Utterly Simplified Cookbook Method
Utterly Simplified Cookbook Method and Overview
For those of you just starting, here is a vastly simplified summary of how to approach doing a treatment for the Bryophyte Flora of North America.
1. Write a genus description with about the same characters as a similar genus already on the Web.
2. Write a key to species.
3. Write the first species description using ALL of the characters mentioned anywhere in the key. Add some others that might also help distinguish the species.
4. Copy and paste below that first description as many times as you have additional species, so you have a number of identical descriptions equal to the number of species.
5. Change the character states of each description to fit another species.
Sure, it's a bit simplified, but it's a conceptual start. Compare your treatments with those already on the Web and add whatever information is needed.
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Please remember the following:
Use Brummitt and Powell for Authority names but spell out the last name.
Give a summary of "Capsule mature" months or seasons if you have time and sufficient material (otherwise leave it out). Give a summary of elevations using the format "0--500 m;" but if you have not seen sufficient material the phrases "low elevations," "moderate elevations," or "moderate to high elevations," or the like are acceptable.
You CAN use published records to fill out your lists of states and provinces; and do not cite each publication. Cite a publication in the discussion paragraph if you need to, and do so only if it is unusually important. This should speed things up a lot.
Send art instructions with slides and habit specimens to P. Eckel here for illustration. You can submit treatments and even maps over the Web via email as attachments.
Forget mapping. We will do it all from the sentence you write listing states, provinces and Greenland for distribution. Do not cite any publications for this general distribution statement, simply combine the literature with your own observations..
Then your treatment will be scientifically reviewed, technically edited, and you will probably do some revision, and it goes up on the Web as a peer-reviewed publication. You will also review steps in artwork preparation via email attachments. You get to change your manuscript at any time up to just before the hardcopy manuscripts are submitted for publication.
Don't worry to much about the fancy FNA editing and onerous details - that's what us editors are for. Send it in!