Perspectives in Phycology (PIP): Instructions to Authors

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Perspectives in Phycology (PIP) is a newly established quarterly review journal in phycology, featuring broad coverage of basic to applied phycology, from molecular biology through to ecology. Succinct and readable Reviews and Opinion articles on basic research topics provide instant overviews of current thinking and new developments in phycology. Aimed at researchers, students and teachers, our articles are always authoritative, and are written by both leaders in the field and rising stars. Articles for Perspectives in Phycology are generally invited by the Editors, but proposals for articles are welcome. Prospective authors should send a pre-submission enquiry to one of the two editors.

Reviews: Review articles form the core of each quarterly issue and are invited from leading researchers in a specific field. These articles offer a balanced account of newly emerging or rapidly progressing fields and provide a guide to the most relevant recent literature and prospects for future research.

Opinions: Opinion articles present a personal viewpoint of a field- or research-related subject. They can cover timely controversial topics or debates, provide a new interpretation of an old problem or current issue, or speculate in depth on the implications of some recently published research or data. Opinion articles aim at stimulating scholarly debate rather than providing a comprehensive review of a topic.

The front section of the journal contains Letters, Algal Facts and other articles with variable content (e.g. Phycology and Society). Letters usually discuss a recent article in Perspectives of Phycology or, very occasionally, a matter of general interest. Where letters discuss a Perspectives in Phycology article, the author of that article will normally be invited to reply, thereby providing a forum for debate within the journal.
Algal Facts will provide the communities with one-page, condensed information about topics of general interest related to algae.

We are pleased that you are considering to submit a manuscript to Perspectives in Phycology.
Heeding the instructions below will simplify and speed up the publication process for you, the author, and the editor.
Please note that all manuscripts are subject to peer review.

Submitting a paper

Manuscripts should be as concise as possible. They should not exceed 5 to 6 printed 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 Perspectives in Phycology 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. The submission has not been previously published, neither entirely nor in part, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor). Page charges are not expected. Color figures are encouraged. The final version of the accepted manuscript, prepared preferably using Microsoft Word (PDF is not acceptable at this stage), should be uploaded using the Perspectives in Phycology Online Manuscript Management System. Please indicate the name and version of the word processor used. Originals of illustrations (as .eps or .tiff files if possible) must be submitted in one compressed file (zip etc.).

Copyright: 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

Units must be reported according to SI-instructions (Systeme International d'Unités). Manuscripts must be written in the English language. Following the English title, the authors’ names and addresses should be given, including the e-mail address of the corresponding author. The abstract (max. 120 words) should be given on the next page of the text. After the abstract, the author should propose some (up to 10) keywords. The main part of the manuscript consists of an introduction, a variable number of subheadings and a conclusion and should not contain more than 2500 words for mini reviews. The main part is followed by references, tables and figure captions.

Latin names of genera and species (NOT families and higher categories) must be italicized (and not abbreviated upon first appearance).

Figures, graphs and videos Figures must be submitted as tif- or eps-files, (in exceptional cases jpeg-files may be used), minimum resolution is 600 dpi. Please make sure that you have embedded all fonts when submitting eps-files. Maximum figure size is 18 by 21 cm. Videos can be published as supplemental on-line material on request. The use of color figures is highly encouraged.

Citations and references 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 and 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
Gay J.L., Greenwood, A.D. (1966) Structural aspects of zoospore production in Saprolegnia ferax with particular reference to the celland vacuolar membranes. In Madelin M.F. (Ed.), The Fungus Spore. Butterworths; London, UK. pp: 95-110.
For EndNote users we provide an EndNote style file (download here) to simplify the preparation of references of your PIP paper.

Proofreading After acceptance of their paper the corresponding author will receive a proof-pdf for corrections prior to final publication. In cases where the author is prevented from making corrections, he should appoint a representative to check the proofs. Neither formal alterations nor other changes should be made at the proof stage. Authors will be charged for any alterations which they make to a proof unless they are corrections of printer's errors.


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