Before You Start

ATTENTION. Message from the Field Museum Field Guides Team: We are happy to share that we have received an astonishing number of guides in 2020 and 2021. Due to this high volume of submissions, our team is taking longer to review and edit field guides and can no longer offer a timeline for publication. Authors will receive communications about the progress of their guides when entering the final review/editing phase. Please use Submittable for all communications regarding your field guide. We thank authors and partners for their patience as we work tirelessly to support your scientific contribution!


A Field Museum Field Guide is a free and accessible online resource that abounds with beautiful scientific images (and related information) to help a broad audience engage with the diversity of nature and culture on our planet.

Before you start creating a field guide, please make sure that all of your answers to the following criteria questions are “Yes”, and that you read our general guidelines, and visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page.

  • Do you have high-resolution images?

  • Do you have highly reliable identifications of those images?

  • Does your guide focus on organisms, field stations, or protected areas for which few guides exist?

If the guide you have in mind does not fit these criteria, but you feel it is a good fit for our site, write to us at


General Guidelines

1. There are no fees for publishing a Field Guide on our webpage 

2. The main components of a Field Museum Field Guide are photos (species) and species identification (information). We can not publish a guide if either of these two is missing. 

3. We reserve the right not to publish a guide that doesn't follow our main criteria for displaying images and contents. 

4. Our experts will review the scientific names in your guide for adherence to the International Codes of Nomenclature for animals, algae, fungi, and plants, and may also suggest name changes in accordance with online indexes of currently accepted names. You are ultimately responsible for the accuracy of your identifications and nomenclature. 

5.  Make sure you have the appropriate permission to:

  • Publish photos and data from owned of privately managed areas, including cemeteries, indigenous reserves, private gardens, et.
  • Use photographs taken by anyone except the authors
  • Include photos of people in your field guide

6. We do not display human remains in our field guides. 


The Field Museum Field Guides Initiative does not accept discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or partnership status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.