Focus and scope

The Global Flora is a new international serial for botanical taxonomy, to provide accepted species-level classifications for all vascular plant families. The serial has three series: (A) Angiosperms (following APG IV, 2016); (B) Lycopods, Ferns and Gymnosperms (classification following Christenhusz et al., 2017); and (C) special editions. The first two series will only treat monophyletic taxa on a global scale (e.g. family, subfamily, tribe, genus or section). The special editions series aims to make significant contributions to the body of plant systematic knowledge and typically will be of a global botanical scope. The Global Flora will be published frequently and at regular intervals. As important new evidence becomes available updates and revisions to already published treatments will be allowed to make the treatments current and dynamic.



APG IV (2016) An update of the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group classification for the orders and families of flowering plants: APG IV. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 181: 1–20.

Christenhusz, M.J.M., Fay, M.F. & Chase, M.W. (2017) Plants of the World. An illustrated encyclopedia of vascular plants. Kew Publishing: Richmond & Chicago University Press: Chicago. 792 pp.


Peer review process

All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed before acceptance.  Reviewers will be kept anonymous if they wish.


Submission guidelines

The content and format of each taxonomic treatment in series A and B will vary depending on the group, and interested authors should consult the first few published treatments for guidance. Please email the Chief-editors to discuss possible submissions to series C.


Global Flora Small Grants Fund

Further details will be added here in spring 2018.



Chief-editors contact details

M.J.M. Christenhusz (

J.W. Byng (


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