The graphics and editing unit is responsible for providing technical and scientific editing services and graphic design services to SANBI staff and external clients. High standard print and electronic media are provided within required time frames.

The current staff consists of 2 graphic designers, 2 scientific/technical editors, an administrative officer, a bookshop manager, and a bookstore manager.

SANBI Graphics & Editing is part of the Directorate: Biodiversity Information and Planning, and both the SANBI Graphics & Editing unit and the SANBI Bookshop are situated in the National Herbarium building, 2 Cussonia Avenue, Brummeria, Pretoria.

SANBI Graphics & Editing is responsible for editing, design, layout and overseeing production and printing of the following publications (in addition to other print and electronic media):

SANBI Biodiversity Series publishes occasional reports on projects, technologies, workshops, symposia and other activities initiated by or executed in partnership with SANBI; including guidelines, user manuals, field guides, workshop outputs and proceedings, State of the Environment reports, and management plans focusing on biodiversity, conservation and the environment of southern Africa. Manuscripts are peer-reviewed before publication when the subject matter allows. Publishing depends on manuscripts’ availability and submissions.

Strelitzia (monograph) has replaced Memoirs of the Botanical Survey of South Africa and Annals of the Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens which SANBI inherited from its predecessor organisations. The plant genus Strelitziaoccurs naturally in the eastern parts of southern Africa. It comprises three arborescent species, known as wild bananas, and two acaulescent species, known as crane flowers or bird-of-paradise flowers. Part of the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s logo is based on the striking inflorescence of Strelitzia reginae, a native of the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal that has become a garden favourite worldwide. It symbolises the commitment of the institute to champion the exploration, conservation, sustainable use, appreciation and enjoyment of South Africa’s exceptionally rich biodiversity for all people.

Volumes of Strelitzia are published occasionally and are dependent on submission of manuscripts by authors and contributors. Content is based on scientific research on the Flora Kingdom (plants) and is usually of substantial length that cannot be published in a journal.

Suricata is a new sister monograph to SANBI’s Strelitzia, and is a peer-reviewed publication that publishes original and applied research such as monographs, revisions, checklists, Red Data Lists, atlases, and Fauna’s of any taxa belonging to Regnum Animalia (the Animal Kingdom).

In the past, some extensive research on taxa belonging to Regnum Animalia (the Animal Kingdom) had been published under the SANBI Biodiversity Series. Content of this nature will be more prominently published under the new monograph name, which will highlight the wider range of biodiversity work that SANBI does. The new monograph will therefore provide a vehicle for information that is already considered for the SANBI Biodiversity Series, yet doesn’t fall within the framework of submissions for the SANBI Biodiversity Series (see SANBI Biodiversity Series above). The zoological part of SANBI’s work in addition to biodiversity information sourced via collaboration and networking can be more prominently showcased in this dedicated publication series.

Flowering Plants of Africa was, since its inception in 1921, modelled on the former Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, and has published well over 2 000 colour plates of African plants prepared by some 80 artists. The object of the serial is to convey to the reader the beauty and variety of form of the African flora, to stimulate an interest in the study, conservation and cultivation of African plants and to advance the science of botany as well as botanical art. The illustrations are mostly prepared by artists on the staff of the South African National Biodiversity Institute, but we welcome other contributions of suitable artistic and scientific merit. It is published once every two years.

African Biodiversity and Conservation (previously Bothalia), the house journal of SANBI, Pretoria, was renamed in 2014 and has a scope wider than that of its predecessor. While Bothalia had been devoted to the furtherance of botanical science African Biodiversity and Conservation (ABC) includes any taxa belonging to the Animal Kingdom and other research topics related to African biodiversity and the conservation thereof.

The journal is available online on an open-source model. A service provider, AOSIS, provides support in manuscript management and publishes the journal online.

Visit the Bothalia ABC Journal website


The service provider who is handling the publication of African Biodiversity & Conservation for SANBI (AOSIS) will handle all subscriptions. Subscriptions fees are not available yet, but hard copy journals may be booked at and AOSIS will inform subscribers of the cost once the information is available.

N.B. Please note that the bogus website has no connection or relationship to SANBI’s house journal Bothalia and would like to caution anyone from visiting this website, or submitting any content to it.

SANBI Bookshop

The SANBI Bookshop is part of SANBI Graphics & Editing and sells books published by SANBI Graphics & Editing as well as books that are purchased from external publishers (Struik, Briza, Botanical Society of South Africa, etc.). Contact Thembi Masilela (Tel: +27 (0)12 843 5099).

SANBI Libraries

The two main SANBI libraries are also part of SANBI Graphics & Editing: The Mary Gunn Library at the National Herbarium building in Pretoria, and the Harry Molteno Library at the Compton Herbarium in Kirstenbosch. In addition to the main libraries, SANBI also has smaller libraries situated at the nine National Botanical Gardens currently managed by SANBI.

Contact Anne-Lise Fourie Tel: +27 (0)12 843 5042.

For more information on SANBI Graphics & Editing and the submission of manuscripts for publication, you are welcome to email Sandra Turck or call +27 (0)12 843 5197.

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