Editor: Denise Kulhanek

2023: Denise Kulhanek is taking over from Jackie Lees as editor of the JNR. Supporting her will be a team of associate editors, who will handle the reviewing of articles: Jon Schueth (University of Nebraska, Omaha, USA); Gonçalo Prista (Instituto Dom Luiz (IDL) of the University of Lisbon); Odysseus Archontikis (University of Oxford, UK); Ines Galović (Croatian Geological Survey, Croatia); Xiang Su (South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China).

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

Reviewers to ensure rapid expert reviewing we would be very gratful if popntial reviewrs could let us know their expertise. Please support the JNR by filling in the Reviewer Registration Form


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.

DOIs - we are in the process of joining CrossRef and this will allow us both to assign unique Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to all new articles and to retrospectively assign DOIs to previously published papers. We hope to complete this process during 2023.

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 Editor: Denise Kulhanek EMAIL: JNR.submission@hotmail.com

Articles on any aspect of living and fossil 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 provide up to 10 keywords..

Initial submission procedure


Manuscripts should be submitted as email attachments sent to the Editor (currently Denise Kulhanek, JNR.submission@hotmail.com). Ideally manuscripts should be submitted as a MS Word file of the text and a PDF file with the figures, plates, and tables. Tables can also be submitted separately as an Excel file.

Submit a MS Word file containing the article title, authors, affiliations, abstract, text, references, and figure, table, and plate captions. Use 12 point Times font, double line spacing, and number the lines and the pages. To avoid confusion, number your sections (e.g. 1, 2, etc.) and subsections (e.g. 1.1, 1.2, 1.1.2, etc.) rather than using different formatting styles. The file name should comprise your surname and date of submission. Each submitted manuscript will be assigned a JNR manuscript number upon submission.

Do not over-format the text. Avoid font changes, indenting, page breaks, columns, footnotes, etc. Do not embed figures, tables, or plates into the text.

The reviewers and Editor will correct minor problems with the English and grammar, 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. Submissions can use any style of English as long as it is consistent within the manuscript.

References should follow the style of the JNR (see below). Use either full references or standard (World List) abbreviations. All 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. Include DOIs if available.

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 other groups, such as silicoflagellates.

Spelling 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. 20.3°N; 34.5°E; - this system is becoming the de facto standard and is internationally applicable.


For initial submission all figures and plates should be included in a single PDF file. Tables can be included in the PDF or submitted separately as Excel files. Include the figure, plate, and table number on each page. Full captions must be included in the text file but can also be added to the PDF and Excel files.

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). Figures may be reduced in size in the final publication (8cm/16cm x 22cm), so avoid fine detail on maps, and 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. Tables may be reduced in the final publication (8cm/16cm x 22cm) but 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 EPS files can be accommodated. Plates should be no larger than 165mm wide x 220mm long. Taxon names should appear on the plate, beneath the relevant photo. Use Times font. Figure numbers (Times, bold) should be placed in the bottom, left-hand corner (black or white type). 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.

Revised submission procedure

Following revision after review, authors should submit a response letter that indicates the comments from the referees, the author’s response, and changes to the manuscript. The revised manuscript should be submitted as a marked-up version highlighting the changes made. Updated figure, plate, and table files should also be submitted following the Initial submission procedure.

Upon acceptance, the Editor will review the manuscript to ensure that it follows the journal's style, there are no spelling or grammar errors, that all figures, tables, and plates have been called out in the text, and that all references are cited and in the correct format. Changes will be sent to the corresponding author to verify. After verification, the author should submit all final files according to the Final submission procedure instructions.

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. 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.

Figures/tables: 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 figure, plate, and table must be a separate file. Please do not send files which are >10Mb via email.

Colour printing

Greyscale images are printed free of charge. Colour plates and diagrams are charged at US$130/page. Note that colour images can be very effective for light microscopy illustration of nannoplankton (see example below). Colour figures and images can be included in PDF copies at no extra cost, but 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 website. This can include data tables, colour images, additional images, additonal text documentation, etc. This material should be included with the manuscript submission so that it is available for reviewers. The web editor (Jeremy Young) will post all such data on the datafiles area of the INA website, timed to coincide with print publication. However, we strongly recommend that you submit your datasets to a data repository such as PANGAEA or ZENODO and include this information in the JNR manuscript. (NB There are now >7500 nannofossil datasets on Pangaea).

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.


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. 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: (JNR.submission@hotmail.com)
For all other queries please contact the editor: Denise Kulhanek (denise.kulhanek@ifg.uni-kiel.de)