Bradleya is the BCSS contribution to the scientific world and is accepted as such because of its academic standards. It can only flourish with the support of BCSS members, many of whom subscribe to it each year. The aim is to include articles which our members will find interesting and educational, whilst retaining rigorous standards of publication. Scientifically important articles don’t have to be dull to read. So, because Bradleya depends on the subscriber, the editor endeavours to make its contents accessible, easily understood and enjoyable for all.
Bradleya is the yearbook of the British Cactus and Succulent Society and has been published annually since 1983, following the merger of the NCSS with the CSSGB. It has aimed to present articles of a more specialised or technical nature than those that are published in CactusWorld. Over the years, it has been edited by a succession of famous British botanists with an interest in succulents, initially by David Hunt and Nigel Taylor, then Gordon Rowley, Colin Walker and more recently Graham Charles. The current editor is George Thomson. Authors are kindly asked to contact the editor if they would like to submit an article for consideration. All articles are peer-reviewed before acceptance to ensure rigorous standards are maintained.
As explained by Gordon Rowley in Bradleya 1, the name of our publication was chosen as a dedication to Richard Bradley, the first person to write a book entirely devoted to succulents ‘The History of Succulent Plants’. He was the first professor of Botany at Cambridge, where he died in 1732.
It is clear that authors of articles about succulents have a wide choice of specialist publications, as well as a multitude of botanical and other relevant titles, where they can submit their work. We hope potential authors choose Bradleya for their articles about cacti or other succulents. Subscription to Bradleya is optional for BCSS members but we hope you will support this valuable publication by subscribing. It can also be bought after publication and back issues are available in the shop.