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Botanische Jahrbücher publish original contributions in English, German and French in the fields of phytotaxonomy, morphology and geobotany. Contributions should, as a rule, not exceed 60 printed pages in length. More extensive papers may be published in the accompanying monograph series Bibliotheca Botanica subject to a previous agreement by the editors.

All manuscripts are peer-reviewed. All papers will be published with the least possible delay within about 6-8 months after having been accepted by the editor in charge. For the review process, manuscripts including all figures and tables should be sent as printouts (two copies) and, if possible, as a pdf-file with all fonts embedded to the editor in charge, e.g.

Papers on taxonomy:

Herrn Prof. Dr. Hans Walter Lack
Botanischer Garten und
Botanisches Museum
Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8
Freie Universität Berlin
14191 Berlin

Papers on morphology:

Herrn Prof. Dr. Peter Leins
Heidelberger Institut für Pflanzenwissenschaften
Biodiversität und Pflanzensystematik
Im Neuenheimer Feld 345
69120 Heidelberg

Papers on geobotanical topics:

Herrn Prof. Dr. Stefan Porembski
Institut für Biodiversitätsforschung
Allgemeine und Spezielle Botanik
Wismarsche Str. 8
18051 Rostock

Submission of a manuscript for publication in Botanische Jahrbücher is considered binding assurance that this work has not been and will not be published elsewhere in this form and length.


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 both to reproduce and distribute the article including reprints, microfilm or any other reproduction and the rights to distribute as electronic file and for saving in data processing systems.

Manuscript structure and layout

Manuscripts must be ready for printing; this means prepared by word processor with double-spaced lines, on one side of the paper. Block-text and hyphenation at the end of a line should be avoided.

Authors are requested to conform to modern high standard criteria for scientific publications.

Please structure the manuscripts in the following way: Title page with manuscript title, name of the author or the authors with first name given in full and a shortened running title. Non English papers must contain an English translation of the title. A short informative English abstract is placed after the title as well as a summary in the original language of the paper.

Acknowledgements should be placed at the end of the paper as well as eventually a more extended summary of the article in English and in the original language. Indications of genera and species have to be italicised, authors' citations following Latin plant names in capitals and lower cases, small caps are not used in Botanische Jahrbücher.

The text should be submitted preferably as MS Word file.


Illustrations must contain the names of the authors and have to be numbered consecutively. All details must be clearly readable, when reduced to the typing area of Botanische Jahrbücher 11.2 x 17.5 cm. If figures should be placed at special places, side by side or on opposite pages, this should be noted in the manuscript. If page charges can be paid by the author it is possible to print colour figures. The publisher will inform the authors after having received the manuscript.

Figures have to be submitted as tif- or eps-files on a CD-ROM. Please ensure to embed all fonts when submitting the files. Files of line drawings must have a minimum of 600 dpi, those of graphs for halftones at least 300 dpi after the necessary reduction of the figure.

Literature references

Only list publications referred to in the text. When abbreviating journal titles authors are requested to follow the rules of the "BPH-2" (Hunt Botanical Library, Pittsburgh PA., 2004). The form and arrangement of the bibliographic references should conform to the previous issues of Botanische Jahrbücher; sample pages can be obtained from the editors. Authors' names of systematic taxa should be cited according to the standard forms in "Authors of Plant Names" edited by R.K. Brummitt & C.E. Powell (Kew, 1992). Authors' names should be quoted in upper and lower case, not in block letters or caps.


The authors (the first-mentioned author for multi-author-papers) will receive one set of page proofs. In order to speed publication, we request that the corrected page proofs are checked and returned to the publishers immediately. 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.
Typesetting errors or small technical changes can be made, the authors will be charged in case of further corrections.


Authors will receive 50 reprints free of charge, additional reprints can be ordered at cost.


Starting in 2002 Botanische Jahrbücher are available online by Ingenta. Ingenta is a member of CrossRef-Services, where the quoted papers are registrated and can be seen.

Fast Track

Since 2008 non-taxonomic articles that are ready to be printed will be made available online prior to publication. Papers have a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) assigned and may be cited. This service is free of charge.