Argia and BAO Submission Guidelines

Submissions for Argia and the Bulletin of American Odonatlogy must be sent directly to:

Celeste A. Searles Mazzacano, Ph.D., Editor in Chief
CASM Environmental, LLC
Portland, OR

Please indicate whether a submission is intended for Argia or BAO in the subject line of your e-mail.



All articles and notes must be in Word or Rich Text Format, without any figures or tables, or their captions, embedded. Only minimal formatting to facilitate review is needed — single column with paragraph returns and bold/italic type where necessary. Include captions for all figures and tables in a separate document.

Begin the article with title, author name(s), e-mail, and any additional desired contact information. The article or note should follow this information.  Where possible always refer to the scientific name of a species followed by its official common name in parentheses.


Submit figures individually as separate files, named so that each can be easily identified and matched with its caption. Requirements vary depending on the type of graphic. Please indicate the name of the photographer who should be credited for each photograph submitted.

Photographs and other complex (continuous tone) raster graphics should be submitted as TIFF (preferred) or JPEG files with a minimum of 300 ppi at the intended print size. If unsure about the final print size, keep in mind that over-sized graphics can be scaled down without loss of quality, but they cannot be scaled up without loss of quality. The printable area of a page of Argia or BAO is 6.5 × 9.0 inches, so no graphics will exceed these dimensions. Do not add any graphic features such as text, arrows, circles, etc. to photographs. If these are necessary, include a note to the Editor with the figure’s caption, describing what is needed. The editorial staff will crop, scale, sample, and enhance photographs as deemed necessary and will add graphics requested by the author.

Charts, graphs, diagrams, and other vector graphics (e.g. computer-drawn maps) are best submitted as PNG or TIFF files with a minimum of 600 ppi at the intended print size. You may be asked to provide the raw data for charts and graphs if submitted graphics are deemed to be unsatisfactory. When charts and graphs are generated in Excel, please submit the Excel document with each chart or graph on a separate sheet and each sheet named appropriately (e.g. “Fig. 1”, “Fig. 2”, etc.)


Tables may be submitted as Word documents or Excel spreadsheets. If Excel is used, place each table on a separate sheet and name each sheet appropriately (e.g. “Table 1”, “Table 2”, etc.)