Please submit your article as a text file via email (, or electronically in any other way as appropriate. Large image files need to be submitted as separate files.

Article Length and Style

There is no limitation as to the length of an article, although the authors should consider an appropriate ratio of text and graphic/image material. Your article must be preceded by an abstract of no more than 100 words, providing a summary of the text and of the main findings.

The Geraniaceae Journal is intended for a broad readership. If technical language is required, it is requested that this is accompanied by a glossary.

Some articles may require a formal scientific structure, some not, either is acceptable. Scientific articles should consist of the following sections: (i) Introduction; (ii) Materials and Methods; (iii) Results and discussion; (iv) Conclusions, but may include other headings as appropriate.

The Journal working language is English. Articles may be returned to the authors for proofreading by a native English speaker if the quality of the language is deemed to be insufficient.

Full scientific names of plants as well as recognised common names should be included where known. Common plant names can often be found on the SANBI Red List, or PlantZAfrica. The International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (ICBN) should always be referred to where relevant. Where necessary, standard botanical author citation should be used, e.g. Pelargonium attenuatum Harv., although this may often not be needed and in such cases the author citation will be removed.

Images and other Non-text Content

The authors are encouraged to submit as much non-textual material as is meaningful. Please supply highest quality photographic files in JPEG or TIF formats only (ideally 5MB or more). For a full-page print, 12MB files may be necessary. Maps, drawings, illustrations, diagrams, figures, graphs and tables are also welcome.

Captions should be included in the text where the object should ideally be placed. If the article author is not also the author of an image or other non-textual content, then copyright needs to be separately indicated, ideally in the respective caption.

If the photographs show people, then the depicted individuals must provide consent for the image to be published. It is the responsibility of the author(s) to ensure that such permissions have been given prior to article submission.


Some articles may require in-line references, in which case please use the system such as (Marais 1994) and list the refrences at the end of the article in the alphabetical order, e.g.

Marais, E. M. (1994), Taxonomic Studies in Pelargonium, Section Hoarea (Geraniaceae). PhD Thesis, University of Stellenbosch.


Albers F., Becker M. (2010), Phylogeny and speciation in succulent Geraniaceae (Geraniales). Schumannia 6, 59-68.

If further reading is suggested, then a section entitled ‘Further reading’ is welcomed. Wherever possible, please include web links to online versions of the literature reference.

File Formatting

Please remove all style attributes from the document before submission. Please use double spacing, no indent, left-aligned. Use a single font, e.g. Arial size 11 or Calibri size 11. Headers should be in bold type. No other formatting is necessary.


The Geraniaceae Journal operates an open-access policy, based on Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License and the author(s) retain copyright to their material. Neither the editors nor the International Geraniaceae Group assume any responsibility for the content of accepted articles and it is the author’s obligation to only submit research that has been conducted ethically and in accordance with all legal and any other regulations enforced in the country of origin of research. By submitting an article, the author(s) confirm that they hold copyright to all material in the article, or have obtained appropriate permissions for reproduction.

Submission and Processing

All submitted articles are peer reviewed prior to publication. The Geraniaceae Journal operates a double blind peer review system and following review, the authors are required to respond and re-submit an amended article along with an itemised response to the review comments.

The editors retain the right not to accept an article following negative reviews, as well as the right to amend, shorten or otherwise meaningfully change the content of any article.

Following a positive peer review, the article will be typeset and will be sent to the author(s) for final proof-reading before it goes to print, to ensure that the author(s) are comfortable with the layout and any changes made.

The International Geraniaceae Group is a not-for-profit organisation of individuals, i.e. an unincorporated association under UK law and cannot offer any remuneration for contributions. The corresponding author will obtain one printed copy of the Journal with the published article, and can distribute any number of digital copies of it.


We are grateful that you are considering to publish your work in our journal. Please write to us if you have any questions or suggestions.