Flora of North America North of Mexico Guide for Contributors—March 2004




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Flora of North America North of Mexico

Guide for Contributors—March 2004


[[Modified for Contributors to Vols. 27-29 (Vols. 1-3 of Bryophyte Flora of North America), April 2004. For modifications search for double square brackets. See the BFNA Web site for many help files for authors.]]


I. Introduction and Coverage

The Flora of North America North of Mexico, to be published in 30 volumes, is a synoptic floristic account of the plants of Greenland, St. Pierre and Miquelon, Canada, and the continental United States of America (including the Florida Keys and the Aleutian Islands). The Flora includes accepted names, literature citations, selected synonyms, identification keys, descriptions, chromosome numbers, summaries of habitats and geographic ranges, phenological information, conservation status, and significant biological observations, as well as maps and illustrations. Each volume contains a bibliography and an index to taxa treated.


This guide describes standardizations intended to make the Flora easy to use and relatively consistent across vascular plant volumes. Exceptions to the guide are made when it is necessary to convey information about particular taxa; editors must approve the exceptions. Communication with editors throughout the manuscript preparation process is encouraged.


This guide contains an outline for preparing treatments of vascular taxa (section II, page 1), a sample treatment (section III, page 10), a checklist for authors (section IV, page 15), and guidelines for working with illustrators (section V, page 16). Contributors are encouraged to use a recent volume (e.g., vol. 26, 23, 4) of the Flora as a model for treatment content. Details regarding final manuscript format, which are primarily the responsibility of technical editors, are covered in the FNA Editorial Handbook. Guidelines particular to bryophyte treatments are available through http://www.mobot.org/plantscience/BFNA/bfnamenu.htm.


[[This paragraph modified:]] Submit manuscripts to Lead Editor in electronic form. Accepted manuscripts will be sent to reviewers, nomenclatural editor, bibliographic editor, and eventually a technical editor. Authors will have the opportunity to review their manuscripts twice; first, following taxonomic review, and second, after near-final editing.


Contact information and published volumes are available at the FNA website, http://www.fna.org, or the Bryophyte website, http://www.mobot.org/plantscience/BFNA/bfnamenu.htm.

II. General Instructions for Treatments


[[This paragraph deleted:]] Taxa to treat in full include native species, native species thought to be extirpated, hybrids that are well established, and introduced plants that are naturalized or found frequently outside cultivation.


New names, names for new taxa, and new combinations must be published prior to their use in the flora. Journals recommended for prompt publication include Novon, a journal of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and Sida, a publication of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, among others.


Treatments are synoptic, not monographic; treatments should be diagnostic, descriptive, and succinct. With few exceptions, taxa below the family are presented in taxonomic sequence. If no classification is possible, the taxa may be arranged alphabetically.


Spell out name of each taxon fully and number sequentially; label infraspecific taxa alphanumerically.

Infrafamilial, infrageneric, and infraspecific groupings may be included as needed. See, for example, subgenera in Cyperus (vol. 23: 141--191) and sections in Carex (vol. 23: 254--572).


Treatments at each taxonomic level are similar generally. The order of elements for each entry is specified below. Certain elements (vernacular name, derivation of name, status indicator letter(s), basionym, synonyms, discussion, and selected references) are not always necessary. In the entries below, periods mark separate paragraphs (punctuation within paragraphs is described in later sections).

[[Following paragraphs slightly modified, e.g. no chromosome numbers will be added, no status indicators of conservation concern or alien origin, no vernacular names:]]
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