GENERAL INFORMATION FOR DOING REVIEWS AND NOTICES IN TAXON:
Content and length of reviews:
Form of copy of reviews:
I am very flexible about reviews, and usually only lightly edit them.
Any length is OK, whatever the work being reviewed requires. If you anticipate
a review longer than two pages, let me know because sometimes there are
space constraints for a given column.
Long reviews are often given a title and included with other titled reviews
between the notices and the alphabetically arranged reviews.
If you wish to refer to books or papers refer to them parenthetically in
the text. Long reviews may (rarely) justify a separate bibliography.
For reviews of floristic works I think it is useful to give an idea of
the numbers of taxa treated in the work
I usually have access to the work and thus just need the review. That is,
I do not need the heading containing the information about the work
Send copy in the form of attachments, especially for long pieces. I can
handle Microsoft Word, WordStar, WordPerfect, etc. For short pieces it
may be simpler to send the review actually in the email (i.e., not as an
attachment). In this case, use _ _ to indicate italics.
Alert me if there are any special characters or diacritical marks that
would not come through. For works in English happily this is never a problem.
It is better if you use ordinary quotation marks (" and ') rather than
the more precise 66/99- and 6/9-type quotation marks because the latter
sometimes do not convert properly, making more work for me (I will convert
" and ' to 66/99- and 6/9-type quotation marks in the final copy).
Most of the reviews done in Taxon (by others and myself)
are done working from library or personal copies. Sometimes I have a review
copy to send (or if you already have a copy I can send the review copy
to someone you designate, such as a colleague in an underdeveloped country).
In some cases I might be able to obtain a review copy from the publisher.
BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION NEEDED FOR REVIEWS AND NOTICES IN TAXON:
Ordinarily I do not need this information because I will have seen
the work beforehand.
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Author(s): Give full names; note if editors, compilers, etc., any
Full title/subtitle: Give any variations from the title page that
appear on the cover, spine, and/or dust jacket; include volume title/subtitle.
Edition (if other than first) and/or volume
Date of publication: Give day/month if known, but note that publishers
often release works weeks in advance of a stated publication date.
For books: Publisher, publisher's full address: Give city,
state, postal codes, etc., but if it is a common publisher (e.g., Cambridge
University Press, omit address details.
For series and serials: Series and journal name: Give full
name and address.
Pagination: Include preliminaries, extra plates, foldouts, etc.
Use  for unnumbered pages with printed matter; for example, "xi, [ii],
357,  pp., 1 foldout." For journals also note volume/issue.
Plates: Note especially if a separate section, if paginated or unpaginated.
Illustrations: Note if color and/or B&W; if both, not if majority
are in color or B&W.
Endpaper items: Note if maps, text, photos, etc.; note if in color.
Size: Give in mm and note only if unusual (e.g., overly small or
A4 or 8.5x11" or larger).
ISSN and/or ISBN(s)
Hardbound and/or paperbound: Note if spiral-bound, or anything
Price(s): Note if postpaid.
Alternate address source: Note this if the work is not available
from the publisher.
Miscellaneous information: Note any translators, special contributors
(e.g., a chapter), reprint edition, previous editions, etc.
Contents: List in sequence (abbreviations are OK) all items (including
foreword) but excluding preface and acknowledgements.
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Last revised: July 2001