Thank you very much for publishing your research in Biotropica! It is an honor and a privilege for us to share research conducted in the world’s most biologically rich and (we think) fascinating ecosystems with the scientific community. Like many scientists we love to learn about the fascinating places our colleagues work, and we wish we could travel to your field sites to see them for ourselves. Likewise, we think the general public could learn more about what we do and why we love the places we work if they could only see them.
Our “Photos from the Field” Project is a chance for people anywhere in the world to join you in the field, albeit virtually, as well as an opportunity for us to promote your work on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. We hope you will do the same on your own social media accounts — not only is it a chance to communicate our science to a broader audience, but research has also shown that papers discussed on social media can have higher citation rates. It also counts as a “Broader Impact” or “Outreach” activity for your reports to NSF, CNPq, or other funding agencies (please contact us if you want the numbers of views to the blog and your post for inclusion in funding agency reports). For examples of what others have submitted, see our “Photos from the Field” Archive.
Here are a few guidelines for using the form below to submit photos or text related to your article
- Your Name: Just your name is fine, no need to include that of your coauthors.
- Your URL (optional): If you have a website, please include it so readers can find you.
- Your email: in case we have any questions.
- Post Title: the title or manuscript number of your article
- Post Tags (optional): Suggest some keywords for your post, such as the country, ecosystem, and field station in which the fieldwork was carried out, the names of the study organisms, or the research topic. Separate terms with a comma.
- Example: Costa Rica, Guanacaste, Dry Forest, OTS, Palo Verde Field Station, leaf-cutter ants, Atta, elevational gradients, pollination.
- Post Content: Cut-and-paste the following into the textbox:
- The abstract of your article. Not required, but it helps speed up the process.
- A caption for each photo. Be sure to include the name of the file and the name of the photographer, e.g.: “Bruna1.jpg: Bruna digging for ants in the Amazon (Photo by P. Sampaio).” Please let us know if the photos were licensed under the creative commons or any other limitations regarding their use (see “Pictures” below for additional details).
- Any text and links you would like to accompany your post, such as links to your web page or google scholar profile, links to the web page of your department, university, or institution, and links to the website of the field station. If you are comfortable using wordpress you can can insert these yourself, if not we we will do it for you.
- Pictures: You can upload up to 10 photos. In addition to pictures of the field sites or study organisms, we would also enjoy seeing photos of students, collaborators, people doing fieldwork, trucks stuck in the mud…anything for people to get a better idea of what tropical biologists do and where they do it.
- Give each image a descriptive filename (e.g., Bruna1.jpg)
- If your photos are posted on flickr or another photo sharing site you can provide links to the image in the text box and we will also link to the photo there.
- The photographer retains the copyright of any photos we use. We will not reuse them on the blog or Biotropica’s social media accounts without attribution or for commercial purposes.
- Optional but highly recommended: You can further protect your intellectual property by offering your photos under a Creative Commons License, which defines if and how they can be reused (you can read a description of the licenses here). If you would like to do so you have several options: (a) tell us license you prefer (b) upload the pictures to the Biotropica-ATBC flickr commons group and set the license yourself (you will need to request permission to join the group). Please contact us if you have any questions about how we will or should/should not reuse your photos.
One you submit your post you should see this message at the bottom of the page: “
Success! Thank you for your submission to Biotropica.” We will then review your post, insert the links, and post it for you when your paper is posted online. Thanks again for sharing your work, and if you have any problems with your submission simply email us for help.