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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.

Author Guidelines

• The title should be explicit and descriptive of the content; a short running head and an abstract should be included. Remember that world-wide statistics suggest that about 80% of people only read the abstract. Therefore, make sure your abstract engages the reader sufficiently to read all of your paper.

• Check most recent issues for format. The Macquarie Dictionary, latest edition, and the Australian Government Publishing Service Style Manual for Authors, Editors and Printers, latest edition, should be consulted for spelling, abbreviations, units and other conventions.

References in the text should be made by giving the authors name with the year of publication in parentheses. Commas are used only to separate publications and no punctuation is used between the author(s) and date. Ampersands should be written out in full in the text (as 'and'). Ampersands are not to be used in the citation of references and not used in the list of references at the end of the paper. When two or more authors, the names of the authors are separated by commas. Titles of journals and books should be given in full, both for the protologues and in the reference list. All names, whether author or editor, follow the format of surname first, followed by initials, with no punctuation.

The use of capitals in the titles of articles, chapters and books should be restricted to proper/place/legal names and in journal titles follows normal convention. Only journal, thesis and book titles are in italics (unless the chapter name is that of a genus/species); volume and/or edition follow the title and are not in italics. Web references must be accompanied by the url and the date of information download. When DOIs are available, the appropriate url should be cited. Some latitude in reference presentation is allowed (e.g. the use of Australian Systematic Botany format); consistency is required.

Some examples of Telopea format are given below.

Baillie JEM, Hilton-Taylor C, Stuart SN (eds) (2004) 2004 IUCN Red list of threatened species. A global species assessment. ( (Accessed 16 June 2005)

Briggs JD, Leigh JH (1996) Rare or threatened Australian plants, revised edition. (CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood)

Conn BJ, Wilson TC (2015) Prostanthera (Lamiaceae) from far-north Queensland, Australia. Telopea 18 : 1–11

EPBC (1999) Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 ( (Accessed16 June 2006)

Moody ML (2005) Systematics of the Angiosperm family Haloragaceae R.Br. emphasizing the aquatic genus Myriophyllum: phylogeny, hybridization and character evolution. (Unpublished PhD thesis: University of Connecticut)

Prentice HC (1986) Continuous variation and classification. Pp. 21–32 in Styles BT (ed.) Infraspecific classification of wild and cultivated plants. (Oxford University Press: New York)

Weston PH, Harden GJ (2002) Philotheca. Pp. 292–299 in Harden GJ (ed.) Flora of New South Wales, vol. 2, 2nd edition. (New South Wales University Press: Kensington)

Wilson PG (1998) A taxonomic review of the genera Eriostemon and Philotheca (Rutaceae: Boronieae). Nuytsia 12: 239–265

Wilson PG, Gadek PA, Quinn CJ, Clark WD, Landrum LR (1994) The Myrtaceae revisited: a cladistic re-analysis of an expanded database [abstract]. American Journal of Botany (Supplement) 81(6): 195

• An index to taxa is useful if the paper is large and deals with many species and synonyms. The author should prepare the basic alphabetic listing including all names in recent use.

• Provide type citation details from protologue and type specimen details from type label separately, under 'Type citation:' and 'Type:', the latter for details recorded on the type specimen. Provide reference to places of lectotypification where appropriate.

Type citations should be in a consistent format, e.g: Type: New South Wales: North Western Plains: 10 km W of Moree, 29º08'S 129º48'E, 2 Jan 1989, B. Wiecek 1250 (lectotype, designated by Weston 1990 p. 21: NSW; isolectotypes: K, MO).

• Use accepted format for specimen citations: locality, georeference, date, collector and collector's number, (herbarium code plus institutional number if there is no collectors number). Only latitudes and longitudes on the labels should be included. Give dates in the following format: 12 Jan 1987, 2 Jun 1988, 30 Jul 1989, 10 Dec 2001 etc. Note that abbreviated months do not have a full stop. Include a space between herbarium code and accession number.

Images: added as separate supplementary files - Line Art @1200 dpi or 600 dpi (minimum), other images @300 dpi resolution in tiff format with no compression. Submit only the final, publication version of all figures.

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