The Malacological Society of Australasia

The aim of the Society is to promote the study of Recent and fossil Mollusca and their associated invertebrates.

Membership in the Society is open to all persons. Members receive Molluscan Research and the Quarterly Australasian Shell News and may attend meetings of the Society wherever held by branches throughout Australasia. Junior members, under 18 years, have the same privileges as members except the right to vote at meetings and hold office. Second members of a family (husband or wife) can become members for a reduced fee and have the same privileges except receipt of Molluscan Research and Australasian Shell News. Corporate membership is available to institutions, societies, etc. Corporate members receive only Molluscan Research, but if they so request, also Australasian Shell News at no extra charge.

Molluscan Research

Molluscan Research, previously the Journal of the Malacological Society of Australia, is an annual publication (becoming semiannual in the near future) for authoritative scientific papers dealing with Mollusca and related topics. General and theoretical papers relating to molluscs are welcome. Papers concerning specific geographical areas or new taxa should be restricted to the Indo-West Pacific region, as well as Australasia and the southern oceans. Volume 15 is the 1994 issue. Sets of previous volumes (Journal of the Malacological Society of Australia) are available at varying prices.

Instructions to Authors

General and theoretical papers relating to molluscs are welcome. Papers concerning specific geographical areas or new taxa should be restricted to the lndo-West Pacific region, as well as Australasia and the southern oceans. Papers received will be considered for publication at any time. Long papers and monographs may be published as special issues of Molluscan Research.

Papers are considered on the understanding they not have been published elsewhere and if accepted for publication in Molluscan Research will not be subsequently submitted elsewhere. All manuscripts must be submitted in English.

1. Papers submitted for publication shall be prepared following the format of the current issue of Molluscan Research. All papers will be peer reviewed by two referees before acceptance by the Editor, and upon acceptance all copyright the property of the Society.

2. Manuscripts, three copies of which should be submitted, should be double-spaced throughout, typewritten on one side of A4 paper, leaving top, bottom and margins of at least 3 cm. Right margins should not be justified. The first page of the manuscript should have the title, author's name and address, and a running head. The remainder of the manuscript should normally be arranged with the following components: abstract, materials and methods, results, discussion, literature cited, tables and figures. Manuscripts of 6 manuscript pages or less can be presented as shorter contributions and the headings eliminated.

3. Latin names of genera and species and Latin words and abbreviations (et al, e.g., etc.) should be in italics, but nothing else. Symbols and abbreviations should conform with those recommended in the Royal Society's General Notes on the Preparation of scientific Papers (London, Cambridge University Press). The first mention in the text of the scientific name of a species should be accompanied by the author and date. Metric and Celsius units must be used.

4. Text figures should be of good contrast, mounted, and of such size that they can be reduced satisfactorily to a maximum width of 14 cm. Black and white photographs for reproduction as halftone plates should be mounted, glossy prints showing good detail and moderate contrast; full plate size will be 22 by 14 cm. A size measurement should be included on the photograph; magnifications cannot be given in the figure heading. Color photographs can be published at author's expense. Figures must be submitted in final form, ready for publication.

5. References should be listed alphabetically at the end of the paper in the form:

Shepherd, S. A. and Cannon, J. 1988. Studies on southern Australian abalone (genus Haliotis). X. Food and feeding of juveniles. Journal of the Malacological Society of Australia 9: 21-26.

Kohn, A. J. and Amalsi, K. N. 1993. Comparative ecology of a biogeographically heterogeneous Conus assemblage. Pp. 523-538. In: Wells, F. E., Walker, D. I., Kirkman, H. and Lethbridge, R. The Marine Flora and Fauna of Rottnest Island, Western Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth.

Short, J. W. and Potter, D. G. 1987. Shells of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef. Marine Gastropods. Golden Press, Drunimoyne, NSW.

Titles of periodicals should not be abbreviated. In the text references should be cited with the year of publication, e.g. Shepherd and Cannon (1988).

6. Papers describing new species and subspecies will not be accepted for publication unless primary type material, and preferably paratypes, is deposited in a recognized public museum and the museum registration numbers quoted. Type localities should be defined as accurately as possible. Descriptions must conform with the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature.

7. It is strongly recommended that the manuscript be prepared on a word processor and that a floppy disk be returned along with the hard copy of the revised manuscript. This greatly expedites the preparation of galley proofs.

8. Galley proofs will be sent to authors, who should return them with the least possible delay. Only the minimum of essential corrections should be made; changes to the manuscript made after acceptance will be charged to the author. Authors should ;return galley proofs to the Editor as quickly as possible.

9. Reprints may be ordered only when galley proofs are returned. Except for very long papers, reprints may be ordered only in lots of 50.

10. A cost of $ 50.00 Australian per page is requested from authors able to meet publishing costs. Colour plates are possible, but will be charged for.


Manuscripts submitted for consideration for publication in Molluscan Research should be addressed to: Dr. F.E. Wells, Western Australian Museum, Perth 6000, Western Australia

Subscription and Membership

All inquiries regarding the Society and membership should be addressed to: Honorary Secretary, Malacological Society of Australasia, c/o Dept. of Malacology, Australian Museum, P.O. Box A285, Sydney South, New South Wales 2000 Australia.

Membership rates: Ordinary members (within Australasia) $ 25.00

Ordinary members (outside Australasia) 35.00

Associate members 5.00

Junior members 5.00

Entrance fee 5.00