Instructions for authors





The Mexican Journal of Mycology, the official Journal of the Mexican Society of Mycology (SMM), is a scientific periodical, published twice a year, specialized in the study of fungi, with the goal of releasing unpublished scientific information, featured as scientific articles, short notes and original reviews, covering several areas of Mycology. In some cases, biographies and work reviews of notable mycologists are published. The journal’s official language is Spanish, although English-language manuscripts are also accepted.


Authors’ Guidelines

Submissions to the Mexican Mycology Journal (RMM) should only be sent via email to:

Gerardo Mata, PhD. Editor in Chief:


With a copy sent to any of the following addresses:


Dulce Salmones, PhD. Editor Associate: Rigoberto Gaitán, PhD. Editor Associate: or Rosario Medel, PhD. Editor Associate:


Should it be absolutely impossible to send a submission electronically, two print copies of the submission, together with a CD containing an electronic copy, should be sent to the editors at the following address:


Instituto de Ecología, Carretera antigua a Coatepec No. 351, El Haya, C.P. 91070, Xalapa, Veracruz, México.


Corresponding author: Submissions should include a cover letter by the main author, who shall act in representation of all other authors regarding review and publication of the manuscript. It should be regarded that all authors are accountable for the contents of the article, and must have agreed upon its submission to RMM. Furthermore, by submitting an article, authors agree that its contents have not been published previously, nor is the manuscript under review at the same time by any other magazine, so that the Mexican Mycology Journal shall retain copyright of the article once published.


Types of submission: Original scientific article, short note, review.


Reviewing process. Every submission will be first reviewed by the Editorial Committee, so as to determine whether its subject, presentation and style match the journal’s guidelines. Otherwise, the main author will be informed of the rejection of the manuscript. If the submission is eligible for publication in RMM, it shall go through an arbitration system for its final approval. Two specialists in the subject shall take part in the referendum, and their opinions shall influence submission acceptance. Should these judges disagree, the manuscript shall be sent to a third reviewer. The final word on submission approval is given by the Editorial Committee itself or the Editor in Chief, taking into account the reviewers’ opinions. Given special cases, the RMM’s advisory council shall give the final verdict, which shall be undisputable.


Page charge: Pay rates are given as follows: Mexican residents $ 300.00 MN and foreign residentes $ 30.00 USD

First proofs: The main author shall receive print proofs in electronic form, which should be reviewed and sent back to the editors, along with a letter where the main author expresses her/his agreement with the contents and presentation of the article, as well as her/his written consent to transfer the rights to RMM, in the name of all authors. Only orthographic corrections, data accuracy rectifications and bibliography updates will be accepted at this stage. 

Manuscript preparation: Submissions may be written in English or Spanish, using the Microsoft Word text processor (1997 or newer version), in double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman type, in an 11’ x 8.5’ page size, with a 3-cm. margin on the left, 2-cm. lower and right margins, and a 4-cm. upper margin. Page numbers should appear on the lower right. Italicize only the organisms’ scientific names, Latin words, and the names and numbers of fungi collectors. All taxonomic texts should adjust to the last edition of the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature; there should be a document validating the article’s incorporation to the cited herbarium.


Original scientific articles should comprise the following headings: Title, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials & Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements and References. Should the author wish it, the Results and Discussion headings may be presented together. For short notes, the text should not be divided among headings or be longer than 1500 words. Tables and figures should be kept to a minimum. The revisions are considered work on relevant topics in the field of mycology showing the authors’ experience in a particular subject. Therefore, revisions will be considered only at the express invitation of the Editorial Board.


Work Organization: The work’s title should be brief and to the point. The authors’ full names should follow the title, including pertinent data about the institutions they are affiliated to. Next should come a single-paragraph abstract (with a 200-word limit for scientific articles and reviews and a 150-word limit for short notes), including goals, approach and concrete results, with no references, species or authors’ names. After the abstract there should be a list of 3 to 5 keywords, which should not be included in the title. Then there should come the translation of the title, abstract and keywords in the language the article is not written in (be it English or Spanish). For original articles and reviews, heading titles and subtitles should figure in the left margin, in bold lowercase. It is recommended to limit the manuscript length to a maximum of 20 double-spaced pages, including figures, tables and references.


Bibliography should come at the end of the document, under the References heading. Citations should be arranged in alphabetical order, carefully attending punctuation. All references should be cited within the text (between brackets). Quotes by one or two authors should include both names, followed by publication year (Herrera y Guzmán, 2000); if the quote includes three or more authors, only the name of the first author should be included, followed by et al and the year of publication (Cifuentes et al., 2005). Should there be more than two works by the same author, those signed by the author alone should be cited first, followed by those written in collaboration with other authors. Journal names should be cited in full. Issue number should not be specified if it’s a volume with several annual issues and progressive page count. Thesis works and congress transcriptions should not be cited, and will only be accepted as references if the data are nowhere else available. No personal communication quotes will be allowed in this section; these should be included as part of the text and only if they can not be omitted. If the cited work is currently being printed, the name and volume of the magazine it will appear in should be indicated.


a) Periodicals:

Guzmán, G., T. Herrera, 1972. Especies de macromicetos citadas de México, II. Fistulinaceae y Polyporaceae. Boletín de la Sociedad Mexicana de Micología 5: 57-77.


Heredia, G., R.M. Arias, J. Mena-Portales, A. Mercado-Sierra, 2005. Contribución al conocimiento de los hongos anamorfos saprobios del Estado de Tabasco I. Revista Mexicana de Micología 77:15-30.


b) Books: Include the publisher and the city (not country) where it was published, written in the language the manuscript is presented in


Eriksson, K.E., R.A. Blanchette, P. Ander, 1990. Microbial and enzymatic degradation of wood and wood components. Springer Verlag, Berlin.


Herrera, T., M. Ulloa, 1998. El Reino de los Hongos. Micología Básica y Aplicada. UNAM-FCE, México, D.F.


c) Book Chapters:

Huppert, M., 1982. Antigens used for measuring immunological activity. In: Howard, D.H. (ed.), Fungi Pathogenic for Humans and Animals, Part B. Pathogenicity and Detection. Marcel Dekker, New York. pp. 305-340.


d) Thesis and congress transcriptions: Include the city and country where the congress took place.


Pedroza-Serés, M., M.L. Taylor, 1991. Histoplasmosis in Mexico. XI Congress of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology. Montreal, Canada, june 24-28, p.117.


Villarruel-Ordaz, J .L., 1991. Contribución al conocimiento del género Collybia (Tricholomataceae) en el centro y sur de México. Tesis de Licenciatura, Facultad de Ciencias, UNAM, México, D.F.


Symbols and units: Use metric system measuring units, and abbreviate according to the General Conference of Weights and Measures (1960, 1971), i.e.: m, cm, g, kg, mol, etc. Use h, min, s for times and L for liters. Abbreviations not included in the aforementioned Conference, such as max., min., diam.,  Mex., etc., should include a period and accent marks (Spanish text only) as required. Temperature should be expressed in Celsius degrees (°C). Should a case require the inclusion of other units, these must be added between brackets. When the names of chemical compounds are abbreviated, use internationally established acronyms (ATP, DNA, etc.) or indicate their meaning. In Spanish text, the anglicisms or galicisms should not be used, and the uppercase letters should get accent marks according to grammar rules and the norms established by the Diccionario de la Lengua Española.


Tables and figures: These should be sent in separate files, numbered progressively (Figure 1, Figure 2, Table 1, Table 2) and with their respective texts. Tables should be written using the same software as the text (Microsoft Word). Figures (photographs, graphics or drawings) should be of high quality and in a format that is compatible with Microsoft software (pcx, bmp, gif, tif). Only black and white photographs will be accepted; color printing should be fully warranted and be made at the author’s expense, with a cost according to the material to be published on each issue. When dealing with species lists, tables should not duplicate information.


Xalapa, Ver., México, August 2011.

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