SERIAL PUBLICATIONS FROM THE SOUTH AFRICAN INSTITUTE FOR AQUATIC BIODIVERSITY
The Institute publishes original research on systematics, ecology, biology
and conservation of fishes. Three series are produced at irregular intervals:
the Special Publication series, the Bulletin series and the Monographs series.
Acceptance of manuscripts for publication is subject to the approval of reviewers
from outside the Institute. Priority is given to papers by staff of the Institute,
but manuscripts from outside the Institute will be considered if they are pertinent
to the work of the Institute or use the Institute’s collections. Colour
illustrations can be printed at the expense of the author. Page charges will
be mandatory for all non-staff or non-associates of the Institute, these charges
will be at the discretion of the Editor. Fifty free copies of the publication
will be supplied to the author or senior author. Additional reprints may be
ordered at cost price.
Publications of the Institute are available by subscription or in exchange
for publications of other institutions. Lists of the Institute’s publications
are available from the Publication Secretary at the address below. Past Bulletins
are also available on the internet at http://www.bioline.org.br/fb, past Special
Publications are at http://www.bioline.org.br/fs
INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS
Manuscripts shorter than 30 pages will generally be published in the Special
Publications series; longer papers will be considered for the Bulletin or Monographs
series. Please follow the format of a recent Bulletin or Special Publication.
The typescript must be double-spaced throughout with 25 mm margins all round;
two hard copies must be submitted to the Editor. Each table or figure should
be on a separate page and numbered with an Arabic numeral (not in sequence
with text pages). All maps, graphs, charts, drawings and photographs should
be numbered as figures. If two or more illustrations are grouped as one figure,
they must be trimmed and spaced (but not mounted) as intended for final reproduction.
Each part of a composite figure must be labelled with a capital letter; typewriter
lettering is not acceptable. Illustrations larger than 21 x 30 cm should be
avoided, or sent as a reduced bromide/line shot. Legends for figures should
be on a separate page. A computer diskette/ CD, with the text in RTF, MSWord
or Corel WordPerfect format, must be submitted with the hard copies. The inclusion
of digital copies of all images and figures in acceptable formats (see web
page) will expedite publication of the manuscript .
See extended Instructions to Authors at www.saiab.ru.ac.za/pubs.htm
STYLE OF THE HOUSE
Hyphens: Certain substantive compounds are hyphenated: gill-raker, soft-ray,
type-species, type-locality, type-series, type-specimen. Other words often
used together are not hyphenated unless they are used in adjectival expressions
before a noun: anal fin / anal-fin rays; lateral line / lateral-line scales;
gill arch / gill-arch filaments, etc.
Word usage: Although the following word pairs are often used interchangeably,
we believe that consistent use of the first word as a noun and the second as
an adjective will improve the precision of our writing: mucus / mucous; maxilla
/ maxillary; opercle / opercular, operculum / opercular. The operculum (= gill
cover) comprises (usually) four separate bones: opercle, subopercle, preopercle
and interopercle. The words preoperculum, suboperculum and interoperculum are
unnecessary substitutes and not to be used for preopercle, subopercle and interopercle.
The plural of operculum is opercula.
Decimal comma versus decimal point: Contrary to most journals published in
South Africa and some European countries, we will not use a comma in place
of a decimal point. Most computers do not read a comma as a decimal point.
In addition, it is common in ichthyological papers to give sequences of measurements
that include decimal numbers, with each measurement separated by a comma. If
the comma is used to separate items in a series, as well as being used to indicate
a decimal number, it will cause considerable confusion.
Fin formulae: Fin formulae will be designated as follows: D XII,10-12 indicates
on continuous fin with 12 spines and 10-12 soft (segmented) rays; DX/I,10-12
indicates a fin divided to the base in front of the last spine; and D X+I,12
indicates two separate dorsal fins, the first with 10 spines and the second
with 1 spine and 12 soft rays. If it is necessary to differentiate branched
and unbranched soft-rays, lower-case Roman numerals will be used for unbranched
rays and Arabic numerals for branched rays, e.g. D iii,S. Principal caudal-fin
rays are defined as those that touch the hypural bones. The number of principal
caudal rays is usually the number of branched rays plus two. If the principal
caudal rays are in two separate groups, the number of rays in the dorsal group
is given first: thus, “principal caudal rays 8+7” means that there
are 15 principal caudal rays, with 8 rays in the dorsal group and 7 in the
Abbreviations: Abbreviations normally end with a full stop: et al., e.g.,
etc., n.b., (note: these commonly used abbreviations of Latin words are not
italicized). Dr (Doctor) and Mr (Mister) and compass directions (north, west,
northwest, etc.) are abbreviated using capital letters without full stops:
N, W, NW. We recommend the following abbreviations for ichthyological terms:
SL - standard length, TL - total length, FL - fork length, GR - gill-rakers,
LL - lateral line.
Mr Wouter Holleman, Editor
South African Institute
for Aquatic Biodiversity (formerly J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology),
Private Bag 1015, Grahamstown 6140, South Africa.
Published by the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity Private
Bag 1015, Grahamstown, South Africa, 6140