Submit manuscripts to the editor as Microsoft Word documents (some other word processing formats may be acceptable; consult editor first) as an email attachment.
Manuscripts will be reviewed by at least one reviewer. The editor will make the final decision on acceptance.
Title page. The first page should include a reasonably short title, the author or authors’ names, and email addresses.
Abstract. Major articles should start with a brief abstract of up to 200 words as a single paragraph, followed by key words so the gist of the report can appear in the several abstracting periodicals that list McIlvainea. The abstract must stand alone and be informative without the need for reference to the text.
Scientific names of genera and species must be in italics. Vernacular names (e.g., an ascomycete, both gasteromycetes, the agarics, several tremellas, etc.) should not start with a capital letter.
Numerals under 10 should be spelled out in descriptive text; numbers above 10 appear as arabic numerals. Numbers indicating count or measurement (including those below 10) are displayed as numerals. Consult Scientific Style and Format for other specific number-related questions.
Typography. Use smart quotes. Pay attention to dashes, en-dashes, and em-dashes—and use them correctly to maintain readability and consistency.
Keys must be dichotomous, the couplets numbered, and block-indented. Leads of first couplet begin at the left margin, as do those of third, fifth, etc. Leads of second (fourth, sixth, etc.) are tab-indented equal to five spaces.
Tables should have a caption and be clearly labeled. Tables should be numbered consecutively and referred to in the text in the order presented.
Figures may be line illustrations (figures, charts, graphs, and drawings), or photographs (black-and-white or color) and should be referred to in the text in the order presented. Illustrations and photographs copied via scan should be reproduced at 1,000 dpi and 300 dpi, respectively. Figure legends must be self-explanatory. For microscopic features, scale should be provided.
Literature cited. Citations in the text should use the author-date style and must include the full title of the paper and its source (journal title unabbreviated; book including author(s)/editor(s), publisher; etc). For multiple authors, please use ampersand instead of “and,” and reverse initials of first author only. All references must be cited in the text. The principal author is responsible for accuracy of the references.
Accuracy. The editors cannot perform substantial fact checks and may reject manuscripts where spot-checking reveals accuracy concerns. Exercise caution when writing from memory; look up the correct (or preferred) names and spellings of all proper nouns. (Ex: Is what everyone calls “Asheville medical hospital” actually Mountain Area Family Health Center? Get it right.)