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General structure of the text body

Title page, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References, Tables, and Figure legends.

General requirement.

Manuscript to be typed double-spaced, 12-point font size with a left- hand margin of 3 cm and a right-hand margin of 2 cm.  Manuscript does not exceed 30 pages.

Title page.

The title page should contain a concise title, the name(s) of author(s), the complete postal address(es) and e-mail addresses. Clearly indicate who will be the corresponding author.


A concise and factual abstract of not more than 200 words. Up to 5 keywords, specific to the article, are to be listed after the abstract.

Introduction. All Latin binominals should have the correct authorities quoted at their first citation.

Materials and methods.

Be as concise as possible.


Please follow the recent (2012) introduction of a new ‘International Code of Nomenclature of algae, fungi and plants’.


This part should interpret the results in relation to the problem outlined in the Introduction.



Should be as concise as possible.


Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Unpublished results and personal communications are not preferred. Citation of a reference as ‘in press’ only if the item has been accepted for publication. As for thesis, the name of the institution from where it is available must be given. Abbreviate journal titles must be according to the World List of Scientific Periodicals. Use the name of the first author, followed by et al. when 3 or more authors are cited. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters ‘a’, ‘b’, ‘c’, etc., placed after the year of publication.

Please note the following examples:

  • Articles in journals:Thake, B., L. Herfort, M. Randone and G. Hill. 2003. Susceptibility of the invasive seaweed Caulerpa taxifolia to ionic aluminium. Mar. 46: 17–23.

  • Books: Sze, P. 1998. A biology of the algae. 3rd edition. WCB/McGraw-Hill, Boston. pp. 278.

  • Articles/Chapters in books: Uden, N. van and J.W. Fell. 1968. Marine yeasts. In: (M.R. Droop and E.F. Ferguson Wood, eds) Advances in microbiology of the sea. Academic Press, London. pp. 167–201.


  1. Nomenclature and units – Follow internationally accepted rules and conventions: use the international system of units (SI).

  2. All dates included in the manuscript need to be in the style Day Month Year, for example, 1 January 2007.

  3. Math formule – Please submit math equations as editable text and not as images.

  4. Figure captions – Ensure that each illustration has a caption.

  5. Tables – Please submit tables as editable text and not as images.

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