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Author Guidelines

Advice for contributors to Sibbaldia

If you would like to contribute to Sibbaldia please send a summary of the content of your proposed paper to Papers and short notes on the cultivation, conservation, research, botany (but not taxonomic botany), history, landscaping, legislation, management and curation of plants and landscapes in botanic and other gardens will be considered. All papers and short notes are accepted on the understanding that they have not have been accepted for publication or be under consideration elsewhere and that they will be subject to editing. All papers will be reviewed by independent reviewers. Authors are required to agree to a Creative Commons Attribution Licence that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. Authors for whom English is not their first language should have their papers checked by a fluent English speaker before submission. The suitability for inclusion of the paper in Sibbaldia rests with the Editor.


A pdf of the paper and a copy of the final printed format will be supplied free of charge.


The title page should include the title, name(s), job title(s), postal and email address(es) of the author(s) and the abstract. Titles do not normally include authors of scientific names.The abstract should be concise and informative indicating what the paper contains without summarising it.


Text should be sent as word documents, not justified, with a line spacing of 1.5. The first page should contain the title and abstract. Genus and species names and other Latin terms should be italicised. Measurements should be in metres (m) and millimetres (mm) the abbreviations of which should follow numbers with no space. Good quality photographs, tables and figures are welcomed and notes on their presentation are given below. Further information on style and presentation are available from K Hughes:


References should be cited as follows:

Journal abbreviations should follow:

Author abbreviations should precisely follow: The International Plant Names Index,; Index Fungorum, Authors of Fungal Names,

Herbarium abbreviations should follow: Index Herbariorum. Part I: The Herbaria of the World,

Journal abbreviations should follow: g. d. r., townsend, s. t., polen, e. a., smith, e. r. (eds) (2004). BPH-2: periodicals with botanical content: comprising a second edition of Botanico-Periodicum-Huntianum. Pittsburgh: Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Also at: BPH Online,

Book title abbreviations should follow: Taxonomic Literature,, except that all abbreviated words should be capitalised, e.g. Sp. Pl. not Sp. pl.


References in the text should be cited by author and publication date: (Llamas, 2003), or ‘as stated by Llamas (2003)’. Multiple references should be stated chronologically. Where there are three or more authors use et al. in the text and list all authors as they appear in the original text in the reference list. In the reference list at the end of the article references should appear in alphabetical order in the following style:

Chapman, T. S. (1995). Ornamental gingers, a guide to selection and cultivation. Unpublished.

Kress, W. J. (1990). The phylogeny and classification of the Zingiberales. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 77: 698–721.

Llamas, K. A. (2003). Tropical flowering plants: a guide to identification and cultivation. Timber Press, Portland.

References to the internet should be cited with the author of the information in the text. The website address of where this information is available should be cited in the alphabetical list of references at the end. The date the website was accessed should also be noted in the reference list as follows:

In text: Chelsea Physic Garden (2009).

In reference list: Chelsea Physic Garden (2009) Welcome to Chelsea Physic Garden. Available online: (accessed: 14January 2009)


Tables should be numbered in Arabic numerals, for example, ‘Table 1’, with a descriptive title.


Figures and photographs should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals and referred to in the text as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, Figs 1– 4, etc. A descriptive caption and credit for a photograph should be supplied as a separate word document. Images should be available as high resolution print quality jpg or tif files of a size no less than 1MB, but preferably bigger, with a minimum of 300dpi.


Figures and tables can be supplied embedded in the text. The original data for figures and graphs must be made available at the appropriate stage because this is required for typesetting.


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. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word or RTF file format.
  3. Figures or graphs with data in them have been saved as separate filesand original data supplied to be uploaded as supplementary information.
  4. All references derived from information on websites  include the full website address and the date that the site was accessed is in the refererences.

  5. Image files to illustrate the text are uploaded as supplementary information as jpg or tif files and captions and credits supplied with the text.
  6. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

Copyright Notice

Creative Commons Copyright Notices

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g. post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are NOT ALLOWED TO post their work online (e.g. in institutional repositories or on their website) before and during the submission process.


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