Bryonet

[updated March 2017]
Bryonet is sponsored by the International Association of Bryologists (IAB). Its purpose is to provide discussion among bryologists and any who wish to learn about bryophytes. Any topics of interest to bryologists are welcome. Bryonet has 1379 members (March 2017).

Guidelines. 
Post messages to bryonet-L@mtu.edu. Bryonet is an unmanaged, closed list, which means only members can send messages directly; all other messages come to the manager for approval.  
Please do not send large attachments (>6 meg), unidentified attachments, non-bryological advertisements, hypertext, copyright material, or very long messages. Announce these with address or URL where they can be obtained.
To reply to entire list, use reply all or reply list. To reply to sender only, use appropriate reply key for your email program. Note that some email programs reply to entire list, so be careful when hitting that reply key. 
For paper requests, use the subject "publication request", so those not interested can delete immediately. Send publications directly to requester. That avoids copyright problems and doesn't jam up accounts with limited bandwidth.

For more information on using this list, send a message to list manager, Janice Glime.

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Advice on Posting to Bryonet
For questions to list:
  1. Put appropriate subject in subject line 
  2. Give enough details to get specific answers; broad questions are likely to be ignored. For example, "What do you think about evolution in bryophytes" is too broad, but one could ask "What are the most important characters in understanding major lines of evolution in bryophytes"? And if you are only interested in liverworts, be specific about that. 
  3. In responding to questions, be sure you respond "to list" unless the message is personal or confidential; this is the value of the list. It is about 90% lurkers who learn from our discussions 

For identification help:
  1. Describe the habitat, possibly including photograph 
  2. Include photographs of habit 
  3. Include microscopic photographs that show cells of leaves and other potentially diagnostic features 
  4. Reduce photo size or resolution so that an email contains no more than 6 meg total 
  5. Put larger or more numerous images on a website such as or DropBox and provide the URL. Be sure to name the photographer and whether it is copyright or you offer the image through Creative Commons (preferred) 
  6. Describe features that seem unusual 
  7. Mention features that eliminate species that seem similar 
For publication requests: 
  1. Check Google Scholar and Google Books online 
  2. Check your library's interlibrary loan facility 
  3. Check older literature that is not covered by copyright at and < www.hathitrust.org> 
  4. Join the free ResearchGate. Researchgate.net is like FaceBook for scientists. Users typically post pdfs of their own work. If a pdf is not available for download, the site offers a convenient "Request" button that automatically sends an email request for the paper. 
  5. Another way that scientists archive their own work is on personal or professional ("the Smith Lab") websites. You can track down authors to their websites to find posted pdfs or an email contact. It's a simple matter to find an author's place of employment via a Google search using the author's name and a few bryological keywords. 
  6. Write to the author for a copy; you might also get related papers. 
  7. Use JSTOR that allows you to download up to 3 papers at a time. 
  8. Check for older literature. 
  9. If these fail, you can request help on Bryonet  1) In subject line, indicate "publication request" 2) Give full citation if possible  3) Explain in 1-2 sentences what research you are working on that requires the paper.
  10. If responding to a request, RESPOND TO THE INDIVIDUAL; DO NOT SEND TO LIST – IT VIOLATES COPYRIGHT LAWS 
  11. Acknowledge receipt of the publication to the list as soon as you receive it to avoid others spending time helping you. 
  12. Other Resources can be found on the IAB website and Facebook.

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