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Grass Manual: Progress

Progress - watch these charts!
(particularly those for part 2)

Complete Manual: Text Material
Graph of the Complete Manual: Text Material Graph

Complete Manual: Illustrations
Graph of Complete Manual: Illustrations

Part 1: Text Material
Graph of Part 1: Text Material

Part 1: Illustrations Progress
Graph of Part 1: Illustrations Progress

Manual, Part 2: Text material
Graph of Manual, Part 2: Text material

Manual, Part 2: Illustrations Progress
Graph of Manual, Part 2: Illustrations Progress

Manual, part. 2: Progress in group editing over time
Graph of Manual, part. 2: Progress in group editing over time

Each of the graphs shows the status of two key parts of the Manual of Grasses for North America, generic treatments and illustrations.

Complete: This refers to the whole Manual, which currently includes approximately 270 genera and 1485 species. The only genera not in are some ornamental bamboo genera.

Part 1: This part corresponds to Flora North America, vol. 24. It will include the family description, two keys to the genera, and treatment of the tribes, genera, and species of the Pharoideae, Bambusoideae, Ehrhartoideae, and Pooideae. At present, it includes 138 genera and 745 species.

Part 2: This part corresponds to Flora North America, vol. 25. It includes the tribal, generic, and specific treatments for members of the Aristoideae, Arundinoideae, Centothecoideae, Chloridoideae, Danthonioideae, and Panicoideae. There are currently 132 genera and 740 species in this part.

Columns in Text Graphs:

  • "Received" means exactly that - we have a reasonable looking manuscript in hand.
  • "General Edit" means that Dr. Kathleen Capels has put the manuscript into Manual format and then gone through it for consistency between keys and descriptions and, to a lesser extent, for parallelism in the descriptions. It has been omitted for part 2 so as to permit showing progress through final stages.
  • "Scientific Edit" is conducted by Dr. Mary Barkworth, assisted by Laurel Anderton and Sandy Long (and Michael Piep for Flora North America, vol. 25), and involves addressing the issues raised during the general edit (e.g., changed "long hairs" to "hairs of 2-3 mm"), checking the keys (they should work), and reviewing the descriptions for consistency of fact and wording between treatments and keys.
  • "Mailed" means that we have sent what we consider an almost final version of the manuscript to the contributor. "Approved" means that the author and we have approved the manuscript as being DONE. A wonderful condition. Achieving it may take several exchanges between the editors and the author.
  • "Group Edit" is conducted (by Barkworth, Anderton, and Long, and Piep for vol. 25) after all reviews are in, and sometimes after a manuscript has been approved. Some manuscripts have to be returned to the author after this stage.
  • "Final" means ready to be moved into the publication program, a step that cannot be taken until we have the illustrations and maps in publication ready format.

Columns in Illustration Graphs
Illustrations are started after an approved (or almost approved) treatment is in hand. (Their start was also delayed by lack of funding, a condition that was relieved in mid-2000). "Not started" really means "not yet completely penciled"; there are some genera that have not been started and some that are still in the process of being penciled.

Penciled or inked illustrations are sent to the contributors for approval. After any necessary changes have been made, the drawings are sent to Oxford University Press for scanning. OUP returns the scans to Vorobik, who completes the labeling and sends the completed file to tiff file to Barkworth.

Picture of Achnatherum. Photographer unknown.