SCOPE AND PUBLICATION POLICY OF THE JOURNAL
“KAVAKA” being the Transactions of the Mycological Society of India, was started in the year 1973 as the official publication of Mycological Society of India at Centre for Advanced Study in Botany, University of Madras, Chennai(The word ‘Kavaka’ represents the Sanskrit name for ‘fungus’). It is an international journal of Mycology which is being published twice a year, in June and December by the Editor-in-Chief on behalf of the Mycological Society of India from the Department of Botany, Punjabi University, Patiala-147 004, Punjab, India. Kavaka publishes peer-reviewed, original articles and reviews on all aspects of mycology including conventional taxonomy, molecular taxonomy, phylogeny, diversity, ecology, physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology and applied mycology.
SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPTS IN KAVAKA
The articles should be forwarded through online portal available on the official website of the Kavaka (http://www.kavaka.fungiindia.co.in) and the website of Mycological Society of India (http://www.fungiindia.co.in) to the Editor-in-Chief of the journal. Manuscripts should have high standard of science and should contribute significantly to the progress of science of mycology.
All the submitted articles will be peer reviewed for their suitability before being accepted for publication. Submission of an article to Kavaka presupposes that the corresponding author has complied with the following ethical issues:
1. The article has not been published elsewhere, nor submitted simultaneously elsewhere for publication during the period when it is under consideration by Kavaka. The authors must certify that neither the manuscript nor its main contents have already been published or submitted for publication in any other Journal.
2. The corresponding author and the co-authors have obtained necessary permissions from their respective institution when required.
3. Concurrence of all co-authors for submission of the article to Kavaka has been obtained.
4. Required permissions have been obtained from copyright owners whenever tables, figures, or text material published by others elsewhere are used in the manuscript.
5. Article should be free from plagiarism and its contents has been compared with the vast database of web pages and academic publications by processing through plagiarism checking system.
The journal will not be responsible for any transgressions on the part of the corresponding author/authors with regard to the above.
In addition, use of someone else’s ideas or words in their original form or slightly changed without proper citation will be considered as plagiarism. Even if citation is given and the quotation marks are not placed around the words taken directly from another author’s work, it will still be treated under plagiarism. Reuse of authors own previously published data as such with or without citation will be treated under the category of self plagiarism. All manuscripts received will be processed through plagiarism checking system for comparing the contents of the manuscript with the vast database of web pages and academic publications. Manuscript judged to be plagiarized or self plagiarized will not be considered for publication in Kavaka.
Manuscripts will be rejected without peer review by the Editor-in-Chief if they do not comply with the instructions to the authors or if the manuscripts are beyond the scope of the journal. After the manuscripts have been accepted for publication after peer review and revision, authors will not be permitted to make any further drastic changes. Before publication, the galley proofs will be sent to the authors for final corrections, if any and approval. Mistakes or omissions that occur due to some negligence on the part of the editorial board / publisher during final printing will be rectified in an errata section in the later issue of the journal.
Please refer to a recent issue of the journal for the format. The manuscript should be submitted in MS Word format and typed double-spaced. Do not right justify the text. All pages should be numbered and line numbers should be provided individually for each page. Arial or Times New Roman of font size 12 should be used throughout. The first paragraph of every heading and subheading should be left-justified, while the other paragraphs should be indented.
Authors may suggest 2 possible referees to review their manuscript. However, all decisions on the choice of referees rest with the Editor-in-Chief.
The following order should to be maintained in submission of manuscript:
The first page should provide the title and abstract.
TITLE OF THE ARTICLE
The title should be concise and relevant. Full names of the authors, including the first and surnames should preferably be provided. The corresponding author should be indicated with an asterisk. Addresses of the authors should be indicated in the next line in italics. If the authors are from different institutions, this may be indicated as superscript numerals against the names of the authors and the individual addresses should be stated. The Corresponding author’s email address should be indicated below the addresses of the authors.
The abstract should not exceed 200 words. The abstract should provide a concise summary of the paper. A footnote at the end of this page should provide a running title and a maximum of 6 keywords.
Introduction should not exceed 400 words. The topic should be introduced, relevant literature presented, the problems stated and the objectives clearly delineated.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
This may, or may not be broken down into sub-headings. Citing of earlier references is sufficient for well known standard methodology. However, special and relatively unfamiliar methodology should be presented in detail.
Table and Figure numbers should appear sequentially in the text. Salient results of the study should be presented clearly. The DNA sequences relevant to the study should be deposited in NCBI-GenBank (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/genbank) and the final dataset should be made available to other researchers through TreeBASE submission (www.treebase.org). Details on all new species/taxon description including taxonomic changes should be submitted to Mycobank (http://www.mycobank.org). The manuscript should state the NCBI-GenBank accession number/s, TreeBASE accession number/s and MycoBank number/s, when applicable.
The discussion should be logical, precise and clearly relate to the results obtained. Avoid verbosity and lack of clarity. Results and Discussion should be presented separate sections for articles exceeding 3 printed pages. Articles less than 3 printed pages should combine Results and Discussion.
Brief concluding remarks from the study must be given following discussion, which should be different than the abstract.
Must acknowledge the Institution for the facilities where work has been carried out and the financial support received.
References in the text should include the names of the author (up to three authors) and year of publication. References for more than three authors should be cited as et al. after the first author’s name. When two or more publications by the same author are cited in the same year, they should be designated by letters a,b,c.. In the text and references, eg., 1970a, 1970b, 1970c.. References at the end of the paper should be listed in alphabetical order. Please follow the format given below.
Hawksworth, D.L. 2001. The magnitude of fungal diversity: the 1.5 million species estimate revisited. Mycol. Res. 105: 1422-1432.
Samson, R.A. and Varga, J. 2010. Molecular systematic of Aspergillus and its teleomorphs. In: Aspergillus: Molecular Biology and Genomics. (Eds.: Machida, M. and Gomi, K.). Caister Academic Press, 19-40.
Whipps, J.M. and Lumsden, R.D. 1990. Biotechnology of Fungi for Improving Plant Growth. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 313 pp.
Amal, H.A., Abdessamad, D. and Proksch, P. 2011. Fifty years of drug discovery from fungi. Fungal Divers. (in press) doi: 10.1007/s1 3225-011-0116-y (if it is online or doi number is available)
Canham, C.D. et al. 1994. Causes and consequences of resource heterogeneity in forests: interspecific variation in light transmission by canopy trees. Can. J. For. Res. 24: 337-349.
Tables should be numbered serially using Arabic numerals and cited in the text in bold.
All figures, including line drawings and photographs should be numbered serially in Arabic numerals and should be arranged at the end of the text. Do not embed figures within the text. All figures should be in black and white and cited in the text in bold. Good quality half tone photographs and colour photographs in high pixel should be submitted in the jpg format. Colour art and colour photographs will be allowed when necessary and will be charged. Drawings and figures should be clear enough when fitted onto 1 or 2 columns. Photographs should have appropriate scales to indicate the size, whenever necessary. Composite photographs put together as one plate should be numbered alphabetically. All figures, line drawings and photographs should be incorporated at the end of the manuscript. Legend to figures should be given on a separate page.
Authors will be charged Rs. 500/- (in Indian Rupee) or US$ 20 (in Foreign currency) for every printed page of the article. The exact cost will be communicated to the corresponding author at the proof stage.
Dr. N. S. Atri,
Professor, Department of Botany,
Punjabi University, Patiala 147002, Punjab, India