Guide for Authors
Guide for Authors
Papers are published under a the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercialNoDerivs (CC-BY- NC-ND 4.0).
Author Guidelines – 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 31 (issue 1), November 30 (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.
- Scientific Papers,
- Short Communications,
- Review Papers.
Formal requirements for manuscript set up
- IMRAD structure
- English language with correct scholarly British spelling
- File format: DOC, DOCX, ODF
- Page format: A4 size, orientation – portrait
- Font: Times New Roman 12 type
- Lice 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 be cited in the text.
- Citations: in-text parenthetical citation (source reference in parentheses directly in text – author’s last name along with the publication date and/or the page number)
- References: list of sources in alphabetical order by ISO 690 style
Title. Short, brief, and concise information on the paper content.
Authors. The first names and surnames of all the authors who contributed to the paper preparation (separated by commas), followed by the workplace address at the next line. Academic degrees should not be stated.
To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. Therefore, the submission must exclude the authors names, affiliations, contact address or acknowledgement. All the identity details including Acknowledgements/ If applicable/ will be states in the Accompanying Letter.
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 200 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 and 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 ™ and ® with products is necessary.
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 centered, if possible. Each figure must be referred to in the paper (for example Fig. 1).
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 a table form Fig. 2. Description and table header has to be understandable individually without a reference to the text. Table headers shall express a kind of the constant and types of the abun it in a form „constant/abun” 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 has to be referring in the paper (for example Table, Figure 1).
Equations are located 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.
Acknowledgements If applicable
To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. Therefore, the submission must exclude the authors names, affiliations, contact address or acknowledgement. All the identity details including Acknowledgements/ If applicable/ will be states in Accompanying letter.
References. Recommended citation style is APA 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.
In-text citation examples:
- 1 author: … as Bulla (2000) compared… OR … as some authors compared (Bulla, 2000)…
- 2 – 3 authors: … as Bulla and Chrenek (2000) compared… OR … as some authors compared (Bulla & Chrenek, 2000)…
- 3 authors: … as Bulla et al. (2000) compared… OR … as some authors compared (Bulla et al., 2000)…
- Unknown author: the first three words of the title of source should be used – …(Analytical methods textbook, 2000)… OR …(Analytical methods textbook…, 2000)…
- Groups/organizations/corporates: the full name of the group or acronym must be used … (Food and Agriculture Organization, 2010)… OR … (FAO, 2000)…
- Citing a secondary sources: original author and date should be stated first followed by ‘as cited in’ followed by the author and date of the secondary source: …Bulla (2000) as cited in Chrenek (2015)… OR … (Bulla, 2000, as cited in Chrenek, 2015)…
Reference list/Reference list citations
Reference list (complete list of all the citations used in text, bibliography) has to be sorted alphabetically (be first author/person primarily responsible for the intellectual content).
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.
Book – one author
Surname, Initials. (Year). Title. Edition (if not the 1st). Place of publication: Publisher
Cook, T. (2010). How do they do it? Prague: Kober.
Book – two or three authors
Surname, Initials. & Surname, Initials. (Year). Title. (Edition – if not the 1st). Place of publication: Publisher.
White, M. C. & Black, T. (2010). My favourite colours. Berlin: Small House Publishing. OR White, M.
C., Grey, Ch. & Black, T. (2011). My favourite colours. 2. ed. Berlin: Small House Publishing.
Book – more than three authors
Surname, Initials. et al. (Year). Title. (Edition – if not the 1st). Place of publication: Publisher.
White, M. C. et al. (2012). Climate change: life or death? 2. ed. Tokyo: Green Point Publish.
Chapter in book, Book with editor(s)
Author(s). (Year). Title of chapter. In Authors/Editors (Ed./Eds.) Book title. Place of publication: Publisher (pages).
Tuckman, A. (1999) Labour, sklills and training. In Levitt, R. et al. (eds.) The Reorganised National Health Service. (6. ed.). Cheltenham: Stanley thornes (pp. 135–155).
E-book (without or with DOIs)
Surname, Initials. (Year). Title. Place of publication: Publisher. Retrieved Month Day, Year, from URL
Schafer, J. (1922). A history of agriculture in Wisconsin. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Retrieved December 21, 2016 from http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/WI.HistAgSchaf or with DOIs (as active link)
Surname, Initials. (Year). Title. Place of publication: Publisher. https://doi.org/…
Health, J. B. et al. (2018). Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences. Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-2779-6
- Web site
Author(s). (Year). Title. Publisher/Contributor. Retrieved Date from URL
FAO. (2013). Food security to be at center of Africa development agenda. FAO. Retrieved December 21, 2016 from http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/176894/icode/
Surname, Initials. (Year). Title of article. Title of journal, vol.(no.), pages range.
Surname, Initials & Surname, Initials. (Year). Title of article. Title of journal, vol.(no.), pages range.
Varga, L. (2010). Effect of topdressing with nitrogen and boron on the yield and quality of rapeseed. Acta Universitatis Agriculturae et Silviculturae Mendelianae Brunensis, 58(5), 391–398.
Varga, L. and Holec, P. (2010). Effect of topdressing with nitrogen and boron on the yield and quality of rapeseed. Acta Universitatis Agriculturae et Silviculturae Mendelianae Brunensis, 58(5), 391–398.
Varga, L. et al. (2010) Effect of topdressing with nitrogen and boron on the yield and quality of rapeseed. Acta Universitatis Agriculturae et Silviculturae Mendelianae Brunensis, 58(5), 391–398.
Icker, M. & Berger, S. (2012) Unexpected multiplet patterns induced by the Haupt-effect. Journal of magnetic resonance, 219(1), 1–3. Retrieved December 21, 2016 from http://www.jmr.org/17689k254.pdf OR with DOI
Icker, M. & Berger, S. (2012) Unexpected multiplet patterns induced by the Haupt-effect. Journal of magnetic resonance, 219(1), 1–3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmr.2012.03.021
Contact address (Authors). It should include the full name (excluding scientific degrees) of the corresponding author and co-authors, an affiliation/complete up-to-date postal address in English (as indicated on the website of the institution), and the email address and telephone of the corresponding author.
Last update: 2020-01-01
Barbora Čakovská, Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Engineering, Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Tulipánova 7, 949 76 Nitra, Slovak Republic.