CANOTIA: An Arizona journal publishing botanical and mycological papers
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Instructions for Authors

     Canotia is an Arizona journal that publishes botanical and mycological papers, with a preference for contributions to the Vascular Plants of Arizona (VPA) project, checklists, local floras, new records for Arizona, and ecological studies. It is suggested, however, that authors seek other journals when publishing new species or other works with taxonomic implications. Publication is open to all persons, and published articles are made available to all, free of charge, online in PDF format. Authors are normally responsible for printing costs (consult with the editor for estimates).

     Manuscripts should be submitted to the editor (L. R. Landrum, and should include suggestions for possible reviewers, their email addresses, as well as the email address of the corresponding author. The authors will receive acknowledgment via email within a few days of submitting, and authors should assume that the manuscript has not reached the editor if the acknowledgment is not soon received. Recommendations of peer reviewers are considered for all contributions; however, publication in the journal is ultimately at the discretion of the Editor.

     Authors should refer to the most recent issue of Canotia as a guide to general formatting. Contributions for the Vascular Plants of Arizona project should follow the VPA guidelines (see link below), as exemplified in VPA treatments of recent Canotia issues. Other contributions should follow the structure generally found in scientific papers (e.g., Title, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments, Literature Cited), when appropriate.

     Figures should be numbered sequentially (e.g., Figure 1, Figure 2, Figure 3, etc.). If several figures are grouped in a plate, then letters should be used as a reference [e.g., Figure 1. (a); (b); (c); (d).] . Figures should be submitted as high quality JPEG files at a minimum of 300 dpi (ideally 600 dpi at final reproduction size). Scale bars should be inserted when appropriate, and these (as well as other figure labels) should be included, if possible, as separate Photoshop layers and submitted as a PSD file. Otherwise submit 2 copies of each figure - one with and one without scale bars and labels. Color images incur additional printing costs (please coordinate with the editor), but can be included in the online PDF version of the publication free of charge. Preparation of distribution maps is normally not the responsibility of the editors; authors can generate these (see link to instructions below) using the collection search mapping function available online through the Southwest Environmental Information Network website (SEINET;

     Taxonomic authorities may be written out or abbreviated according to the standard abbreviations suggested by the International Plant Names Index (IPNI) for plants and Index Fungorum's Authors of Fungal Names for fungi. Initials should be followed by spaces, i.e., Asa Gray's name should be abbreviated "A. Gray" not "A.Gray." and Billie Lee Turner should be "B. L. Turner" not "B.L.Turner" nor "B.L. Turner." An authority name should be consistent throughout the paper.

International Plant Names Index:

Authors of Fungal Names:

     In the Literature Cited section, references should be listed in descending order by author/s name/s, followed by year. When referencing the source, full journal names and book titles should be used. Citations/references should follow the following format:

Citations within the text body

Brian (2000) reported on two species from the Grand Canyon (only one identified to species) and the study of Novozhilov et al. (2003) from the Colorado Plateau brought 48 additional records.

...from tropical forests to alpine and arctic ecosystems (e.g., Martin & Alexopoulos 1969, Ing 1994, Alexopoulos et al. 1996, Stephenson & Laursen 1998, Schnittler & Stephenson 2000).

Citing specimens in the text body

Subsequently a relict population of Canotia holacantha was discovered in the Waterman Mountains in Pima County about 50 km southeast of Picacho Peak (Van Devender 2002-1152, ARIZ).

Journal citations

HABER, E. 1992. Vascular Plants of Arizona: Monotropaceae; Indian pipe family. Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science 26: 15—16.

Book citations

ALEXOPOULOS, C. J., C. W. MIMS and M. BLACKWELL. 1996. Introductory Mycology. 4th edn. John Wiley & Sons, New York.

SHREVE, F. and I. L. WIGGINS. 1964. Vegetation and Flora of the Sonoran Desert: Vol. II. Stanford University Press, Stanford.

Book section

LUMPKIN, T. A. 1993. Azollaceae. Pp. 338—342. In: Flora of North America Editorial Committee (eds.). Flora of North America North of Mexico. Vol. 2. Oxford University Press, New York.

Dissertation or Thesis

BATES, S. T. 2004. Arizona Members of the Geastraceae and Lycoperda-
ceae (Basidiomycota, Fungi). Masters Thesis, Arizona State University, Tempe.


FARR, D. F., A. Y. ROSSMAN, M. E. PALM and E. B. McCRAY. 2007.
Fungal Databases, Systematic Mycology and Microbiology Laboratory, ARS,
USDA. Accessed July 2007.

SEINet. Accessed February 2009.

VPA Guidelines