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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

The publication series «Flora et Vegetatio Sudano-Sambesica» publishes primarily original scientific articles as well as summaries of larger research areas (if such summaries have been lacking to date). All articles are reviewed by two members of the Editorial Board; they are then returned to the authors with recommended changes or a rejection note.

English is the preferred language for articles submitted to “Flora et Vegetatio Sudano-Sambesica”. However, articles written in French are also accepted. Articles written in French must be accompanied by a detailed English summary, as well by English titles of figures and tables – and vice versa. A German version of the summary as well as of titles of figures and tables is desirable, but not imperative.

The article must be written on a PC using the program Word for Windows. The type size must be 12 pt, linespacing 1 1/2, margins of 2,5 cm on each side; pages have to be numbered.

Do n o t use any font formatting such as bold, italics, small capitals, etc.; this type of formatting is lost during text formatting. Please indicate any text to be set in italics (e.g. names of species) or small capitals (names of authors) (Cf. instruction below).

We particularly ask you n o t to enter any names of authors in Smal Capitals since we set authors’ names in small capitals. Any names typed in normal capitals have to be entered again manually.

Do n o t hyphenate your text, unless the hyphen ist part of a word. Any hyphenation entered by authors is lost during reformatting.

Use a protected space instead of a normal space to separate numbers, letters or symbols which belong together, e.g. § 1 ([Ctrl]+[Shift]+[spacebar]).

Avoid footnotes!

Figures and tables must be provided in an electronic version, with a format corresponding to the type area. Ideally, the format should match the type area (16.8 cm) or the column width (8.1 cm). (Figures with a width of 9.5 to 12 cm are also acceptable). Please do n o t insert figures or tables into the text, but deliver each of them in a separate document: Tables in Excel-format (*.xls), figures only made with graphic programs *.tif, *.pcx, *.eps or *.bmp. Provide us with an excellent printed version of each table and figure, containing its title.

Submit all captions for figures, titles of tables, and information within figures and tables in French, English and (if possible) German.

Use the last volume of the series as a model when preparing the Outline of your article.

Also follow the last issue when preparing the Bibliography (Do n o t enter authors’ names in capitals; do n o t format text with small capitals).

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