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Instructions for Authors

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Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts should be sent in triplicate to the editor nearest you:

William C. Ghiorse
Department of Microbiology, 102 Wing Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-8101,USA

Editor for Europe position is vacant.

Peter Franzmann
CSIRO Land and Water, Underwood Avenue, Floreat, WA 6014, Australia

Kenji Kato
Institute of Geosciences, Shizouka University, Shizuoka, 422-8529, Japan

Authors are strongly encouraged to submit manuscripts on disk. The disk should be prepared using MS Word or WordPerfect and should be clearly labeled with the authors’ names, file name, and software program. A hardcopy printout that exactly matches the disk must be supplied. Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher. All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of the publisher.

All parts of the manuscript should be typewritten, double-spaced, with margins of at least one inch on all sides. Number manuscript pages consecutively throughout the paper. Authors should also supply a shortened version of the title suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces. Each article should be summarized in an abstract of no more that 100 words. Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, and reference to the text.


Include full names of authors, academic and/ or other professional affiliations, and the complete mailing address of the author to whom proofs and correspondence should be sent.


All papers must follow the Council of Biology Editors Style Manual (CBE). Systeme International (SI) or modern metric units are used. Stable hydrogen, carbon and oxygen isotope-ratio data should be reported in accordance with the official IUPAC recommendations found in Pure. Appl. Chem. vol. 66, pp. 273-276 and 2423-2444 (1994). Nonstandard abbreviations should be defined at first mention. Standard abbreviations (refer to the CBE Style Manual) do not require definition.


Citations in the text are by author(s) and date in parentheses. Full citations should be arranged alphabetically and must conform to the CBE Style Manual. Exclude references to theses, abstracts, unpublished data, personal communications, and manuscripts in preparation, submitted for publication, or in press. Reference to such sources should appear parenthetically in the text. Examples:

Journal Article: Cloud PD, Tide RS, San DJ. 1974. Significance of the gunflint. Science 148:27–45.

Book: Ethed AE, Goodman AR. 1993. Biochemistry. New York: Dutton. 1429 p.

Book Chapter: Friedmann EI, Ocampo-Friedman R. 1984. Endolithic microorganisms in extreme dry environments: analysis of a lithobiotic microbial habitat. In: Klug JJ, Reddy CA, editors. Perspectives in Microbial Ecology. 6th ed. Washington, DC: American Society for Microbiology. P 177–185.


Illustrations submitted (line drawings, half-tones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) should be clean originals or digital files. Digital files are recommended for highest quality reproduction and should follow these guidelines:

  • 300 dpi or higher
  • sized to fit on journal page
  • EPS or TIFF format only
  • submitted as separate files, not embedded in text files

Color illustrations will be considered for publication; however, the author will be required to bear the full cost involved in their printing and publication. The charge for the first page with color is $900.00. The next three pages with color are $450.00 each. A custom quote will be provided for color art totaling more than 4 journal pages. Good-quality color prints or files should be provided in their final size. The publisher has the right to refuse publication of color prints deemed unacceptable.

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should not be embedded in the text, but should be included as separate sheets and files. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below. All units must be included. Figures should be completely labeled, taking into account necessary size reduction. Captions should be typed, double-spaced, on a separate sheet. All original figures should be clearly marked in pencil on the reverse side with the number, author’s name, and top edge indicated.

Page Proofs

All proofs must be corrected and returned to the publisher within 48 hours of receipt. If the manuscript is not returned within the allotted time, the editor will proofread the article and it will be printed per his instruction. Only correction of typographical errors is permitted.


Each corresponding author of an article will receive a PDF file of the article via email. This file is for personal use only and may not be copied and disseminated in any form without prior written permission from Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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