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Instructions for Authors


Papers must be clearly and concisely written in correct English; this is the responsibility of the authors. The word processing program should be Microsoft Word. The text should be typed single-spaced, using the font Times New Roman, size 12 points and organized in A4 format (21 × 29.5 cm), left adjusted. Adjust indentation to 1 cm (i.e. the first line of all paragraphs and hanging paragraphs of References). Input your text continuously, i.e. insert hard returns exclusively at the ends of paragraphs, headings etc. Do not use the space bar to make indents; the indent command should be used for this purpose. Italicize only the names of genes (e.g. Arpl gene), genera, species, subspecies and lower taxonomic units. Genetic information, such as DNA, RNA, or protein sequences, should be submitted to public data bases (GenBank, EMBL, etc.), and accession numbers should be available in

Materials and methods. Voucher specimens must be made and deposited in a public herbarium. For endemic and protected taxa permission has to be obtained from the competent authority. Leave a space between mathematical symbols and numbers (i.e. 2 + 3, 3 < 9). Use 12 °C, never 12°C. Do not leave a space in these cases: 6´, 12%. Every page should be numbered. The elements of the paper should be presented in the following sequence:

TITLE, should not exceed 120 characters (without spaces). RUNNING TITLE, should not exceed 50 characters (without spaces).

Complete AUTHOR NAMES (NAME AND SURNAME) for each author, plus their mailing addresses and institutional affiliations. Include phone/FAX numbers and an e-mail address for the corresponding author. Authors are expected to provide the definitive list and order of authors at the time of the submission. Any changes (addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names) in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal Editor. To request such a change, the Editor must receive the following explanations from the corresponding author: (a) the reason for the change in author list and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors about agreement with changes.

ABSTRACT of up to 250 words that highlights the objective, results, and conclusion of the paper.

KEYWORDS (up to eight, provided in an alphabetic order), to identify the subjects under which the article may be indexed.

TEXT of the manuscript (Full Research Article) should be divided into Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References, Table and figure captions, Tables, Figures. There may be up to 12 single-spaced pages of text, excluding figures and tables. There may be up to 8 tables and figures in the published article. Additional necessary figures and/or tables may only be published on-line as supplementary materials. They should be cited in the text properly (On-line Suppl. Tab. or Fig. 1, 2, …).

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: Any sources of financial support as well as any individuals who were of direct help to the authors should be acknowledged in a brief.

REFERENCES should be typed in alphabetical order. For publication in any language other than English, Spanish, French, German and Italian, the original title should be translated into English (stating the original language in brackets at the end of cited reference). Do not include unpublished materials in the Reference List. Instead, cite them in the text as personal observations or unpublished data. Identify authors of unpublished work. Check the text citations against the Literature cited list to make sure there are no gaps or inconsistencies. Names of journals should be given in full, followed by volume number (do not include issue no.), and pages.

Examples for citations of literature in the text:

Wrischer (1998), … Jones and Smith (1987), …. (Jones 1987a, b), ….. Jones et al. (1986), … (Facca et al. 2002, 2003; Socal et al. 2006).

Arrange names of authors chronologically in text, e.g: (Jones 1986, Allen1987). The list of references should contain the names of authors in alphabetical order, e.g:

Hatch, M. J., Macek, K., 1986.....

Hatch, M. J., Smith, H. B., 1985.....

Use the following formats for Reference List style:

Journal article:

Wrischer, M., Ljubešic, N., Devidé, Z., 1992: Ultrastructural studies of degradational processes in amitrol-damaged photosynthetic membranes. Journal of Structural Biology 108, 1–5.


Horvat, I., Glava?, V., Ellenberg, H.,1974: Vegetation Sudosteuropas. Geobotanica selecta 4. Gustav Fischer Verlag, Stuttgart.

Chapter in a book:

Broadwater, S. T., Scott, J., 1994: Ultrastructure of unicellular red algae. In: Seckbach, J. (ed.), Evolutionary pathways and enigmatic algae: Cyanidium caldarium (Rhodophyta) and related cells, 215–230. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Amsterdam.

Published proceedings paper:

Geesey, G. G., Costerton, J. W., 1986: The microphysiology of consortia within adherent bacterial population. Proceedings 4 International Symposium of Microbial Ecology, Ljubljana, 238–242.

On-line sources:

Author, year, title, source. Retrieved October 15, 2015 from http://www....

APPENDICES (optional) Each appendix must be numbered as Appendices 1., 2. etc and must have a title.

FIGURE AND TABLE LEGENDS should be added following REFERENCES, on the next page.

FIGURES should be on separate pages (not embedded in the text). Every figure must be cited in the text. Figures should be numbered in Arabic numerals (below the figure). The width of figures needs to be adjusted to one column size (7cm) or two columns size (14 cm). Figures may be arranged in plates with maximal width of 14 cm., Line art-works and half-tones or photographic images should be saved as Tagged Image Format (tif) with a resolution of at least 600 dpi and in pdf. The size of figure files in tif format can be decreased using Lossless Compression (LZW). Vector graphics (xls, cmx, eps, wmf) should be also saved in pdf. Each table and illustration should contain all the information necessary for it to be understood independently of the text. Lettering should be in Arial and legible after reduction. Y- and X-axis need to be black, tick marks should be moved inwards the plots. Graph lines should be thicker than axes lines. Colour figures are acceptable only if necessary (photographs, not plots and curves) and they are free of charge.

TABLES should be on separate pages. Tables should be organized clearly as can be seen in published articles available on-line for free. Tables should be prepared in Microsoft Office Word or Excel and numbered in Arabic numerals followed by the title (above the table). Vertical lines should not be visible in tables. The maximum width of a printed table should be 150 characters in broadside. Large tables and primary data may be published as supplementary materials, but not in the printed version. All tables should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. They should be cited in the text properly (Tab. 1, On-line Suppl. Tab. 1, etc.). TABLE LEGEND should be on the same page as the table to which it corresponds. Since tables need to be self-explanatory, provide enough information in legends (no abbreviations, full Latin names etc.) so that each table is understandable without reference to the text.


Short communications should consist of not more than five single-spaced typewritten pages excluding figures and tables. The number of figures and tables should not exceed four per manuscript and the reference list will be limited to 20 entries. Follow general ABC style guidelines but combine Results and Discussion into one section.


Review and mini-review articles are usually accepted for the reviewing process if invited by editor. They need to be organized according to ABC guidelines.


We also welcome popular news describing interesting events, anniversaries, as well as short and concise reviews of newly published books in the field of plant sciences.

FOOTNOTES: These should not be used; information should be integrated into the text.

METRIC SYSTEM: The metric system should be used throughout. If required, equivalent values in other systems may be placed in parentheses immediately after the metric value.

REVIEW PROCESS: Preliminary evaluation of submitted manuscript is done by the Technical Editors, the Section Editor who is an expert in the field and the Editor-in-Chief. Manuscripts that meet the scientific and technical criteria of ABC will be sent to the review process. Two referees review original scientific papers submitted for publication. Authors are invited to propose names and e-mail contacts of two experts in the field in the Cover Letter to the Editor-in-Chief. Please note that the journal uses software to screen for plagiarism.

AHEAD OF PRINT: The accepted article citable with the DOI number will be published online as “Ahead of print” at the De Gruyter Open portal

PROOFS: Proofs are sent to the Corresponding Author unless the Editorial Office is advised otherwise. Authors should check for typesetting or conversion errors and the completeness and accuracy of the text, tables and figures. Authors are not allowed to change results, scientific terms or do drastically changes in proof. Corrected proofs must be returned within 72 hours to the technical editor in chief. After release of the printed version (April, October), the paper can also be cited by issue and page numbers. A journal sample is available for those who pay the annual subscription. Free electronic reprints (in pdf), published since 1925 are available on


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