Information For Authors

Nuytsia is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original papers and short communications on the systematics, taxonomy and nomenclature of Australian (particularly Western Australian) plants, algae and fungi. Descriptions of taxa, revisions, identification guides, nomenclatural and taxonomic issues, systematic analyses and classifications, censuses, and information on invasive species are all considered. Special issues with collected papers on a selected topic within the scope of the journal are occasionally published. Book reviews are not accepted.

Nuytsia is an open access journal in which papers are made freely available. There are no page charges. We will make paper copies of each volume available for purchase at the end of each calendar year.

Manuscripts are to be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format to the Managing Editor. To expedite the publication process authors must apply the Nuytsia styles template or the short communication template prior to manuscript submission. Instructions have been provided for those unfamiliar with applying styles. Figures must be provided in a format suitable for emailing out to review (i.e. at a suitable resolution and either embedded at the end of the Word file, or provided as a single PDF file).

Authors are also required to offer the names of two potential reviewers and provide their email addresses. In the spirit of reciprocity, submitting authors will be approached to review papers for Nuytsia.

Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. All papers are subject to peer review and the Editorial Committee reserves the right to reject papers. Opinions expressed by authors are their own and do not necessarily represent the policies or views of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

General formatting

All papers must be in English and formatted using the Nuytsia styles template. Please consult the template and the most recent volume of Nuytsia for general guidance as to the structure of papers.

Text should be in the typeface (bold, italic) in which it will be published. Italics are used for all Latin expressions and abbreviations except Latin abbreviations that are in wide general use (etc., e.g. and i.e.), and standard Latin abbreviations when attached to a formal scientific name (e.g. Pimelea brevistyla subsp. minor).

Standard abbreviations should be used. Numbers in the text up to and including ten are to be spelled out unless followed by a unit of measurement. Include a space between the numeral and the unit, e.g. 10 mm not 10mm. Numbers should be spelled out at the start of sentences. Use an en dash ‘–’ (not a hyphen ‘-’) to link spans, such as page numbers, sizes and dates (e.g. 105–110; leaves 5–20 mm; 1904–1905). Use a multiplication sign × (not an x) in measurements of length and width (e.g. leaves 5–20 × 2–5 mm) and for hybrid taxa (e.g. Acacia monticola × trachycarpa).


The title should be concise, informative and include higher taxa (e.g. family). Do not include authorities of scientific names.

Provide the names of the author/s in full, with institutional addresses keyed by superscripted letters. The corresponding author should be indicated for multi-authored papers.

The abstract must comprise a single paragraph and provide a stand-alone summary of the paper. All new names and combinations made in the paper should be listed. Do not include references.

Nomenclatural authorities must be provided for first instances of all scientific names below the rank of family, both in the abstract and in the body of the text. Author abbreviations follow Authors of plant names (Brummitt & Powell 1992). Note that there is no space between the initial and surname (e.g. K.A.Sheph. not K.A. Sheph.) and an ampersand is used between co-authors of taxonomic names (Wege & K.R.Thiele, not Wege and K.R.Thiele). The genus name is abbreviated to its initial letter when repeated, except at the start of a new sentence.

Keys may be either indented or bracketed and must be prepared using the styles template. Indented keys involving more than nine levels of indentation should be avoided.

An index should be provided for large papers with many synonyms, especially where the accepted taxa covered are not given in alphabetical order.

Taxon treatment

Please refer to the sample papers below for guidance on the layout of taxon treatments.

HISLOP, M. Two new species from the Leucopogon distans group (Ericaceae: Styphelioideae: Styphelieae) and the reinstatement of L. penicillatus

NICOLLE, D., FRENCH, M.E. AND THIELE, K.R. Notes on the identity and status of Western Australian phrase names in Corymbia and Eucalyptus (Myrtaceae)

BOUGHER, N.L. AND MATHENY, P.B. Five new species and records of Inocybe (Agaricales) from temperate and tropical Australia

BUTCHER, R. AND COCKERTON, G. Tetratheca spenceri (Elaeocarpaceae), a new rare and range-restricted species from the Coolgardie bioregion, Western Australia

New scientific names are given in bold (not italics), followed by the author citation in normal type. Subspecific rank is indicated in normal type, followed by the name in bold.

A Latin diagnosis or description is no longer required and is actively discouraged. If provided, it should be in normal type, except for any scientific names, which are given in italics. Nomenclatural authorities should accompany any scientific names that appear in the diagnosis.

Nomenclatural citations must follow the rules and recommendations of the most recent version of the International Code of Nomenclature for algae fungi and plants. Book titles are abbreviated following Taxonomic literature II (Stafleu & Cowan 1976–1986; Stafleu & Mennega 1992–), and journals are abbreviated following Botanico-Periodicum-Huntianum (Bridson et al. 2004). Herbarium designations follow Index Herbariorum.

Homotypic synonyms are to be included in one paragraph, with combinations listed in chronological order. Heterotypic synonyms should follow chronologically in separate paragraphs. Relevant manuscript or phrase names should also be cited in synonomy. Misapplied names follow the synonyms. Matters of typification should be treated under a separate subheading on ‘Typification’ or in the notes. Example formats as follows:

Solanum albostellatum R.W.Davis & P.J.H.Hurter, sp. nov.

Typus: west of Millstream along Millstream–Pannawonica Road, Western Australia [precise locality withheld for conservation reasons], 26 September 2006, D. Halford Q 9280 (holo: PERTH 07800932; iso: BM, BRI).

Solanum sp. Hamersley clay (D. Halford Q 9280), Western Australian Herbarium, in FloraBase, http://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au [accessed 4 March 2012].

Stylidium preissii (Sond.) F.Muell., Fragm. 3: 122 (1863). Forsteropsis preissii Sond., in Lehm., Pl. Preiss. 1(3): 393 (1845). Candollea preissii (Sond.) F.Muell., Syst. Census Austral. Pl.: 86 (1882). Type: In clivulo arenoso promintorii Cape-Riche [Western Australia], 22 November 1840, L. Preiss 438 (lectotype, here designated: MEL 709983; isolectotypes: LD, MEL 709982, MEL 709985, S, W).

A separate paragraph citing illustrations can precede the taxon description. Authors’ names and standard abbreviations of publication titles should be given. Examples as follows:

Illustrations. R. Erickson, Triggerplants, p. 136, Plate 39, Figures 1–11 (1958); B.J. Grieve & W.E. Blackall, How to Know W. Austral. Wildfl. 4: 749, n. 60, as S. squamellosum (1982); J.A. Wege, Nuytsia 17: 426, Figures 3F–G (2007).

Illustrations. D. Murfet & R. Taplin, S. Austral. Naturalist 68: 36 (1994); E.J. Raulings in N.G. Walsh & T.J. Entwistle, Fl. Victoria 4: 583, Figure 111F (1999).

Recommended subheadings following the taxon description include: Specimens examined or Selected specimens; Distribution and habitat; Phenology or Flowering and fruiting; Conservation status; Etymology; Typification; Affinities; Notes. The order of the subheadings should be consistent when multiple taxa are treated.

A maximum of 20 cited specimens should be listed for each taxon following the description. Specimens from different States must be listed separately with a heading for each State given in capital letters. Australian regions are given in geographical order from west to east and from north to south (i.e. in the following order: Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania). Within each geographical region, specimens are normally cited in alphabetical order by collector's name; for each collector, the specimens should be placed in chronological order and/or with the collection numbers in numerical order. Geographical ordering (e.g. north to south) is permitted provided this is clearly specified. Collector’s names have a space between the initial/s and surname and are italicised but collecting numbers are in plain text. Names of months with more than four letters are reduced to three letters with a full stop (e.g. Oct.). Latitude and longitude should be omitted unless they are the only available information for the locality. Localities and georeferences should be omitted for Threatened and Priority Flora accompanied by the statement ‘[localities withheld for conservation reasons]’, with the exception of the type citation, in which a generalised locality should be given accompanied by the statement ‘[precise locality withheld for conservation reasons]’.

Conservation Codes for all Western Australian taxa will be checked by DPaW staff as part of the review process. Where possible, they should be cited with reference to the most recent Threatened and Priority Flora list for Western Australia. Examples of appropriate wording are as follows:

Astroloma inopinatum is listed by Smith (2012) as Priority One under DPaW Conservation Codes for Western Australian Flora, under the phrase name A. sp. Galena (G. Phelan & A. Chant 9).

Sphaerolobium validum is listed as Priority Three under DPaW Conservation Codes for Western Australian Flora (Smith 2012).

Hibbertia abyssa is listed as Threatened in Western Australia (Smith 2010), under the name H. sp. Bandalup Hill (G.F. Craig 3479).

Taxa should be recommended by the author/s for listing as Priority Flora where necessary. For example: ‘Recommended for listing as Priority Two under DPaW Conservation Codes for Western Australian Flora.’ Revised text will be provided by the editor following assessment of this recommendation.

Figures and tables

For submission and review purposes, figures can be embedded in the body of the paper. For manuscripts with numerous illustrations, it is preferable that the figures are converted into a single, separate PDF file. Image resolution and quality should be sufficient but not excessive, to allow the complete manuscript to be emailed.

For publication, images must be supplied as separate files should be saved in TIFF or EPS format, preferably at a resolution of 600 dpi and at the final image size.

Images (photographs, line drawings, specimen scans) must be of sufficient quality for publication. It is not the duty of the editors to prepare or clean digital files (this includes scans of herbarium sheets).

When preparing illustrations, authors should bear in mind that Nuytsia page matter occupies c. 21 cm by 14 cm. Where possible, figures should be designed to allow for the legends/captions to be on the same page. Illustrations of magnified subjects should be accompanied by a scale bar. Figure captions should be self-explanatory and should cite the voucher number of the specimen/population upon which the figure is based.

Each figure must be cited in the text of the paper. Figure numbers should be numbered consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. The word ‘Figure’ is always written in full.

Use the table function in your word processor to build tables so that the cells, rows and columns can remain aligned during page setting (do not use the Tab key or space bar to prepare tables). Each table must be cited in the text of the paper.


Maps must be of sufficient quality for publication and where possible should be produced electronically. They should clearly present a species distribution with appropriate symbols, within a recognisable geographic extent, and with a north point and an indication of scale. Free mapping software is readily available, e.g. DIVA-GIS. Other resources such as DPaW’s NatureMap and Australia's Virtual Herbarium may prove valuable.


References should be cited in the text as Wheeler (2004), Wheeler and Marchant (2007) or Wheeler et al. (1992) (3 or more authors), or alternatively in parentheses in chronological order (Wheeler et al. 1992; Wheeler 2001, 2004; Wheeler & Marchant 2007). All literature cited in the text must be listed in the references and vice versa. Note that journal titles in the reference list must be written in full and page ranges are connected by an en dash ‘–‘, not a hyphen ’-‘. Example formats as follows:

Journal article

Mast, A.R. & Thiele, K. (2007). The transfer of Dryandra R.Br. to Banksia L.f. (Proteaceae). Australian Systematic Botany 20(1): 63–71.

Books and reports

Smith, M.G. (2012). Threatened and Priority Flora list for Western Australia. (Department of Environment and Conservation: Kensington, Western Australia.)

Vallance, T.G., Moore, D.T. & Groves, E.W. (2001). Nature’s Investigator: the diary of Robert Brown in Australia 1801–1805. (Australian Biological Resources Study: Canberra.)

Mabberley, D.J. (2008). Mabberley’s plant-book: a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. 3rd edn. (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.)

Book chapter or Flora treatment

Green, J.W. (1990). History of early Western Australian herbaria. In: Short, P.S. (ed.) History of systematic botany in Australasia: proceedings of a symposium held at the University of Melbourne, 25–27 May 1988. pp. 23–27. (Australian Systematic Botany Society Inc.: South Yarra, Victoria.)

Rye, B.L. (1992). Myrtaceae. In: Wheeler, J.R. (ed.) Flora of the Kimberley region. pp. 499–546. (Western Australian Herbarium: Perth.)


Western Australian Herbarium (1998–). FloraBase—the Western Australian Flora. Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. http://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/ [accessed 7 May 2010].

Brummitt, R.K. & Powell, C.E. (1992). Authors of plant names. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. http://www.ipni.org/index.html [accessed 13 September 2009].

Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (2007–). Australian Plant Census, IBIS database. Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research, Canberra. http://www.anbg.gov.au/chah/apc/ [accessed 2 January 2012].

Short communications

Contributions to the Short Communications section should be concise (usually one to four pages in length). Suitable topics include changes of concept (e.g. resurrecting old names), typifications, changes in orthography, updates to flora treatments, updates to revisions and other larger works, new records of native or weed species for Western Australia, and historical notes.