Such expressions as that famous one of Linnæus, and which we often meet with in a more or less concealed form, that the characters do not make the genus, but that the genus gives the characters, seem to imply that something more is included in our classification, than mere resemblance. I believe that something more is included; and that propinquity of descent,—the only known cause of the similarity of organic beings,—is the bond, hidden as it is by various degrees of modification, which is partially revealed to us by our classifications (Darwin, 1859, p. 413f).

Thursday, 27 March 2008

Biogeography & Systematics: Call for Papers


Biogeography is a complex discipline, in the sense that it deals with complex processes — of evolution of life in space through time — not directly observable, occurred in the geological past. Biogeographical reconstructions demand precise and complex data — systematic and distributional information — and intricate methods. It should be no surprise to learn that evolutionary biogeography is a relatively recent area of research within the history of comparative biology.

The late 1970s and early 1980s faced an especially rich period of development of biogeographical theory and methodology, with the inclusion of the concept of vicariance in the mainstream of biological literature. The journal Systematic Zoology played a major role in the publication of papers in this area during that period. The intricacies of the subject, however, along with decisions concerning the policies of the primary main journals of the subject — Systematic Biology, Cladistics and Journal of Biogeography — resulted in problems publishing large papers with analytical studies of historical biogeography. Typically large papers with biogeographical studies also contain analyzes of the relationships of a group of organisms, often requiring new taxa to be named, to properly identify the nodes on a cladogram.

To fill this publishing void, the Systematic and Evolutionary Biogeography Association (SEBA) has decided to launch a new, open-access online journal, Biogeography and Systematics, to occupy such niche in the primary literature.

Biogeography & Systematics will publish original papers on historical biogeography and phylogenetic systematics. The journal will have the following sections:

Invited Papers — for topics of major interest in biogeography and systematics under invitation from the editor-in-chief;
Original articles – on analytical, historical, epistemological, and methodological aspects of biogeography and systematics, without page limit;
Forum – opinion pieces on any topic of biogeography or systematics (maximum, 3000 words).
Book Reviews – usually under invitation, but submitted reviews (including classical works) may be considered (max. limit 1000 words).

The editorial policy of Biogeography & Systematics is to ensure that articles published are of the highest quality and relevant to the interests of our readers. The journal is peer-reviewed. The journal is not biased towards any biogeographic region, in terms of taxa studied or author affiliation, nor any method of analysis. All papers shall be written in English (US spelling).

The first number of the journal is scheduled for August, 2008.

Please click here to see the Guide for Authors.

Editorial Policy
Biogeography & Systematics has an editorial policy in order to ensure that the articles we receive are of high quality and relevant to the interests of our readers.
  • Biogeography & Systematics publishes in English (US spelling) only.

  • Biogeography & Systematics publishes original research papers in biogeography and systematics.

  • Biogeography & Systematics is a peer-reviewed journal.

  • Biogeography & Systematics publishes monographic taxonomic, systematic and biogeographical treatments.

  • Articles may cover any aspect of biogeography, systematics or taxonomy.

Types of Articles
Biogeography & Systematics publishes the following types of articles:
  • Biogeographical anaylses, revision of methods or epistomological reviews.

  • Systematic revisions that may include biogeographical analyzes.

  • Taxonomic treatments that include systematic analyzes.

  • Historical revisions in biogeography, systematics and taxonomy, including biographies.
If you have been invited to contribute an article please submit your manuscript as an .odt, .rtf or .doc. We ask authors to only use Primary (bold) headings.

Citations
All citations are to be made without using commas between author and year (Wallace 1855) and commas between multiple authors (e.g. Nelson and Platnick 1981, Brandon-Jones 1998). Quotes should be cited as (Willis 1922, p. 100). Please refer to this issue for further usage of figures (see figure 1 or Fig. 1), tables and numerals.

References
Please include the full titles of journals and books. Do not use abbreviations! Please keep your references in the styles listed below.

Brandon-Jones D. 1998. Pre-glacial Bornean primate impoverishment and Wallace’s line. In Hall R, Holloway JD eds. Biogeography and geological evolution of SE Asia. Leiden: Backhuys Publishers, pp. 393-404.

Heads M. 2006. Panbiogeography of Nothofagus (Nothofagaceae): Analysis of the main species massings. Journal of Biogeography 33: 1066-1075. Merriam CH. 1898. Life zones and crop zones of the United States. U.S. Department of Agriculture Division Biological Survey Bulletin 10: 1-79.

Nelson G, Platnick NI. 1981. Systematics and biogeography: Cladistics and vicariance. New York: Columbia University Press.

Wallace AR. 1855. On the law which has regulated the introduction of new species. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 16 (2nd series): 184-196. [http://www.victorianweb.org/science/science_texts/wallace_law.html; http://www.wku.edu/~smithch/wallace/S020.htm; http://www.zoo.uib.no/classics/new_species.txt].

Proofs
Authors will be given a chance to proof their paper prior to publication. The final proof will be published on the SEBA website simultaneously as the journal is printed.

Copyright Form
Authors will be asked to complete a copyright form upon acceptance of their manuscript.

Submissions
Please submit your articles in electronic format to the Editor-in-Chief, Dalton de Sousa Amorim

Biogeography & Systematics is printed by the Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas, Venezuela.

2 comments:

John Wilkins said...

Can I suggest that you name the style used for references so the bibliographic manager users can select the right one?

Alternately, if it deviates from some established style, mention what the deviations are so we can edit the style specifications.

Research Papers Writing said...

Many institutions limit access to their online information. Making this information available will be an asset to all.