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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines


  • Author(s) names – use full name(s).
  • Correspondence address (one corresponding author only): email address only.
  • Title and authors in bold, otherwise unformatted.
  • Include family name after species name in title.
  • No authorities in titles.


Must also be uploaded separately (for indexing).


  • Up to six words or expressions, each separated by a semi-colon; no caps except for proper nouns.
  • Should not duplicate words which appear in the title. 


12-point, bold.


  • Avoid common names except for an initial mention if necessary, and italicise species name, i.e. Bellis perennis daisy; only capitalise proper nouns.
  • Authorities may be used but only once in the abstract and once in the text, after initial mention of the species.
  • Use “subsp.” rather than “ssp.”
  • Do not insert double spaces after full stops.
  • Citation of types: “TYPE: <locality, date, collector, collection no. (holotype acronym barcode).”
  • You may wish to use the standard format of Methods, Results, Discussion, or you may prefer to use alternative headings - either is acceptable.

Figure and Table legends

  • Bold, roman, e.g. Figure 3 <legend>
  • In the text refer to “Fig. 1” etc.
  • Images should be submitted at as high a resolution as possible. Add scale bars where necessary.


    Citation in text – (Bloggs, 2010) / (Bloggs, 2007; Jones, 2008) / (Bateman & Sexton, 2008) / (Rich et al., 2009) / Jones (1997a,b)

    Full citation at end:

    Journal articles:

    Dean, M. & Ashton, P.A. 2010. Ecology, distribution and fertility of Carex recta Boott (Cyperaceae) in the British Isles. Watsonia, 28: 33-42.

    Suda, J., Weiss-Schneeweiss, H., Tribsch, A., Schneeweiss, G.M., Trávnicek, P. & Schönswetter, P. 2007. Complex distribution patterns of di-, tetra-, and hexaploid cytotypes in the European high mountain plant Senecio carniolicus (Asteraceae). American Journal of Botany, 94: 1391–1401.

    Online-only journal:

    Meadows, R. 2010. Stress may drive plant patterns. PLoS Biology [online] 8 (October 2010) [accessed 12 December 2010]. Available at: <http://www.plosbiology.org/ article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal. pbio. 1000517>.

    Insert URL wherever possible.


    Glime, J.M., ed. 1988. Methods in bryology. Nichinan: Hattori Botanical Laboratory.

    Smith, A.J.E. 1978. The moss flora of Britain and Ireland. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Chapter in a book:

    Tutin, T.G. 1968. Fragaria L. In: Heywood, V.H, Burges, N.A., Moore, D.M., Valentine, D.H., Walters, S.M. & Webb, D.A., eds. Flora Europaea, 2: 47-48. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Thesis or dissertation:

    Brummitt, N. 2004. Patterns in the diversity and distribution of flowering plant genera. PhD thesis. University of Edinburgh.


    Cibulka, R. 2008. Carex cespitosa L. [online]. [Accessed 28 November 2011]. Available at: <http://botany.cz/cs/ carex-cespitosa>.


    Lockton, A. 2010. <Title> (Lecture). BSBI Recorders Conference, Shrewsbury, UK. 20 September.  

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