Belgian Society for Conchology
Section 'Coast'


Instructions to authors

We invite any author to publish articles with a taxonomical and nomenclatural content about Mollusca in our magazine ‘Neptunea’. Yet, all conchological and malacological articles with serious content such as book reviews, announcements, short notes or reports of shelling expeditions are also accepted. Well-illustrated articles have priority over pure text. There is no limitation on the number of colour figures or photographs. Membership is not mandatory for authors. Publishing is totally free, independent of the number of pages or photographs.

Taxonomic papers must be in agreement with the recommendations of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (4th edition). Papers describing new species (subspecies) will be accepted only if primary types are deposited in a recognized public Museum or scientific Institution.

Manuscripts can be submitted in Dutch, French or English, either by e-mail, CD-ROM/DVD (as *.doc documents in Arial 10pt., preferably in Word – PC or Macintosh) or even in readable hand written or typed form on plain paper. Text must be typed in one column. The sequence of sections will respect the following order: title, name of author(s), address(es) of author(s), a list of key words (no more than ten) under which the article should be indexed and a brief summary (abstract) in English, not exceeding 200 words. Generic and (sub)specific names should be typed in italics. Names of levels higher than genus-rank should not be typed in upper case letters. The first mention in the text of any taxon must be followed by its author including the year.
The following pages should be divided into sections under short headings. Whenever possible the text should be arranged as follows: Abbreviations (grouped in alphabetical sequence), Introduction, Type material, Type locality, Measurements, Materials and Methods, Description, Derivation of name, Habitat, Geographic range, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements and References. Please, refer to a recent issue of ‘Neptunea’ for the lay out. All articles should be aimed at a general audience and authors should include definitions for technical terms or abbreviations.

Illustrations: We prefer colour plates or figures, black and white figures are accepted too. Photographs must be of a high quality, printed on glossy paper and submitted in the final version (max. A4: 210 x 297 mm). However, we prefer illustrations as digital files in jpg- or png-format taken by a high resolution digital camera (at least 8 M pixels) and submitted by e-mail or CD/DVD. Please make sure that photographs are in sharp focus throughout. Avoid making cutouts. Layout suggestions from authors are welcomed. It is recommended to print figures with their legend below, so authors are asked to take this into account when preparing full page figures. 
Plates are numbered with consecutive Roman numbers (I, II, III, …) and figures with separate consecutive Arabic numbers (1,2, 3, …), for instance: Plate I. Figs 1, 2, 3 & 4; Plate II. Figs 5, 6 & 7 or Plate IV. Figs 1-10 if more than five illustrations. Tables must be numbered with Roman characters. Measurements of shells should be in metric units (0.1 mm or 0.01 mm).

References in the text should be given as follows: Monsecour & Kreipl (2003) or (Monsecour & Kreipl, 2003). The first mention in the text of a paper with more than two authors must include all of them, thereafter use ‘et al’. If an author has published more than one paper per year, refer to them with letters, for instance: Bozzetti, 2002a; Bozzetti, 2002b). The statements in the reference list should be in alphabetical order and must include all the publications cited in the text but only these. All the authors of a paper, written in small letters, have to be included. The references need not be given when the author and date are mentioned only as authority for a taxonomic name. Titles of periodicals (italics) are written in full, not abbreviated, numbers of volumes reproduced in bold characters. For books, give the author, year, title (italics), name of publisher, place of publication, indication of edition if not the first and total numbers of pages. Keep references to doctoral theses or any other unpublished documents to an absolute minimum.

References, in alphabetical order, should be given in the following form (please note the punctuations):
Aartsen, J.J. van, 2002. Indo-Pacific migrants into the Mediterranean. 1. Gibborissoa virgata (Philippi, 1849). La
Conchiglia, 34(303): 56-58.
Alf, A. & Kreipl, K., 2004. A new Bolma from Madagascar (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Turbinidae). Spixiana, 27(2):
CLEMAM, 2003. Check List of European Marine Mollusca,
Dautzenberg, P. & Fischer, H., 1906. Mollusques provenant des dragages effectués à l’ouest de l’Afrique pendant
les campagnes de S.A.S. le Prince de Monaco. In : Richard, M.J. (Ed.): Résultats des Campagnes Scientifiques accomplies sur son yacht par Albert 1er Prince Souverain de Monaco. Imprimerie de Monaco, Monaco, 32: 1-125, pls 1-5.
Okutani, T., 2000. Marine Mollusks in Japan. Tokai University Press. Tokyo. 1173 pp.

Processing of manuscripts: After reading and considering the manuscript, proofs of the text will be returned to the author(s) for reviewing or correcting errors. When a paper has a joint authorship, one author must accept responsibility for all correspondence and each contributor is responsible for the content of the paper.
After publication each author will receive five free copies of his article. If number of pages exceeds eight, each author receives one copy of the complete issue. More copies can be obtained at a reduced price.

For any questions, kindly contact the responsible editor: