Formal requirements

To ensure fast and efficient cooperation with the editorial office and editors, the submitted manuscript should be formatted according to details listed below and accompanied by cover letter

Manuscript files

Manuscript text, tables and figures should be submitted as separate files. Manuscript should be prepared in editable text files (.doc, .docx or .rtf). Literature should be formatted in author-date format described below in details. Figures must be prepared in ready to print size, format (.tiff with LZW compression) with proper size and resolution:

  • line art (graphs, charts and diagrams) 7200 points wide and 1200 dpi resolution,
  • combination art (lettering and images) 3600 points wide and 600 dpi resolution,
  • photographs (greyscale and colour) 1800 points wide and 300 dpi resolution.

For instructions on creating acceptable tiff files, refer to the Cadmus digital art website

Cover letter

The manuscript must be accompanied by a cover letter (submissions without cover letter will be not processed) that should include:

  • A title, a running title (about 50 characters in length, including spaces), author’s names (format: Name, Initial, Last name – for example Anna E. Smith) and keywords (minimum 5 in alphabetical order)
  • Impact of the presented research
  • Brief description of the results and major conclusions of the manuscript
  • Postal address, phone and fax numbers and e-mail of the corresponding author who is responsible for all correspondence regarding the submitted paper
  • To ensure rapid manuscript review authors should present list of 5 putative reviewers, with their full affiliations. Authors should choose specialists in their field, however they should not be co-authors within last five years or share affiliation
  • Statement that all authors read and accepted the manuscript and the statement about conflict of interests.
  • Statement that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere, or is not in processing by any other journal.

Language editing

The manuscript should be written in English. Grammar, syntax and spelling must be carefully checked before submission of the paper. Authors who are unsure of proper English usage should have their manuscript checked by someone proficient in both the English language and biological terminology. Manuscripts may be rejected on the basis of poor English or lack of conformity to accepted standards of style before the review process.