For authors wishing to submit a manuscript in the 9th California Islands Symposium Proceedings - Deadline for submission is March 1, 2017

The Western North American Naturalist (WNAN) is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal publishing original research articles on the biological natural history of western North America. The journal is distributed online ( and in print, and is indexed by the Web of Science and Google Scholar.

Submitted papers from the 9th California Islands Symposium (CIS) will be considered for publication in a special issue of WNAN. Contributions from all disciplines will be welcome. The CIS special issue will be open access in its electronic form 24 months after publication, and may be purchased in print for $35. A PDF file of each published article will be provided to the corresponding author for distribution. Page charges will be waived for authors and be paid by the supporters of the Symposium. However, authors who want a paper to be open-access at the time of publication will pay a $150 fee.

Please register and submit your manuscript here. 

Authors must follow WNAN’s submission guidelines ( Preference will be given to concise manuscripts of 12,000 words or less. Papers should be in standard scientific format and typically include the following discrete sections: title, abstract, methods, results, discussion, acknowledgments, and literature cited. Experimental, descriptive, and historical data are equally acceptable, but simple species lists are discouraged.

All manuscripts will undergo a rigorous peer review process prior to publication. Based on manuscript reviews, decisions regarding publication are then made by the journal's editor and associate editors.

Authors will have 4 months following the symposium to submit their manuscripts to WNAN. The due date will be March 1, 2017. The editors and reviewers will aim to make the first decisions and provide feedback to authors around March 31, 2017. Once authors receive feedback from WNAN, they will then have 6 weeks to make necessary revisions and send their revised manuscripts back to WNAN. After all accepted manuscripts are assembled, the volume will be about 8 months in production.