Fachgesellschaft andere Sukkulenten Guidelines for Our Authors January 2019 1

Guidelines for Our Authors
1. Purpose of this Document
Herewith we invite each and every connoisseur of the other succulent plants to publish his insights or reports in our magazines. These hints and tips are to be seen as general recommendations. Manuscripts do not necessarily have to meet these conditions. But editorial work is completely done on a voluntary basis. On following these guidelines, you will facilitate work for the editorial staff.
 
2. Subjects
The magazines of the Fachgesellschaft andere Sukkulenten publish articles dealing with the entire variety of succulent plants excluding cacti. As accompanying plants, cacti are accepted as a matter of course. The contents may provide descriptions and presentations of species and species groups, care and cultivation instructions, interesting practical experiences, reports and findings from habitats, travel descriptions, biographies, as well as articles concerning taxonomy, geography, morphology, or the usage and anatomy of plants.
 
3. General Remarks
The texts should be formulated comprehensible and clear, as many readers are amateurs and a well-founded background knowledge cannot be taken for granted.
Geographical information should name the state, country or province dealt with at least once. To add a map may prove useful.
The technical terms as well as the names of genera and species have to be up-to-date.
Submitted articles and illustrations should not be presented elsewhere for publication or already be published (including internet publication) – otherwise please do inform us.
 
4. Text
4.1 Title
The title should be informative and meaningful. A subtitle may be added. Authors of genera and species names are not named in the title with the exception of new descriptions. Please name all authors of the current article after the title.
4.2 Notations
In our magazines we use special typefaces, but a manuscript to be published may be submitted typed in any font. Abbreviations of any kind should be avoided as far as possible. The names of genera should be written unabbreviated at least when used for the first time as well as in ambiguous cases. In further and unequivocal cases, genus names may be abbreviated.
Please use common metric units of measure (m, kg, °C).
Please omit formatting in the manuscript. Only scientific names from the genus level downwards should be written using the same font as the text but italic. This does not hold for the abbreviations of the levels.
Examples:
Agave subg. Littaea
Euphorbia obesa subsp. symmetrica
Perperomia aff. krahnii (Piperaceae)
Aloe semiferox sp. nov.
Please name the authors of the species names on first occurence within the text. As well as proper nouns, they should be written within the text using the standard typeface, not using capitals nor small capitals, and they should not be abbreviated arbitrarily. Only in the bibliography, author names are set in small capitals. Please follow the sprecifications in www.ipni.org or Brummitt, R.K.; Powell, C.E. (eds.)(1992). Authors of plant names. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Examples:
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Sinningia Nees
Lithops karasmontana N.E.Br.
4.3 Text Entry
We do prefer electronic submission as these texts are easy to send, e.g. as mail attachment, as well as to process, though this is not mandatory. We do process typewritten texts as well as handwritten pages. Please structure longer texts with subheadings. Please do not embed pictures, graphics or tables within the text, but add them separately and formatted accordingly. We prefer MS-Word-formatted texts.
4.4 Summary / Abstract
We start each article with a German and an English summary or abstract. If possible, this summary is delivered by the author, otherwise it will be written as a brief outline of the article by the editorial staff.
4.5 Foreign-Language Submissions
The editorial staff will translate foreign-language submissions to the best of their knowledge. The original version of the article will be published as well; there illustrations are replaced by a reference to the German version. Non-English foreign-language texts need an additional abstract (see 4.4) in the article's original language.
Non-English texts will be translated into English by the editorial staff to the best of their knowledge, if necessary based on the German translation.
4.6 Sources and Source Lists (Magazines, Books, Internet)
If data, facts or other information is taken from literature, the sources are to be named and listed in the source list.
Examples:
These characteristics have already been described by Wagner (1998, 2009)...
Beside red flowers, white flowers occur as well (Keller 1999, van Jaarsveld 2007).
If authors with the same name are quoted with two sources published in the same year, the sources are differentiated using lowercase letters.
Example:
…as described in Lavranos (2001a) as well as in Lavranos (2001b).
If you want to give a page number, add it after a colon.
Example:
The length of the stylus is an important characteristic (Rauh 1990: 243).
On citing magazines please refer to Bridson, G.D.R. et al. 2004. Botanico-Periodicum-Huntianum (BPH): Periodicals with botanical content. 2nd ed. Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh. Online: http://fmhibd.library.cmu.edu/HIBD-DB/bpho/findrecords.php.
Examples:
DODERO, M. W.; SIMPSON, M. G. (2012): Dudleya crassifolia (Crassulaceae), a new species from Northern Baja California, Mexico. Madroño 59: 223 – 229.
BINDER, H. (1991): Familie der Dioscoreaceae. And. Sukk. (No 17): 7–15.
DREHER, J. (2012): Die Gattung Avonia – Teil 1. Avonia 30 (1): 7–14.
HADRAVA, J.; MIKLÁNEK, M. (2007): The Czech and Slovak Houseleeks. Kaktusy (Brno) Special 43.
REGNAT, H. (2008): Sedum: il nome. Cactus Co. 2 (12): 118–126.
Please quote books as indicated below.
Examples:
HELLER, T. (2003): Agaven. Verlag Natur und Tier, Münster.
REBMAN, J. (2012): Plant Endemism. S. 34–37. In REBMAN, J.P.; ROBERTS, N. (2012): Baja California Plant Field Guide, 3rd edition. San Diego Natural History Museum Publication, San Diego, California.
STARR, G. (2010): Agaves, living sculptures. Timber Press Inc., Portland, Oregon.
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WIGGINS, I. L. (1980): Flora of Baja California. Stanford University Press, Stanford, California.
On quoting internet sources, please name the internet address (URL), the title, the author(s) as well as the year of publication or of updating. The latter is not always easy to find – if necessary, please note the date of visiting the website.
Examples:
ETTER, J.; KRISTEN, M. (20.10.2014): Cultivation of Crassulaceae - Some How-To Hints. http://www.crassulaceae.com/crassulaceae/crasculture_en.asp.
Wikipedia (15.05.2013): Agave. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/agave.
In the source list at the end of the article, only sources should be listed that are actually quoted within the text. When listing a number of sources, please order them 1st. alphabetically and 2nd. chronologically.
4.7 Personal Details concerning the Author(s)
Please add all details you want to publish below the article. We recommend full address(es) as well as a mail address each. If the full address(es) are not to be published, please give us separately a postal address whereto we may send automatically after printing the free copies of the issue containing your article.
 
5. Illustrations
5.1 General Information
Visual information is perceived by humans the fastest, most intense and most sustainable. Good illustrations are the climax of each and every article! Thus each article should have good, appropriate pictures. They should show the main aspects of the article. E.g. with first descriptions and presented species, all relevant characteristics of the plants should be shown clearly visible. If appropriate, please add a scale indicating the image size, either in the image (millimeter scale, comparison object) or in the picture's legend. Alternatively, the proportions may be described within the text. Generally, all kinds of master copies are suitable for illustrations while the quality is adequately well.
Please number all illustration labels and add them to an image directory at the end of your text. The numbers may be used within the text, e.g. "pic. 1".
The editorial staff will follow the authors proposal which illustrations to publish if their quality is well enough. Otherwise, we willingly choose from a selection of possible illustrations.
Please name the photographers for all pictures.
5.2 Kinds of Master Copies
Digital photos and scanned material, e.g. maps, may be submitted in all common data formats. We prefer the raw format (RAW) of your camera. Other common formats are DNG, TIFF, EPS and JPG. Each picture should be safed as a single file and not be included within the text. Please add the file names in the image directory at the end of the article. Please take care that the resolution of your camera is set to an appropriate value. Please send us your pictures in the highest possible resolution.
Diapositives may be used. You may send them to us without slide frames. Shipment will be at lower costs and lower risks, while scanning is possible without problems.
Black-and-white as well as colour pictures on paper should be of excellent quality and large: please test them with a magnifying glass! The maximum format is A4.
Please submit tables ready for printing and formatted using MS-Excel or MS-Word. The maximum format is A3.
Line drawings should be done in black ink. The maximum format is A4. Please do send us your original drawing!
Maps should be prepared on a current basis. The maximum format is A3. Inscriptions and signatures should be clearly visible. Please reduce the map's content to important information, e.g. such as named in the text.
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5.3 Copyrights
We assume that you own the rights to publish of all documents submitted, e.g. that the photographers have given their consent to publish their pictures with the article and that maps are legally published. We also assume that you allow us to publish all parts of the article in print and electronically, to advertise using parts of the article and its illustrations, and to sell the media (old issues, digital copies).
 
6. Course of Action
6.1 Dispatching to the Editors
Please submit only the final version of your article. Please send digital data via email to one of the email addresses of the editorial staff. If necessary, send large pictures piece by piece to comply with data transmission limits.
If documents are sent by physical mail, please send them all together and use a suitable, solid shipping carton to omit damage.
6.2 Your Article with the Editors
The editorial staff will acknowledge receipt of your artcle via email. Firstly, the manuscript will be perused by the editorial staff and if necessary be given to external experts for review. The author will not be informed of format changes to match the style of our periodicals, corrections of spelling and grammar as well as simple smoothings of the text flow. If greater adjustments of the text structures, abridgments or technical corrections are necessary, the editorial staff will communicate with the author. Before going to print, the author will receive a version ready to print for inspection. The period from submission to publication depends on the magazine where the article will be published (print or digital) and how the issue of this magazine will be planned as regards content. It is not always possible to use a contribution immediately: On the one hand other articles may be waiting longer, on the other hand the text may not fit in well with the upcoming issue. With printed issues, it may take a year or longer until publication. This is due to the processing steps and the technical execution of the four issues per year. Submitted material will be sent back on express request only.
6.3 Specimen Copies
Each author receives three specimen copies of the issue holding his article plus an additional number according to the length of his contribution. Larger demands should be announced by the author in time. The specimen copies are shipped together with the subscribers' copies.
Please find the contact addresses of the editorial staff in the according imprint. We are looking forward to your contributions!
The FGaS Editors
 
 
 
 
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