Special instructions for taxonomic papers

The Nordic Journal of Botany is a well-known outlet for taxonomic studies, including descriptions of new species and flora checklists. Authors submitting manuscripts of taxonomic studies must follow the below guidelines. Manuscripts not conforming to this formatting requirements will be returned without review.

KEYS

Dichotomous keys are preferred, and each couplet should be noted by a number as in this example:
 

1   Inflorescence lax, paniculate; stem subterete; leaves flat……………..……………………………………......................... 2
–  Inflorescence dense; stem and leaves externally very similar………………………………………………………..……...... 3
2  Flowers mauve .......................................................................................................................................... 15. B. lilacina
–  Flowers yellow.......................................................................................……......................................... 14. B. paniculata

DIAGNOSES AND DESCRIPTIONS OF NEW TAXA

Validating diagnoses and descriptions may be written in English or Latin as stipulated by the the International Code for Nomenclature of algae, fungi and plants. A format with a short diagnosis including only those characters essential for the identification of the taxon followed by a full morphological description is preferred. Descriptions of new taxa of fungi have to include an identifier issued by a recognised repository such as MycoBank.

 

TYPE MATERIAL
Nomenclatural types should be referred to with appropriate terminology in accordance with the International Code for Nomenclature of algae, fungi and plants. Provide bibliographic references for lectotypifications, neotypifications and epitypifications, when appropriate.

 

HERBARIUM ACRONYMS
Registered public herbaria should be referred to by the acronyms included in Index Herbariorum. Herbaria not included in Index Herbariorum should be referred to by their full name

 

STRICT NOMENCLATURAL ACCOUNTS
Arrange synonyms in groups of nomenclatural and taxonomic synonyms, and place these chronologically after basionyms, irrespective of their rank. Use only one citation principle throughout. Avoid ’=’ and similar non-verbal denotations to indicate different kinds of synonyms. Please follow this example as far as possible (and include the cited works in the list of references as examplified for Hooker, Grateloup and Agardh):

Dasya ocellata (Grateloup) Harvey, in Hooker (1833 p. 335).
BasionymCeramium ocellatum Grateloup (1806 sine pag.).
Based on the same typeHutchinsia ocellata (Grateloup) C. Agardh (1824 p. 167). – Dasya simpliciuscula C. Agardh (1828 p. 122), nom. illeg. superfl.
Type: “LD 43847. Unlocalized, undated Grateloup specimen” (lectotype, designated by Maggs and Hommersand (1993 p. 415).

Taxonomic synonymAlga nonexista Harmaja (2008 p. 2), non Uotila (2000 p. 14). 
Type: Finland. Helsinki: Kaisaniemi, small pond, 25 June 1998, E. Reinikka 451 (H 43667) (neotype, designated here).

 

REFERENCES IN NOMENCLATURAL ACCOUNTS
Full and direct citations should only be used when needed to fulfill the requirements for valid publication of new names, and also such references should be included in the list of references. In all other cases, only author, year and page number (if considered appropriate) should be given, i.e. ”Larix sibirica Ledeb. (1833 p. 204)” or ”Larix sibirica Ledeb. (1833)”, NOT ”Larix sibirica Ledeb., Flora Altaica 4: 204. 1833”.

 

INDEX TO SCIENTIFIC NAMES
In larger taxonomic works, an index to scientific names should be provided.