About the Journal

Journal history

LANKESTERIANA, the Scientific Journal of Jardín Botánico Lankester - Universidad de Costa Rica, has been devoted since 2001 to the publication of articles on botany, with special attention to epiphytic plants and the systematics of orchids, ecology, evolution, anatomy, the physiology, and history of orchids, along with book reviews and lectures on these topics. Since 2007, the journal focuses exclusively on scientific articles on orchidology. In addition, short communications, comments, and range extensions that are titled as such are accepted. The official language of the journal is English and the manuscripts presented in Spanish are considered on a case by case basis as to their preliminary acceptance. LANKESTERIANA is a peer-reviewed journal, distributed to more than 350 institutions around the world.

Approach and scope

LANKESTERIANA, the Scientific Journal of Jardín Botánico Lankester - Universidad de Costa Rica, aims to be a scientific journal of great prestige and recognition worldwide, for its specialization and contribution to the knowledge of the orchid family. LANKESTERIANA is dedicated to the publication of original contributions related to orchidology, including systematics, phylogeny, evolution, ecology, reproductive biology, anatomy, physiology, conservation, and history of orchids, as well as reviews of books and lectures on these topics. In addition, short communications, comments, and range extensions that are titled as such are accepted. The journal is aimed at scientists, researchers, students, and enthusiasts from all over the world, with an interest in botany and especially orchids. It is also distributed to more than 350 institutions around the world.

The official language of the journal is English and the manuscripts presented in Spanish are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Peer review process

LANKESTERIANA is a peer-reviewed journal. Each manuscript is critically evaluated by two or more external reviewers, under the double-blind model. Each manuscript is assigned to an Editor in charge, who performs editorial tasks to improve the concordance of the manuscript according to the general style of the journal, and follows the editorial process from the presentation to the final decision making, to guarantee the quality of each publication. The Editor in charge is the figure that, based on the quality of the work carried out by the reviewers and their comments, makes the final decision on whether the manuscript is accepted or not for its publication. Manuscripts submitted by members of the Editorial Board are evaluated by at least three external reviewers, and it is they who make the final decision in these cases. The reviewers are selected from different parts of the world according to their proven experience in the fields required for the severe evaluation of the manuscripts, both for their scientific content and for their compliance with the high standards required. Manuscripts are usually evaluated within six weeks after the date of formal acceptance by the journal. Manuscripts in the Spanish language on very specific topics may require longer evaluation times.

Open access policy

This journal provides immediate free access to its content under the principle that making research available to the public free of charge encourages a greater exchange of global knowledge. Each LANKESTERIANA article is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivs 3.0 Costa Rica license (except where otherwise indicated). Before the publication of the materials presented by the author in LANKESTERIANA, the author assigns the distribution rights to the Lankester Botanical Garden. In the event that the iconographic material published in LANKESTERIANA wants to be reproduced by the same authors in other sources, the journal should be contacted directly (lankesteriana@ucr.ac.cr) and the acknowledgement granted to the original LANKESTERIANA publication.

Digital preservation policy

The LANKESTERIANA collection is stored online on the Portal of the Scientific Journals of the University of Costa Rica and on LANKESTERIANA's own website. The printed journal is safeguarded in more than 250 institutions and libraries worldwide. Additionally, the computer for the work of the Journal also protects the published articles, as well as its editable files and unpublished documents. All these materials are backed up on various external hardware and through the use of Dropbox. Additionally, the PKP Preservation Network provides free preservation services for any OJS journal that meets the basic criteria.

Originality and detection of plagiarism

LANKESTERIANA only accepts original and unpublished contributions for publication, as well as other contributions such as reviews of books and conferences, brief communications, comments, and extensions of rank that are titled as such. The journal uses the Turnitin tool to obtain similarity analysis and provide the author (s) with the necessary feedback to improve their contributions and thus avoid plagiarism. 

Publishing Entity

Universidad de Costa Rica
Sede "Rodrigo Facio Brenes" Montes de Oca, San José Costa Rica
Código Postal: 11501-2060 San José.
Central telefónica: (506) 2511-4000 Fax: (506) 2224-8214

Source of funding

Vice-Rectory for Research, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica.
Jardín Botánico Lankester, Universidad de Costa Rica.

Interoperability protocols

LANKESTERIANA uses the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting protocol (OAI-PMH), which can be accessed at the following link: https://revistas.ucr.ac.cr/index.php/lankesteriana/oai