Call for papers for a Special Issue on functional biogeography of south-temperate forests

The New Zealand Journal of Botany is calling for papers for a special issue on the functional biogeography of south-temperate forests, to be guest-edited by Matt McGlone (Landcare Research) and Juan Armesto (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), for publication in June 2016. We are seeking multi-author, synthetic articles that clarify functional similarities and differences between temperate forest assemblages in South America, New Zealand and south-eastern Australia, and/or the historical or contemporary determinants of these patterns. Informative comparisons of south-temperate forests with other biomes are also encouraged. Papers should address patterns on (and include authors from) at least two of the three landmasses mentioned above. We are calling for expressions of interest to get an idea of potential topics and numbers of papers.

  • Please send a preliminary title with a list of authors and a short outline (< 300 words) of the scope of your proposed submission by 30 April 2015 to Chris Lusk, senior editor of NZJB (  
  • If a submission is invited, the completed manuscript must be received by 1 August 2015 through the journal’s manuscript submission site at Earlier submission of manuscripts is encouraged.
  • Manuscripts of up to 10,000 words will be considered. 
  • An invitation to submit an article does not guarantee acceptance for publication, which will depend on the outcome of normal peer review processes, and on authors meeting critical time schedules.
  • Accepted papers will be published through the Taylor & Francis rapid online publication route soon as proofs have been corrected; these will later be linked together as the Special Issue, available both online and in print.
  • Please direct any queries to Jill Mellanby ( at the editorial office of Royal Society of New Zealand Publishing, or to Chris Lusk, senior editor of NZJB (
  • A symposium with a similar theme will be convened by Aurora Gaxiola (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) at the Southern Connections Conference, 18-23 January 2016, in Punta Arenas, Chile. Please get in touch with Aurora ( if you are interested in adapting your paper as a talk for the symposium.


Senior Editor:

  • Chris Lusk, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Associate Editors

  • Julie Barcelona, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Kevin Burns,Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Roberta D’Archino, NIWA, New Zealand
  • Julian Eaton-Rye, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Kevin Gould,Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Stephen Hartley, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Julian Heyes, Massey University, New Zealand
  • Janice Lord, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Eric McKenzie, Landcare Research, New Zealand
  • Brian Murray, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Pieter Pelser, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Leon Perrie, Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand
  • Rob Smissen, Landcare Research, New Zealand

Aims: The New Zealand Journal of Botany aims to disseminate peer-reviewed research on the botany, mycology, and phycology of New Zealand and the southern hemisphere.

Scope of submissions: The New Zealand Journal of Botany publishes original research papers, review papers, short communications, book reviews, letters, and forum articles. We welcome submissions on all aspects of the botany, mycology, and phycology of the South Pacific, Australia, South America, and southern Africa. The journal’s subject matter encompasses biosystematics and biogeography, ecology, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, reproductive biology, structure and development, taxonomy, ethnobotany, palaeobotany, bryology, lichenology, mycology, plant pathology, and phycology.

Prospective contributors should consult recent issues of the journal and Contact the Publishing team to discuss whether a planned submission is appropriate.

  • No page charges for publication
  • Online iFirst e-before print publication between quarterly issues option
  • Open Select option available for open access publication (gold OA)

Electronic and printed issues are published quarterly (B5 format)
Print ISSN: 0028-825X, Online ISSN: 1175-8643

New Zealand Journal of Botany – Annual Prize

The New Zealand Journal of Botany awards a prize which alternates annually between researchers who have a sustained record for excellence, and those early-career researchers who have published a significant paper in recent issues of the journal. The editorial board may decide not to award the prize if no candidate meets the criteria that year. The award is NZ$300 in the form of a cheque, and a certificate.

 The established researcher prize will be awarded to a person who has made a sustained contribution to the journal during the last five years (regularly publishing and reviewing papers), and whose work has been widely cited by researchers in other journals during the same period.
This award cannot be won by the same person more than twice.

The early researcher prize is for the best paper published, in the opinion of the editorial board, by an emerging researcher in issues of the journal in the two preceding years. At the time of submission of the manuscript, the first author must either be a full time student, or be within seven years of completing their highest degree (Bachelors, Masters or PhD), unless suitable reasons for a career break can be given (e.g. prolonged illness or parental leave). The award is open to authors from any country.

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