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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); all tables are presented on separate pages and/or in separate files outside the main text; all illustrations and figures are submitted in separate files.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

FCE welcomes papers on biodiversity, taxonomy and ecology of fungi, lichens, bryophytes and algae from contributors anywhere in the world. Submitted manuscripts must not be published before and not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. All manuscripts should be in English.

Submission of manuscripts — before April 1
Revised manuscript back to the member of the Editorial Board — before June 1
'Soft proofs' — before September 30
E-publishing — before October 31
Printed version — before December 15

Submission of manuscripts

Electronic version of the manuscript should be sent by e-mail to the responsible for the subject field Member of the Editorial Board: Kadri Pärtel (mycology), Nele Ingerpuu (bryology), Inga Jüriado (lichenology) or Polina Degtjarenko (editor-in-chief).

The journal does not charge APCs or submission charges.


This must be double-spaced, not styled, without underlines, tabs and bold. Scientific names should be in italics. Use Times New Roman 12 pt for the text. Consult the latest issues of FCE for guidance on format, organisation, and references. The manuscripts should not exceed 20 pages.

Examples of references

Aptroot, A., Sipman, H. J. M. & van Herk, C. M. 2001. Cladonia monomorpha, a neglected cup lichen from Europe. Lichenologist 33(4): 271–283.

Hermansson, J., Pystina N. T. & Kudrejasheva, D. I. 1998. A Provisional Checklist of the Lichens of Komi Republic (in Russian, English summary). Sõktõvkar. 136 pp.

Kocourková, J. & van den Boom, P. P. G. 2005. Lichenicolous fungi from the Czech Republic II. Arthrorhaphis arctoparmeliae sp. nov. and some new records for the country. Herzogia 18 (in press).

Lumbsch, H. T., Plümper, M., Guderley, R. & Feige, G. B. 1997. The corticolous species of Lecanora sensu stricto with pruinose apothecial discs. In: Tibell, L. & Hedberg, I. (eds). Lichen Studies Dedicated to Rolf Santesson. Symbolae Botanicae Upsalienses, Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis 32(1): 131–161.

Randlane, T. & Saag, A. (eds) 2004. Estonian Microlichens (in Estonian). Tartu. 582 pp.

Santesson, R., Moberg, R., Nordin, A., Tønsberg, T. & Vitikainen, O. 2004. Lichen-forming and Lichenicolous Fungi of Fennoscandia. Museum of Evolution, Uppsala University, Uppsala. 359 pp.


Tables must be self-explanatory and provided with a title. Each table should be presented on separate page outside the main text.


All drawings, diagrams, graphs and photos are considered as Figures. Line drawings and photographs of microstructures must be provided with a scale bar. Each figure should be submitted in a separate file (pdf, jpg, tif or eps files are accepted). Printed figures are usually black-and-white; still, colour images can be published in the electronic version of FCE. Printing of colour images is exceptional and earlier consulting with Editor-in-Chief is necessary.

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