ASIA VERTEBRATE RECORDS
(SEAVR) is a short-note, peer-reviewed, online journal, launched on 1st January 2016.
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,
Singapore Biodiversity Records (SBR), has been undertaken by the Lee
Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) of the National University of
Singapore since 2013.
Taxa covered by SEAVR include mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fishes
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.
When necessary, SEAVR documents are peer 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
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