1.1 The purpose of the Flora of China project is to
produce for the first time an English language flora of all the vascular plants
of China. The project is being carried out under the supervision of a Joint
Editorial Committee, which makes all policy decisions concerning the Flora.
1.2 Many botanists will be involved in producing the Flora
of China. These guidelines are to help authors, editors, and reviewers to
produce treatments that are as consistent as possible within a given volume and
between various volumes of the Flora. It is recommended that contributors also
consult the published volumes of the Flora of China for examples but not
for manuscript formatting details (see section 26). However, because of
inevitable minor changes in policy through time, the most recent guidelines
adopted by the Editorial Committee, rather than the published volumes, will be
the final word for editorial policy.