Description：Madagascar Conservation & Development is an electronic, open-access, peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal devoted to the swift dissemination of current research in and on Madagascar and the Western Indian Ocean islands. Manuscript submission, peer review, and publication are all handled on the internet. Software developed for the journal automates all clerical steps during peer review, facilitates a double-blind peer review process, and allows authors and editors to follow the progress of peer review on the internet. As articles are accepted, they are published in an "Issue in Progress." At six month intervals (e.g., June and December) the Issue-in-Progress is declared a New Issue, and journal subscribers receive the Table of Contents of the issue via email. Madagascar Conservation & Development’s turn-around time (from first submission to publication) averages around 200 days.
Madagascar Conservation & Development welcomes the results of original research based on field surveys, advances in field and laboratory techniques, book reviews, and informal status reports from research, conservation, development and management programs and in-field projects, both terrestrial and marine, in Madagascar and surrounding islands (including Mascarenes, Comoros, Seychelles). In addition, notes on changes in the legal status of any species (e.g., IUCN, CITES) or area (e.g. protected areas) in the region are welcomed. Readers are also encouraged to alert Madagascar Conservation & Development to pertinent letter-writing campaigns and other activities, which may need the support of the Madagascar Conservation & Development community.