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Author Guidelines

Submission of extensive regional surveys and taxonomic treatments, with many species, detailed descriptions and complete examined material, is encouraged. However, in these cases, two versions of the work should be considered: the complete, which is going to be published online, and its simplified version, with the treatment reduced to identification keys, diagnostic comments (including morphological characterization, taxonomic, phylogenetic, ecological and phenological considerations, geographical distribution, and conservation status), illustrations and the list of exsiccatae. Likewise, the editorial board reserves the right to restrict lists of species, such as those in floristic surveys and phytosociological studies, to an electronic supplement.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. Submitting a work for consideration to SCB automatically implies that it is not being simultaneously evaluated for publication in another journal, following a positive review and the scripts acceptance, that the authors agree with its publication and will sign the copyright transfer as soon as they receive the relevant form.
  2. The text may be written in Portuguese, English or Spanish, and have the following format: paper size A4, margins 2.5 cm at every side, line space 1.5, font Times New Roman, size 12, and saved in a format compatible with Word (.doc or .rtf). Page numbers should be sequential, at the bottom of the page, and right aligned. Figures should be sent as separate files (.jpg, .tif or .pdf).
  3. The second page should include: 1- Abstract– (with the title of the work between parentheses); 2- up to five Additional key words: (do NOT repeat words in the title). Items 1 and 3 should be written in a single paragraph without a leading tab; avoid citations, authors of taxon names and lists of species. The words in items 2 and 4 should be in alphabetical order, separated by commas and end with a period.
  4. Citations should follow the model ‘(authors and year of publication)’; always using ‘&’ between two authors, ‘et al.’ for more than two authors and small letters to distinguish citations of the same authors and the same year of publication. They should be in chronological order, those from different authors separated by a semicolon. Example: Quate (1965), (Quate 1965), Quate (1965: 820), Erwin & Sott (1980), Guimarães et al. (1983), (Quate 1965; Fontella-Pereira et al. 1971, 1989; Erwin & Sott 1980; Fontella-Pereira & Schwarz 1981a,b; Thiers 2010).
  5. The examined material should be in a single independent paragraph without a leading tab, according to the model: COUNTRY. STATE. Municipality: district, locality, geographic coordinates, altitude, date, collector/s and number (museum, herbarium or institution acronyms). Collections should be ordered alphabetically by country; those from the same country should be in alphabetic order by States; those from the same State should be in alphabetic order by municipality; those from the same municipality in alphabetic order by locality; and those from the same locality should be ordered in chronological order by date. Collections from the same State must be separated by semicolon; those from the same locality indicated by ‘ib.’. Regional studies should not repeat the study area in the examined material. For animals, it is suggested to indicate the number of specimens and their sex, when pertinent. Dates must be formatted according to the model ‘day month and year’, having months abbreviated: Jan., Feb., March, April, May, June, July, Aug., Sep., Oct., Nov. and Dec.; collections without date must be indicated as ‘s.d.’. Plant reproductive stages should be abbreviated (fl., fr., st. and bot.). Collectors and their numbers must be in italics, with initials not separated by space, but separated from the surname/family name; indicate up to two collectors, linking them by ‘&’; for specimens collected by more than two collectors, cite only the first one followed by ‘et al.’. Indications of collections in the text and legends should include only the first collector’s surname and the number of the collection, in italics and without collector’s initial/s. Acronyms of museums/herbaria/institutions must be alphabetically ordered (for herbaria, use acronyms standardized inIndex Herbariorum: <>). Collections whose collectors were not stated (s.c.) or lacking a collector’s number (s.n.) should include museum/herbarium/institution registration number, preferentially that of the original museum/herbarium/institution.

  6. In taxonomic notes and treatments, the correct, or accepted, names should be in bold at the beginning of the treatment of that taxon. Synonyms, when indicated, should appear grouped and organized in chronological order of publication; homotypic synonyms should be in the same paragraph, heterotypic ones in separate paragraphs. In the protologues of taxa of plants and fungi, journals must be abbreviated according to the BPH-2 (Bridson et al. 2004. BPH-2. Periodicals with botanical content. Constituting a second edition of Botanico-Periodicum-Huntianum, vols 1 & 2. Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon, University, Pittsburgh.) and books according to the TL2 (Stafleu & Cowan. 1976--1988. Taxonomic literature. 2nd Ed. Bohn, Scheltema & Holkema, Utrecht.) and later supplements, but always using capital initial letters for the words of the title. These abbreviations can be consulted using the index of botanical publications at Harvard University

  7. Tables should use Arabic numerals and should be properly titled. They are cited in the text as ‘Table’. Tables are included at the end of the manuscript, one per page.
  8. Figures should not be larger than 19 cm wide, 23 cm long (including legend/caption). They should be cited sequentially throughout the text and mentioned as ‘Figures’. Their legends/captions should be added at the end of the manuscript. Only good-quality figures should be published. After the scripts acceptance for publication, line drawing illustrations should be sent in black and white (1,200 dpi), whereas photos should be sent in grey tones and colour, in 300 dpi, both in ‘.tif’ format. Figures produced electronically should be sent in a vectorial format (e.g., .cdr, eps). Composite figures may have individual figures numbered or referred to by capital letters (A, B, etc). For figures, use Arial font for numbers and letters. Scale bars should be indicated in the figures. Publication of coloured figures as an electronic supplement is encouraged, but authors may be charged if they want colour figures in the printed version.
  9. In references, authors should be in bold, with initials not separated by a space and coming after the surname/family name, separated from it by a comma. For more than one author, the last one is preceded by ‘&’, the others are separated by a semicolon. The titles of books, journals or theses must be complete, in italics and using capital initial letters for the words; volume (vol.), including its part, and pagination (p.) must always be at the end (use double hyphen for page ranges). For books, include editor and city of publication, in this order, separated by comma; for book chapters, coordinators (coord. or coords), editors (ed. or eds) and organizers (org. or orgs) should be separated by commas (the last one by ‘&’), with their initials before the surname/family name.


Copyright Notice

Sitientibus série Ciências Biológicas (SCB) is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.