Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology

Cover image for Vol. 64 Issue 3

Edited By: Roberto Docampo

Impact Factor: 2.738

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 53/123 (Microbiology)

Online ISSN: 1550-7408

Author Guidelines

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The Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology is copublished by Wiley-Blackwell and the International Society of Protistologists. Six issues are published per year on original research on protists, including parasites, and covering all aspects of such organisms (e.g. behavior, biochemistry, cell biology, development, ecology, evolution, genetics, molecular biology, morphogenetics, parasitology, physiology, systematics, and ultrastructure). The criteria for acceptance of manuscripts are technical correctness, significance, and interest for a broad audience.

Manuscript Types.
The Journal publishes Original Research Articles, Symposia, Invited Reviews, Short Communications, and Supplements. A Short Communication must not exceed 2,000 words of text
, excluding literature cited. There is a limit of one figure OR one table occupying less than one journal page. Style and format are identical to that of full-length papers except that RESULTS AND DISCUSSION are placed together. Papers must be complete in themselves, presenting sufficient information to allow repetition of the results. The abstract should be 100 words. Special reports resulting from workshops are published as Supplements following the approval of the Executive Committee of the Society.

Article Processing Charges.
Authors are assessed article processing charges of $50.00 (U.S.) per page. Regular, student, honorary, and emeritus members of The Society will receive up to six (6) free pages per volume (applied to one paper). The processing fee will be waived only for 6 pages regardless of the number of ISOP members on the paper. There are no article processing charges for a symposium article, past-president's address, invited review, book review or in memoriam article. Young investigators, who are members of the International Society of Protistologists, may request support for article processing charges from the Society’s R. P. Hall Fund. Address requests to the Editor-in-Chief at Support will be awarded to those authors whose papers are found meritorious upon review.

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Offprint Requests.
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Substantive retractions and corrections will be published after approval by all authors of the paper and will be identified in the Table of Contents.

Classification Systems.
Contributors are urged to become familiar with the systems of classification of the protists. See Adl et al., 2005, J. Eukaryot. Microbiol., 52:399-451 and Lee et al., 2002, An Illustrated Guide to the Protozoa, 2nd ed., the Society of Protozoologists, Lawrence, KS. Authors are not required to adopt the names or the scheme of classification used/proposed therein but, if using or proposing different suprafamilial ranks or names (including spellings), it would be advisable to provide the rationale for such changes. Subspecies and Strain Designations. Sources of strains (e.g. American Type Culture Collection, Culture Centre for Algae and Protozoa, etc.) with catalogue or accession numbers are to be acknowledged in the Materials and Methods or given in appropriate tables. If not obtained from a recognized reference collection, indicate from whom and where the strain was obtained and provide a history (e.g. obtained from Ching Kung, University of Wisconsin, who isolated the mutant).

New Taxa.
In descriptions of new taxa, use the standard abbreviations after the proposed name (generally in the title, abstract, and following at least its first usage in Results and Discussion sections, and in all figure explanations), as appropriate (n. sp., n. g., n. fam., n. ord., n. cl., etc.). Authors are asked to write the complete description of the new taxon in the Results Section, referring carefully to figures, as appropriate, to explain the characters of the new taxon. In the Discussion Section, the justification should be presented with reference to the published literature so that a careful rationale is provided for the new taxon. This text should then be followed by some kind of concluding sentence that leads into the formal DIAGNOSIS. This should begin with a listing of the higher taxa to which the new taxon belongs, as centered text with authorship of the taxa. Please refer to recent issues of The Journal for style and see the editorial describing new taxa of unicellular protists by Lynn & Simpson in JEukMic 57(3): 221-222, available as a PDF at . Guidelines for descriptions and species differentiation of apicomplexans, see also Bandoni&Duszynski, 1988, J. Parasitol., 74:519--523. Following this should be the formal taxonomic presentation to include, as appropriate, the following sections: DIAGNOSIS, DEDICATION, ETYMOLOGY INCLUDING GENDER, TYPE LOCALITY, TYPE DEFINITIVE HOST, TYPE INTERMEDIATE HOST, PREVALENCE, ECOLOGY/HABITAT, DEPOSITION OF TYPE SPECIMENS AND MATERIALS, and other sections if needed. Authors of papers on new taxa must deposit a fixed specimen in a recognized repository and provide an accession number in the manuscript.

When describing new species it is the author’s responsibility to register them with Zoobank. The registration number should be included in the manuscript per ICZN rule 8.5.3.

The following will accept fixed specimens:

(1) U. S. National Parasite Collection, Dr. Eric P. Hoberg, Chief Curator, USDA, ARS, BARC-East No. 1180, 10300 Baltimore Ave., Beltsville, Maryland 20705, Telephone (301) 504-8588; FAX: (301) 504-8979; e-mail:;

(2) International Protozoan Type Slide Collection, Dr. Klaus Ruetzler, Curator (contact: Linda Cole), Smithsonian Institution, P.O. Box 37012, National Museum of Natural History, MRC-163, Washington, D.C. 20013-7012, Telephone (202) 633-1763; e-mail:; and

(3), Dr. Scott Lyell Gardner, Curator of Parasites and Director of the Harold W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology, W-529 Nebraska Hall, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0514, Telephone: (402) 472-3334; FAX: (402) 472-8949; Website:

(4) Dr. Erna Aescht, Biologiezentrum/Oberoesterrichische Landesmuseen, J.-W.-Klein-Str. 73, 4040 Linz/Dornach, Austria, Telephone: (0043) - (0) 732-759733-53; FAX: (0043) - (0) 732-759733-99; URL:

For cases in which there are living cultures it is suggested that the strain be deposited in a recognized reference collection. The following may accept living cultures:

(1) Dr. Robert Molestina, American Type Culture Collection, Protistology Collection, 10801 University Boulevard, Manassas, Virginia 20110-2209 USA. Telephone (703) 365-2700, ext. 2628 (lab ext. 2291); e-mail:

(2) Dr. John G. Day, Curator CCAP, Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa, Scottish Association of Marine Science, Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory, Dunbeg Argyll, PA37 1QA, UK; Telephone (44) 1631 559000; direct dial (44) 1631 559349; FAX: (44) 1631 559001; e-mail: .

Please note: The Editors consider it professionally ethical to share new strains, mutant strains, hybridomas, plasmid DNA, and biological reagents used in reported work. Hence, authors who submit to The Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology are expected to provide others with relevant material, at reasonable cost, when requested. Sequences of Nucleotides and Proteins. New sequences must be deposited in a database accessible to the public, such as GenBank or EMBL. Accession numbers must be included in the final version of the accepted manuscript. Sequence alignment data can also be submitted to EMBL. Authors must convince the Associate Editors and Reviewers that methods have been followed that ensure the production of the highest quality and accuracy of sequence data. For DNA sequences, this could involve sequencing both strands completely or sequencing a single strand from at least two independent PCR reactions. Associate Editors and Reviewers may occasionally request sequences or alignments from authors to verify claimed results. Authors must be prepared to provide these data as an e-mail attachment. Editors consider it professionally ethical to share alignment files. Hence, authors who submit to The Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology are expected to provide others with these data, when requested.

Note that the Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology is archived at Portico ( and CLOCKKS ( which satisfies ICZN rule


Articles must be submitted in English only and prepared following the CHECKLIST FOR MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION. Please note that every section of the manuscript, including tables, legends, and Literature Cited, must be single-spaced and the use of line numbers is required. Authors should consult a current issue of the journal to make themselves familiar with the general format, such as the use of cross-headings, spaces between headings, layout of Tables and citation of references.


Manuscripts should be submitted via the following Web site: If problems are encountered during submission, please use the “Get Help Now” button at the ScholarOne Manuscripts website or contact the Editorial Office e-mail (

Before submitting, gather the following information:
Contact Information (for all authors) Please ensure you include first, middle/initial, last names, postal addresses, work telephone numbers, and valid e-mail addresses. Please note that it is very important that the corresponding author's email address is correct since proofs will be sent to the email address provided.
Title Running Title (max. 60 characters/spaces)
Abstract (One paragraph of 200 words or less)
Keywords (no more than 10 keywords or phrases that are not already in the title)
Manuscript Files

Figures. Figure captions should be brief and self-explanatory. Species names are italicized and spelled out in full the first time they are used in each caption. For plates with more than one figure, a first sentence or phrase should summarize all figures on the plate. Then describe each figure on the plate individually. Arrange related figures to form plates. Figures must be arranged in the order in which they are cited in the text. Please see the CHECKLIST FOR MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION for specific instructions regarding numbering of individual figures and plates. The Journal accepts raster files in the Tagged Image File Format (TIFF), a format that is appropriate for electron micrographs, photomicrographs, photographs, and detailed schematic drawings, at 300 dpi at the size that the image will appear in the final plate, or 600 dpi if a combination of halftones and line art. Vector files should be submitted in either the Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) format or the Portal Document Format (PDF). Both formats are appropriate primarily for line artwork, graphs, and charts. Line art, symbols, and labels should be added as a final step and at the minimum resolution required for the chosen file format: If the figure is a combination of line art and halftones, it must be saved at 600 dpi.

For more instructions on the submission of electronic artwork, consult the Wiley-Blackwell electronic artwork guidelines at and visit the editorial on artwork found in J. Eukaryot. Microbiol. 57: 3.


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Early View
Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology is covered by Wiley-Blackwell’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in an issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after Early View publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After issue publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

Accepted Articles
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