PHYTON - Instructions for Contributors

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General information. Original papers from all fields of plant sciences will be considered for publication in PHYTON. As a rule, PHYTON is issued half-yearly, with two issues (fascicles) forming one volume. However, please note that the forthcoming Vol. 57 (2017) will be published in a single, thicker volume towards the end of the year, as Vol. 57(1-2).

From volume 57 onwards, the official language of PHYTON is English, and the articles are also published instant online.

Manuscripts submitted to PHYTON must present new and important research findings that have not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. By submitting a manuscript the author expresses his agreement to transfer all rights of reproduction of any kind, translations and distribution.

The authors alone bear full responsibility for the form and contents of their contributions. The authors must ensure that the manuscript does not infringe copyrights or property rights. The editors of Phyton will not bear any responsibility in issues of copyright infringement.

Manuscript submission. All manuscripts should be submitted to the managing editor (, who will confirm receipt and forward every manuscript to a corresponding editor from our editorial board. The corresponding editor will usually consult two international expert reviewers and will finally decide on acceptance, as well as on corrections and alterations of the manuscript thought to be advisable.

Manuscripts should preferably be submitted as e-mail attachments. If the files are too large, the manuscript can also be transferred by a "file service", or sent to the managing editor on an IBM PC-DOS compatible CD. Any manuscript submitted will usually include the following items: 

  1. Covering letter: This letter must be provided as a separate document, stating on behalf of all authors that the work has not been published before and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Please feel free to suggest potential reviewers (full names and e-mail addresses) who have not seen the manuscript before submission.
  2. Manuscript in MS-Word format (extension DOC/DOCX or RTF): This file must contain the text plus figure captions (legends) inserted at the end of the text, after the 'References' (but no tables or illustrations). Please make sure that you indicated the suitable positions for all tables and illustrations in the text. See the template-like text under <phyton-ms-template-for-word.docx>.
  3. Tables as separate files in MS-Word format (extension DOC/DOCX or RTF). Use the word processing tools for preparing the tables, do not copy tables from different formats directly into the text file. Complicated, large tables (e.g. in vegetation science) can be submitted as MS-Excel files (extension XLS or XLSX), but please add a copy in PDF format, also as a reference for the printer.
  4. Illustrations (figures, graphics) as separate files in JPG or TIF/TIFF format.
  5. Manuscript in PDF format: This version of the manuscript is an important reference for reviewers and must be properly structured, with all tables, illustrations and captions in an appropriate position in the manuscript. It is advisable to allow a separate page for every table or illustration plus caption. See the template-like example under <phyton-ms-pdf-with-figs.pdf>

As a rule, the contributions should not exceed 16 printed pages. If a paper exceeds this limit, the authors are requested to obtain the editors' consent in advance. The text must be accurate and the language correct. Manuscripts which are not prepared according to our editorial requirements will be rejected.

The title of the paper must be concise but informative, describing the subject of the contribution as well as possible. The authors' preferred given names must be spelled in full, while additional given names (usually a middle name) can be abbreviated. The authors' affiliations and address(es) should be placed in a foot-note on the first page of the paper.

Before submitting your manuscript, it may be very helpful to consult a recent issue or offprint of PHYTON. However, here are some basic instructions to follow.

Galley proofs. The authors are requested to correct the galley proofs carefully and to return them within two weeks to the managing editor. As a rule, only misprints should be corrected. The cost of alterations in the text exceeding 10 % of the setting must be charged to the author. It is assumed that the imprimatur is given with the return of the proofs.  

Colour illustrations. For the time being, colour prints can only be reproduced at the authors' expense. A printed colour page will cost 50.- EUR.
Please note that also colour illustrations appearing only in the PDF online version have to be edited by the printer who will charge a flat fee of 96.- EUR for any article containing illustrations in colour.

Personal PDF files. The authors will receive a free personal PDF file of the published article immediately after publication. The file will be sent to the corresponding author by e-mail.
One year after publication, the authors have permission to publish this personal PDF file on their home pages.

Reprints. An order form for reprints will be sent to the corresponding author of every article before the issue/volume will be printed. We regret that PHYTON cannot offer free reprints any longer.

Open access option. If you want your article to be available open access, the publisher will charge a fee of 25.- EUR per page.




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