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Instructions to authors

Taeckholmia is an open access journal, publishes original scientific articles concerned with the following fields of plant study: vascular plant taxonomy, cytotaxonomy, plant geography, palaeobotany, palynology, anatomy, embryology, chemotaxonomy, flora and ecology.

Papers will be considered for publication in Taeckholmia on the understanding that no substantial part has been or will be published elsewhere.

All manuscripts will be reviewed by two anonymous reviewers in the research area in double blind revision. Copy of the reviewer’s comments will be returned to the author(s). The Editorial Board reserves the right to accept or reject the submitted material. Manuscripts other than Special Papers are generally published in the order of receipt of the final accepted version. 

Taeckholmia is available in online and printed matter.

Submission Process

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically via the Internet to the journal via the online system at :

Submitting to an OJS journal requires:

  1. Registering for an account
  2. Logging in to your account
  3. Selecting your role as an Author
  4. Selecting "Start a New Submission"
  5. Completing the 5 step submission process

Authors will be guided stepwise through the creation and uploading of the various files.


To maintain and protect the ownership and rights of Cairo University Herbarium, Department of Botany and Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Cairo University (the Publisher of Taeckholmia), and to protect the authors from misappropriation of their work, Taeckholmia requires that the corresponding author signs a Copyright Assignment Form on behalf of all co-authors (mail or upload to the system). The Copyright Assignment Form can be downloaded from the journal’s website or sent by the Manager Editor on request.

The manuscripts should conform to the following requirements:

It must be typed using Times New Roman.

1. Title. (Font: 14) The title should be concise and informative. Write the title in bold and use italics only for the plant names. Below title (Font: 12 & bold), list each author’s first name, middle initial and surname. Include a superscription number after an author’s name to indicate different addresses (Font 10 & not bold) after the title. The e-mail address of the corresponding author should be provided immediately after the address(es) of the author(s).

2. Abstract (Font 10 & bold). The abstract should be written as a single paragraph. It should not exceed 7-8 lines.

3. Key words (Font 11).  Not more than 6 words or phrases, in alphabetical order, identifying the subject matter of the article. Full stop shall not be used after the last key word.


4. It is advisable to divide the text into: Introduction, Material and methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements andReferences. Write all main headings in font 12, bold and italic.

5. The text must be typed using 10 Times New Roman, 1 line spaced, without underlining, on B5 page size (not A4) with 2 cm margins on all sides.

6. Scientific plant names, irrespective of rank, should be given in italics. The author’s name should be written in normal print at least once, when mentioned for the first time in the text or in a table, and should be omitted subsequently. They should be abbreviated in conformity with the Authors of plant names, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Brummitt & Powell 1992). After the first mention, the generic name should be abbreviated to its initial, except where its use causes confusion.

7. Bibliographical references in the text should be cited in the following form: single author: Taeckholm (1974) or (Taeckholm 1974), two authors: El Hadidi & Fayed (2000) or (El Hadidi & Fayed 2000), or if the page is stated: El Hadidi & Fayed (2000: 26) or (El Hadidi & Fayed 1999: 26), in case of more than two authors: El Hadidi et al. (1998) or (El Hadidi et al. 1998), several references by the same author(s) published in the same year: El Hadidi (2000a, b) or (El Hadidi 2000a, b). All bibliographical references quoted in the text should be listed at the end of the manuscript, under the heading References, in a format strictly analogous to the examples below. Material in preparation or unpublished cannot be included in the reference list, and can only be referred to in the text using the author(s) name(s) followed by “unpubl.” or “pers. comm.”.

8. Tables. Tables should be numbered with Arabic numerals in the order in which they are cited in the text (e.g. Table 2). They must have brief, concise titles and legends that will make the general meaning of the table comprehensible. The titles should be placed at the top of the tables. Explanatory footnotes may be placed below the table written with superscript lowercase letters. All abbreviations must be explained in the legends. 

9. Illustrations. They are photographs, graphs, drawings, diagrams, maps, schemes and must be sharp and of high quality at least 600 dpi. They should be designated as figures (abbreviations: Fig., Figs) and numbered with Arabic numerals (e.g. Fig. 1).

The photographs (microphotographs, SEM photographs or photographs of fossil samples) and drawings can be also arranged in plates and should be designated by Roman numerals, while the individual photographs are designated by Arabic numerals (Plate I, Fig. 1). Submit all figures in their final size. For all figures, the bar scale is given on the figure or in the legend. Any signs and letters in the illustrations must be large enough to be read without problem. Hand-written signs and letters are not accepted.

  • Colour illustrations will be accepted after preliminary agreement with the Manager Editor.
  • Maximum size of table, map, graph, illustration or photo is either 21*14 cm or 21*6.5 cm.

10. Abbreviations are discouraged except for measurement units recommended by the International Unit System (SI), standard chemical symbols, names of chemicals or statistical terms, where these are in general use.

11. Corrections. A proof will be sent once to the corresponding author. The author(s) are expected to correct them carefully and return them within a week.

12. References at the end of the article.

Boulos, L. 1999. Flora of Egypt, Vol.1. Azollaceae-Oxalidaceae. Al Hadara publishing, Cairo. 419 pp.

Ph.D. and M.Sc. Theses

Ahmed, D.A. 2009. Current situation of the Flora and vegetation of the western Mediterranean desert of Egypt. Ph.D. Thesis, Tanta Univ., Tanta. 424 pp. (unpublished).

On-line publications

Bennett, M. D. & Leitch, I. Y. 2003. Plant DNA C-values Database (release 2.0). – (accessed 20.08.2004).

13. Submission files: authors must submit two files. A pdf file with all tables, figures and illustrations in their appropriate positions in the text. Another Microsoft Word file with all tables, figures and illustrations are only at the end of the text. 

Publication fees. If the paper is accepted for publication, author(s) will be asked to pay 40 L.E./page (about $4/Page) for article publication fee in order to defray the operating costs. The payment method will be notified by the editor after the acceptance of the paper.