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1 March 2011 Information for Contributors

Scope. The American Malacological Bulletin is the scientific publication of the American Malacological Society and serves as an outlet for reporting notable contributions in malacological research. Manuscripts concerning any aspect of original, unpublished research, important short reports, and detailed reviews dealing with molluscs will be considered for publication.

Format. Manuscripts and illustrations should be submitted electronically (in a Word document or pdf file with embedded figures). Text must be typed in 12 pt font on 8.5 × 11 inch (letter-sized) paper, double-spaced, with all pages numbered consecutively. Leave ample margins on all sides, and left-justify the text. Final submission of accepted, revised manuscripts must include the text, tables, etc. as a mandatory MS Word file on a CD, DVD, or e-mail attachment, along with high resolution TIFF files of all figures. Authors should make sure all figures have at least 350 dpi resolution, and check figure files for acceptability at Sheridan's web site ( Please follow current instructions for authors given at the AMS website or at the back of recent issues of the Bulletin.

Sections. Text, when appropriate, should be arranged in sections as follows:

  • Cover page with title, author(s), address(es), e-mail address (of corresponding author), and suggested running title of no more than 50 characters and spaces. Authors should also supply 5 key words or short phrases, placed at the base of this page, for indexing purposes. Key words or phrases should not duplicate terms already in title.

  • Abstract (less than 5% of manuscript length)

  • Text of manuscript starting with a brief introduction followed by materials and methods, results, and discussion.

    • Separate main sections of text with centered titles in bold face, capital letters.

    • Subheadings (1st level) should be left-justified and bold face; capitalize first letter.

    • Subheadings (2nd level) should be in italics with no bold face. Please refer to example below:

  • Acknowledgments

  • Literature cited

  • Figure legends (together)

  • Tables (each on a separate sheet, headed by a brief legend)


  • Taxonomy

  • Animals

  • Cultured animals

  • Wild animals

  • Behavioral observations


Taxonomic Authorities. All binomens, excluding non-molluscan taxa, must include the author and date attributed to that taxon the first time the name appears in the manuscript, such as Crassostrea virginica (Gmelin, 1791). A comma is required between the authority and date. The full generic name along with specific epithet should be written out the first time that taxon is referred to in each paragraph. The generic name can be abbreviated in the remainder of the paragraph as follows: C. virginica. The taxonomic authorities of generic names must be provided if species names are not included. Please refer to recent issues for examples.

Text References. Literature citations should be cited within text as follows: Hillis (1989) or (Hillis 1989). Dual authorship should be cited as follows: Yonge and Thompson (1976) or (Yonge and Thompson 1976). Multiple authors of a single article should be cited as follows: Beattie et al. (1980) or (Beattie et al. 1980).

Literature Cited Section. References must also be typed double-spaced. All authors must be fully identified and listed alphabetically; journal titles must be unabbreviated. When more than one publication with the same first author is cited, please arrange citations as follows: (a) single author, according to publication dates; (b) same author and one co-author in alphabetical, then chronological order; (c) same author and more than one co-author.

Citation Format.

  • Beattie, J. H., K. K. Chew, and W. K. Hershberger. 1980. Differential survival of selected strains of Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas) during summer mortality. Proceedings of the National Shellfisheries Association 70: 184–189.

  • Hillis, D. M. 1989. Genetic consequences of partial self fertilization on populations of Liguus fasciatus (Mollusca: Pulmonata: Bulimulidae). American Malacological Bulletin 7: 7–12.

  • Seed, R. 1980. Shell growth and form in the Bivalvia. In: D. C. Rhoads and R. A. Lutz, eds., Skeletal Growth of Aquatic Organisms. Plenum Press, New York, New York. Pp. 23–67.

  • Yonge, C. M. and T. E. Thompson. 1976. Living Marine Molluscs. William Collins Son and Co., Ltd., London.

For more detailed examples of journal series, supplements, graduate theses, governmental reports, Internet citations, non-English citations, or other categories of references, please check the following AMS web page under “Submission”:

Resources. The manuscript should follow the style rules outlined in The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (7th edition, June 2006). This can be purchased from the CSE at 12100 Sunset Hills Rd., Suite 130, Reston, Virginia 20190, USA or at the following web site: Spelling should follow American English as listed in Merriam-Webster Online ( or recent hardcopy editions.

Punctuation. Punctuation should follow that shown in the most recent issues of AMB. Specific common examples include:

  • Italics: e.g., i.e., sensu, per se, et al.

  • Non-italicized text: pers. comm., pers. obs., and unpubl. data

  • Font: please use Times New Roman 12 (if possible).

Figures. Authors are strongly encouraged to submit electronic copies of the figures on CDs or DVDs (hardcopy submissions may incur additional costs). Illustrations should be clearly detailed and readily reproducible. Fine patterns and screens do not reproduce well. All figure panels must be marked with capitalized letters (A, B, C, etc . . .) and adequately labeled with sufficiently large labels to remain readable with reduction by one half. Magnification bars must appear on the figure (except for graphs), or the caption must read horizontal field width = x mm or x pm. All measurements must be in metric units. When creating figures, use font sizes and line weights that will reproduce clearly and accurately when figures are sized to the appropriate column width. Please do not include figure legends in a graphic file. Explanations of abbreviations used in a figure should occur in the legend. Please see recent journal issues for correct format. Indicate in text margins the appropriate location in which figures should appear. Color illustrations can be included at extra cost to the author (currently about $650–700/figure).

Figure Format. For final revisions of papers submitted to the editor, all electronic figure files should be in TIFF formats, preferably with LZW image compression. Each individual figure or graphic must be supplied as a separate, standalone file (not as an embedded object). Figure files must be named with their respective numbers and graphic type such as Fig1.tif, Figure2.tif, etc.

Figure Resolution. AMB quality reproduction will require grayscale and color files at resolutions yielding approximately 350 dpi. Bitmapped line art should be submitted at resolutions yielding 600–1200 dpi. These resolutions refer to the output size of the file (85 mm for single column or 170 mm for double column); if you anticipate that your images will be enlarged or reduced, resolutions should be adjusted accordingly. Please check your output resolution prior to manuscript submission. Directions on how to check are available at the following AMS web page under “Submission”: The production of high-resolution figures is the responsibility of the author(s).

Mandatory AMB Style. Any manuscript not conforming to AMB format will be returned to the author for revision before publication. Manuscripts are accepted contingent upon authors making final AMB stylistic revisions.

New Taxa. The Bulletin welcomes complete descriptions of new molluscan taxa. Establishment of new taxa must conform with the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (1999). Descriptions of new species-level taxa must include the following information in the order as given: higher taxon designation as needed for clarity; family name with author and date; generic name with author and date; Genus species author sp. nov. followed by numeration of all figures and tables; complete synonymy (if any); listing of type material with holotype and any other type material clearly designated along with complete museum catalogue or accession information; listing of all additional non-type material also with full museum deposition information; type locality; diagnosis and full description of material done in telegraphic style including measurements and Zoogeographie distribution as necessary; discussion; etymology. Descriptions of new supraspecific taxa should include type species (for new genus) or type genus (for new family), diagnosis and full description done in telegraphic style, and list of included taxa.

Proofs. Page proofs will be sent to the author and must be checked for printer's errors and returned to the Managing Editor within a 1-week period. Changes in text, other than printer errors, will result in publishing charges that will be billed to the author.

Charges. There are no mandatory page costs to authors lacking financial support. Authors with institutional, grant, or other research support will be billed for page charges. The current rate is $50 per printed page. Acceptance and ultimate publication is in no way based on ability to pay page costs. However, changes at the proof stage are mandatory costs set by the publisher.

Reprints. Order forms and reprint cost information will be sent with page proofs. The author receiving the order form is responsible for insuring that orders for any co-authors are also placed at that time. Electronic e-reprints (with unlimited distribution) are available from BioOne ( after the electronic version of the volume is released.

Submission. Submit all manuscripts to: Dr. Kenneth M. Brown, Editor-in-Chief, Department of Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803, USA. Please refer to the AMS web page for more detailed information prior to submission,

Subscription Costs. Institutional subscriptions are available at a cost of $75 per volume. Membership in the American Malacological Society, which includes personal subscriptions to the Bulletin, is available for $60 ($20 for students, $60 for affiliated clubs). All prices quoted are in U.S. funds. Outside the U.S. postal zones, add $5 airmail per volume (within North America) or $10 airmail per volume (other locations). For membership information contact Dr. Dawn Dittman, Treasurer, Tunison Laboratory of Aquatic Science, 3075 Gracie Rd., Cortland, New York 13045–9357, USA. For institutional subscription and back-issue information contact Dr. Kenneth M. Brown, Editor-In-Chief, Department of Biological Sciences, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803, USA. Complete information is also available at the AMS website:

"Information for Contributors," American Malacological Bulletin 29(1/2), 284-285, (1 March 2011).
Published: 1 March 2011

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