic acts within them will be registered on the Zoobank website.


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