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PHYTON - Instructions for Contributors

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     PHYTON is issued half-yearly, two numbers comprise one volume. Original papers covering the entire field of scientific botany are published in the journal. Reviews may be published with the editors' consent. Papers may be written in English or German and 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.

Manuscripts can be submitted as:

a)    one hard-copy printout plus diskette or CD sent by postal mail or

b)    as electronic file (e-mail attachment).

     Text, references and figure captions should be submitted as .doc or.rtf file, complicated tables (e.g., in vegetation science) in Excel. Figures can be accepted in .tif or .jpg format.

     The editors decide on acceptance, on the advice of international expert referees, as well as on corrections and alterations of the manuscript thought to be advisable.

     In preparing the manuscripts, the authors are kindly requested to adhere to the following instructions.

     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.
 
     The title of the paper must be concise but informative. However, the matter of the contribution must be described as well as possible. The authors' given names must be spelled in full, while a middle name should be abbreviated. Subsequently some key words are to be listed. The authors' address(es) should be stated as a foot-note on the first page of the paper.

     The text must be preceeded by an English summary, which is followed by a German one. The title must be translated also. If the author is not in a position to prepare the title and the summary in German, the editors will procure the translations. The summary should express the important new results precisely.

     The disposition of the paper sections should be in agreement with common use. The introduction should explain the purpose of the work and its relations to other studies in this field. Descriptions of materials and methods should provide sufficient information to permit repetition of the experimental work. The origin of the material investigated, methods of preparation and the herbaria in which the vouchers are deposited, should be indicated completely. SI-units are requested. Not commonly used abbreviations should be explained at the end of the chapter "Methods". The discussion should deal with the interpretation of the results, not only recapitulate them.

     The beginning of a paragraph should be indicated by indenting the first line.

     The scientific names of the taxa (species and lower ones) must be quoted completely, denominating the name of the genus, species epitheton (if necessary subspecies, cultivar etc.) and the author, when mentioned the first time in the text. Full scientific names, as a rule, should be mentioned in the summary also. If a reference work is indicated, according to which the names are used, then the author names can be left out.

     The Acknowledgments may be inserted at the end of the text, before the literature references.

     References to the works cited are given in the text by the name of the author and the year of publication, e.g., Metzner 1971, or (Metzner 1971). Certain pages of a paper referenced should be indicated as, e.g., Hatch & Slack 1970: 149-151. The abbreviated citation "& al." should be used in the text only in cases where three and more authors are involved. References to the cited works (and only those) are to be arranged alphabetically at the end of the paper, the papers of the same author(s) should be listed in chronological order. The form of citations should conform to general use, as the following examples:

Journals:
Hatch M. D. & Slack C. N. 1970. Photosynthetic CO2-fixation pathways. – Ann. Rev. Plant Physiol. 21: 141-263.

GPWG (Grass Phylogeny Working Group) 2001. Phylogeny and subfamilial classification of the grasses (Poaceae). – Ann. Missouri bot. Gard. 88(3): 373-457.

Books:
Oberwinkler F. 1977. Das neue System der Basidiomyceten. – In: Frey W., Hurak H. & Oberwinkler F. (eds.), Beiträge zur Biologie der niederen Pflanzen, p. 59-105. – Stuttgart, New York.

     Alternatively, we accept full text citations of journal titels. However, the reference list must be consistent in this regard.

     References to manuscripts in preparation and personal communications should not be included in the reference list.

     Footnotes and references to other parts of the paper by page numbers should be avoided.

     The required type-setting is as follows: author's names to be set in small Capitals, scientific names of any plant taxa (but not the names of plant communities), to be set in italics. The literature references are to be treated in the same manner.

     In the case of taxonomic keys, the lines must be utilized fully (e.g., Rothmalers Exkursionsflora and Rechingers Flora Iranica). Indentions of lines (e.g., Flora Europaea) are not admissible.

     The number of both tables and illustrations must be restricted to the indispensable amount. Repeated presentation of the same fact by tables and figures will not be accepted. In case of doubt, figures (line drawings) should be preferred.

     Figures must be of high quality with sharp lines in drawings and well contrasted in the case of photos. If applicable, figures should be mounted to groups adapted to the type area of 11.3 x 18 cm. In papers with geographical components an outline map of the region of interest should be included.

     The authors are urgently requested, to check the legibility of the figures at the final size within the type area of 11.3 x 18 cm.

     Example for the effect of reduction to ½ and  to ¼. Original size above and below at the right side, respectively.

     Magnifications or reductions should be indicated by a scale bar in the figure. The indication of magnification or reduction factors in the legend is not appropriate.

     Colour prints are reproduced at the author's expense only.

     Brief legends to the figures (line drawings as well as photographs) should be listed after the references. Please add the figures and tables separate from the text document.

     Before completion of the manuscript the authors are requested to consult a recent issue or offprint of PHYTON.

     The authors are requested to correct the galley proofs carefully and to return them within two weeks to the PHYTON-Redactio. Only misprints should be corrected. The cost of alterations in the text exceeding 10 percent of the setting must be charged to the author. It is assumed that the imprimatur is given with the return of the proofs.

     The authors will receive a pdf-file and 30 prints of their papers free of charge. Additional copies may be ordered with the Order Form enclosed with the galley proofs. The price will be quoted on the Order Form, which has to be returned with the proofs.

     Manuscripts, proofs and any correspondence concerning the editoral matter should be directed to the  PHYTON-Redactio, Holteigasse 6, 8010 Graz, Austria, Europe, or to the responsible editors.

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