Instructions to authors

  1. All submitted materials must be digitized and submitted electronically to and, with the manuscript ideally in Microsoft Word. Illustrations (Line drawings (600 dpi or higher) and half tone pictures (300 dpi or higher) should be submitted separately, never embedded in Word files. Phylogenetic trees will only be accepted when submitted as Powerpoint files, or in Adobe (never as pictures).
    Instructions for making colour plates:
    • size of complete plate: 18 cm wide and max. 26.2 cm high; resolution 300 dpi
    • separate pictures should be in RGB with a resolution of at least 300 dpi;
    • scale bars: place = bottom right hand side corner; thickness; 6 pixels
    • letters: place = bottom left hand side corner;
    • font = arial capital regulair, size 12 pixels
    • thickness of white lines separating the pictures: 15 pixels

    Please send the photoplate as a psd file with layers

    What to sent together with the text:

    • pdf file with the complete plate as it must be published;
    • the file in psd or tiff with layers;
    • all separate pictures used in the plate as separate files without letters and scale bars.
    Instructions for IMA GENOME-F [International Mycological Association Fungal Genome announcements]

    IMA GENOME-F is a new addition to IMA Fungus.  The advent of inexpensive sequencing technologies now enables mycologists to quite literally sequence the genome of their favourite fungus.  This has resulted in an exponential increase in the number of fungal genomes which have been sequenced.  While some research groups have the resources to attempt extensive characterisation of these genomes many researchers either are unable to undertake such studies or have sequenced these fungal genomes with a very specific aim which  means that they have interrogated only a small portion of the genome.   IMA GENOME-F aims at providing researchers with a vehicle to announce the genome sequence of a particular fungal species.  In this way these genomes will be properly archived and available through standard literature searches.

    These genome announcements are short, providing an explanation of the value of the genome sequence as well as details of the technology used to sequence the genome, the assembly that was performed as well as some summary statistics about the genome such as size, completeness, probable number of Open Reading frames and the number of contigs of the current assembly.  The genome coverage should be in the order of 20X and available to the scientific community.  We recommend that it should be submitted to a database such as NCBI.

  2. The corresponding author should confirm that: (a) all named authors have agreed to publication of the work; and (b) the manuscript does not infringe any personal or other copyright or property rights.
  3. Papers cited as “in press” should be provided for the benefit of the referees.
  4. The content should be structured as follows: ABSTRACT, INTRODUCTION, MATERIALS AND METHODS, RESULTS or TAXONOMIC PART, DISCUSSION, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS and REFERENCES. Key words and a Running Head should also be provided.
  5. English-English is preferred, and used for all non-article material. Authors of articles can use American-English, provided that it is consistent within their contributions. Words of non-English origin, like bona fide, prima facie, in vitro, in situ, should be placed in italic, together with scientific names of any rank (e.g. Ascomycota, Dothideales, Mycosphaerellaceae, Mycosphaerella nubilosa).
  6. Common abbreviations are as follows: h, min, s, mL, µL, mg/L, °C, Fig., d, wk, but also ITS, RPD, RFLP, rDNA, 18S etc.
    Authorities of fungal taxa should be omitted from the general text, unless novelties and synonymies are listed, or nomenclatural issues discussed. In these cases, authorities for taxa should follow the list of authors’ names, see
  7. Experimental procedures must be reproducible and must follow Good Cultural Practice (Mycological Research 106: 1378–1379), with sequences lodged at GenBank (ex-type identifiers added to culture-collection field or type identifiers to specimen-voucher field in the sequence record), alignments in TreeBase, voucher specimens in Leiden (L), or another recognized on-line herbarium (Index Herbariorum or World Directory of Collections and Cultures of Microorganisms acronym, with accession numbers where allocated, and accompanying ex-type and other cultures in long-term culture collections. For new taxa or names a MycoBank number is required (see
  8. Collections must be cited as:
    Specimens examined. COUNTRY, location, substratum, date (e.g. 10 Dec. 1993), collector (e.g. S. Uper & F. Ungus) HERBARIUM number (acronym according to Index Herbariorum), holotype, culture ex-type COLLECTION xxx. (thus only country in small caps and specimen collector italics; everything else in roman type).
  9. Reference citation in text: References in the text should be chronological, and given in the following form: “Smith & Jones (1965) have shown ...”, or, “some authors (Zabetta 1928, Taylor & Palmer 1970, Zabetta 1970) consider that ...”. The names of collaborating authors are joined by an ampersand (&). Where there are three or more authors, names should be cited by the first name only, adding “et al.”, e.g. “Bowie, Black & White (1964)” are given as “Bowie et al. (1964)” or “(Bowie et al. 1964)”. Where authors have published more than one work in a year, to which reference is made, they should be distinguished by placing a, b, etc. immediately after the date, e.g. “Dylan (1965a, b)”. Reference citations in text should be in ascending order of year first, followed by authors’ names. Each reference should include the full title of the paper and journal, volume number, and the final as well as the first page number. In the case of chapters in books, the names of editors, first and last page numbers of the articles, publisher and place of publication are needed.
    Black JA, Taylor JE (1999a) Article title. Studies in Mycology 13: 1–10.
    Black JA, Taylor JE (In press) Article title. Fungal Biology.
    Black JA, Taylor JE, White DA (1981) Article title. In: Book title. (KA Seifert, W Jones & P. Jones, eds): 11–30. Press, Country.
    Simpson H, Seifert KA (2000) Book title. 2nd edn. Press, Country.
    White DA (2001) Dissertation title. PhD thesis, Department, University, Country.
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