LGBI3 - a new edition of Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland
The Lichens of Great Britain and Ireland (LGBI2) was published by the British Lichen Society in 2009, and has been the primary reference for identification of British lichens for nearly ten years now. Since then there have been substantial advances in our knowledge of their systematics and distribution. The British Lichen Society has therefore resolved to prepare a new edition of this work (given the acronym LGBI3). In late 2017 an Editorial Board was convened to oversee this task, composed of Paul Cannon, Brian Coppins, Alan Orange, Mark Powell, Janet Simkin and Rebecca Yahr. André Aptroot and Neil Sanderson have also joined the editorial board. The Board met in November 2017 to plan a pilot phase of the project, to run until May 2018, and initial assessment suggests that the new edition will be ready for publication in around four years time.
The new project is a major undertaking, and the Editorial Board hopes that as with the second edition, a broad range of lichenologists will contribute. This might include updating treatments in LGBI2 by the same authors, revisions of those chapters by others, or completely new accounts where major changes have taken place. A warm invitation is extended to anyone who may be interested in participating as authors or revisers in this project – in the first instance please contact Paul Cannon (email@example.com) who has agreed to oversee the project administration.
The current strategy is to complete draft accounts on a family by family basis, updating the LGBI2 accounts in the light of new species added to the British list and the many taxonomic revisions that have been published. The drafts will then be circulated to acknowledged experts in the field as well as those with knowledge of local distributions, field identification etc. All who make contributions will be listed as authors for the family accounts, or acknowledged for minor assistance such as noticing typos etc. We would like to make the new work as practically useful as possible, and the more people that help in this way, the better it will be.
Preparation of the draft accounts has gone well, and around three quarters of the British species have been revised. We hope that most of this work will be complete by the end of the year, with at least some family accounts going forward to the next stage of production
The complete work will be published as a printed work and probably also as a paid-for download, but the BLS Council has supported the concept of individual family accounts being made available separately. These might be supplements to the Lichenologist, but more likely as free pdf downloads from the BLS website. Watch this space...
As part of this project we are also producing a more comprehensive and revised Glossary of terms, and all authors are encouraged to use these terms in a consistent manner. The draft Glossary and Notes to Authors can be downloaded below. Comments and suggestions will be very welcome and should be sent to Mark Powell.