Archiv fuer Molluskenkunde

To allow the authors more freedom in their presentation, the journal has adopted the DIN-A4 format from volume 124 onwards. The previous enumeration of issues (1-6) is terminated with the new format. In the future only issues 1 and 2, which may be combined into one volume, will be published for every year and volume.

Instructions to Authors

Archiv fuer Molluskenkunde predominantly publishes papers on the systematics and taxonomy of Recent and Tertiary mollusks, but papers on anatomy, biology, ecology and biogeography of mollusks are welcome as well. Papers on local distribution, physiology or biochemistry should be submitted elsewhere.

Manuscripts are accepted for publication under the assumption that they have been neither fully nor partly published or submitted for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts are accepted or refused by the editor after review by the editorial board.

Board of editors

The board of editors is the same for all publications of the Senckenbergischen Naturforschenden Gesellschaft. The members represent different branches of zoology, geology, palaeontology, botany and palaeobotany:

Prof. Dr. Horst Aspoeck, Wien, Austria

Dr. Richard A. Davis, Tampa, USA

Prof. Dr. Volker Fahlbusck, Muenchen, Germany

Prof. Dr. Lev Fishelson, Tel Aviv, Israel

Prof. Dr. Edmund Gittenberger, Leiden, The Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Klaus-Juergen Goetting, Giessen, Germany

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Hahn, Marburg, Germany

Dr. Dr. J. Den Hartog, Leiden, The Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Alan R. Lord, London, Great Britain

Dr. Claus Meier-Brook, Tuebingen, Germany

Prof. Dr. German Mueller, Heidelberg, Germany

Prof. Dr. Karsten Reise, List (Sylt), Germany

Prof. Dr. Joern Thiede, Kiel, Germany

Prof. Dr. Alfred Travers, Pennsylvania, USA


1. Papers may be submitted in German, English, French, Spanish, or, Italian. Authors should familiarise themselves with the style and format in a recent issue of the journal. Manuscripts should be submitted in three copies, typed or printed, single sided, and double spaced with approximately 3 cm margin on both sides. Furthermore, please submit three copies of illustrations and tables, reduced and formatted as they should appear in the journal.

2. Manuscripts may be submitted on discs. The text should be in the format of word processor "Microsoft Word" or a compatible MS-DOS/ASCII format. Genus and species names should be in italics, names of persons in small capitals, but no further formats should be employed (no bold, spaced, or underlined types). The editors will add all needed formats (titles, headlines, petites, etc.). All tables should be camera ready or present as "Microsoft Word" tables.

3. Each manuscript should have a brief and accurate English abstract, not merely summarizing contents, but also results. A separate summary is superfluous. List up to eight keywords at the end of the abstract.

4. Include the author and year of publication at the first mention of a genus or species name. Avoid internal references to pages. Please employ metric units, and separate decimal fractions by a point rather than a comma.

5. The manuscript should preferably follow the format: Title, author (author's address as a foot note), number of illustrations/tables/plates, abstract, introduction, materials and methods (including a list of abbreviations), results, discussion, acknowledgments, references, foot notes, figure captions, tables, figures.


The list of references should carry all references used in the text, and none others. They should be of the following format:

In the text: AUTHOR (1990) or (AUTHOR 1990) or (AUTHOR 1990: 350) or AUTHOR & al. (1990) or (MUELLER 1990, SCHULZE 1980, MEIER 1970).

In the list of references:

AUTHOR, A. (1990): Title of Paper. - Unabbreviated Title of the Periodical, 25: 1-10, 2 figs., pl. 1.

- - - (1991): Title of Book. - 100 p., 20 figs., 10 pls.; Place of Publication (Publisher)

AUTHOR, A. & AUTHOR, B. (1990): Title of Contribution. - In: AUTHOR, C. (ed.): Title of Book. - pp. 10-120, figs. 5-10, pls. 6-8; Place of Publication (Publisher)

Note: In German, the abbreviations in the references' sections should be:

fig./figs.: Abb.

pl./pls.: Taf.

p./pp.: S.

ed./eds.: Hrsg.


1. Line drawings should be black on a white base. The lines and text must be sufficiently strong to allow reduction to 1/2 or 1/3 of original size. After reduction, text should not be smaller than 2 mm. Drawings should include an easily comprehensible scale bar (f.ex. 2 mm, not 1.43 mm).

2. Photographs should be submitted as sharp, contrast rich black and white prints on glossy paper. Photographs may be mounted on plates in the same relative proportions as the pages. Care should be taken to get the most economical use of the printed page, avoiding large margins and distances between the figures. Use integer enlargements and reduction, that is x 2, not x 1.65.

3. Tables should be in camera ready format and quality, allowing for possible reduction.

4. Figures should be numbered consecutively, including figures on plates. Different views of the same object may be indicated by letters.

Substantial abbreviations in figure captions should be listed alphabetically in the Methods section. All figures should be camera ready with lettering, and carry the author's name and the title of the paper on the rear.

Figures should be in sizes compatible with the page width of the page (16.5 cm) or column (8 cm). The page format of 16.5 x 24 cm should not be exceeded.

Voucher specimens

Types from the description of new taxa in systematic papers should be deposited in a public collection (museum), where they are readily available for reference. It is strongly recommended that also other voucher specimens, particularly illustrated specimens, are deposited as well. Types and voucher specimens from papers published in "Archiv fuer Molluskenkunde" should to the widest possible extent be deposited in Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Senckenberg.


Proofs will be sent to the author (if several authors, generally the senior author). These should be returned, accompanied by the original manuscript, as soon as possible. Substantial changes relative to the manuscript will be billed to the author(s). Authors wishing the original figures to be returned, should indicate this at the submission of the proofs. Otherwise the originals will be destroyed six months after publication.


50 reprints are supplied free of charge for each contribution, irrespective of the number of authors. Additional reprints may be ordered at the submission of the proofs at cost price (currently app. DEM 0.25 per page). We are no longer able to fill later orders. Unless agreed otherwise, reprints are mailed to the senior author of papers with several authors.


Dr. Ronald Janssen, Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Senckenberg, Senckenberganiage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany; telephone +49 (0) 69 75421; telefax +49 (0) 69 746238

Subscription and Membership

Subscription: Senckenbergischen Naturforschenden Gesellschaft, Senckenberganiage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany; DEM 75/year

Members of Deutsche Malakozoologische Gesellschaft (DEM 15/year; apply for membership at Senckenbergischen Naturforschenden Gesellschaft) may subscribe to the journal for DEM 60/year