Senckenberg Publications

Instructions for authors


Instructions for Authors of SOIL ORGANISMS

The scientific journal SOIL ORGANISMS, formerly Abhandlungen und Berichte des Naturkundemuseums Görlitz, publishes state-of-the-art original manuscripts, review articles and short communications in English. Publication is free of charge (from submission to processing).
SOIL ORGANISMS covers the complete field of soil biology. It provides a forum for articles on soil organisms, with a focus on soil animals, including their taxonomy, systematics, ecology, biogeography, morphology and evolution. It is published with 3 issues per volume and one volume per year (issued in April, August and December).

Submission of manuscripts

Manuscripts and enquiries should be directed to:
Prof. Dr Willi Xylander, Editor-in-Chief of Soil Organisms,
Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz, PF 30 01 54, 02806 Görlitz, Germany.

Manuscripts should be submitted, preferably in MS Word for Windows format on CD-ROM,
or as an e-mail attachment file to: .

The author(s) transfer their copyrights of the manuscript to the publisher to allow, e. g., open access. A copyright transfer declaration is mailed to the authors with the confirmation of receipt of the manuscript. If such a declaration is not received, the authors should contact the publisher. The author(s) must arrange any further authorisation necessary for reproduction of figures etc. prior to submission of the manuscript. The cover letter must explicitly confirm that all named authors have agreed to publication of the work, and that the manuscript does not infringe any other person’s copyright or property rights. All submitted manuscripts are subject to review by two specialist referees.

Basic layout: The print space of the journal is 12.5 x 18.4 cm. The basic font is Times New Roman. For convenience of the referees, the submitted manuscript should be set in 12 pt and be double-spaced, with margins of approx. 3 cm.
Figures and photographs are to be submitted as originals or in high-resolution digital form (at least 400 dpi), consecutively numbered along with the author’s name and short title of the manuscript. Authors should indicate where figures and tables should be placed. Costs incurred by printing colour photographs or figures must be borne by the author(s).
Diagrams and line illustrations should be supplied as high-resolution digital files. The print space of the journal (12.5 x 18.4 cm, see above) should be kept in mind in the preparation of tables and graphs.

Preparation of manuscripts:

Heading: English title, short title, full name of the author(s), institution(s) (affiliation) and full address(es). In case of several authors, a corresponding author should be indicated.

Abstract: including a list of up to five keywords that do not appear in the title.

Text: sectioned (where applicable) into: 1. Introduction, 2. Materials and methods, 3. Results, 4. Discussion, 5. Acknowledgements (if desired), 6. References.

Acknowledgements: Any research in the paper not carried out by the authors must be fully acknowledged in the manuscript. All sources of funding must be acknowledged in the manuscript, and authors have to declare any direct financial benefits that could result from publication. All appropriate ethics and other approvals must have been obtained for the research.

Names of genera and species are set in italics. For the first mention of species names within the text, the name should be followed by the authorities, according to the applicable Code of Nomenclature.

References within the text should be given as in the following examples: ‘Brown & White (2005) have shown…’, or, ‘Some authors (Brown & White 2005, Black 2006) consider that…’. For two collaborating authors, the names are to be connected with an ampersand (&), more than two authors are to be cited with the first author’s name followed by et al. No comma should be used to separate the year of publication from author names. Citations within brackets should be arranged chronologically, for example: (Brown & White 2005, White 2006, Black et al. 2007).

Reference list citations: References are to be listed alphabetically by author(s), and within these in chronological sequence. The journal style requires citations to be formatted as in the following examples:

For journal articles: surname(s) and initial(s); year of publication in parentheses followed by a colon; full title in the original language (or in official transliteration) followed by a full stop, space, en-dash, space, full journal title (not in abbreviated form), volume number in bold type followed by a colon, page numbers of the cited article followed by a full stop.
Voigtländer, K. & C. Düker (2001): Distribution and species grouping of millipedes (Myriapoda, Diplopoda) in dry biotopes in Saxony-Anhalt/Eastern Germany. – European Journal of Soil Biology 37: 123–126.

For book chapters: surname(s) and initial(s); year of publication in parentheses followed by a colon; title of the chapter or cited part of the book followed by a full stop, space, dash, space followed by In followed by a colon, names of book editor(s) followed by a colon; book title (and edition, if applicable) followed by a full stop, space, en-dash, space followed by publisher and place of publication, colon, page numbers of the cited chapter followed by a full stop.
Kuwahara, Y. (2004): Chemical ecology of astigmatid mites. – In: Cardé, R. T. & J. G. Millar (eds): Advances in Insect Chemical Ecology. – Cambridge University Press, Cambridge: 76–109.

Supplementary materials: May include figures, tables, methods, videos, and other materials. They are available online linked to the original published article, and should be labeled with a „S“, e.g. „Table S1“ and „Figure S1“. The maximum file size for supplementary material is 15MB each.

For books/monographs: surname(s) and initial(s); year of publication in parentheses followed by a colon; book title (and edition, if applicable) followed by a full stop, space, en-dash, space followed by publisher and place of publication, colon, total number of pages.
Braun, U. (1995): A monograph of Cercosporella, Ramularia, and allied genera (phytopathogenic Hyphomycetes), Vol. 1. – IHW-Verlag, Eching: 333 pp.

For internet references: surname(s) and initial(s); year of publication in parentheses followed by a colon; full title followed by a full stop, space, dash, space, full source title and volume number (where applicable) followed by the web address in square brackets.
Kiss, L. & O. Szentiványi (2000): Infection of bean with cucumber powdery mildew, Podosphaera fusca. – New Disease Reports Volume 2 [].

Authors of accepted manuscripts will receive a proof copy of their paper as a .pdf-file. Proof corrections should be communicated as soon as possible, normally per e-mail, along with release to print.

Authors will be supplied a pdf-copy for free use.