Preparation of Manuscripts – short communications

A Short Communication is intended for the presentation of brief observations that do not warrant a full-length paper. Short communication should be submitted the same way as a full-length paper.

The Short Communication manuscript in general:

  • Total length should not exceed 10 double lined standard pages including illustrative material (in total no more than 3 figures and tables)
  • Each Short Communication must have an Abstract limited to 100 words
  • Manuscript should be formatted without section headings in the body of the text
  • All the required parts (Introduction, Materials & Methods, Results and Discussion) except for the Literature must be given in single section
  • Should be typed in 12 points Times New Roman font
  • No part of the manuscript should be underlined and written using capital letters


The title should briefly describe the contents of the paper. Below the title, the manuscript should include full name (including first name and middle initial) of each author and affiliations of all authors. Street address, telephone number and e-mail address should be given only for the corresponding author (or corresponding authors, when apply) and placed in the footnote at the bottom of the first page. Under the authors affiliations proposed running title should be included (50 characters including spaces).

Graphical abstract

A graphical abstract should be a one image file and represent the article’s topic in an attention-grabbing way. The graphical abstract should have a clear start and end, preferably “reading” from top to bottom or left to right. Authors must provide an image that represents the work described in the paper.

The graphical abstract should be a high-quality illustration or diagram in any of the following formats: JPEG, TIFF, PNG, AI, EPS, PDF, or MS Office files. Written text in a graphical abstract should be clear and easy to read, using one of the sans serif fonts, e.g., Arial or Calibri, 12–16 points.

The minimum required size for the graphical abstract is 800 × 600 pixels (width × height). When submitting larger images, please make sure to keep to the same ratio.

Graphical abstracts should be submitted as a separate file in the submission system by selecting “graphical abstract” from the drop-down list when uploading files.


Limit the Abstract to 100 words or fewer. Because the Abstract will be published separately by abstracting services, it must be complete and understandable without reference to the text. It should be written in an impersonal form. Abbreviations, diagrams and references are not allowed.


Five keywords or short phrases should be given below the abstract. If names of microorganisms are used, they should precede the key words, and be followed by the latter in alphabetical order. All keywords should be relevantly connected with the subject matter (avoid common terms like: bacteria, medium, soil, temperature etc.) as they will be used for indexing purposes.

Literature (and references)

In-text references and the reference list at the end of the paper should be prepared according to the Council of Science Editors (CSE) documentation Name-Year (N-Y) system, as described here.


Short communications under go the same review process as full-length papers and are not printed more quickly.