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Instructions to authors

Submission process

Manuscripts should be submitted by one of the authors of the manuscript. The author of the submission takes the responsibility of the article in its submission to peer review.

The template of the title page (to download from the bottom of this page) should be filled in carefully and be sent with the submitted manuscript. The email address of every co-author should be included, so that the Revue de Primatologie can acknowledge the reception of the manuscript to all the authors. Please also provide the name of potential referees (2 to 5) with their contact details, and particularly their email address. These referees are likely to be contacted to read and evaluate your manuscript.

To facilitate the publication process and minimize administrative costs, the Revue de Primatologie only accepts articles sent by e-mail attachment (template of the title page + manuscript; maximum manuscript size is 3 MB, for heavier manuscripts please contact the journal before submission). The template of the title page and the manuscript must be sent as an attachment to:

Publication process and peer reviewing

The manuscripts received by the journal are sent for peer review, unless they are beyond the scope of the journal. Manuscripts are reviewed by two referees with a view to reaching a first decision as soon as possible. Referees must say whether the manuscript is scientifically sound, quality consistent and written in an acceptable style. Where possible, the final decision is made on the basis of a concordant referee’s assessment. Should there are strong differences between referee’s evaluations; a third advice will be obtained from a member of the editorial board of the journal. The ultimate responsibility for the decision to accept an article for publication is with the Editor-in-Chief.

Once an article is accepted, it is published in a fully browseable web-form with the option to print a copy on-line as a formatted PDF. Today, the Revue de Primatologie article does not levies processing fees for accepted papers.

Editorial policy

The manuscript must not have already been published in another journal unless the Revue de Primatologie accepts it for consideration in case they are translations of articles originally published in another language. In this case, the consent of the journal in which the article was originally published must be obtained and the fact that the article has already been published must be clearly indicated at submission and in the abstract. Authors who publish in The Revue de Primatologie retain all copyrights to their work.

Submission of a manuscript to the Revue de Primatologie implies that all authors have read and approved its contents and that any human or animal experimental research that is reported in the text was conducted with the approval of an ethics committee. In particular, experimental animal research must comply with national and international regulation on animal welfare. A statement must appear in the Methods section of the manuscript, with the name of the institution which gave its approval. Manuscripts may be rejected if the editorial board of the journal considered that research was not conducted according to sufficient ethical rules, especially if the severity of experimental procedures was not justified by the value of knowledge gained.

We ask the authors of the Revue de Primatologie to complete a declaration of competing interest, which comes before the Acknowledgments section. If the authors do not report competing interest, it will be mentioned ‘The authors declare that they have no competing interests.’

Submission of an article to the Revue de Primatologie means that the procedures described in the manuscript are easily replicable and that if the article is accepted for publication the raw data, if requested, will be made available by authors to any researcher wishing to use them for non-commercial purposes.

Manuscript preparation

Only the following word processors are acceptable for the preparation of manuscripts:

  1. Microsoft Word (version 2000 and higher)

  2. OpenOffice Writer (ODT document, version 2.4 and later, save the final manuscript in *.doc before sending)

  3. Rich Text Format (RTF). Users of others word-processing software’s must convert their files to RTF before sending.

Types of articles

  1. Research article (short notes are accepted, but it needs to be organized as a research article, see below)

  2. Review article. It must be structured like a research article, however the Methods section is optional and a demonstrative logic is required in the sections Introduction, Results and Discussion (more appropriate headings can be used).

  3. Clinical case study in the field of veterinary medicine

Manuscript sections for articles submitted to the Revue de Primatologie should include the following sections:

  1. Title

  2. Abstract

  3. Translated abstract (in French)

  4. Introduction

  5. Methods (if applicable)

  6. Results

  7. Discussion

  8. Conclusions (if any)

  9. Declaration of competing interests

  10. Additional information on authors (if applicable)

  11. Acknowledgments

  12. References

  13. Figures with their titles and captions (if any)

  14. Tables with their titles and captions (if any)


The names, institutional addresses and email addresses of all authors should be included on the title page in the corresponding fields. The author for correspondence should also be indicated. The translated title is in the other language of the main language used in the manuscript (French or English, only).

Nota bene: After submitting your manuscript, all authors receive a confirmation email from the Revue de Primatologie.


The French and English abstracts of the manuscript should not exceed 2000 signs. A standard abstract should not exceed 350 words; however, the translated abstract may be longer and divided into 3-4 sections at a maximum, separated by line breaks. Limit the use of abbreviations and do not cite references in the abstract.


This section should be written to be understandable by readers who have no expertise in the field. It must clearly indicate and illustrate the research and its objectives.


This section should include a description of the study design, type of participants or materials involved, a clear description of all procedures and interventions and the type of statistical analysis used.

Results and Discussion

The results and discussion sections should be divided into short paragraphs with (optional) informative headings.

Conclusion (optional)

It should clearly summarize the main findings and give a clear explanation of their importance and relevance.


If abbreviations are used in the text, they must be defined in the text to each first use and should not be redefined later.

Declaration of competing interests


List all those who contributed to the study by making substantial contributions to the design, data acquisition, and interpretation of data, or who have participated in drafting the manuscript or its critical revision, but have no legitimacy to be listed as authors. Include in this section the source of funding.


The authors cited in the text must be introduced in the reference list in alphabetic order. Avoid too many and redundant references.

Only articles and short communications that have been published or are in press, or are available on e-print/preprint servers, can be cited. Abstracts, unpublished data and personal communications should not be included in the list of references but should be included in the text. Footnotes are not allowed. The Revue de Primatologie follows Index Medicus/MEDLINE journal abbreviations. Citations in the reference list must include the names of all authors, regardless of the number. We encourage authors to use a recent version of EndNote ( or Zotero ( to format their reference list.

Examples to follow for the Revue de Primatologie:

Inside the text, the citations must be presented as follows:

1 author = (Altmann, 2022)
2 authors = (Altmann & Chapman, 2022)
More than 2 authors = (Altmann et al., 2022)
If several articles from the same author are cited at the same place = (Altmann, 2020; 2022)

Article with 1 author

Altmann J. 1974. Observational study of behaviour: sampling methods. Behaviour 49: 227-266. doi: 10.1163/156853974X00534.

Article with 2 to 7 authors

Chapman CA, Lambert JE. 2000. Habitat alteration and the conservation of African primates: case study of Kibale National Park, Uganda. American Journal of Primatology 50:169-185. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1098-2345(200003)50:3<169::AID-AJP1>3.0.CO;2-P.

Article including more than 7 authors

Junker J, Blake S, Boesch C, et al. 2012. Recent decline in suitable environmental conditions for African great apes. Diversity and Distribution 18: 1077-1091. doi: 10.1111/ddi.12005.

Article in press

Charpentier MJE, Harte M, Ngoubangoye B, Herbert A, Kappeler PM. In press. Visual discrimination of kin in mandrills. Ethology.

Conference proceedings (abstracts)

Lefaux B, Coudrat C. 2014. Vers la conservation intégrée des gibbons à favoris blancs. In colloque annuel de la Société Francophone de Primatologie. doi: 10.4000/primatology.1925.

Briggs N. 2002. Play as essential communication for great apes and human primates. In 2002 conference proceedings: a closer look at chimpanzee play (pp. 75–78).

Report and Thesis

Brotcorne F. 2006. Etude du fur rubbing chez le capucin moine (Cebus capucinus) : influence des facteurs sociaux et environnementaux. Université libre de Bruxelles (Rapport de Master).

Quinn JP. 2004. Fur rubbing behavior in a captive group of Cebus apella apella monkeys. California State University (Master dissertation).

Dare R. 1974. The social behaviour and ecology of spider monkeys, Ateles geoffroyi, on Barro Colorado Island. University of Oregon (Doctoral dissertation).

Meunier H. 2007. Etude des mécanismes sous-jacents aux phénomènes collectifs chez un primate non humain (Cebus capucinus) : de l’expérimentation à la modélisation. Université libre de Bruxelles & Université Louis Pasteur de Strasbourg (Thèse de doctorat).


Siegel S, Castellan NJ. 1988. Nonparametric Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. Singapore, McGraw-Hill.

Book chapter

Huffman MA. 2007. Primate Self-Medication. In C Campbell, A Fuentes, K MacKinnon, M Panger & S Bearder (Eds.), Primates in Perspective (pp. 677-689). Oxford, University of Oxford Press.

Document Microsoft Word Template

We use a Microsoft Word template to generate the styles and formats of the articles. The model consists of a set of topics that match the style of the Revue de Primatologie.

Therefore, you should be careful to organize your manuscript in a format as standard as possible (see above).

Style and language

The Revue de Primatologie accepts manuscripts written in French or in English. For English, the spelling should be that of American English or British English, but not a mixture of both.

It is the responsibility of the authors to obtain permission from the copyright holder to reproduce figures or tables that have already been published elsewhere.

There is no fixed limit for the length of articles submitted, but authors are encouraged to be concise. Figures and tables should be referenced in sequence.

Authors are invited to write clearly and simply. In case an article is submitted in English, non-English authors are encouraged to let a native English speaker reviewing the text of the manuscript before submission.


Keep double line spacing for the body of the text (sections Introduction, Methods, etc.).

Type the text unjustified, without hyphenating words at line breaks but with hard returns at the end of paragraphs. Do not use tabs. Only build the tables using the ‘Table’ tool of the software.

Capitalize only the first word and proper nouns in the title.

All pages must be numbered, but the text of the manuscript must not refer to a page number of the manuscript (texts are reformatted automatically when electronically edited).

Footnotes must not be used except for ‘Credits’ if included in the section Title of the article (see template).

For special characters or Greek letters, write in full the name of the symbol in its Latin transcription.

SI units should be used throughout the article (liter and molar concentrations, however, are accepted).


Insert figures (charts and graphs) at the end of the manuscript, using the ‘Insert’ menu of the software (accepted formats: png, jpg, they must ultimately be readable in the MS Word document in Normal view mode). Size of figures: usual width 480 pixels, large width 640 pixels. Common size: width 16 cm x height 23 cm max. Optimum resolution is 150-300 dpi. The numbers and letters of the texts included in the figures (e.g. abscissa, ordinates for a graph) must be formatted before they are converted to png or jpg in Verdana at the appropriate size to be readable on an A4 printed PDF in portrait mode.

Converting PowerPoint slides to jpg or png documents is a simple way to produce suitable figures to be inserted in the MS Word document. Large figures are possible only for web display.


Tables must be formatted directly into the MS Word document, using only the appropriate ‘Table’ tool of the software and ‘Normal’ style (Times New Roman, Arial or equivalent for Macintosh or Linux). Always use a font size ≥ 10 points. Never merge cells. Split too wide tables into several tables where necessary.

Document annexe

  • Template_PageTitre_TitlePage (application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document – 68k)

    This template must be filled in carefully and sent with your manuscript to the email address of the Revue de Primatologie when you first submit your document. 

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