Scope and policy
The Bulletin of the Botanical Society of Argentina publishes original scientific articles in all areas of Botany (structure, development, taxonomy, cytology, genetics, evolution, phytogeography, ecology, etc.) in basic and applied aspects of the diverse plant organisms and fungi. Articles should not exceed 16 printed pages, including illustrations, excepting especially invited articles.
Manuscripts will be evaluated by two anonymous reviewers. Manuscripts receiving "split reviews" will be sent out to a third reviewer, and the final decision will be taken by the Editorial Board. After this process, authors will be informed on the evaluation result.
Authors are to follow strictly the Instructions detailed hereafter, as this will facilitate the evaluation of manuscripts submitted for publication. If manuscripts do not agree with these instructions, they will be sent back to the authors before being considered by the Editorial Board. In addition, the journal itself should be the first guide for contributors.
For revision, the original manuscript and two copies (including copies of all sets of illustrations, graphics, and tables) must be sent to the Chief-Editor in A4 paper size, double-spaced throughout, printed on one side of page only, and with margins of no less than 2.5 cm, along with the respective file in a 3 1/2 floppy disk. The original illustrations should be sent once the article is accepted. An e-mail address should be provided in order to make contact with the author (or at least one of the authors) possible.
The accepted article, once reviewed and corrected, must be sent according to the same conditions as the original manuscript.
Page proof corrections should be limited to typographical errors, eluding extensive modifications to the original. Should such changes prove unavoidable, the additional correction costs must be borne by the author. Colour illustrations, if applicable, and offprint costs are expected to be covered by the author.
Form and preparation of manuscripts
Articles are accepted in Spanish, Portuguese, or English. Authors should prepare their manuscripts using a word processor compatible with Word, or documents RTF type.
The title of the article should be concise and informative. Authors are asked to suggest an abbreviated title for the page heading. The title must be written in boldface and capital letters; if the specific or generic name of a taxa is included, the superior taxonomic category to which it belongs must be added between brackets (except for Trachaeophytes, the Division must always appear), excluding plant author's names. If a very specific geographical region is mentioned in the article, the name of the country where is located and, if applicable, the appropriate political subdivision should be added between brackets.
Latin names, which designate genus, species, subspecies, and varieties, will be written in italics, except for those leading the descriptions of taxa, which shall in turn be written in boldface. Names of families, orders, etc., shall be written in normal, plain font.
Plant Author's names
Plant author's names should be written with only the first letter in capital. They shall be mentioned neither in the title nor in the figure legends. They must be written when the taxonomic categories are mentioned for the first time in the text, or, in any case, they should appear in the list of studied material.
In taxonomic articles, the following order in data reference is advisable: country (capital letters); province (Prov.); Department (Dpto.); locality or place; date; collector's last name and number; herbarium abbreviation (in parentheses), following the indications from the latest edition of Index Herbarium, as in the following example:
ARGENTINA. Prov. Tucumán: Dpto. Trancas, Tapia, 14-XI-1920, Venturi 1046 (BAA, LIL).
If the number of specimens is high, the citing of only one specimen per location is recommended.
Works that are cited in the text should be listed at the end of the article in alphabetical order under the first author's name, and in chronological order when citing several papers of the same author. When there are several authors, only the first author's last name precedes the first name and the remaining authors' names shall be written in the normal order. Names should be written in capital letters. When listing the same author more than once his/her full name must be repeated. Then, the year of publication (in the case of several papers of the same author and year, the year of publication will be followed by a, b, etc.), the paper's title, the name of the journal were it was published (abbreviated following Botanico-Periodicum-Huntianum) in italics, the volume number, colon, the paging.
In numbering the volumes, it is recommended to transform the Roman numbers into Arabic numbers.
Data shall be written right after the bibliographical cite of each taxon, following the order as indicated in STUDIED MATERIAL (see e). Thereafter, the category and the herbarium(s) where sample(s) is (are) kept will be indicated, marking the samples examined by the author with an exclamation mark. For example:
Gaya eligulata Krapov., Tressens et Fernández. Bol. Soc. Argent. Bot. 16: 97. 1974. Tipo: Brasil. Bahía, Joazeiro, Estaçao Experimental Manda-carú, 6-IV-1967, Krapovickas 12882 (Holotypus CTES!).
If the type belongs to a very old species, it is advisable to write the complete cite from the original diagnosis enclosed in quotation marks in order to complete the data of the specimen.Illustrations
They should match either the column width (7.2 cm) or the full page width (15 cm x 21.5 cm, including the legend). Original illustrations exceeding twice the size of the printing area will not be accepted.
Sending of manuscripts
In order to calculate the tariff to be paid, the following formula will be used:
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