Editor Laurel Bybell

From Summer 2020 Jackie Lees has taken over as editor in chief, supported by Rich Howe as Associate Editor

The JNR is the prime publication of the INA. It is produced in A4 format on glossy paper with high quality plate reproduction. The Journal contains scientific articles concerning all aspects of nannoplankton research. It is circulated to nannoplankton specialists around the world and so is the fastest and most effective way to communicate new findings direct to interested specialists.

Usually two parts a year are published, a third part, containing abstracts, is published in INA Conference years. Submitted mss are reviewed by two reviewers and accepted articles usually appear within one year of initial submission. The Journal is valid for descriptions of new taxa, as long as these are in accordance with the rules of the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (ICN).

JNR Subscription Subscription to the JNR is through membership of the INA - see membership page


The JNR is now available online, access is restricted to INA members for articles published in the last two years, open access for older articles (NB all back issues are now online). After the two year period authors are welcome to post PDF copies on their own websites, ResearchGate, etc. Before the two-year deadline authors should not post PDF-reprints online. To purchase full green access, so that PDFs are freely available from first publication, please contact the editor.
Publication history - listing of all issues


Types of contribution

Contributions of any type will be considered, if not necessarily accepted, for publication. All items should be submitted to the Associate Editor for Reviews: Rich Howe EMAIL: richardhowe@me.com

Articles on any aspect of nannoplankton work are welcome, including discussion, review, synthesis, and methodology articles, as well as those containing comprehensive range-chart data and good quality plates of uncommon taxa. The JNR is valid for descriptions of new taxa, as long as these are in accordance with the rules of the current International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (ICN). Articles should be clearly and concisely written, in English; the title should be informative; the article should contain a short abstract giving a comprehensive overview of the article, and up to 10 keywords.

Initial submission procedure

Manuscripts should be submitted as email attachments sent to the Assicate Editor for Reviews (currently Rich Howe, richardhowe@me.com). Ideally mss should be submitted as two files - an MS-Word file of the txt and a PDF file with the figures, plates and tables.

(1) TEXT
Submit an MS-word file containing the article text, references, and figures captions. Use 12 point Times font, double line-spacing and number the pages. The file name should comprise your surname and date of submission.

The reviewers and Editor will correct minor problems with the English and grammar of non-native speakers, but it is suggested that non-native speakers have their manuscripts checked by a confident English-speaker before submission to avoid problems with ambiguity in the text.

Do not over-format the text - avoid font changes, indenting, page breaks, columns, footnotes, etc. and do not paste/embed figures or tables into the text.

References should follow the style of the JNR (see below). Use either full references or standard (World List) abbreviations. All (but only) references used in the text must appear in the reference list. List all authors, unless there are more than 8 authors, in which case list the first author, followed by et al.

Taxonomic references You do not usually need to give bibliographic references for taxa you cite even if you include authorship (e.g Micula murus (Martini, 1961) Bukry, 1973). Instead add a note referring readers to standard sources where the references can be found - e.g. Bown 1988 or the Nannotax website.

Website citations see - Advice on citing nannotax

EndNote style - users of the EndNote bibliography program can download a style file for JNR. (To use this place in the style folder; open style manager; mark the style as a favorite; select from the output styles menu). (NB If you have trouble with the download right click or ctrl-click on the link).

Taxonomic appendices A taxonomic appendix can be used to give notes on taxa where new observations have been made or where taxon names are used with a particular meaning - e.g. Reticulofenestra haqii for Reticulofenestra specimens 3-6 microns long with a restricted central opening. However, a list of cited species is not needed for nannofossil taxa used with conventional meaning, although it might be appropriate for papers dealing with e.g. silicoflagellates.

Spelling - please take care to use the correct spelling of all taxon names on tables, charts and in the text. Nannotax can be used as a reference source and there is also a dictionary available derived from this which you can use in your word processor.

Geolocation - please give locations for all studied samples using latitude and longitude in decimal degrees - e.g. 20.3N; 34.5E; - this system is becoming the de facto standard and is internationally applicable.


For initial submission all figures, plates and tables should be included in a single PDF file, give full captions in the text file but include short captions on each page.

Figures should ideally be composed in Adobe Illustrator, or CorelDraw, although any programs which allow files to be saved as EPS files can be accommodated. Use Times font where possible (avoid using uncommon fonts and multiple fonts). Bear in mind that figures may be reduced in size in the final publication (8cm/16cm x 22cm), so avoid fine detail on maps, be aware that small and/or bold lettering may not reproduce well, etc. Do not embed figures in the text.

Tables, especially range-charts, should ideally be composed in MS Excel, or in a program that allows files to be saved as EPS files. Use Times font. Do not embed tables in the text. Bear in mind that tables may be reduced in the final publication (8cm/16cm x 22cm) but that range-charts can be carried on over several pages. Note that range-charts should include all information, not selected taxa.

Plates should ideally be composed in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, or CorelDraw although any programs that allow files to be saved as TIFF files can be accommodated. Plates should be no larger than 165mm wide x 220mm long. The taxon name and sample number (and any other necessary information) should appear on the plate, beneath the relevant photo, where possible, although these can be added by the Editor. Use Times font. Figure numbers (Times, bold) should be placed in the bottom, left-hand corner (black or white type) but these can be added by the Editor. Do not put the plate number on the plate - this will be added by the Editor. Scale-bars, not magnifications, must be included on the plate. All negatives or captured images should be catalogued and deposited in a repository, and the negative/image numbers and repository location should be cited in the plate description or within the text. The Editor reserves the right to make adjustments to improve the quality of plates.

If a plate caption is needed in addition to the text that appears on the plate this will usually need to be included on the same page as the plate so please format plates to leave space for this. If in doubt please consult the editor before producing the final version of your plates.

Final submission procedure

Make sure your file names contain your name, date of final submission and, where applicable, the figure/table/plate number.

Text: Send final manuscripts as e-mail attachments, via a file-sharing system such as dropbox or on a CD-ROM. Please remember to include the reviewers in your acknowledgements - the review process is essential to the furtherance of our science, and it commonly takes a day of unpaid time to review a manuscript. Indicate in the text approximately where figures should appear. Remove page numbering.

Figures/tables: Ideally, submit as EPS-compatible files, or as Excel files for tables. Each figure must be a separate file.

Plates: Ideally, submit as TIFF files. Each plate should be a separate file. Please do not send files which are >10Mb via email.

Colour printing

Colour plates and diagrams can usually only be published at extra cost to the authors. This can, however, be very effective for light microscopy illustration of nannoplankton - see example below - please consult the editor in chief for rates etc. Colour figures and images can be included in PDF copies at no extra cost, but please ensure they are also clear as greyscale images.


Supplementary data and images on the WWW

Supplementary material can be submitted for publication on the INA WWW site. This can include data tables, colour images, additional images, additonal text documentation, etc. Material for WWW publication should be sent to the JNR editor. The web editor (Jeremy Young) will post all such data on the datafiles area of the INA WWW site, timed to coincide with print publication.

We will also be happy to consider short text articles accompanied by extensive WWW supplementary documentation, as a pathway for documenting data-intensive studies which might otherwise not be published.

Authors may also consider publishing their datasets on repositories such as PANGAEA, with discussion via a paper in the JNR. (NB There are now >7500 nannofossil datasets on Pangaea).


By submitting a paper to the JNR you grant the INA permission to publish your work in the JNR, including web publication of the PDF files and use of images on the the Nannotax website (see below). Beyond this, however, authors retain copyright of their work. So long as content is not directly extracted from the PDF files we create, authors are free to re-use their content in any way they choose. Copyright requests by third parties should be directed to the authors not to the INA.

JNR and Nannotax

As general policy relevant content published in the JNR will also be used on the Nannotax website - with full referencing. In particular new taxa and images published in the JNR will routinely be incorporated on the Nannotax website. This means your contribution will be used as widely as possible - if you do not wish your images to be used on the website then please explain this when submitting.

Contact addresses

Manuscript Submission: Richard Howe (richardhowe@me.com)
For all other queries please contact the editor in chief: Jackie Lees (j.lees@ucl.ac.uk)