Instructions to authors Algological Studies

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We are pleased that you are thinking of submitting a manuscript to Algological Studies. The instructions given below will simplify and speed up the publication process for both you, the author, and the editor. Please note that all manuscripts are subject to peer review.

Submission of papers

Manuscripts should be as concise as possible. They should not exceed 20 to 30 printed pages (35 to 50 type-written pages) if feasible. Longer manuscripts will be accepted only exceptionally, in this case, please contact the editor before submitting your contribution. Submission of a manuscript to the editor for publication in "Algological Studies" is considered binding assurance that this work has not been submitted for publication elsewhere and will not be published elsewhere in similar form and length. Page charges are not expected. Color figures will be printed against costs; please contact the publisher for details.

The final version of the accepted manuscript, prepared preferably using Microsoft Word for Windows (PDF is not acceptable at this stage), should be uploaded to Algological Studies' (Online Manuscript Management System). Please indicate the name and version of the word processor used. Originals of illustrations, (if available as .eps or .tiff files) must be submitted in one compressed file (zip etc.).

Submission of a manuscript for publication in "Algological Studies" is considered binding assurance that this work has not been submitted for publication elsewhere and will not be published elsewhere in similar form and length. Page charges are not expected.


With acceptance and publication of a manuscript the exclusive copyright for every language and country is transferred to the publishers. The copyright covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article including reprints, microfilm or any other reproduction and translations.

Manuscript Structure and Layout

Original contributions containing important findings in all fields of theoretical and applied algology are accepted. Units must be reported according to SI-instructions (Systeme International d'Unités). Manuscripts must be written in English or German or French language. For articles not in English, the English translation of the title should follow the non-English title. Following the English title, an English abstract should be given on the first page of the text. After the abstract, the author should propose some (up to 10) key words. At the end of the paper and before the references a summary should be given in the language of the paper and additionally in another language, that is in German, English, French, Spanish or Italian. These summaries should include references to the relating pages respectively tables or figures which contain the supporting material for the results attained. The author's address should be quoted at the end of the paper. Please set titles, subtitles, volume number (in journal references) in boldface.


All illustrations must be labelled on the reverse side with the author's name and the figure numbers. They appear in the text and should be assigned consecutively. When first submitting a manuscript, only submit reduced copies of large illustrations. Smaller originals, however, might be presented with the manuscript. Later on, large illustrations are to be sent directly to the publisher on request by the editor. Photographs (prints) should be submitted on white high-gloss paper if at all possible. They will be included in the text. When you prepare figure inscriptions and labels in drawings, please bear in mind that their size must be chosen so that they are readable after reduction in size. Inscriptions must be neatly and clearly added in black India ink. Curves drawn on graph paper should be drawn on a blue or green graph grid, never on a red grid. Figure captions are to be submitted together on (a) separate sheet(s).

Manuscripts and illustrations in electronic form

Files of the manuscript, the figures and the graphs should meet the following re­quirements: Text preferable written with MS-Word (please indicate software version); all fonts embedded. You may underline words to be printed in italics or double-underline words for boldface (titles, sub-titles, volume numbers in references). Please do not use pervasive capitals for titles, headlines and section headings.

Figures and graphs

tif- or eps-files, (in exceptional cases jpeg-files may be used) minimum 600 dpi. Please ensure to embed all fonts when submitting eps-files. Latin names of genera and species (NOT families and higher categories) should be italicized (please use single underlining for such words in typewriter ms). Paragraphs of lesser importance should be marked by the author for small print (wavy line at left margin of text)


All publications referred to in the paper should be cited by giving the author or authors or the author with the addition et al. and the publication date in parentheses (Doe et al. 1998). All citations in the text must be included in the reference list and vice versa. When abbreviating journal titles, we request that the author uses the German standards for journal abbreviations, DIN 1502, or to be abbreviated according to international practice. Please do not use capitals or small caps for author names. Thus, references should appear as follows: Thienemann, A. (1931): Der Produktionsbegriff in der Biologie. − Arch. Hydrobiol. 22: 16-622. Hutchinson, G.E. 1957): A Treatise on Limnology, 1:1-1015. Geography, Physics and Chemistry. − John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York; Chapman and Hall Ltd., London.


After acceptance of their papers, authors (the first-named author for multi-author-papers) will receive two sets of page proofs prior to final printing. In order to speed publication, we request that one set of the corrected page proofs is returned immediately to the publishers. In cases where the author is prevented from making corrections, he should appoint a representative to check the proofs. If the page proofs are not returned in time, the paper will be published exactly as it appears in the uncorrected page proofs. Neither formal alterations nor other changes should be included in the proofs. Authors will be charged for any alterations which they make to a proof unless they are corrections of printer's errors.


Authors will a pdf-file for personal use free of charge; additional paper reprints may be ordered at the price of costs from the publisher.