Guidelines for Authors

Author Guidelines for Alaska Park Science
Updated March 21, 2018

Alaska Park Science is an award-winning journal published by the National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office. The journal reports information from on-going and recently completed research in and around Alaska’s national parks. Alaska Park Science covers all relevant scientific disciplines in the biological, physical, cultural, and social sciences. The journal is published twice a year and is available online at:

Deadlines for receipt of final articles and illustrations: To be determined in collaboration with the Guest Editor.

Audience: The principal audience for Alaska Park Science is non-technical, consisting of the interested public, educators and students, scientists, natural and cultural resource researchers, and park staff including superintendents, scientists, resource managers, and interpreters.

Distribution: Alaska Park Science is distributed online as shared content web articles and as a pdf that may be printed. Traffic to the web articles is tracked by the Alaska Regional Office. Additionally, an individual may request a subscription service, which is maintained by the regional Science Communication Specialist.

Types of Articles: The journal may include feature articles; short reports (brief summaries of on-going studies, recently completed reports, resource issues, and science events); interviews; and web links to additional resources (such as peer-reviewed articles, videos, web pages; see the archives at the web address listed above for examples).

For More Information: Because articles are web-based, readers have the opportunity to directly access peer-reviewed science, videos, sound files, or other web pages with additional resources to support individual articles. Feel free to include these types of links as appropriate.

General Guidelines: Alaska Park Science aims to provide informative, interesting, visually pleasing, and intelligible information at an informed general public reading level. Articles should highlight Alaska’s unique qualities and contributions to science. The journal emphasizes research findings and applications of science to support management action.

Research findings should be described in such a way that generalists can grasp their significance and understand their application. Articles should be written primarily in the active voice, using both technical and non-technical language that can be understood by those outside the specific field of study. Add definitions for uncommon technical terms (jargon) where needed.

Style Guidelines: Please look at past issues for style. When mentioning species, use their common name followed by the binomial name (Genus species) after the first mention. Please use U.S. customary units with metric equivalents provided in parentheses. Please do not use NPS park alpha codes (e.g., DENA) as abbreviations.

Web links should be included to provide access to additional data, technical papers, and relevant project information. Authors should include in-text citations for references used; footnotes and endnotes are not used in this journal. The following are examples of the reference style:

Elias, S. A., S. K. Short, C. H. Nelson, and H. H. Birks. 1996. Life and times of the Bering land bridge. Nature 382(4):60-63.
Hoeffecker, J. and S. A. Elias. 2007. The Human Ecology of Beringia. Columbia University Press, 304 pp.
Interagency Working Group on Coordination of Domestic Energy Development and Permitting in Alaska. 2013. Managing for the future in a rapidly changing Arctic: A report to the President. Available at: (accessed May 14, 2013)

Length: Articles may range between 500 and 2,500 words in length.

Author Information: Include contact information for each author: name, position, affiliation, phone number, and email address.

Form of Submission: Manuscripts should be sent as digital text files attached to an email message to the Guest Editor with a cc to

Images and Illustrations: Please submit photos and other illustrations for your article. Be sure that proper safety practices are depicted in the photos, as well as appropriate NPS attire. Please send original files (including Excel files for graphs) of high quality/high resolution. Images should be at least 300 dpi at the size at which it will be used (generally, file sizes should be >1 MB). Each article will have a landscape-format, full-page “cover” image in addition to any images and figures used to illustrate the content of the article.

GIS maps and other computer-generated illustrations should be exported in a pixel-based file (such as bitmap, tiff, or jpeg) at a high resolution (at least 300 pixels per inch [300 dpi] at a size of approximately 8" x 10"). Do not submit illustrations copied from web pages, PowerPoint, or Word documents since their resolution is too low for quality publication. Please contact the Science Communication Specialist (Nina_Chambers [at] with any questions.

Captions: Please provide captions, in a text file, for all images and illustrations used in the article, as well as photo credits (be sure you have permission if the photographer is not an NPS or other federal employee). Authors are responsible for securing and forwarding copyright permissions for images, as needed.

Review: Although APS is not a discipline-specific journal, we are committed to excellence in quality and accuracy. Therefore all articles will be reviewed by at least two individuals with sufficient technical or scientific expertise in the subject matter to offer substantive comments on the content of the article, in addition to Editorial Board members. Articles will be reviewed for readability, management sensitivity, and relevance to the NPS Alaska Region.


Last updated: March 21, 2018