About the journal

Karstenia is an international research journal with an emphasis to boreal and arctic-alpine mycology. It publishes papers reporting original research on all aspects of the fungi (including lichens), especially on systematics and ecology. Papers also appropriate for the journal are review articles, book reviews and invited papers.

Publication is open to all persons. Papers are accepted in English. All articles are peer-reviewed by specialists prior to acceptance. Each volume of Karstenia consists of two issues which appear in June and December. Occasionally supplements will be published.

Karstenia is dedicated to P. A. Karsten (1834–1917) and published by the Finnish Mycological Society.

Photo: Nikki Heherson A Dagamac

70th anniversary
special issue myxomycetes
in world’s unexplored habitats

Myxomycetes are a fascinating group of fungus-like protists that perplexed many mycologists over the last centuries. This can be attributed to the complexities of its life cycle that is composed of two cryptic trophic stages (amoeboflagellates and plasmodia) and fruiting bodies of varied colorful forms and unique shapes that are found on decaying organic substrates. Moreover, they are thought to be good models for further understanding the intricate mechanisms of evolution. Over the last decades, a surmountable amount of studies have reported revisions on the taxonomic classification of many myxomycete species, calculations of diversity of myxomycete communities in different habitats of the world, and comprehensive biogeographic distributions of some rare myxomycetes. This in one point became a step forward towards filling in the missing gaps in the knowledge on this group of organisms.

Karstenia has been a journal of choice to publish many early myxomycete studies done in the boreal and alpine regions of the world. To celebrate the journal’s 70th anniversary, a special issue about myxomycetes that focuses on systematics, ecology, and biogeography in other parts of the globe is now conceived. This special issue is open to all contributors who have conducted high quality researches that have employed classical morphological and/or modern molecular approaches. It is the journal’s goal to communicate myxomycetes studies to scientific platforms that would promote scientific literacy for this group of organisms in the digital age. Hence, original papers and comprehensive taxonomic reviews are welcomed for peer review.

For the submission of papers, it is advised that corresponding authors would have checked the guidelines for Karstenia. To have a paper considered for publication in this special issue, please submit an abstract (maximum length of 400 words) no later than May 31, 2020.

Note: Abstract submission has been extended until June 15, 2020.

Time Schedule

Manuscript submission deadline: July 31, 2020
Manuscript acceptance notification to authors:
October 15, 2020

All submissions to: editor@karstenia.fi

Special Issue Editor: Dr. Nikki Heherson A. Dagamac, University of Greifswald, Germany

Assistant Special Issue Editor: Oleg Shchepin, Komarov Botanical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences