The Devon Karst Research Society.
ACTIVITIES (Europe).
THE PROJECTS IN BOSNIA & HERCEGOVINA

Project Title :.."A JOINT STRATEGY FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE ENDANGERED UNDERGROUND ENDEM Proteus anguinus AND ITS NATURAL KARST HABITAT IN THE TREBIŠNJICA RIVER BASIN."
Eastern Hercegovina and the Hercegovinian Littoral, Bosnia & Hercegovina;  Dalmatian Littoral and Konavle, Croatia;  Old Hercegovina, Montenegro.


"SPELAEOBIOLOGICA BOSNIÆ et HERCEGOVINÆ
 Monographs in Speleobiology
 and the Conservation-management of Karst Conduit-aquifer Ecosystems in the Dinaric Karst of Eastern Hercegovina, Bosnia & Hercegovina."

The publication of the Spelaeobiologica Bosniæ et Hercegovinæ Monograph Series is a contribution to the realization of one of the parallel objectives of the "Proteus Project"; namely, to generally inform and educate all sectors of civic society in Bosnia & Hercegovina and within the "international community" about the strange, rare and endangered lifeforms occupying the karst underground of Eastern Hercegovina. As such, this is the first in a proposed Series of Monographs, each of which is to be dedicated to the description and evaluation of a specific Proteus anguinus Habitat Location or a specific karst conduit-aquifer ecosystem containing Proteus anguinus, ocurring only within the range of the "Proteus Project's" geographical area in BiH Eastern Hercegovina, which, for its greater part, may be delineated by the present coincident surface catchment and drainage areas of the River Trebišnjica or its palaeo-catchment and drainage areas.

The publication of the Monographs was not intended to begin until well into the second ten-year phase (2011-2021) of the thirty-year Project. However, local developments in Trebinje during 2009 depicted that the proposed publishing programme should be brought forward with the urgent production of Monograph No. 1.
It must be said that, if given the choice, we would never have chosen the location which we have selected to be the subject of the first Monograph, to be the subject of any published Monograph. The decision was made for us by the occurrence of unfortunate local circumstances, external to the Project. It must also be said that funding was not in place at this time to support a full print-run of any Monograph and that, in the present economic climate, the publication dates of future Monographs in this proposed Series is currently uncertain.

To publish an equivalent to the "Proteus Project's" Primary Document 7.2. "The Proteus anguinus anguinus Habitat Locations in Eastern Hercegovina ...", which currently provides site-specific details in an unpublished and incomplete tome of about 450 pages in A4 format, is not only impractical but for reasons of species-protection is also unwise. So, whilst it is not intended to produce an individual Monograph for all known Proteus anguinus Habitat Locations or for their associated karst conduit-aquifer ecosystems in Eastern Hercegovina, a case has been made for a selection of the less vulnerable locations to be included and individually detailed in the Monograph Series.
The "Proteus Project in the Trebišnjica River Basin" operates within both political entities in Eastern Hercegovina and it is to the appropriate Government representatives in Sarajevo and Banja Luka, that copies of this first Monograph will be personally handed, thus achieving a further objective of the "Proteus Project", whereby we attempt to raise our concerns about the endangered endemic hypogean species direct to those at the highest level of Government who have the power to rectify the situation; whether they have the responsibility and will-power to do so, remains to be seen.

The Monographs will contain information which has already been archived in the "Proteus Project's" unpublished internal-use "Blue Files" series of sub-Project Reports, which provide a more holistic approach in the multidisciplinary description of each Proteus anguinus Habitat Location than does the aforementioned Primary Document 7.2. The standard generic presentational layout and informational format of the "Blue Files" has also been transferred to the Monographs. Each Monograph will be a "stand-alone" document in the Series and where appropriate, will be accompanied by one or more CD-Rs or DVD-Rs to provide subsidiary digital information such as photographs and videographs in support of the printed document. In the case of the present Monograph Vol. No. 1., it was originally planned to have an accompanying DVD insert, but it has now been decided to produce and sell this separately as an Annex.
The extensive speleobiological content is derived from observations and recordings made by the "Proteus Project's" Hungarian cave diving & technical support group, "Caudata Hungarian Cave Research Group", who are based in Budapest.

It has been suggested that the "Proteus Project's" results could have been published in existing scientific journals. This approach has been rejected by us for two reasons; firstly, by doing this, we would lose editorial control and secondly, the "Proteus Project" itself would be deprived of a potential and much needed source of income to support further essential research and fieldwork.
Therefore, in regard to the latter point, the Monographs must be produced on a commercial basis and sold at a reasonable profit to generate useful levels of research funds. Indeed, unlike the "Proteus Project's" promotional products such as posters and postcards currently being produced and sold to raise funds only part of which will be re-directed back into the Project, all income derived from the sale of the Monographs will be re-directed back into the "Proteus Project".
For the reasons stated above, the first Monograph in the proposed Series had higher production costs than we would have liked, due to the relatively small print-run. These costs are, of course, reflected in the retail selling price but have been somewhat meliorated by the reduction of our profit margin. As a consequence, Monograph No. 1. (Edn.1.) was a retail experiment, whilst the production of future publications will be based on our experience of the first in the Series. At present, the Monographs currently carry no commercial advertisements.  The forthcoming fully revised Edition 2. will be much larger and more comprehensive.

Monograph No.1. (Edn.2.) has been so extensively updated with the latest information that it was not a feasible option to publish a short Annex to cover the situation. Our sales of Edn.1. have not met the initial set-up and production costs of the print-run and consequently, the larger Edn.2. has had a price increase. We do not expect to "break even" on our costs from the projected sales of Edn.2., which will be substantially more expensive to produce.  However, when compared with the cost of downloading any single online scientific paper from publisher sites such as Springer or Wiley, (usually about £29.95p. / €34.95. per technical paper), we think we have pitched our prices very fairly for a complete Monograph.



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Monograph Series Title / sub-Title :..Spelaeobiologica Bosniæ et Hercegovinæ
......................................................................Monographs in Speleobiology and the Conservation-management of Karst Conduit-aquifer Ecosystems in the Dinaric Karst of Eastern Hercegovina, Bosnia & Hercegovina.
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Issue :..."Proteus Project" Monograph No. 1.
Subject Title of Monograph No. 1. :..."The Vrelo "Vruljak" (Gorica) Hypogean part-Ecosystem,
.......................................................................An Interim Description and Hypogean Bio-Inventory Together with an Outline of its Current Conservation-management Problems."
.......................................................................with Appendices.
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Edition :  Vol. No. 1. Edn.1.  (OUT OF PRINT)

Edition :  Vol. No. 1. Edn.2. Fully Revised and updated. (In press)
Publication Date :...December 2016.
Publication Format :...A4, Cardbound + bound spine.
Editors :...(Series and Edition Editor)..B. Lewarne; ..(Karst- and Speleo-ecology)..Gergely Balázs; ..(Mineralogy / Granulometry)..R.P. Smith.
Language :...English, with small glossary of local and international terms used in the text.
No. of Pages :...
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Tables :...
Publishers :...The Monographs are published by The Devon Karst Research Society (Plymouth, UK.).
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Monograph Series ISSN 1986-8359.
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Availability :...The publication is now directly available through the publishers as detailed above and will also become available through another selected outlet in Trebinje. 
..........................Please note that this publication is not available for exchange with any other publication.
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Worldwide Retail Prices (Postage & packing costs are not included in the retail prices.) :
............................Standard Price, bona fide Sales :..
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............................State Scientific Institutional Sales :....(Payable in advance)
.......................... .Governmental / International Institutional / Commercial Sales :......(Payable in advance)*
*Payment now required in advance of dispatch due to problems of non-payment of invoices from the commercial sector.
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Postage & packing costs per single Monograph :  (To be updated)
............................From the UK to inland destinations within the UK, 
............................From the UK to destinations in the EU and non-EU European countries, 
............................From the UK to rest of the world destinations (outside Europe), 
Postage & packing costs for more than one Monograph in a package :
............................Price on application.
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Payment methods :...1. Cash payments will be acceptable in the following currencies :
..............................................within the UK -..GB£ Sterling or Euro; 
..............................................within Bosnia & Hercegovina -..BAM (KM)  /  Euro;
.........................................2. Cheque payment in UK £ Sterling, drawn on a UK Bank Account or UK £ Sterling Postal Order also acceptable within the UK. Please make the cheque or Postal Order payable to "The Devon Karst Research Society".
.........................................3. Cash Transfer payment as GB£ Sterling, using the Worldwide Money Transfer Services to the UK as provided by Western Union, is also acceptable. Please contact us in advance to arrange payment by this method.
.........................................4. International Money Order payable in GB£ Sterling  or  Euro.
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.........................................(Unfortunately, we are unable to accept Debit or Credit Card Payments.)
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Gratis copies :..Two copies will be lodged with the BiH ISSN Centre in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina.
..............................One copy will be lodged with the UK ISSN Centre in the British Library, London, U.K.
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Reservations for advance sales in Trebinje, BiH :  .We will accept reservations now for proposed cash sales of this Monograph in Trebinje, BiH, available as from August 2015. Please e-mail us with your contact details and requirements if you are 
............................resident in Bosnia & Hercegovina and wish to purchase a copy of Monograph No.1.
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Readership :...Although the subject-content of the first Monograph will be of interest to a specialist readership (speleologists, karst hydrologists and hydrogeologists, karst ecologists, malacologists, herpetologists, naturalists, etc.), the generic 
 ..........................design and content format of the Monograph offers ease of access and understanding to what is, naturally, very interesting subject-matter. This should increase the appeal of the publications to a wider but less specialist audience.
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Front Cover + Contents Pages :...
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Current Status of Publication production :  .A fully revised and updated 2nd Edition of Volume 1. is now in preparation for release in December 2016
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Contact e-mail for Sales :  .karstcentral@netscape.net
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*.Tracking Information Updates :
One of the inherent problems of publishing any earth-sciences data connected with long-term active programmes is that the published data can gradually become outdated as more information or new information is acquired.
We have therefore, decided that we shall publish Revised Editions of each Volume after each five year period from the date of publication, if this is found to be necessary.
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