Australasian Mycologist Instructions to Authors
Submission of manuscripts
All manuscripts for publication in the journal should be submitted directly to the Managing Editor. Submissions must include the following:
- A cover letter outlining the major findings of the paper and providing the name of the most appropriate Subject Editor from the Editorial Board, as well as the names and e-mail addresses of three potential referees;
- Text of the manuscript, submitted as electronic copy using rich text program (e.g. Microsoft Word, rich text format (rtf) documents preferred). Use as little formatting as possible (ie. no extra tabs, line breaks, hyperlinks etc);
- Figures (if required) sent as separate graphic (TIFF or JPEG) files.
Research papers and reviews should be submitted as electronic copy, using 12 pt Times font or similar, with lines double-spaced (note: manuscripts are not submitted as camera-ready copy). Figures (with their legends) may be pasted into the word processor document for initial submission, and must also be sent as separate graphic (TIFF) files. Hard copies are not required. Detailed guidelines for the submission of manuscripts, including guidelines for the preparation of figures, are given below.
Manuscripts submitted for publication in Australasian Mycologist should not be submitted to another journal waiting publication nor have been previously published in another journal. Authors submitting manuscripts are responsible for obtaining the copyright holders' permission to reproduce any material for which the author does not hold copyright. Publishing is free of charge.
Research papers and reviews are handled by the Subject Editors of the Editorial Board, who will send them for review by two anonymous referees. Non-refereed commentaries and other items of interest to the community, such as obituaries, book reviews, reports on recent scientific meetings or the abstracts of accepted PhD theses are welcome. Please send enquiries to the Managing Editor.
Guidelines for formatting manuscripts
For fungi, all new names and new combinations must cite a registration number, such as issued by MycoBank (http://www.mycobank.org/). Please note the changes to the publication of new species descriptions according to the Melbourne Code.
All new DNA or protein sequence data should have Genbank (or equivalent) numbers (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Genbank/).
Authors: Each author name should be separated by commas, with the last 2 separated by the word "and". Where necessary, superscripted numbers are placed immediately following the author name (no space) to indicate affiliations, corresponding author, present addresses etc in the address line.
Address line: The postal address(es) of the author(s) (including country), followed by the author for correspondence email address and (if desired) telephone number. The affiliation of each author should be indicated using superscript numbers.
Abstract: A single paragraph, maximum 300 words. May not contain references.
Key words: All papers should include keywords, up to a maximum of 8. These are separated by a comma, with the list ending with a full stop.
Headings: Authors should ensure that the level of headings is clearly apparent. The correct styles will be applied by the Editor, but authors can assist by ensuring the level of heading desired is clear. Heading level 1 (Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References) is bolded and centered. Level 2 is bold, left-justified, Level 3 is italics, non-bold, and left-justified, Level 4 is in-line with the paragraph text, and is bolded, followed by an 'em-dash' (—).
Figures: Numbered consecutively in the text and referred to as "Fig. 1", "Fig. 1A", "Fig. 2B–C", "Figs 3–4" (note no full stop in the plural) etc. Parts of multi-part figures should be lettered with capital letters: A, B, C etc. Figure legends should be placed at the end of the manuscript, starting with "Fig. 1 etc" Parts of figures ("A.", "B.") etc are bolded and followed by a full stop (unless they are enclosed within a sentence, where there is no full stop).
The journal can publish colour and black-and-white photographs and line drawings. Separate electronic files of the colour, black-and-white images and line drawings must be proviced. Where possible, these should be sent as TIFF files and should be 300 dpi for photographs, and 600 dpi for line drawings. JPEG images are acceptable if this is the original format of the image (e.g., from a digital camera). Electronic files that are are too large (>15 Mb) to email should be sent on a CD or in separate e-mail messages.
Figures minimum sizes:
- 1 column (86 mm) wide;
- 1.5 columns (129 mm) wide;
- full-page width (178 mm).
In labeling figures, authors should use a 10 pt (at the final Figure size) sans serif font (e.g., Arial, Myriad Pro).
Tables: These should be produced using the Table function in a word processor. Table cells should contain text only and be free of any formatting (ie. paragraph breaks, tabs, etc)
Table captions are placed at the top of the table, with any footnotes immediately following the table. The captions starts with the words "Table 1" etc in bold without a full stop, followed by the caption text, which ends with a full stop. The editor will apply the necessary styles to the table.
Citations in the text: An ampersand (&) is used to separate two authors. Three or more authors are cited as (e.g.,) "Smith et al. (1997)" if used in a sentence, or "(Smith et al. 1997)" when used in brackets at the end of a sentence. Where there is more than one paper by the same authors cited in one place in the text, these should be written in ascending chronological order, with the years separated by commas (e.g., Smith et al. 1997, 2001). In the case of multiple papers by different authors, these are separated by semi-colons (e.g., Smith et al. 1997, 2001; Jones & Anderson 1998; Davis 2003). Where the same authors have more than one paper in the same year cited, these are referred to as "Smith et al. (1997a,b)" or "(Smith et al. 1997a,b)".
References: No full stops after author initials. No comma after author surnames. Authors separated by commas. No "and" or "&" before the last author. No bracket around the year of publication. Journal titles are in italics, and are written out in full. Volume is in bold. Issue numbers are not used, unless page numbers do not follow on from issue to issue within a volume. Use an en-dash (–) to indicate the range of page numbers. For papers with 10 authors or less, all authors are included. Where there are more than 10 authors, the first 10 authors are written out as usual, followed by "et al.". Journal and book titles are written out in full. References cited must be either published or in press.
Remove field codes produced by bibliography software (e.g., EndNote) before submission.
References follow the following formats:
Alspaugh JA, Pukkila-Worley R, Harashima T, Cavallo LM, Funnell D, Cox GM, Perfect JR, Kronstad JW, Heitman J 2002. Adenylyl cyclase functions downstream of the Galpha protein Gpa1 and controls mating and pathogenicity of Cryptococcus neoformans. Eukaryotic Cell 1, 75–84.
Grgurinovic CA (2003). The Genus Mycena in South-eastern Australia. Fungal Diversity Press and Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra. 329 pp.
Chapter in a book:
White TJ, Bruns T, Lee S, Taylor J 1990. Amplification and direct sequencing of fungal ribosomal RNA genes for phylogenetics, pp. 315–322, in Innis MA, Gelfand DA, Sninsky JJ, White TJ (eds), PCR Protocols: A Guide to Methods and Applications. Academic Press, New York.
Beggs JR 1999. The ecological impact and control of introduced wasps (Vespula spp.) in Nothofagus forest. PhD thesis, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. 197 pp.
Robert V, Stegehuis G and Stalpers J. 2005. The MycoBank engine and related databases. http://www.mycobank.org
Text must be provided as double-spaced 12 pt font written in Microsoft word. If possible/appropriate one picture (colour or black-and-white) may be included as a separate TIFF or JPEG file, 300 dpi minimum for photographs and 600 dpi minimum for line drawings. Headings, figure legends, citations and references should follow the same style given above for manuscripts.
Text must be provided as double-spaced 12 pt font written in Microsoft word. One or two high quality images (colour or black-and-white) should be included, sized either to 1 column (80 mm) wide, 1.5 columns (125 mm) wide, or full-page width (170 mm). The maximum height for any figure is 250 mm. Minimum resolution is 300 dpi for photographs and 600 dpi for line drawings in TIFF or JPEG format; maximum file size 15 Mb. Labels on figures should be 10 pt (at the final Figure size) sans serif font (e.g., Arial).
Information should be organized under the following headings:
Title: in Title Case.
Author: Full name.
Current address of author: Full current address and e-mail details.
Institute: Full address of the institute conferring the degree.
Date of acceptance: month and year.
Supervisors: listed as Professor Jane Smith1, Dr Jim Jones2, etc.
Supervisor affiliations: listed as 1. Department of Mycology, University of X; 2. School of Fungal Studies, University of Y, etc.
URL: (if available)
Keywords: up to 8 Keywords separated by commas.
Abstract: written exactly as published in the thesis.
Publications arising from this work: journal articles, book chapters, published full-length conference proceedings, formal reports, etc, NOT abstracts for posters or talks ordered by date of publication. Formatted according to the guidelines for references given above.
Figure legends: for one or two relevant figures to include with the abstract.
Instructions updated: November 2012