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Greetings from the new Editor-in-Chief
In 1974, Professors Richard P. Korf, as Managing & English Language Editor, and Grégoire L. Hennebert, as Book Review & French Language Editor, introduced a new mycological taxonomic journal to the world. After thirty years, Mycotaxon has received international acclaim for its outstanding success in expediting publication of new fungal species while fostering open communication between mycological contributors and expert reviewers. As a satisfied 21-year subscriber and occasional contributor, it is with a mix of pride and trepidation that I assume the editorial duties of the founders and their succeeding Editors-in-chief, Dr. Jean Boise Cargill (1991-1998) and Dr. Pavel Lizon (1998-2003).
From the beginning, all agreed that this most recent transition should be "as seamless as possible." And so it should appear, at least to the subscriber. The journal retains the same name, its cascade of different-hued covers, and a comforting "book" heft and shape that scores of library shelves have been designed to accommodate. The journal will still appear quarterly and still focuses on fungal taxonomy and nomenclature.
Nonetheless, now is the best time to implement changes long desired by the Editorial Board. One innovation is our decision to "web-ify" regional checklists, thereby making them available to more users and providing data that is easily searched by user and more easily updated by author. Dr. Ahmet Asan of Turkey and Dr. Larry Grand and Caroline Vernia of North Carolina -- who publish short summaries in Mycotaxon 89(1) -- become the first to "publish" their complete checklists on what we hope will become one of www.mycotaxon.com's most heavily used webpages.
In an era when most scientific documents are created on the computer, there is little sense in continuing to publish exclusively from print-ready hard copy. The move away from typewriter technology now enables anyone with access to a word-processing program to submit professional appearing manuscripts. But with so many font choices and styles available, there was a need to restrict font choices so as to produce a more pleasingly uniform appearance for our journal. Hence our extensive author guideline revisions published in Mycotaxon 88: 515-526, 2003.
Unfortunately, we did not realize until three weeks before press time that our "new" guidelines still offer too many choices for a uniform first page format. Please note our newest Author, Address, Abstract, and Key words requirements:
Regarding presubmission reviews -- Mycotaxon now requests that authors submit complete manuscripts for pre-review in fully formatted digital text (via email attachment) BEFORE sending files with embedded graphics, hard copy, and final submission materials.
Regarding final submission -- we ask that you submit a digital document file with formatted text but containing NO graphics in your final submission. A second file with graphics inserted (particularly line drawings, which are considered text) is encouraged, but be certain to label that file with a name indicating that it has photos embedded. Remember you must also send separate digital graphics files in properly scaled TIFF format for the press to insert into the final publication. Separate digital text and graphics files under 4 mb (<4,000 kb) may be sent to the Editor-in-chief as email attachments and/or with final hard copy in the final submission packet. Electronic files sent by regular mail should be on CD-R ( preferred ), Macintosh zip (next favored), or PC floppy (least favored) discs.
Regarding hard copy -- Yes, Mycotaxon still accepts exclusively hard-copy submissions! (After all, our purpose is to encourage taxonomy, not keyboarding.) Just be aware that using "snail" mail takes longer -- particularly when changes are needed before publication.
As deadlines are wont to do, my first press deadline arrived too soon. We (i.e., I) thought that this first effort could easily be printed almost entirely from author-submitted digital files. Unfortunately, "we" were wrong. Volume 89(1) is thus an amalgam of [i] photographed author-submitted hard copy, [ii] photographed pages printed by the Editor from author digital files, and - possibly - [iii] digital files printed directly by Sheridan Press from the editorial CDs. The authors, who remained remarkably patient and receptive to over-enthusiastic changes from a novice editor, have served as most agreeable guinea-pigs ["conejillos de indias" according to one good-humored correspondent]. Such cordial authors and subscribers deserve the best. I can only hope to serve fungal taxonomy and taxonomists as well as the editors of Mycotaxon's first three decades.
Lorelei L. Norvell