4 Instructions to authors
Submission, review process and revision
The Bulletin is published on an annual basis in July. Manuscripts should preferably be submitted before the end of February; later submissions need to be agreed in advance with the editor.
When the manuscript is submitted first, it should be sent as
- 3 paper copies or
- 1 paper copy and 1 electronic version (preferably pdf format)
with all illustrations, tables and appendices to the editor:
Dr. Sabine Güsewell
Geobotanical Institute ETH
In the covering letter, authors must confirm that the manuscript has not been submitted elsewhere.
Contributions should not exceed 12 printed pages for original articles and 6 printed pages for research notes or projects. Costs of additional pages will be charged to the authors. Data tables, coloured figures or methodic details may be included free of charge as electronic appendices in html or pdf format (see below).
Manuscripts are submitted to two reviewers for evaluation of their scientific soundness and clarity of presentation. Authors are encouraged to suggest suitable referees when submitting their manuscript. They will generally be notified of acceptance, rejection, or need for revision within 12 months.
The revised manuscript should be sent to the editor within one month after this notification in electronic form (e-mail attachement, floppy disk, CD or Macintosh-formatted zip disk); in addition, one paper copy should be mailed at the same time. The files should be prepared exactly according to the instructions for the electronic version (see specifications, pdf-file). If figures cannot be provided in electronic form, two printed copies should be supplied.
Fifty reprints are supplied free of charge. Additional reprints or an electronic version of the article (pdf format) can be ordered when authors receive the proofs for verification.
The copyright for published contributions is with the Geobotanical Institute ETH, but authors are allowed to re-use material published in the Bulletin providing (a) that the first publication is correctly referred to and (b) that the Editor is informed.
Preparation of the manuscript
Manuscripts of articles must include the following
elements in the stated order:
- Name(s) of author(s) with first name(s) spelled
out (e.g. Urs Meier & Sandra H. Steiner)
- Affiliation(s) of author(s) with the e-mail
address of the corresponding author. Multiple affiliations should
be identified with numbers in superscript and should be separated
by semicolons (no line breaks)
- Short title to be used in the running head
of the printed article (up to 60 characters including spaces)
- Abstract consisting of 4-8 numbered short
paragraphs. The abstract should be self-containing and include
the main research questions, methods, results and conclusions.
As from Volume 69 (2003), papers will include abstracts in two
languages: one in English and the second either in German or in
French. However, when a manuscript is first submitted, one abstract
is sufficient; a translation can be provided together with the
final version of the manuscript or will otherwise be supplied
by the editor.
- Keywords, i.e. up to six words or short phrases,
excluding words used in the title, in alphabetical order
- Introduction which should explain the context
and the purpose of the study. This should not be an extensive
literature review. A clear statement of research questions or
hypotheses is essential.
- Methods, with a description of study sites,
materials and/or experimental design, data collection and data
analysis. A back-and-white photograph or drawing showing the study
sites or experiment is welcomed. The manufacturer (name and town)
should be indicated for important pieces of equipment. Simple
statistical tests (linear regression, correlation, one-way anova)
should not be described in the methods.
- Results, usually a short text section drawing
attention to important details shown in tables and figures and/or
to general patterns emerging from them. Tables should be referred
to as Table 1, Table 2 etc., and figures as Fig. 1, Fig. 2a, Fig.
2b etc. See specifications
(pdf-file) for numbers and units.
- Discussion which should point out the significance
of the results in relation to the initial questions or hypotheses,
place results in the context of other work and draw explicit conclusions.
- References (see specifications,
- Legends of figures, which should be sufficiently
detailed so that the figure can be understood without reference
to the text.
- Tables, numbered consecutively as Table 1,
Table 2 etc. Each Table should be preceded by a caption at the
top. Tables should be planned for a width of 6 cm, 12.5 cm or
18 cm using at least 9-pt Times font. If a size reduction is necessary,
authors are solely responsible for the readability of the contents.
Unless absolutely needed, tables should not have vertical lines.
A horizontal line should be used to separate headings of columns
from the contents, and thicker horizontal lines at the top and
bottom of the table. Within columns, numbers should be aligned
according to the decimal point.The number of significant digits
after the decimal point should reflect the precision of the result.
Numbers with many zeros should be avoided by adapting units of
measurement or using exponents (e.g. 5.5 mg instead of 0.0055
- Figures, i.e. graphs, drawings, photographs
or maps, all numbered consecutively as Fig. 1, Fig. 2 etc. Figures
should be planned for a width of 6 cm, 12.5 cm or 18 cm. Lettering
in figures (e.g. scales and titles of axes) should be in a clear
sans-serif font (preferably Helvetica). Graphs may or may not
be boxed. Axes should not be too thin and should have tick marks
inside. Titles of axes should normally not be boldface. For scientific
names or statistical symbols, italics should also be used in figures.
Material planned for publication as electronic appendix should be included in printed form when the manuscript is submitted first. In the covering letter, authors should state in which form they intend to provide the appendix (HTML or PDF), and the approximate size of the file (bytes). If printing is difficult, the appendices can be placed on the internet on the author's homepage, with the URL indicated in the manuscript