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• Instructions for Authors
• Contact details for submission
• Ethics in publishing
• Declaration of interest
• Submission declaration and verification
• Use of inclusive language
• Changes to authorship
• Copyright
• Open access
• Peer review
• Online proof correction
• Offprints

Instructions for Authors

Studies in Mycology is an international peer-reviewed journal which publishes systematic monographs on the biodiversity of filamentous fungi and yeasts. The journal is open-access, and from January 1 2016 it will change to the continuous publishing model, with one volume per year. The emphasis of papers should be on fungal taxonomy and biodiversity. Accepted papers will appear immediately online. Authors who intend to submit monographs should contact the Executive Editor in advance. There are no restrictions of length, though it is generally expected that manuscripts should be at least 50 A4 pages in print. The publication fee is € 1000 per paper.

Contact details for submission


The Executive Editor of Studies in Mycology is Prof. dr Robert A. Samson, Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute, P.O. Box 85167, 3508 AD Utrecht, The Netherlands. E-mail:

(For contact details of all our Editorial Board members, click HERE.)

Manuscripts and enquiries should be directed to the Executive Editor.

It is requested that authors deposit the principal cultures discussed in their paper at Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute.

Ethics in publishing

Please see our information pages on Ethics in publishing and Ethical guidelines for journal publication.

Declaration of interest

All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of potential competing interests include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Authors must disclose any interests in two places: 1. A summary declaration of interest statement in the title page file (if double-blind) or the manuscript file (if single-blind). If there are no interests to declare then please state this: 'Declarations of interest: none'. This summary statement will be ultimately published if the article is accepted. 2. Detailed disclosures as part of a separate Declaration of Interest form, which forms part of the journal's official records. It is important for potential interests to be declared in both places and that the information matches. More information.

Submission declaration and verification

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract, a published lecture or academic thesis, see 'Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication' for more information), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, including electronically without the written consent of the copyright-holder. To verify originality, your article may be checked by the originality detection service Crossref Similarity Check.

Use of inclusive language

Inclusive language acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equal opportunities. Articles should make no assumptions about the beliefs or commitments of any reader, should contain nothing which might imply that one individual is superior to another on the grounds of race, sex, culture or any other characteristic, and should use inclusive language throughout. Authors should ensure that writing is free from bias, for instance by using 'he or she', 'his/her' instead of 'he' or 'his', and by making use of job titles that are free of stereotyping (e.g. 'chairperson' instead of 'chairman' and 'flight attendant' instead of 'stewardess').

Changes to authorship

Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal Editor. To request such a change, the Editor must receive the following from the corresponding author: (a) the reason for the change in author list and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed.
Only in exceptional circumstances will the Editor consider the addition, deletion or rearrangement of authors after the manuscript has been accepted. While the Editor considers the request, publication of the manuscript will be suspended. If the manuscript has already been published in an online issue, any requests approved by the Editor will result in a corrigendum.


Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' (see more information on this). 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.

Author rights
As an author you (or your employer or institution) have certain rights to reuse your work. More information.

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Open access

Every peer-reviewed research article appearing in this journal will be published open access. This means that the article is universally and freely accessible via the internet in perpetuity, in an easily readable format immediately after publication. The open access publication fee for this journal is EUR 1000 per article, excluding taxes.
A CC user license manages the reuse of the article (see All articles will be published under the following license:

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)
For non-commercial purposes, lets others distribute and copy the article, and to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), as long as they credit the author(s) and provided they do not alter or modify the article.

Elsevier Researcher Academy
Researcher Academy is a free e-learning platform designed to support early and mid-career researchers throughout their research journey. The "Learn" environment at Researcher Academy offers several interactive modules, webinars, downloadable guides and resources to guide you through the process of writing for research and going through peer review. Feel free to use these free resources to improve your submission and navigate the publication process with ease.

Language (usage and editing services)
Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). Authors who feel their English language manuscript may require editing to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scientific English may wish to use the English Language Editing service available from Elsevier's Author Services.

To submit a manuscript to Studies in Mycology please supply:

1. Manuscripts should be processed in Microsoft Word; tables (Micosoft Excel), legends (Microsoft Word) and illustrations (tif or psd with layers included). Note: See 12 below for further instructions regarding illustrations. Missing data in tables should be indicated with an emdash for missing, or n/d (not determined) or n/a (not available), depending on the type of missing data.

2. A cover letter which clearly states the name and address of the person with whom the Executive Editor should correspond, and which confirms that: (a) all named authors have agreed to publication of the work; and (b) the manuscript does not infringe any personal or other copyright or property rights.

3. If the manuscript makes reference to papers which are "in press", copies should be included for the benefit of the referees.

4. The content should be set out as follows: Abstract, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results or Taxonomy, Discussion, Acknowledgements and References. Key words and a Running Head should also be provided.

5. English spelling is required, and should follow The Concise Oxford Dictionary (Clarendon Press, Oxford). Words of non-English origin, like bona fide, comb. nov., fide, f. sp., ibid., in vitro, in situ, prima facie, sensu, sensu lato (stricto), sp. nov., should be placed in italics (except where indicated otherwise in these examples), together with scientific names of any rank (e.g. Ascomycota, Dothideales, Mycosphaerellaceae, Mycosphaerella nubilosa, Clonostachys rosea f. catenulata). The use of either "Culture characteristics" or "Cultural characteristics" is allowed, but the style must be consistent within a single volume.

6. Common abbreviations are as follows: h, min, s, mL, L, mg/L, °C, Fig., Figs, d, wk, mo, but also ITS, RPD, RFLP, rDNA, 18S etc. When a number is used in text as an adjective, thousands should be separated by spaces, e.g. 1 000 plants, and millions indicated with a capital M, e.g. 10 M generations. Similarly, if a number is less than 10 it should be written out, e.g. five plants versus 15 animals. Citation of nomenclatural authorities for taxa should follow the list of authors' names, see Journal abbreviations in the text (species synonymies, descriptions, etc.) should follow B-P-H and B-P-H/S (Botanico-Periodicum-Huntianum/Supplementum). Subspecies and formae speciales should be abbreviated as subsp. and f. sp. respectively.

7. Experimental procedures must be reproducible and must follow Good Cultural Practice (Mycological Research 106: 1378-1379), with sequences lodged at one of the partners of the International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration (i.e. the DNA DataBank of Japan (DDBJ), the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), or GenBank at NCBI). These sequence accession numbers must be mentioned in a Table (linked to published papers from which they were retrieved), along with material/cultures examined. Alignments and phylogenetic trees should be deposited in TreeBASE, voucher specimens in a recognized herbarium (Index Herbariorum or World Directory of Collections and Cultures of Microorganisms acronym; accompanying ex-type and other cultures in CBS and other culture collections. Taxonomic novelties (MB number) and typification events (MBT number) should be deposited in MycoBank after acceptance of the paper (see

8. Collections must be cited as: Specimen(s) examined: Country, location, substratum, date (e.g. 10 Dec. 1993), collector (e.g. T.K. Goh & K.D. Hyde), HERBARIUM (acronym according to Index Herbariorum), holotype, culture ex-type CBS xxx. (thus only country and type indications in bold face; all calendar months to be abbreviated to the first three letters followed by a full stop, except for May). “Specimen(s) examined” can be replaced by “Material(s) examined” but the style must be consistent within a single volume.

9. Reference citation in text: References in the text should be chronological, and given in the following form: "Smith & Jones (1965) have shown ...", or, "some authors (Zabetta 1928, Taylor & Palmer 1970, Zabetta 1970, De Hoog & Gerrits van den Ende 1998) consider that ...". The names of collaborating authors are joined by an ampersand (&). Where there are three or more authors, names should be cited by the first name only, adding "et al.", e.g. "Bowie, Black & White (1964)" are given as "Bowie et al. (1964)" or "(Bowie et al. 1964)". Where authors have published more than one work in a year, to which reference is made, they should be distinguished by placing a, b, etc. immediately after the date, based on their alphabetical order in the reference list, e.g. "Dylan (1965a, b)". Reference citations in text should be in ascending order of year first, followed by authors' names. In the References section, citations should be strictly alphabetical, with papers having the same authors arranged according to date. Each reference should include the full title of the paper and journal, volume number, and the final as well as the first page number. In the case of chapters in books, the names of editors, first and last page numbers of the articles, publisher and place of publication are needed. References with more than three authors, should list the first three authors, followed by et al.

Examples for publications, books and dissertations (note than the en-dash symbol is used for ranges):

•Black JA, Taylor JE (1999a). Article title. Studies in Mycology 13: 1–10. (volume number in bold, journal italics, en-dash to indicate range).
•Black JA, Taylor JE (1999b). Article title. Mycological Research: In press.
•Black JA, Taylor JE, White DA (1981). Chapter title. In: Book title (Seifert S, Seifert KA, eds). Press, Country: 11–30.
•Crous PW, Wingfield MJ, Mansilla JP, et al. (2006c). Phylogenetic reassessment of Mycosphaerella spp. and their anamorphs occurring on Eucalyptus. II. Studies in Mycology 55: 99–131.
•Hoog GS de, Gerrits van den Ende AHG. 1998. Molecular diagnostics of clinical strains of filamentous Basidiomycetes. Mycoses 41: 183–189.
•Simpson H, Seifert KA (2000). Book title. 2nd edn. Press, Country.
•White DA (2001). Dissertation title. Ph.D. dissertation. Department, University, Country.

Examples for software, online databases, and online articles:

•EPPO home page (2015). About the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO).
•Farr DF, Rossman AY, Palm ME, et al. (2008). Fungal databases, systematic mycology and microbiology laboratory, ARS, USDA.
•Oksanen J, Blanchet FG, Kindt R, et al. (2013). Vegan: community ecology package. R package version 2.0-7.
•Revkin AC (2014). Can Congress Act to Block Fungal Threat to U.S. Amphibians? The New York Times. 31 October 2014.

References in Nomenclators:

•Only book titles in italics (use a simple colon before the page number), all other information in Roman letters. Journals abbreviated according to Hunt.
•Insert a space after the volume number with colon.

10. The copyright of the published material will be assigned to Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute.

11. Illustrations: Illustrations must be submitted in digital form. Line drawings and half tone pictures should be submitted as tif or psd files, never as MS Powerpoint or Adobe PDF files. Phylogenetic trees can be submitted as MS Powerpoint or Adobe Illustrator files, and NOT as MS Word files, images or images pasted into MS Powerpoint slides. Fonts in phylogenetic trees are restricted to Arial, Times or Times New Roman, with the minimum font size 8 or 10 points. Lines should be at least 1 point thick, and the tree must fit A4 format (multi-page trees allowed, but trees should then be divided in Adobe Illustrator). Half tones at 300 dpi or higher, and line drawings at 600 dpi or higher.

12. Fonts and lines on photoplates:
•size of complete plate: 18 cm wide and max. 26.2 cm high; resolution 300 or higher dpi (300 dpi alone is sufficient for a plate of 18 x 26.2 cm)
•separate pictures should be in RGB with a resolution of at least 300 dpi;
•scale bars: place = bottom right hand side corner; thickness; 6 pixels, 2 mm up and 2 mm to the left of the corner;
•letters: place = bottom left hand side corner; 2 mm up and 2 mm to the right of the corner;
•font = Arial regular capital, size 12 pixels
•thickness of white lines separating the pictures: 15 pixels
•Please submit the photoplate as a psd file with unflattened layers (never as an Adobe PDF file)

13. Elsevier encourages authors to upload their research data to MycoBank after the paper has been accepted, and include relevant MycoBank accession numbers in their manuscripts, e.g. MycoBank: MB476. This will be then converted into a hyperlink to the corresponding MycoBank record.

Peer review

This journal operates a single blind review process. All contributions will be initially assessed by the editor for suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable are then typically sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor's decision is final. More information on types of peer review.

Online proof correction

Corresponding authors will receive an e-mail with a link to our online proofing system, allowing annotation and correction of proofs online. The environment is similar to MS Word: in addition to editing text, you can also comment on figures/tables and answer questions from the Copy Editor. Web-based proofing provides a faster and less error-prone process by allowing you to directly type your corrections, eliminating the potential introduction of errors.
If preferred, you can still choose to annotate and upload your edits on the PDF version. All instructions for proofing will be given in the e-mail we send to authors, including alternative methods to the online version and PDF.
We will do everything possible to get your article published quickly and accurately. Please use this proof only for checking the typesetting, editing, completeness and correctness of the text, tables and figures. Significant changes to the article as accepted for publication will only be considered at this stage with permission from the Editor. It is important to ensure that all corrections are sent back to us in one communication. Please check carefully before replying, as inclusion of any subsequent corrections cannot be guaranteed. Proofreading is solely your responsibility.


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