General policy

Mycosphere publishes  reviews, research articles, methodology papers, taxonomic works such as monographs, and checklists which relevants to fungal biology, including lichens. The official journal language is English.

Mycosphere encourages authors to check for plagiarism prior to submitting their manuscript. If the plagiarism exceeds 30%, the article will be rejected.

Mycosphere does not treat preprints as duplicate publications. If the authors have uploaded an early version of the article as a preprint, it will not impact the publication consideration. Once posted, a preprint is permanently included in the scientific record and can be cited using a specific DOI. Therefore, if a preprint has been uploaded, please link it with the manuscript you submit to the journal (following the Mycosphere template and including it in the Supplementary Materials).
Upon acceptance of your paper, please acknowledge the preprint with the statement: "This article has been accepted for publication in Mycosphere, published by Mushroom Research Foundation." Additionally, once the article is online, please update the preprint with the statement: "The article was published in Mycosphere on [date of publication], available online:[Article DOI]."
Mycosphere essays

Mycosphere will publish a series of essays. These essays will generally be 4-10 pages, dealing with new ideas, and current and controversial topics. They are expected to deal with topics that are not normally dealt with in traditional mycology journals and where possible should present more than one side of an argument.
Essays should be submitted by the normal process and will be peer reviewed. Longer review papers are also welcome.

Manuscript preparation - General requirements

A proper and quick processing of your manuscript requires a clean manuscript regarding both its scientific content and its formatting. Detailed information on the layout/template can be found in 'Template_Mycosphere_2024' or download the most recently published papers.

The template can be downloaded here

Generally, the main text in the manuscript, including legends to illustrations, should be written in Times New Roman, 12 pt, single-spaced throughout. Latin names of genera and species must be italicised. Hyphena-tion must be avoided throughout (switch off automatic hyphenation).

No special formatting options should be used. All pages should be numbered in the bottom right corner of each page. After the acceptance of a paper with new scientific names, authors must register the names in repositories as required by the code for each new name or combination and Faces of Fungi numbers (for each taxa, see 

Phylogenetic trees: Authors are required to submit the alignment file (in FASTA format) supplied at the time of submission. If there are more than 5 genera in the manuscripts authors are required to submit alignment files as in a single compressed file via email. The title of the email should be the submission ID of the paper.

Submission of manuscripts

Please submit your manuscript electronically via our submission system

For future enquires please contact us

Mycosphere will accept only manuscripts that fit the regulations of the journal. Manuscripts, which are not prepared according to our template, will be sent back for reformatting. See 'Template_Mycosphere_2024'.

Electronic submission guidelines

First submission

The following files are required:

  1. A word file of properly structured/formatted manuscript containing the full text including tables and figures/plates,
  2. A PDF file of properly structured/formatted manuscript containing the full text including tables and figures/plates for review purposes.
  3. Please send the names, affiliations and emails of three potential referees.

Important: The plates and tables should be placed in the text at the appropriate point where you would like to see them published

Submission of revised manuscripts

Accepted papers must be revised and submitted by carefully following the formatting instructions and submitted as a revised final version ready for publication with high-quality figures and tables. If the manuscript has not been structured/formatted in the journal style it will be sent back for further formatting.

Figures in the revised version should be sent separately as JPEG files. Electronic figures must be captured at or above 300 dpi resolution. Single photographs that need mounting together are not acceptable.

Page charges

A flat rate of 2000 US$ is made by Mycosphere for article processing charges (APC). If you would like page charges waived please contact the EIC. Any funds will be used to fund research in mycology.

Tables, Figures and legends

Prepare tables with the table format feature of your word processor and ensure that each data entry is in its own cell; do not use tabs, spaces, graphics and boxes. Tables (and illustrations) must be referred to in the text.

Please note that all terms in the top-line and the left column must begin with a capital letter.
Do not use vertical lines in the table.

All entries should be left-aligned. For mere numerical data align the columns of numbers by their decimal points using word processor decimal tabs. Also, place a zero before the decimal point of numbers less than 1 (e.g. 0.1)


Please develop the format of references according to the 'Template_Mycosphere_2024'
All citations should be listed alphabetically in the ‘References’ see the format of references in the template. In the text, authors should be cited chronologically

Review process

1. Manuscripts will be sent to the Scientific Editor for discussion with the EIC to consider whether the manuscript is suitable for publication in Mycosphere

2. If the manuscript is deemed suitable it will be sent to a handling editor

3. The handling editor will send the paper for peer review by at least two independent reviewers.

4. The reviewers will send their recommendations to the handling editor

5. The handling editor will recommend minor revisions, major revisions, acceptance, resubmission, or decline the manuscript and following improvements to the paper and possible further peer review, return the finalised manuscript and decision to the EIC

6. The EIC will make the final decision over acceptance and if accepted forward the final revised manuscript to the managing editor to prepare the final proofs


Proofs will be sent as PDF files to the author by email. They must be checked and returned within five working days. Mycosphere team cannot be held responsible for errors not pointed out within five days by the authors.


Authors are encouraged to deposit their papers online and make them freely downloadable. They can also use their data and publish it elsewhere without permission from Mycosphere. We have adopted a Creative Commons Copyright License applicable to this site. 



About Mycosphere

Mycosphere publishes reviews, research articles, methodology papers, taxonomic works such as monographs, which are relevant to fungal biology, including lichens. The official journal language is English.

Mycosphere journal of fungal bilology

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Mycosphere has a policy of screening for plagiarism

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