Journal of the Botanical Society of Basel (Switzerland)

Guidelines for authors of research articles

  The editorial board thanks you for publishing in BAUHINIA. Please follow the instructions below to help us organizing the editing process efficiently.

1 Generalities

The journal BAUHINIA appears every year in June. Time of going to press is the 31th october. Manuscripts sent in after this date, will usually not be considered for the following issue. BAUHINIA publishes in German, exceptionally manuscripts in English or French are welcome.

The type area in BAUHINIA consists of an area for the main text and a margin. The following items go into the margin: Keywords, addresses, short explanations, figures, small illustrations and small photographs and small explanatory remarks. In preparing your manuscript try to use the margin optimally, see latest issues for examples.

Your submitted manuscript should conform to current standards of scientific publications. We will have to charge for extensive author corrections in proofs.

Research articles will be peer reviewed by at least one external referee for their scientific content and for their relevance. Authors will be informed within two months, if their manuscript can be accepted for publication and if a revision is necessary.

The editorial board may claim a charge if manuscripts are longer than 12 printed pages or include more than six coloured illustrations. Authors receive 50 offprints free of charge.

Please notice that 2500 characters (incl. blank) of normal size in the main text correspond roughly to one printed page. Consider that tables and figures take space, too.

2 Article format

A research article should be an original piece of work and includes the following items:

The title should be not longer than 120 characters. Please, include a short title of not more than 32 characters that can be put in the headline of the article.

Authors, Addresses
The title page must contain the full name of all authors, addresses (institution, street with number, post code, town, country), and in particular one phone number, and an e-mail address for correspondence.

Abstract, keyword
The summary (abstract) of not more than 1500 characters should be written in English and followed by a maximum of 5 keywords, also in English. Keywords should not be identical with expressions contained already in the title.

The introduction, usually without a headline, should be a short summary of previous research on the topic of the article.

Methods used in the field, of experiments or in the lab should be described including data analysis and statistics.

Results should be presented in a short and concise form. Authors are strongly encouraged to use visual means to present their results (figures and tables). Results should not be presented twice, i.e. in the text and in a figure or table.

Results are followed by a discussion of their relevance in the context of other published work. For conclusions a separate section may be used.

The discussion may be followed by acknowledgments. This section should be as short as possible and put ahead of Literature if necessary.

In the section bibliography all references cited in the text have to be listed. See below for their formatting.

3 Formatting

Main text
Scientific species names should be in italics in the text (and also in bibliography) or underlined in the manuscript. Author names of species are in normal text. References to authors of publications in the text are in small capitals (not in upper capital letters) or underlined twice in the manuscript.

Tables should be numbered and integrated directly in the text programme used. Columns should be separated in each row by a tab.

Figures (diagrams and illustrations) should be submitted as copy-ready originals or in digital form as eps- or tif-files. Photographs should be submitted as diapositive or, if not available, as a print. Illustrations should be selected to be inserted (after reduction) either in the margin (width 45 mm), in the area of the main text (width 94 mm), or using the total width of a page (width 140 mm, height 212 mm). For illustrations the font «Helvetica» has to be used. In case of a reduction, characters should not become smaller than 2 mm.
Figure legends should be included in the text file as a separate list or as a separate file on the same disk as the text-file of the manuscript. If in any doubts please contact the editor.

Formatting of references should be as follows:
NORDHAGEN MN (1999) Recent discoveries in the south Norwegian flora. In: Love B & Love C (eds) North Atlantic biota and their history. Pergamon Press, Oxford. pp 12–24
DALE J, BURGA E & CHODAT MN (1999) On different types of unglaciated areas during ice ages and their significance to phytogeography. New Phytologist 45: 20–32
SCHMID B (ed) (1999) Rare and endangered plant species in Switzerland. Birkhäuser, Basel. 378 pp

Please, use between page numbers in the references «till»-coats (–) and not hyphen (-). You produce them on a computer by pressing at the same time the keys «alt» and «-» (hyphen).

4 Submission
of manuscripts

Two copies of the manuscript, a disk with the files of text and illustrations as well as original copies of all figures and illustrations should be sent together with a accompanying letter to the Editorial board. Manuscrips submitted to BAUHINIA are considered for publication with the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere and are not under consideration by any other journal.
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