Mammal records of interest in Southeast Asia

Nic Baker maintains the following online journal for records of interest for the Southeast Asia Region. Below is a copy of his intro page at http://ecologyasia.com/seavr.htm.  He can be contacted at seavr@ecologyasia.com

Paul Carter

SOUTHEAST ASIA VERTEBRATE RECORDS (SEAVR) is a short-note, peer-reviewed, online journal, launched on 1st January 2016.

Objective
SEAVR’s objective is to provide a means whereby field observations of vertebrates made by wildlife enthusiasts, such as sightings, ecological notes or new distribution records are easily captured in a timely, consistent, properly archived format for the interest of amateur naturalists and professional researchers alike.

Area of Interest
SEAVR’s area of interest comprises the 10 nation states of Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia and Timor-Leste.  Extralimitally, sighting records from Papua New Guinea (PNG) are also of interest. 

Singapore is not covered by SEAVR, as a similar initiative, entitled Singapore Biodiversity Records (SBR), has been undertaken by the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) of the National University of Singapore since 2013.  

Species coverage
Taxa covered by SEAVR include mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fishes only. 

Submission
All that is required is the submission of a reasonable quality digital image, and basic field notes (e.g. name of observer/photographer, contact address, location, date, time, habitat etc.). If the editors consider the record to be worth publishing, we will take it from there. The final write-up will be emailed back to the contributor for approval, prior to being published online in pdf format. A typical write-up of a single sighting record would comprise between one and three pages of text and images.

Review Process
Prior to publication, all SEAVR documents are reviewed by at least one specialist or researcher with experience in the documented taxon or taxa. Reviewers are either associated with recognised academic or research institutions, or are respected independent researchers.

Access / Copyright
SEAVR is open-access (OA).  Copyright of images, however, remains with the photographer : images cannot be used outside of SEAVR without the photographer’s permission.

Wildlife Trade
Sadly, Southeast Asia’s wildlife is often the target of poachers, and this applies particularly to mammals, reptiles and fishes. Poaching syndicates are known to search online for the location of prospective wildlife. With this in mind, SEAVR will refrain from releasing detailed location information of vulnerable wildlife. However, we may share this information in confidence with bona-fide researchers.

SEAVR is hosted by ecologyasia

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