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Author Guidelines

Research Articles Manuscripts must be written in English in double- space, 12-point type throughout, including the references cited section, appendices, tables and legends; printed on one side of A4 paper with 2.5 cm margins; marked with consecutive page numbers, beginning with the cover page. The following elements should start on a new page and be ordered as they are listed below.

a) The title page: should contain a concise and informative title; the authors’ names; the authors’ institutional affiliation, including department, institution, and city, state or province, and country; different affiliations indicated with superscript numbers; a short running title of not more than 15 words; up to six key words; the corresponding author’s name, postal address, phone, fax numbers and e-mail address.

b) The Abstract: must be a single paragraph that does not exceed 200 words and summarizes the main results and conclusions of the study. It should not contain references.

c) The text: must be as succinct as ‘possible. Text citations: articles should be referred to by authors’ surnames and date of publication; citations with two authors must include both names; in citations with three or more authors, name the first author and use “et al”. Only published articles should be cited. Avoid starting a sentence with a number. Binomial Names; Latin names of genera, species and intraspecific taxa in the text must be printed in italics. The text includes the following elements: Introduction: description of the background that led to the study.

Materials and Methods: details relevant to the conduct of the study. Statistical methods should be explained at the end of this section.

Results and Discussion: presents the results in the tables as concise as possible and the results in the tables should not be described/ repeated in the text. The findings of the study should be placed in context of relevant published data. Ideas presented in other publications should not be discussed solely to make an exhaustive presentation. Some manuscripts may require different formats appropriate to their content.

d) The Acknowledgement: must be a single paragraph that immediately follows the discussion and includes source of grant and technical support.

e) The References Section: citations should be ordered alphabetically by the first author; only articles that are published should be included; personal communications must be cited within the text; journal titles must be abbreviated according to Medline. Castle, A.J., P.A. Horgen and J.B. Anderson. 1987. Restriction fragment length polymorphisms in the mushroom Agaricus brunnescens and Agaricus bitorquis. Appl Environ Microbiol 53: 816-832. Van Griensven, L.J.L.D. 1988. The Cultivation of Mushrooms, p.575, Darlington Publisher, London.

f) Tables: each table must start on a new page. A concise title should be provided above the table. Tables must be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Each column must have a title in the box head. Footnotes, typed directly below the table, should be indicated in lowercase superscript numbers.

g) Figures: must be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Legends should be typed on separate sheet. Images should be in JpG format and provided in separate files. Journal quality reproduction will required grayscale and color at resolution yielding 300 dpi. Authors should submit bitmapped line art at resolution yielding 600 dpi.

h) Nomenclature: current standard international nomenclature should be adhered to.

i) Sequences: may appear in text or in figure. DNA, RNA, or protein sequences equal to or greater than 50 units must be entered into appropriate data bank and the accession number may also be provided before publication of the article.

Short Communications: present brief observations that do not warrant full-length articles. They should not be considered preliminary communications. Their format is different than the full-length article. The text must be kept to a minimum. Review Articles: are welcome only from the reputed, respected and peers in the field of basic and applied aspects of mushroom science. Book Reviews: are welcome from the peers in the area subject of the book on mushroom science and related disciplines, for review in the journal. Proofs: page proofs will be sent to the corresponding author. Changes made to page proofs, apart from printer’s errors, will be incorporated before publishing. 

Publication/Submission fee: Mushroom Research Journal is a free to access and free to publish journal. There is no submission or publishing fee for this journal. 

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • The article contains nothing that is unlawful, libelous, or which would, if published, constitute a breach of contract or of confidence or of commitment given to secrecy.
  • Mushroom Research Journal is a free to access and free to publish journal. There is no submission or publishing fee for this journal.

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