Guide for Authors
(Updated 1 May 2012)
Mycoscience is the official English journal of the Mycological Society of Japan and is issued bimonthly.
Mycoscience publishes original research articles (full papers, short communications, and notes) and reviews on various aspects of fungi including yeasts and other organisms that traditionally have been studied by mycologists. The research aspects covered by Mycoscience extend from such purely scientific interests as systematics (taxonomy by traditional methods and systematics by molecular methods), evolution, phylogeny, morphology, ecology, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology, to such agricultural, medical, and industrial applications as pathology (human, animal, and plant), pharmaceuticals, food processing, and other biotechnologies.
Also included are new and improved applications of well-established mycological techniques and methods.
Full papers are full-length, well-documented reports containing original, comprehensive, and complete work. Therefore, the papers in this category should be original and have scientific merit.
Short communications, reporting timely novel findings, are brief accounts of original research results, and should have a similar standard of quality and scientific merit as full papers.
Notes are similar to short communications, but include fewer novel findings.
Short Communications and Notes, including illustrations, should be similar to Full Papers, except that no primary headings (Introduction, Materials and methods, Results and Discussion) are used other than to designate References. Secondary headings may be used and are encouraged for clarity of organization.
Reviews are comprehensive descriptions and interpretations for a specific topic with a summarization of the research history and a suggestion of the direction of future research. Reviews should be discussed with the Editor-in-Chief prior to submission.
There are no page charges within a limited number of printed pages (see below, "Page limits and page charges" for details), and non-members of the Society are encouraged to submit manuscripts for publication. Ethics
Ethical standards (please visit http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/intro.cws_home/publishing for further details)
• be the authors' own original work, which has not been previously published elsewhere in English or in any other languages (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis),
• reflect the authors' own research and analysis and do so in a truthful and complete manner,
• properly credit the meaningful contributions of co-authors and co-researchers,
• not be submitted to more than one journal for consideration (ensuring it is not under redundant simultaneous peer review), and
• be appropriately placed in the context of prior and existing research.
Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.
Manuscripts submitted for publication must contain a declaration that the experiments comply with the current laws of the country in which they were performed. This note should be included in a Disclosure before the reference list.
Conflict of interestCopyright
All benefits in any form from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of a manuscript or to any of its authors must be acknowledged. For each source of funds, both the research funder and the grant number should be given. This note should be included in a Disclosure before the Reference List. If no conflict exists, authors should state that they have no conflict of interest. See also http://www.elsevier.com/conflictsofinterest.
Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a "Journal Publishing Agreement" (for more information on this and on the copyright, see http://www.elsevier.com/copyright). Acceptance of the agreement will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information. An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a "Journal Publishing Agreement" form or a link to the online version of this agreement.
Subscribers may reproduce tables of contents or prepare lists of articles, including their abstracts for internal circulation within their institutions. Permission of the Publisher is required for resale or distribution outside the institution and for all other derivative works, including compilations and translations (please consult http://www.elsevier.com/permissions). If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners of these works and credit the source(s) in the article. As for a commissioned article, please contact Editorial Office. Elsevier has preprinted forms for use by authors in these cases. Please consult http://www.elsevier.com/permissions.
Retained author rightsRole of the funding source
As an author you (or your employer or institution) retain certain rights; for details you are referred to http://www.elsevier.com/authorsrights.
You are requested to identify who provided financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication. If the funding source(s) had no such involvement, this should be stated. Please see http://www.elsevier.com/funding.
Funding body agreements and policiesLanguage and language services
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Please write your text in good English (consistent American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these languages). Authors who require information about language editing and copyediting services pre and post submission, please visit http://webshop.elsevier.com/languageservices or our customer support site at http://support.elsevier.com for more information.
Informed consent and patient detailsSubmission
Studies on patients or volunteers require ethics committee approval and informed consent, which should be documented in the paper. Appropriate consents, permissions and releases must be obtained where an author wishes to include case details or other personal information or images of patients and any other individuals in an Elsevier publication. Written consents must be retained by the author and copies of the consents or evidence that such consents have been obtained must be provided to Elsevier on request. For more information, please review the Elsevier Policy on the Use of Images or Personal Information of Patients or other Individuals, http://www.elsevier.com/patient-consent-policy. Unless you have written permission from the patient (or, where applicable, the next of kin), the personal details of any patient included in any part of the article and in any supplementary materials (including all illustrations and videos) must be removed before submission.
Authors should submit their manuscripts to the Mycoscience online manuscript submission, review, and tracking system, Elsevier Editorial SystemTM (EES).
Electronic submission substantially reduces the editorial processing and reviewing time and shortens overall publication time. Please follow the hyperlink "Submit online" and upload all your manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen (Do not upload Excel files for tables; see "Text formatting" below). If the manuscript conforms to the guidelines specified in the instructions, the date received will be the date the manuscript was uploaded to the Elsevier Editorial System.Please view your Reference Checking Results during electronic submission and attempt to resolve any problems with your references prior to submitting your manuscript.
Please submit, with the manuscript, the names and e-mail addresses of three (3) to five (5) potential reviewers. Note that the editor retains the sole right to decide whether or not the suggested reviewers are used.Research Highlights
When submitting manuscripts in EES, authors are asked to submit Research Highlights as well. The Highlights are a short collection of bullet points that convey the core findings and provide readers with a quick textual overview of the article. These three (3) to five (5) bullet points describe the essence of the research (e.g. results or conclusions) and highlight what is distinctive about it.
Highlights should be submitted as a separate file in EES by selecting 'Highlights' from the drop-down list when uploading files.
Specifications: include three (3) to five (5) bullet points (maximum of 85 characters per bullet point including spaces); only the core results of the paper should be covered.
Highlights will be displayed in online search result lists, the contents List and in the online article, but will not appear in the article PDF file or print.
Editorial procedurePage limits and page charges
The Editorial Committee reserves the right to accept or reject a manuscript for publication. The Committee may advise the author to revise the manuscript according to suggestions by reviewers. A manuscript written in poor English or in an unsuitable format may not be accepted regardless of its content. When revision of a manuscript has been requested, the revised manuscript should be returned within three months after notification. Otherwise, the manuscript will be processed as one withdrawn from submission. If the authors decide to withdraw their manuscript from consideration for publication, they should inform the editor. The accepted date will be the day when the Editor-in-Chief has judged the manuscript to be publishable after the completion of the reviewing process.
Authors will be allowed EIGHT (8) printed pages for a Full paper or Review, including tables and figures (three typewritten pages of manuscript, each consisting of 24 lines, are approximately equivalent to one printed page). Short communications and Notes should not be longer than FOUR (4) printed pages including illustrations. For additional pages, authors will be charged JPY 12,000 per printed page.
Editor-in-Chief of Mycoscience
Microbe Division / Japan Collection of Microorganisms
RIKEN BioResource Center
3-1-1 Koyadai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0074, Japan
Tel: +81 29 829 9104
Manuscripts should be written in English. All articles submitted to the journal must comply with the Guide for Authors. Failure to do so will result in the return of the manuscript before peer review and a possible delay in publication. Manuscripts should be formatted with 3-cm margins, 24 lines per page, on either A4 (21.0 × 29.7 cm) or 8.5 × 11-inch pages. Use a normal, plain font (e.g., 12-point Times Roman) for text. Italic and boldface type should be specified using the features of standard word-processing software.
Click → Sample PagesArrangement of the manuscript
Pages should be numbered consecutively and Full Papers should be arranged in the order shown below.
The name(s) of the author(s)The affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s)
The e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding authorTotal text pages
The numbers of tables and figuresPage 2: Abstract and keywords
Please provide an abstract of no more than 200 words for Reviews and Full-length articles, 100 words for Short communications and Notes. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.
Please provide a maximum of five (5) keywords ordered alphabetically which can be used for indexing purposes, including the name of organisms (common name or scientific name), method(s), or other words or phrases that represent the subject of the study.
Key words should supplement the title and not duplicate words in the title.Page 3: Text
The text should be divided into sections with headings (see below), followed by figure legends (see below, Figure captions). Authors should consult recent issues of the journal for details of style and presentation.
HeadingsHeadings should be hierarchically numbered.
Primary headings should begin at the left margin in boldface. Usual primary headings are Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments and References. Start second-level headings at the left margin in Roman but not boldface. Third-level headings are italicized.
• Use italics for emphasis.
• Do not use double-byte characters.
• Use the automatic page numbering function.
• Do not use field functions.
• Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar.
• Use the table function or spreadsheets to create tables.
• Use the equation editor or MathType for equations.
Note: If you use Microsoft Word 2007, do not create the equations with the default equation editor but use the Microsoft equation editor or MathType instead.• Save your file in doc format.
Scientific namesIn articles of taxonomy, cite authors of all specific and infraspecific taxa only at the first use in the text. Author names are written in full or abbreviated. In principle, abbreviations follow Authors of Fungal Names (Index of Fungi Supplement, Kirk and Ansell, 1992 or http://www.indexfungorum.org/AuthorsOfFungalNames.htm).
For the use of scientific names of organisms, consult the current international codes of nomenclature concerned. For descriptions of new taxa, give names of the new taxa, followed by author(s) and status (e.g., gen. nov., sp. nov.). Following the diagnosis, either in Latin or English, designate the type specimen and place of deposit. When describing a new taxon/taxa in Latin diagnosis, the diagnosis should be checked for accuracy by an expert in Latin prior to submission.
In non-taxonomic articles, citation of authors of fungal names is not mandatory.A generic name followed by a specific epithet should be written in full at first mention; subsequently it may be abbreviated to its capitalized initial letter where this is not ambiguous. Omit names of authors of taxa in the title and abstract. Italicize only generic, infrageneric (subgenus, section), specific, and infraspecific taxa.
When citing author names of plants, they should be properly abbreviated according to The International Plant Names Index (http://www.ipni.org/ipni/authorsearchpage.do).Specimens, cultures, molecular sequence data, and information
Authors are urged to deposit voucher specimens and cultures in public herbaria and culture collections, which should be accessible by others and be cited by the newest version or on-line issue of Index Herbariorum (http://www.nybg.org/bsci/ih/ih.html) or World Directory of Collections and Cultures of Microorganisms: Bacteria, Fungi and Yeasts (http://wdcm.nig.ac.jp/hpcc.html). The names of herbaria and/or culture collections should be provided on a separate sheet when the manuscript is submitted. The registered specimen numbers or strain numbers must be cited in the paper. Details of specimens and cultures on which work is based, including molecular sequences, must be given (country, locality, host or substrate, date of isolation or collection, isolator or collector, registered numbers). According to the recommendations in the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, authors who are describing new species or new infraspecific taxa are recommended to deposit a living culture (ex-type culture), whenever practicable, in at least two institutional culture or genetic resource collections, and cite these in the paper. Molecular sequence data must be deposited in a molecular sequence repository (DDBJ, http://www.ddbj.nig.ac.jp; EMBL, http://www.ebi.ac.uk; GenBank, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Genbank/) and the accession numbers must be cited in the paper.
Authors are also expected to deposit sequence alignments in TreeBASE (http://www.treebase.org/) or other public databases, and indicate the temporary study accession number and P.I.N. number in the text for checking by reviewers. Otherwise, authors should provide sequence alignments to reviewers upon request.Authors are requested to deposit information on newly recognized taxa in MycoBank (http://www.mycobank.org/DefaultPage.aspx) and indicate the accession number just below the new taxon name.
All potential Conflicts of interest must be identified in this section. Potential conflicts of interest that should be disclosed include: all financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding.
Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the reference list. The names of funding organizations should be written in full. Citation
Cite references in the text by surname of the author(s) and year of publication in parentheses. Some examples:
• Negotiation research spans many disciplines (Thompson 1990).Reference list
• This result was later contradicted (Becker and Seligman 1996).
• This effect has been widely studied (Abbott 1991; Medvec et al. 1993ab, 1995; Barakat et al. 1995; Kelso and Smith 1998). (citations are arranged in chronological order)
The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.
Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work. If the same author is cited more than once, the entries should be listed in chronological order.See "Sample Pages" and recent issues of Mycoscience for details.• Journal article (note: journal names are not abbreviated)
Horn WB, 1989. Ultrastructural changes in tricho-spores of Smittium culisetae and S. culicis during in vitro sporangiospore extrusion and holdfast formation. Mycologia 81: 742–753.Hyde KD, Chalermpongse A, Boonthavikoon T, 1990. Ecology of intertidal fungi at Ranong mangrove, Thailand. Transactions of the Mycological Society of Japan 31: 17–27.
LoBuglio KF, Pfister DH, 2008. A Glomerella species phylogenetically related to Colletotrichum acutatum on Norway maple in Massachusetts. Mycologia 100: 710–715; doi: 10.3852/07-192Lohsomboon P, Kakishima M, Ono Y, 1990a. The genus Triphragmiopsis (Uredinales). Transactions of the Mycological Society of Japan 31: 335–343.
Lohsomboon P, Kakishima M, Ono Y, 1990b. A revision of genus Nyssopsora (Uredinales). Mycological Research 94: 907–922.Morimoto Y, 1953. Notes on species of the rust fungi collected in the island of Yakushima, Kiusiu (in Japanese). Journal of Japanese Botany 28: 313–316.
Nandson GA, 1911. The sexual process in yeasts and bacteria (in Russian). Russkij Vratch 51: 2093.Pota S, Chatasiri S, Ono Y, Yamaoka Y, Kakishima M, 2013. Taxonomy of two host specialized Phakopsora populations on Meliosma in Japan. Mycoscience (in press).
Udagawa S, Kamiya S, Tsubouchi H, 1994a. Aspergillus salviicola, a new species from imported spice. Mycoscience 35: 245–p248.Udagawa S, Uchiyama S, Kamiya S, 1994b. A new species of Myxotrichum with an Oidiodendron anamorph. Mycotaxon 52: 197–205.Fusarium crassistipitatum sp. nov., a novel soybean sudden death syndrome pathogen from Argentina and Brazil. Mycoscience; doi: 10.1007/s10267-011-0150-3.
Hughes SJ, Seifert KA, 2011. Taxonomic and nomenclatural notes on sooty mould names based on species mixtures: Hormiscium handelii and Torula lechleriana. Mycoscience; doi:10.1007/s10267-011-0133-4.Niinomi S, Takamatsu S, Havrylenko M, 2008. Molecular data do not support a southern hemisphere base of Nothofagus powdery mildews. Mycologia 100: 716–26; doi: 10.3852/08-030.
Takamatsu S, Heluta V, Havrylenko M, Divarangkoon R, 2008. Four powdery mildew species with catenate conidia infect Galium: molecular and morphological evidence. Mycological Research 113: 117–129; doi: 10.1016/j.mycres.2008.09.006.Takeshita N, Fischer R, 2011. On the role of microtubules, cell end markers, and septal microtubule organizing centres on site selection for polar growth in Aspergillus nidulans. Fungal Biology 115: 506–517; doi: 10.1016/j.funbio.2011.02.009.
• BookCooke RC, Rayner ADM, 1984. Ecology of saprotrophic fungi. Longman, London.
Domsch KH, Gams W, Anderson T-H, 1980a. Compendium of soil fungi, vol 1. Academic Press, London.Domsch KH, Gams W, Anderson T-H, 1980b. Compendium of soil fungi, vol 2. Academic Press, London.
Imazeki R, Hongo T, 1965. Coloured illustration of fungi of Japan, II (in Japanese). Hoikusha, Osaka.South J, Blass B, 2001. The future of modern genomics. Blackwell, London.
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Gams W, Christensen M, Onions AH, Pitt JI, Samson RA, 1985. Infrageneric taxa of Aspergillus. In: Samson RA, Pitt JI (eds), Advances in Penicillium and Aspergillus systematic. Plenum, New York, pp 55–62.Sagara N, 1992. Experimental disturbances and epigeous fungi. In: Carroll GC, Wicklow DT (eds), The fungal community, 2nd edn. Marcel Dekker, New York, pp 427–454.
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• Ph.D. dissertationPowell PE, 1974. Taxonomic studies in the genus Hypoderma. PhD thesis, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
• Online documentDoe J, 1999. Title of subordinate document. In: The dictionary of substances and their effects. Royal Society of Chemistry. Available via DIALOG. http://www.rsc.org/dose/title of subordinate document. Accessed 16 Dec 2011.
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