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Discipline Mycology
Language English, French
Edited by Lorelei L. Norvell
Publication details
Publication history
Mycotaxon Publications
Frequency Irregular
Delayed, after 3 years
Standard abbreviations
ISSN 0093-4666
OCLC no. 1798491
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Mycotaxon is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that covers the nomenclature and taxonomy of fungi, including lichens. The journal was founded by Grégoire L. Hennebert and Richard P. Korf in 1974.[1] They were frustrated that papers submitted to journals such as Mycologia took a year or longer from submission to publication. Korf and Hennebert introduced a number of innovations to make their journal more efficient and accessible than its contemporaries. Mycotaxon reduced the wait time between submission and publication by requiring authors to submit camera-ready copy. Linotype was the industry standard at the time; Mycotaxon used photo-offset lithography to expedite publication.[2] A quarterly journal, Mycotaxon aimed to publish papers within four months of submission.[3] Mycotaxon took an unusual non-blind approach to refereeing: authors were required to enlist a reviewer outside of their institution to peer-review their manuscript prior to its submission.[2] Initially Mycotaxon did not demand page charges from authors, rather relying on subscription fees to finance publication. Papers of all lengths were accepted.[3]


  1. ^ Korf, R.P. (2005). "Reinventing taxonomy: a curmudgeon's view of 250 years of fungal taxonomy, the crisis in biodiversity, and the pitfalls of the phylogenetic age". Mycotaxon. 93: 407–415.
  2. ^ a b "A Conversation with Richard P. Korf". eCommons: Cornell's digital repository. The Internet-First University Press. 2012. Retrieved 2016-09-30.
  3. ^ a b Korf, Richard P.; Hennebert, G. L. (1974). "Mycotaxon, a new international journal on taxonomy and nomenclature of fungi and lichens". Mycotaxon. 1 (1): 1–2.

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