Author Guidelines

MalaCo publishes papers on continental mollusc biology, ecology, faunistics and conservation, as well as local and/or national malacological news. However, no new taxon description will be accepted.


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Manuscript length

● Short notes — These must be short: 1500 words maximum, no editing, double space, font size 12 and bibliography. Illustrations (two maximum) must be in high resolution and well contrasted (final size 8.5 cm or 17 cm wide). Final manuscript must be in .doc format.

● Articles There is no size limit. The manuscript must be without editing, double spaced, font size 12 and with formatted bibliography. Title and abstract must be translated in French. Illustrations must be in high resolution and well contrasted (final size 17 cm wide or less). Final manuscript must be in .doc format. First page: title and author(s) contact; 2nd page: abstract and keywords (English and French); 3rd and following pages: text and bibliography. Captions and illustrations must be placed at the end of the ms. Resolution of illustrations must be 300 dpi for pictures and 1200 dpi for graphs.

Manuscript présentation

● Species authors citation — Author name(s) of cited species must be mentioned when they first appear. Species name must be in italics and in full, followed by author, comma and date. Example:  Bythinella padiraci Locard, 1903, Oxychilus draparnaudi draparnaudi (Beck, 1813), Cryptazeca monodonta (de Folin & Bérillon, 1877). Afterwards, genus name and, for subspecies, species name can be abbreviated. For a non nominal subspecies, genus name can be abbreviated, but not species name. Example: B. padiraci, Oxychilus d. draparnaudi, O. navarricus helveticus.

● Bibliographic reference citation — Author(s) of cited papers are quoted as follows: Geissert (1997) or (Geissert 1997); two authors: (Falniowski & Wilke 2001) or Falniowski & Wilke (2001); three or more authors: Falkner et al. (2002) or (Falkner et al. 2002). Several papers from the same author are quoted as follows : Dussart (1998, 2005a, 2005b) or (Dussart 1998, 2005a, 2005b). Cited references are first sorted by date, and are separated by semi-columns. Example : (Dussart 1998 ; Bichain 2001 ; Dussart 2005a, 2005b). Nobiliary particles are without capital letter: de Norguet (1873), de Wilde et al. (1987) and van Goethem (1972). Authors cited by others are presented as follows: (Cucherat 1999 in Bichain 2005) or Cucherat (1999 in Bichain 2005).

● Other references — Personal communications are cited as (Gargominy personal communication) or Gargominy (personal communication). As much as possible, date of communication must be given. Unpublished data are cited as (Pavon unpublished data 2005) or Pavon (unpublished data 2005).

● Numerical results — Decimal must be written with a period (not a comma). Columns, semi-columns, question marks and exclamation marks are not preceded by a space. Units are written as follows: m² or m.s-1.

● Figures and tables — They must be cited in the text as follows: (Figure 1) or (Figures 1 & 2) or (Figure 1 & table 1). The position of figures and/or tables in the text must be indicated as follows: << insert figure 1 here >>.

Bibliography formatting

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● Bibliography sorting Bibliography must be sorted by alphabetical order, then date, then alphabetical order of paper titles. Name particles are taken into account for sorting: de Norguet is put under D, not N. Please follow the examples below:

● Articles — Author name, first letter of surname(s) separated by period. Publication date. Full title in its original version. Full journal name in italics, Volume(issue) : page numbers.

Pavon, D. 2005. Note sur Granaria stabilei anceyi (Fagot, 1881). MalaCo, 1: 5-6.

Richoux, P., Allemand, R. & Collomb, G. 2000. Ecogéographie de la région Rhône-Alpes : définition de districts naturels pour la cartographie de l’entomofaune. Bulletin mensuel de la Société linnéenne de Lyon, 70 (1) : 17-20.

● Books — Author name, first letter of surname(s) separated by period. Publication date. Full title in italics. Publisher, City of publication : page number + pp.

Adam, W. 1960. Faune de Belgique. Mollusques 1 - Mollusques terrestres et dulcicoles. Institut Royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, Bruxelles : 402 pp.

● Reports and dissertations — Author name, first letter of surname(s) separated by period. Publication date. Full title in italics. Full name of institution where the work was done, City where the institution is based. page number + pp.

Cucherat, X. 2001. Inventaire des Mollusques continentaux des propriétés du Département du Nord. Conseil Général du Nord / Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, Lille : 105 pp.

● Book section — Author name, first letter of surname(s) separated by period. Publication date. Full section title. In : Editor name(s), first letter of surname(s) separated by period, full book title in italics. Serie name, publisher, city, volume number : page numbers.

Falkner, G. 1990. Binnenmollusken. In : Fechter, R. & Falkner, G., Weichtiere. Europäische Meeres- und Binnenmollusken. Steinbachs Naturführer, Mosaïk Verlag, München, 10 : 112-280.

● Internet — Author name, first letter of surname(s) separated by period. Publication date. Full page or website title. Full URL. Accessed Accession date.

Armbruster, G. 2002. Systematics of the central European taxa of Cochlicopa. http://pages.unibas.ch/dib/nlu/res/cochlico/index.html. Consulté le 20 septembre 2005.

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