Guide for Authors
Guide for Authors
Papers are published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercialNoDerivs (CC-BY- NC-ND 4.0).
Guides for Authors – Detailed Information. Manuscript submission process in OJS (Open Journal System). General template is compulsory: Paper Template, Affiliation Letter.
Otherwise, object of rejection.
Journal periodicity: 2 issues per year
Online publishing: May (issue 1), November (issue 2).
For the submission and for the review process as well, the Open Journal Systems (OJS) is used to ensure the originality of the manuscript and making journal policies more transparent and improving indexing.
When a manuscript is submitted to a journal using the OJS, it is assessed to see if it meets the criteria for submission and if it follows the authors guidance. If it does, the editorial team will select potential peer reviewers within the field of research to peer-review the manuscript and make recommendations.
In the journal Acta Horticulturae et Regiotecturae we use Double-blind peer review process to evaluate the quality and relevance of the work. Professionals and academics in the relevant field assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published with the aim to help editors determine whether a manuscript should be published in their journal. In the double-blind review process of AHR journal the reviewers do not know the names of the authors, the institutions or the country and the authors do not know who reviewed their manuscript.
This diagram is a representation of the peer review process in AHR journal:
All manuscripts are checked by iThenticate software (Similarity Check service).
Types of published papers
Acta Horticulturae et Regiotecturae publishes peer-reviewed papers. All papers are published in English.
- Peer-reviewed papers
- Research Article,
- Short Communications,
- Review Papers.
Formal requirements for manuscript set up
- English language with correct scholarly British spelling
- File format: DOC, DOCX, ODF
- Page format: A4 size, orientation – portrait
- Font: Arial, Font size: 10
- Line spacing: single-line spacing (before: 0 p, after: 0 p)
- Margins: 2.5 cm (left/right/top/bottom)
- Alignment justified (align the text to both the left and right margins) for body/main text; left alignment for illustrations (figures and tables) and their legends & footnotes
- All illustrations, figures (photographs, graphs or diagrams) and tables should referred to in the text.
- Citations: in-text citation by American Psychological Association (APA 7 Style) author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text)
- References: list of sources in alphabetical order by APA 7 Style
Title. Short, brief, and concise information on the paper content.
Abstract. It is a short summary of the whole paper (as a single paragraph). It should clearly estimate the goals of research and bring a brief description of experiments, the main observations, results, and conclusions. Provide an abstract of not more than 250 and not less than 100 words. It should be clear, without referring to the paper. Use complete sentences and limit the use of abbreviations. Repeating the paper title at the beginning of the abstract is not recommended. The subject of the paper should be given at the beginning; new facts, data, and methods should be presented herein.
Keywords. Up to a maximum of five key words starting with small letters should be listed at the end of the abstract.
Introduction. It should afford a review of related works and the information concerning the state of the research of relevant issues. Related references are recommended. The introduction should not be divided into subunits.
Material and methods. All preliminary material, experiments conducted, their extent, conditions and course should be described in detail in this section. The section should consist of subunits describing equipment, methods, and procedures. It is necessary to provide readers with enough details of methods and equipment to enable the described procedure to be repeated. When methods are not original, adequate references are recommended. Statistical processing methods, including the software used, should also be listed in this section.
Results and discussion. Results should be presented briefly in tables or figures. The author should confront partial results with data published by other authors, whose names and year of publication are to be cited by including them in the text directly (e.g. as published by Reicosky (2001); Galambošová and Rataj (2010) found…) or citing authors and years of publication in parentheses (Williams et al., 2012; Macák & Žitňák, 2010) separated by semicolons. Provide enough data to give reasons for conclusions. The same information should not be given in different forms (tables, graphs, text). In the discussion, it is necessary to emphasise the importance of findings and to compare the information obtained with existing knowledge, if possible. Tables and figures should be marked understandably; photographs, graphs, diagrams, maps, etc. should have a legend. Using TM and ® with products is necessary.
Illustrations. Illustrations are pictures containing graphs, diagrams, maps, schemes and others. There is no need to distinguish between different types of illustrations. You can label all as „Figure”. All the illustrations must be numbered in a continuous series of numbers in the entire manuscript and they must have captions (name of the figure) for each figure. Name of the figure must be understandable even without the text. They must be placed just after the text that mentions it for the first time (preferably on the same page). Figures should be centred, if possible. Each figure must be referred to in the paper (for example Fig. 1).
Tables. Tables present ideas and assertions described in the paper. Any of the table’s material composed of more than four or five lines shall be elaborated in example below. Description and table header have to be understandable individually without a reference to the text. Table headers shall express a kind of the constant and types of the unit it in a form „constant/unit” therefore it is needed to use the same symbols and abbreviations as in the text. Each of the table has to have a consecutive number and a title located usually at the top of the table. Each table shall be oriented in the same way and it must be referring in the paper (for example Table 1, Figure 1).
Equations, formulas. Equations are in the middle of the line, comments and symbols at the beginning of the line. If the thesis includes more formulas, the number of the formula shall be in roundish brackets without spaces, located at the right end of the line. Please use italics for stating physical constants and mathematical variables. We use the International System of Units SI (ISO 80000-1 as a part of the ISO 80000 standard). When writing equations, we use equation editor (has to be installed).
Mark the number of equation (in a bracket to the right) and Bookmark it for the next references in the text through:
Start with the equation
Conclusion. It is necessary to briefly conclude the most important results presented in the paper, the key points of following research and experimental work, and recommendations for utilization of results in academic or professional practice.
References. Recommended citation style is APA 7 style. References should be listed in alphabetical order according to the surname of the first author, without numbering the individual items. Only papers cited in the text must be included in the list of references.
If there is no author/person primarily responsible for the intellectual content, list alphabetically according/sorting to the title. In the case of two or more references by the same author, then list them in order of publication date with the oldest work first. Do not use the expression “anonymous „or “anonymous author“, use the title of the resource.
References lists appear at the end of paper on a separate page. Centre and type the word “References” at the top of your list. All lines after the first line of each entry in the list should be indented 1 cm from the left margin. Author`s names are inverted; give last names and initials for all authors of a work unless the work has more then 20 authors. Sources should be listed in alphabetical order and double spaced.
For detailed standards and procedures, consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association or the APA Style website at https://apastyle.apa.org/ For more examples and tutorials, visit https://libguides.csudh.edu/citation/apa-7
Last update: 2021-13-06
Barbora Čakovská, , Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Tr. A. Hlinku 2, 949 76 Nitra,