Notulae Algarum: An Online Journal for Algae

Instructions for Authors

Notulae algarum is an on-line only publication published by AlgaeBase and, as the title ("little notes of algae") suggests, is intended for brief notes of 1-5 pages, generally on nomenclatural and taxonomic matters that pertain to any aspects of algae. Papers will be published only in a PDF format that meets the requirements for effective publication of the International Code of Nomenclature immediately upon acceptance. Longer notes may be acceptable, but please consult with the editor initially. Check-lists and lengthy lists are not acceptable.

Submitted manuscripts should not be previously published or submitted elsewhere for publication.

All illustrated manuscripts should include the plates already in place in the Word document with all cropping, labelling and legends in place. Black and white and colour illustrations are both acceptable.

Notulae algarum is intended to meet the requirements for effective publication to validate new names as prescribed in Article 29 of the International Code of Nomenclature, particularly as its requirements relate to effective on-line publication.



If your manuscript includes new taxa, types or nomenclatural acts at any rank, it is required to register the novelties with PhycoBank, the registration system for algae.Please contact the curation team ( to get PhycoBank identifier(s). Registration will be finalised shortly after publication.

Editorial Policy

All submissions to Notulae Algarum are peer-reviewed by at least two independent assessors after consultation with the Editorial Board. Upon receipt of reports, decisions are made whether to accept/reject or to return the manuscript for revision. Final decisions on publication are made by the Editor and are non-negotiable. Manuscripts should be prepared according to journal instructions; those that do not meet these may be returned for revision prior to review. Following the style of an appropriate manuscript that has already been published on-line is advised.


Detailed Instructions

  • Instructions
  • Notulae algarum Word Template Please set "A4" page size and not "US Letter" in Print Settings.
  • If you are introducing a new combination or a new name, a PDF of the publication where the basionym or replaced name must be submitted at the same time or, if the publication is very large, a link to the publication, or a PDF of the relevant page(s) of the original publication.
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