California Fish and Wildlife Journal - Submissions

Information for Authors

The California Fish and Wildlife Journal (CFWJ) is a peer-reviewed, scientific journal focused on the biology, ecology, and conservation of the flora and fauna of California and surrounding areas, and the northeastern Pacific Ocean.

The CFWJ now has an link opens in new windowonline submission system!

New! All manuscripts should now be submitted using the online submission system. link opens in new windowSubmissions guidelines (PDF) for the Journal have been updated (December 2020) to reflect this change.

The California Fish and Wildlife Journal accepts manuscripts in the following categories:

  • Original research papers
  • Research notes and short communications
  • Monographs
  • Review papers
  • Book reviews
  • Essays
  • Commentaries on previously published papers

Manuscripts must be submitted following directions provided in the link opens in new windowCFWJ Revised Submission Guidelines (December 2020) (PDF). Please follow these formatting guidelines carefully. Manuscripts that do not conform to the guidelines will be returned for revision.

The CFWJ uses a double-blind peer review process. This means that reviewer identities are concealed from authors as well as author identities being concealed from reviewers throughout the review process. This policy aids in reducing bias during the review process.

Authors of manuscripts that are accepted for publication will be invoiced for charges at the rate of $50 per printed page shortly after page proofs are distributed.* The corresponding author will receive a PDF file of the publication without additional fees and may distribute copies without restriction.

*Page charges may be waived for authors under in certain instances (e.g., for authors from developing countries, researchers without funding, etc.).

All manuscripts submitted to the Journal are screened for originality using our submission management software, Editorial Manager.


Send any questions to:

Ange Darnell Baker, PhD
Editor-in-Chief, California Fish and Wildlife Journal
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
(916) 376-8671
Angela.Baker@wildlife.ca.gov