GNSI SciArt-L Listserv

SciArt-L is a friendly, helpful email discussion group where you can ask questions and share ideas about natural science illustration with approximately 450 subscribers worldwide. Topics discussed include job openings, computer hardware and software support, art material suppliers, traditional media, recent publications, network resources, workshops and much more.

Subscribers to the SciArt-L listserv will receive all e-mail messages posted to the list. Subscribers can reply to messages or send new emails.

SciArt-L was started by Polly Denham Tandon in 1996, is sponsored by the GNSI and hosted by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Information Technology Services. It has an archive of thousands of messages that you can search through even if you are unsubscribed.



  • Send an email message to [email protected]
    • Leave the subject area blank;
    • In the message area type: Subscribe SciArt-L your name;
    • ex: Subscribe SciArt-L Lana Johnson.
  • Turn off any signature files you might have
    • The machine at [email protected] will report the message as an error if you have a signature in the body of the message or if there is anything typed onto to the subject line. The LISTSERV will automatically get your email address in the header of your email message;
    • You will receive a welcome message that provides instructions on unsubscribing and other selected options. 


  • Send an e-mail message to [email protected]
    • Leave the subject area blank;
    • In the message area type: SIGNOFF SCIART-L;
    • Turn off all signature files.
  • You should unsubscribe if:
    • Your e-mail address changes. Unsubscribe from your old address and then subscribe with your new email address;
    • You won't be checking your e-mail.

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  • To respond to a message, click your email reply button. This will send a message to everyone who is subscribed to the list;
  • To post a new message, send an e-mail to [email protected] Your message will go out to everyone who is currently subscribed to the list.

Acknowledgment of messages you send to the Listserv

  • If you would like to have the messages you send to the list come back to you as e-mail:
    • Compose a separate message to [email protected];
    • Leave the subject area blank;
    • In the message area type: set SciArt-L mail back;
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Change Delivery

  • You can get LISTSERV messages in two delivery formats:
    • REGULAR - every time there is a new message posted or a reply, you get an email
    • DIGEST - you get one daily email compiling all the email exchanges of that day
  • To change your delivery type for the Listserv, send a message to [email protected];
  • Leave the subject area blank. In the message area type: SET SCIART-L option (option choices are Regular or Digest);
  • Turn off your signature.


For additional questions, comments, problems, or suggestions write to the GNSI SciArt-L Listserv Coordinator Lana Johnson.


  • Be kind to everyone. If you have a conflict with an individual, settle it by private email messages, on the phone, or in person;
  • Junk mail happens. Don’t respond. Notify the GNSI SciArt-L Listserv Coordinator Lana Johnson if any problems arise.
  • Do not send meaningless messages to the entire list. Examples: "I agree," "yes", "why am I getting these messages?" If you should receive one of these emails, simply delete it;
  • Do not be critical of subscribers' queries. Help those new to technology;
  • Emails sent to the list go out to around 450 people. Make sure you want the message to go out to everyone. To reply just to the author, address your email to the individual's personal email address;
  • ALL messages to this list are archived forever;
  • Sign off the list if you are no longer interested in receiving the emails.