A new way of editing a flora

W.J. van der Burg, L.J.G. van der Maesen, A. Akoègninou, H. Yédomonhan

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Modern electronic tools have become common tools of most scientists. Flora writers and other botanists producing large manuscripts with a certain fixed structure may go even further and use the so-called Mail Merge option in a word processor such as Microsoft Word™. This tool allows structuring a document strictly, especially for the contributions of invited authors, to pre-format the final layout, and to simplify correspondence with contributors. Contributors fill in a structured Microsoft Excel™ spreadsheet with fixed headings, without any requirements for layout or formatting. The file is then used as data source for a merge document in the word processor. For completion of an entire Flora, such as the Flore Analytique du Bénin (Akoègninou et al., 2006), this iteration was done with 45 authors, producing over 180 different manuscripts, viz. one for each family. Final editing includes a check on correct language, insertion of separately produced keys, figures, references, etc.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSystematics and Conservation of African Plants, Proceedings of the 18th AEATFAT Congress, Yaounde, Cameroon, 26 February - 2 March, 2007
EditorsX. van der Burgt, J. van der Maesen, J.M. Onana
Place of PublicationKew, UK
PublisherRoyal Botanic Gardens
ISBN (Print)9781842463888
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventSystematics and Conservation of African Plants, Yaounde, Cameroon -
Duration: 26 Feb 20072 Mar 2007


ConferenceSystematics and Conservation of African Plants, Yaounde, Cameroon


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