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Frequently Asked Questions

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Answers to FAQs

What sorts of articles does Mycotaxon publish?
Mycotaxon is dedicated to articles in English whose primary focus is on taxonomy or nomenclature of fungi. Papers on other subjects such as ecology of fungi, ultrastructure of fungi, mushroom cultivation, pathology, etc., unless the study has very specific taxonomic implications, should be submitted to some other mycological journal. Distribution lists and maps, floras, and papers describing techniques useful to taxonomists are, for example, considered taxonomic. The audience for Mycotaxon is the international community of scholars engaged in research on fungal taxonomy and all interested in the nomenclature of fungi and lichens as governed by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.
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Who may publish in Mycotaxon?
Anyone, professional or amateur, who has something to contribute to the taxonomy and nomenclature of fungi may submit articles for consideration. This is not a membership journal, and authors submitting articles do not need to be subscribers.
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Are there page charges for publishing in Mycotaxon?

Effective 1 April 2012 we are now forced to assess a $20 per page charge (weblists are an exception). For authors wishing free, open access to their papers, even by non-subscribers, an additional charge of $20 per page will be assessed. It is with regret that we find ourselves charging authors for publishing; our mission has been to reduce barriers to publishing. Throughout our history, since 1974, we never charged authors page charges, and beginning in 2011, we eliminated all halftone and color plate charges. We regret that we had to make this decision, please contact the Editor if you have any questions.

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How is the peer-review process handled by Mycotaxon?
Unlike many other journals, Mycotaxon places the burden of finding appropriate peer reviewers outside their own institution on the authors themselves. We believe that authors know best who constitute highly respected reviewers in their field of research. Authors submit a fully formatted manuscript prepared according to our Instructions for Authors (accessible by clicking here) to reviewers of their choice, accompanied by a copy of our Guidelines for Reviewers (accessible by clicking here). Signed pre-submission peer reviews and the completed Reviewer's Report Form must accompany the manuscript when it is submitted. The Editor-in-Chief has the option of contacting the reviewers or of submitting the manuscript to still additional reviewers in the Editor's sole judgement.
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Will Mycotaxon consider articles rejected by other journals?
We have very strict rules about papers that have been submitted elsewhere and rejected, whether or not they have since been revised. We will gladly consider such papers, but authors are obliged to advise the Editor-in-Chief of that previous rejection, and to provide a copy of the paper in the original form in which it was rejected together with copies of all rejection comments by reviewers or editors of that article and an appeal from the author as to why the article merits further consideration in our journal. The Editor-in-Chief will carefully screen such submissions, and authors should be aware that such papers may take much longer to process than papers that have not been rejected by another journal. Failure to follow these rules will result in automatic rejection of all future manuscripts submitted by such authors.
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How soon after submission can I expect my article to appear in print?
We aim at publication of acceptable manuscripts within six months of submission.
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Why all the different prices?

We have always provided the journal to individuals below cost, in the belief that multiusers, such as libraries and industrial subscribers, should help bear the ever-increasing costs of publication. When we were a print journal only, we had three prices for both of these groups, reflecting differences in mailing costs to addresses in (a) the United States, (b) Canada/Mexico, and (c) "other" foreign countries, with (b) and (c) mailed by ISAL air-assist.

Beginning with volume 115 (Jan-Mar 2011) we have reduced subscription rates for all personal subscribers and especially for foreign subscribers who will no longer need to pay extra for postage.

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Why do you ask for an annual subscription?
Nearly all journals and magazines have an annual subscription. In the distant past we billed after each volume. Now that Mycotaxon produces four volumes a year, the high cost of invoicing four times a year has forced us to reconsider, and to begin a policy of annual subscriptions. If a subscriber decides to cancel during the year, a full refund for all paid-for but undelivered volumes will of course be sent.
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Can I begin a subscription in mid-year?
Certainly! Just tell us when you become a new subscriber the volume number with which you want to begin. We'll invoice you for that volume plus any others to appear before year's end.
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Who started the journal, when, and why?
Professors Richard Korf (Cornell University) and Grégoire Hennebert (Université Catholique de Louvain) began plans for the journal in 1972, believing that a need existed for a mycological journal devoted solely to taxonomy and nomenclature of fungi, including lichens. A prime motive was to reduce the time between submission and publication. They were the original Co-Editors of the journal. Publication commenced in 1974. Mycotaxon is abstracted in essentially all abstracting journals worldwide, and tables of contents appear in Current Contents and similar resources.
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Why were the current journal format decisions made?
Hennebert and Korf initially decided that a 6x9 inch page format which fits on most bookshelves was appropriate. We continue to deplore the many changes in format size by other journals, which cause filing problems in personal and institutional libraries. Worse yet, we deplore the many name-changes in journal titles that seem to be the current fashion. We have no plans to alter format size or the title of Mycotaxon, even after after becoming an online journal with volume 115 (Jan-Mar 2011). When Lorelei L. Norvell became Editor-in-Chief, she instituted many changes in formatting to standardize the text from article to article.

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What do the Editors and Editorial Advisory Board do?
The Editor-in-Chief (currently Lorelei L. Norvell) is the final authority on what is published in Mycotaxon and appoints the Assistant Editors. Their names and respective duties, postal addresses, e-mail addresses, and websites (if they have one) can be accessed from here.

The Editorial Advisory Board does not work with manuscripts, but instead functions to advise the Editor-in-Chief and the corporation that provides financial stability for the journal, Mycotaxon, Ltd., on policy matters. Their names, postal addresses, e-mail addresses, and websites (if they have one) can be accessed from here.

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Who designed this website and the Mycotaxon T-shirt?
Full credit for both belongs to Noni Korf. For the website she worked with ideas furnished by her father, who in turn thanks his student, Kathie Hodge, of Virtual Library fame, for helpful advice. For the T-shirt, she had input from Dick, Pavel, and Teresa. To see it, check out this link to our T-shirt.
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