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Aims & Scope

Aliso: A Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany is the open-access, peer-reviewed, scientific journal of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. International in scope, the journal publishes original articles on systematic and evolutionary botany. Floristic studies pertaining to the western United States and areas of comparable climate and vegetation are also featured.

Recent subject matter—primarily in relation to plants from the California Floristic Province (CFP)—has included descriptions of taxonomic novelties, nomenclatural adjustments, regional floras, invasive weeds, range extensions, conservation studies, vernal pools, endemism, hybridization experiments, botanical history relevant to the American West, and pertinent methodological papers. Studies independent of the CFP region have focused on comparative morphology, anatomy including wood anatomy, phylogenetic relationships, and evolutionary perspectives with a botanical focus.

Aliso accepts contributions ranging from single-page papers dealing, for example, with taxonomic descriptions and new collection records to extended floristic studies of up to ca. 50 printed pages. Stand-alone articles on topics of special interest to botanists in Southern California can be accommodated in our Occasional Publications series. Authors considering publication in the Occasional Publication series are encouraged to correspond with the Editor-in-Chief ().

Intermittently, Aliso has been devoted to topics of special interest or papers presented at conferences and symposia. Several issues of Aliso featured articles from the Southwestern Botanical Systematics Symposia. Papers from the Third International Conference on the Comparative Biology of the Monocotyledons appeared in Aliso volumes 22 and 23, entitled Monocots—Comparative Biology and Evolution. Volume 26 commemorated the contributions of the late Aliso Editor-in-Chief Dr. Richard K. Benjamin to the study of Laboulbeniales and Zygomycetes.

Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts intended for submission to Aliso should be prepared according to the Manuscript Preparation Guidelines and sent to the Editor-in-Chief (). IMPORTANT: email attachments must not exceed 8 MB per message.

Authors should read the Aliso Copyright and License Agreement (see also Rights for Authors on the Aliso: A Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany Policies page) and will be asked to complete the Aliso Copyright Permission and Submission Form (available from Editor-in-Chief). Authors will retain copyright, and articles will display a CC-BY or CC-BY-NC license (see Creative Commons for details).

Aliso is published biannually. Authors wishing to publish their article in Aliso are encouraged to make a voluntary contribution of $50 per printed page to offset publication costs. Costs of color illustrations are borne (in part) by the authors: illustrations are charged at $300 per printed page of color for contributors without RSABG affiliation; RSABG affiliates, primary Aliso reviewers, and Aliso print subscribers are granted two gratis pages of color per year. Persons interested in reviewing articles for Aliso should contact the Editor-in-Chief ().