Malacological Review

Instructions to Authors

Malacological Review will publish the results of original work, of either descriptive or experimental nature, devoted primarily or exclusively to the study of mollusks, and will publish reviews of major research areas or malacological subjects. The articles must not be published elsewhere. Malacological Review aims to provide a common medium for such different aspects of malacology as anatomy, biochemistry, cytology, ecology, genetics, medical malacology, paleontology, physiology, taxonomy and zoogeography. The journal is especially concerned with maintaining scholarly standards. Ail manuscripts will be reviewed by competent scientists. Papers are judged on their contribution of original data, ideas or interpretations, and on their conciseness, scientific accuracy and clarity. Numerous and long tables, large numbers of figures, and pages in excess of 10 per article may be charged to the author at the current cost per page. Information concerning page costs will be transmitted to the author during the manuscript review process.

Manuscripts may be in English, French or German (English is preferred) and should follow Malacological Review style. All articles must contain a concise but adequate abstract, which should be an informative digest of significant content and should be able to stand alone as a brief statement of the conclusions of the paper. Manuscripts are to be submitted in duplicate. Papers are accepted on condition that copyright is vested in the journal. No part of any article published in Malacological Review may be reproduced without the written permission of the publishers. All statements made and opinions expressed in any article are the responsibility of the author.

The publishers will set the text in the style adopted for the journal, and it would be helpful if authors would follow this style as closely as possible in the manuscript. Contributors are advised to follow the recommendations of the Style Manual for Biological journals, obtainable from the American Institute of Biological Sciences, 2000 P Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036, USA In particular, simplified practices such as the following are favored: numbers one through nine and numbers at the beginnings of sentences are written out; numerals are used when the number is followed by units of weight and measure; percentages following a number are expressed as %; units of weight and measure (mm, ml, kg, etc.) are abbreviated when preceded by numerals, and the abbreviations have neither a period nor an s in the plural.

Prospective authors who type their manuscripts on computers are encouraged to submit a computer disk version of their manuscripts in addition to normal paper copies. This will speed processing and will reduce production costs. Disks can be either Macintosh or MS-DOS compatible and preferably in Microsoft Word, Word Perfect, MacWrite or Wordstar formats, or saved from the word processor as a text (ASCII) file.

Latin names of genera and species should be italicized (or underlined), and Latin specific names of all organisms should be followed by the species author when the name is first mentioned in the text or table. Generic names should be written out when first used in a paragraph; thereafter, in the paragraph, they are abbreviated when used with a specific name.

Illustrations must be carefully executed and so planned that they may be printed as figures of an appropriate size. The maximum size of a printed figure is 13.1 x 19.7 cm. Large illustrations must be accompanied by a smaller photograph for the editors. Drawings and lettering must be in black India ink or carbon black printing on white, blue tracing, or blue-lined paper. Charts should be drawn large enough to stand a reduction of one-half to one-third. This should be taken into consideration especially in relation to lettering. Letters and numbers must not be less than I mm in height, preferably larger, after reduction. A number of drawings or photographs may often be conveniently grouped together to fit a page. Photographs should be printed on white glossy paper, showing a full range of tones and good contrast.

Photographs of line illustrations, graphs, charts and tables may be submitted with the manuscript for the review process, but after acceptance of the manuscript and before publication the original illustrations must be submitted to the editor. Original illustrations will be returned to authors after publication on request.

Literature Cited. See current number of Malacological Review for desired form of citing. In particular, it should be noted that "et al." may be used in the text but not in the list of references at the end; in addition to the volume number, the complete page numbers of articles and books must be cited; for books, the publisher and city must also be cited. Journal names in references in the Literature Cited must be written in full, i.e., they cannot be abbreviated.

Voucher specimens of all species used in all types of research papers published in Malacological Review must be lodged in a recognized repository, i.e., sample specimens of each species studied must be sent to a museum and, preferably, the registered numbers and full data of these specimens published. This insures that future workers will have easy access to this material and that species determinations will be accurate or can be checked.

Proofs should be returned with the least possible delay, and only essential corrections should be made. Other changes may be charged to the author. Authors are requested to pay particular attention to the checking of numerical matter, tables and scientific names.

Reprints (separates; off-prints) may be obtained at cost price if ordered when proofs are returned. Later orders cannot be considered. Order forms will accompany proof sheets sent to authors.


Editorial Office, P. 0. Box 3037, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106-3037, U.S.A.

All manuscripts should be sent to Malacological Review, c/o Mollusk Division, Museum of Zoology, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109, USA


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