Focus and Scope

Tropical Lepidoptera Research is a full-color journal published twice a year by the Association for Tropical Lepidoptera. The journal publishes original research on the systematics, biology and conservation of tropical and subtropical moths and butterflies. The journal also publishes shorter Scientific Notes to report new observations, in addition to Book Reviews. Articles may be written in English, Spanish or Portuguese, but non-English articles must contain a version of the Abstract in English.

Peer Review Process

Manuscripts submitted to the journal are examined by at least two reviewers qualified to comment on the the research. Shorter Scientific Notes may be assigned to a single reviewer. Reviewers are selected by the Editors, but suggestions from authors are also welcome. Reviewers are asked to assess the novelty and scientific quality of the research, and, where appropriate, comment on the style and clarity of the manuscript. The time taken for review will depend on the length and complexity of the manuscript, and typically ranges from one to three months. Revised manuscripts may be returned to reviewers to confirm that major comments have been addressed.


This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. All content is freely available without charge to the user or their institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author for non-commercial purposes. Nonetheless, reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein requires credit to the original publication source with a link to both the article and the license. This open access policy is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative's (BOAI) definition of open access.

All published articles are distributed in PDF format under the Creative Commons license CC BY-NC 4.0 (, via the journal's website ( and Zenodo ( Copies are archived by the Institutional Repository at the University of Florida ( The journal is abstracted and indexed by Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost), BIOSIS Citation Index, CAB Abstracts, and Zoological Record.

Journal History

The journal commenced publication in 1990.