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Guide to Authors:

Instructions to authors

Authors intending to submit articles for publication in Quaderni di Botanica Ambientale ed Applicata are requested to adhere to the following rules on manuscript preparation. Submit manuscripts to Prof. F. M. Raimondo, Dipartimento STEBICEF, Via Archirafi 28, I-90123 Palermo. E.mail: francesco.raimondo@unipa.it
Manuscripts will be sent for review to experts, and authors may be asked to modify or rewrite their manuscripts totally or in part in order to accomodate the reviewers’ suggestions and to conform with the requirements of Quaderni di Botanica Ambientale ed Applicata.
Contributors tacitly agree to cede all authors’ rights to the publishers of Quaderni di Botanica Ambientale ed Applicata. This transfer becomes effective from the moment when the author receives written confirmation of the acceptance of the manuscript for publication.


Quaderni di Botanica Ambientale ed Applicata publishes papers dealing with applied topics about the territory, natural and anthropic environment, cultural goods and the traditional applied subjects such as Pharmaceutical botany, Ethnobotany, Agricultural botany and Forestry botany. The accepted languages are Italian, English, French and Spanish.

Format, page charges

Please submitt manuscripts preferably by e-mai. When submitting a manuscript provide the text specifying the format(s) and text software(s) you use. Text processed by Microsoft Word are preferred, but other formats may also be suitable.

Preparation of manuscripts
Double-space all material, including abstract, footnotes and literature cited. Provide margins of at least 3 cm on all sides of the page.
All articles must have an English abstract. Titles of articles as well as main sub-headings should be typed cap/lower case flush left on the page (not centered). Secondary sub-headings are to be italicized, and not indented.
The authors’ address, which must be given in full, must be placed at the beginning of the manuscript, under the title. Do not divide words at the end of the line. Use “&” between double authors, both in authors’ citations for scientific plant names and when citing literature, and use “& al.” for multiple (three or more) co-authors or co-editors except in the “References” section where all names should be given. A space must always follow after a period, colon, semicolon, or comma (except within numerals and standard abbrevations such as e.g., i.e. and i.a.): “Brown, A. J.” not “Brown, A.J.”: “32: 120-130” not “32:120-130”; and between numerals and units of measures: “2 mm”, not “2mm”.
Authors abbreviations should follow the Kew standard or the model provided by Med-Checklist and Flora Europaea. Spell out authors’ names in full rather than abbreviating them by just 1 or 2 letters.

Figures and tabular material

Figures should be designed to fit the full page width after reduction (17,5 cm) and including captions they may occupy up to the full page length (25 cm). It is mandatory that the scale be included on the illustration itself, not in the legend.
Figures should be mounted separately on stiff white board. The illustrations must be shipped flat, never folded or rolled. All illustrations must be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals. They should be cited “Fig. 1” or “Fig. 1-4” in sequential order. Label the back or bottom of each illustration with the following information: author’s name, figure number, and an indication of which edge is the top. The legends should be at the end of the manuscript, typed in separate paragraphs but not on separate pages. Tables should also be separate at the end of the manuscript, typed in separate paragraphs but not on separate pages. Tables should also be separate at the end of the manuscript and not incorporated into the text. Tables must have an appropriate heading and must bear consecutive Arabic numerals. They should be cited “Table 1”, etc. All tables must be suitable for reduction to the page size of Quaderni di Botanica Ambientale ed Applicata.
Do not mount line illustrations (line drawings, maps, graphs, and diagrams) and half-tone photographs on the same plate. Plates comprising several figures or photographs should have drawn in letters or numbers for reference. Photographs, especially those of herbarium specimens, must be of exceptional quality, good contrast, and submitted as close to the Quaderni di Botanica Ambientale ed Applicata page size as possible. Photocopies intended as original illustrations are not acceptable.


Only cite articles or books already published or in press, not papers “in preparation”. Full references must be given, including city of publication, and publisher for books. Each reference in the text must also be listed under “References” and vice versa. Examples of correct citations:

Bertrand-Desbrunais a., Noirot m., Charrier a., 1991 – Minimal growth in vitro conservation of coffee (Coffea spp.). 1. Influence of low concentration of 6-bezyladenine. – Plant Cell Tiss. Org. Cult. 27: 333-339.
Stebbins G., 1950 – Polyploidy and origin of higher categories. In: Variation and evolution of plants. – Columbia University Press, New York, pp. 359-362.
Rehder A., 1954 – Manual of cultivated trees and shrubs. – New York, 2nd edn.: p. 56.
Watkins R., 1979 – Apple and pear. In: Simmonds N. W. (ed.) Evolution of Crop Plants. – Longman, London: pp. 247-250.
Wilcox A. N., 1962 – The apple: I Systematics. – Handbuch der Pflanzenzuchtung, 6, Berlin, 2nd ed.: pp. 637-645.

Type names of the authors in small capital letters either in “References” or in the text. Abbreviations of journal names must be consistent; they should follow the standard of Botanico-Periodico-Huntianum, and should be formed by analogy when not listed there.


Authors will receive proofs once. They are expected to process them immediately and return them by air-mail. Authors who anticipate being absent are urged to leave forwarding orders or to give notice of temporary addresses (with dates). When more than one author is concerned, proofs will be sent to the first name author unless the contrary has been specified. Corrections not returned within two weeks cannot usually be taken into consideration. 5


The reprints can be ordered filling the form when the corrected proof is returned; they will be billed at cost.