Nova Hedwigia - Instructions to authors

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Nova Hedwigia is an international journal publishing original articles in taxonomy, morphology, ultrastructure and ecology of all groups of cryptogamic plants (including cyanophytes/cyanobacteria and fungi). The submission of a manuscript will be taken to imply that the material is original, and that no similar paper has been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts may be submitted in the form of original research reports (not research notes). Authors wishing to contribute review articles or preparing large papers should contact the editors before submitting the manuscript.

All manuscripts will be reviewed before publication. The editor will inform authors of the acceptance or rejection of manuscripts or the need for revision or reduction.

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


Publication language of Nova Hedwigia is English. In exceptional cases manuscripts in French or German language can be considered for review. Linguistic usage must be correct. The files of the text and figures must be sent to the appropriate editor (sent as attached documents by email or on any common data storage). Word processor-generated manuscripts are welcome and must be of good quality and neither right-justified nor hyphenated. The laser writer fonts Times, Courier or Helvetica (12 point) are preferred. For questions regarding style, you may consult for example "Scientific Style and Format" (The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors and Publishers, 7th edition, 2006, ISBN 0-9779665-0-X).
All pages should be numbered serially. Please also look into the papers published recently in Nova Hedwigia.

The first page should only contain the title, the name(s) and address(es) of the author(s) and any necessary footnotes. The author to be contacted for correspondence/reprints is to be marked with an asterisk. The title should be informative and brief. If a name of an organism is used in the title, an indication of the taxonomic position must be given.

The second page should only have the abstract and 3-5 key words. It must be written in English. The abstracts should not exceed one half manuscript page (1500 characters) and must be factual.


The text should normally be subdivided into six sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements and References. Italics should be used only for scientific names of species and genera, algebraic expressions and symbols. Abbreviations must be generally understandable and should be followed by a stop (does not apply to standardized measurements). Footnotes are accepted only exceptionally. CAPITALS should only be used where they are to appear as such. Symbols, units, and nomenclature should conform to international usage. Scientific names must be used in accordance with International Rules of Nomenclature. The first time a binomen is used in the text (not in the title and abstract) the name of its author should be included, unless a large number of names with authorities are grouped in a table. Authors should be written consistently in full or abbreviated in accordance with the International Plant Names Index (IPNI). Approximate position of illustrations and tables in the text should be indicated on the margin; legends and tables should follow the text on separate pages.

Title of the paper

Contact the handling editor concerning the quoting of more than five authors in the title of the paper. Please always supply an explanation why more than five authors shall be listed.


Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals and have a brief title. They must be neatly typed so that they can be reproduced directly.


Figures must be numbered consecutively in Arabic numbers. Type area is 12.5 x 18.8 cm.

Data for figures and graphs: tif- or eps-files (in exceptional cases jpg-files may be used), minimum 600 dpi. Please ensure to embed all fonts when submitting eps-files. Colour figures will be printed against costs; please contact the publisher for details.


Acknowledgements should be simply phrased and given under a single heading at the end of the article.

Literature references

Names of journals should be abbreviated in accordance with „Botanico-Periodicum-Huntianum“, BPH-2, 2004 ( In the text references are given: Bates (1982), Roy & Pal (1982) or, at the end of a sentence: (Bates 1982), (Roy & Pal 1982).

References or citations will be abbreviated and cut after the 5th author name with et al.; only in exceptional cases and after acceptance by the handling editor of a manuscript, more than 5 authors will explicitely be listed in the references' or citations' list.

Literature references should be cited in the reference list as follows:

FRANSÉN, S. 2004: A taxonomic revision of extra-Neotropical Bartramia section Vaginella C. Müll. – Lindbergia 29: 73–107. HEINKEN, T., M.-S. ROHNER & M. HOPPERT 2007: Red wood ants (Fomina rufa group) disperse bryophyte and lichen fragments on a local scale. – Beih. Nova Hedwigia 131: 147–163.
SMITH, A.J.E. 2004: The Moss Flora of Britain and Ireland. 2nd ed. – Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge. ALLEN, B. 2010: Moss Flora of Central America. Part 3. – Monogr. Syst. Bot. Missouri Bot. Garden 117: 1–731. – Missouri Bot. Gard. Press, St. Louis, Missouri.
Book chapter:
FREY, W. & M. STECH 2009: Marchantiophyta, Bryophyta, Anthocerotophyta. – In: FREY, W. (ed.): Syllabus of Plant Families, pp. 1–257. – Borntraeger, Stuttgart.


One PDF-file (for personal use only) free of charge, alternatively 50 reprints per published article are provided free. Additional copies at cost. Reprint order forms are sent to the author together with the proofs.

Publishers address

Gebrüder Borntraeger Verlagsbuchhandlung
Johannesstr. 3A, 70176 Stuttgart, Germany

Page proofs

Page proofs must be checked and returned within 10 days of receipt. Changes in proofs, other than typographical errors, will be at the author's cost.