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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another publication for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission of an article must include a properly completed and signed License to Publish. You can download the license in the Information part (top right section of the website).

Authors should submit their manuscripts online at http://agrobiodiversity.uniag.sk/scientificpapers/about/submissions or contact managing editor at olgrygorieva@gmail.com.

Authors submitting their manuscript for review should submit their entire manuscript, including the title, abstract, tables, and figures, as a single document, in Open Office, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.


Articles in English, Slovak, Ukrainian, or Russian languages are accepted. In the case of non-English articles the title, authors addresses, abstracts, and keywords must be translated into English. Articles in Ukrainian and Russian languages are accepted in Cyrilic, except for the parts translated into English and non Ukrainian / Russian references. In the case of Slovak and English articles, Ukrainian and Russian references are reqiured transliterated into Latin with title translated into English and information about the original language in the square brackets (see also part References).

Title page

Title Page should include:
• the name(s) of the author(s)
• a concise and informative title in the language of article,
• title translation into English, if articles are in Slovak, Ukrainian, or Russian,
• the affiliation(s) of the author(s),
• address and e-mail of corresponding author,
• abstract (of 200 words or less, it should contain the information about purpose, methods, results and conclusions)
• keywords (no more than 5 keywords)


These types of articles are accepted – Original Research, Review Articles, Short reports or Letters, Case Studies, Methodologies. For original research articles the IMRaD (Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion structure) is required.

Authors should aim for an 8,000-word limit (including the main text, abstract, and footnotes, excluding references, tables and figures), and should limit tables and figures to those that:
• use a normal, plain font (12-point Cambria is recommended) for text.
• use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.
• use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar.

Use no more than three levels for headings. Primary headings are in title case (capital letters) and bold type (Level One); secondary headings are in small case and bold type (Level Two); and tertiary headings are in italic case and bold type (Level Three).

Plants or animals involved, with exact descriptions (genus, species, strain, cultivar, line, etc.); include Latin names in italics, even for common plants, upon first mention in text (e.g., maize or corn, Zea mays L.). Botanical names must be conform to the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (ICN) and, if it concerns a plant cultigen, the additional cultivar and/or group epithets must conform to the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants. Animal names has be conform of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN or ICZN Code).

Materials used, with exact technical specifications and quantities and their source or method of preparation. Generic or chemical names are better than trade names, which may not be universally recognized.

Spell out numbers one through nine; use numerals for numbers 10 and higher. When referring to millions, use numerals before the word “million” (e.g., 3 million; 45 million). Numbers with centuries should be spelled out (e.g., twenty-first century).

Percentages are always indicated with numerals followed by the symbol %. Write out years in full (e.g., 1972–1976, not 1972–76). In decimal fractions, use a leading zero (e.g., 0.123, not .123) unless the number cannot be greater than 1, as in probabilities or correlation coefficients.

Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed on the title page containing author-identifying information. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.


• all tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals
• tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order
• for each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table
• identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption
• footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body


• all figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals
• figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order
• figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters (a, b, c, etc.)
• if an appendix appears in your article and it contains one or more figures, continue the consecutive numbering of the main text


Agrobiodiversity uses ISO 690 (2010) for the list of references and Harvard (or the first element – date) citation system.

Example of citation in the text: The plant potential value describes Brown (2016) and many others (Bowden, 2014; Smith 2012; Kuznetsova, 2000).

Multiple citations in the same set of parentheses should be separated by semicolons and presented alphabetically. There should be a comma between the name(s) of the author(s) and the publication year. Citations of works with three or more authors are listed by the first author's surname, followed by et al. Multiple citations by the same author in the same year, should be cited as (Spencer et al., 2011a, b).

Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work. Every item of list with paragraph breaks 0,5 cm.

If the paper is to be published in English, references in Ukrainian / Slovak / Russian (if any) must be translated and marked with “[Russian]” as follows:
Author(s), year. Title in original language (if possible) [Title translated into English]. Publication name in original language (if possible) [Publication name translated into English]. Volume/issue/page information (according to type of publication). [In ‘language’].

Example: Gluchov, M.M. 1955. Medonosnyje rastenija [Honey bearing plants]. Moskva : Selgosizdat, 122 p. [In Russian].

For online articles with DOI, it must be included in the reference.

The abbreviations “s.l.” and “s.n.” stand for the Latin terms sine loco (without place [of publication]) and sine nomine (without name [of publisher]).

If there are two or three authors, give each one sepparated by commas. If there are four or more authors, give the first and use „et al.“

The element required in references


AUTHOR. Year. Title. Edition other than first. Place : Publisher. ISBN.

Example: BIELIK, P. et al. 2015. Agribusiness and commerce. 2nd ed. Nitra : Slovak University of Agriculture. ISBN 978-80-552-1383-5.

Online book

AUTHOR. Year. Title [online]. Edition other than first. Place : Publisher. ISBN [date of citation].  Available at: DOI or url address

Example: WANSINK, B. 2005. Marketing Nutrition : Soy, Functional Foods, Biotechnology, and Obesity [online]. Champaing : University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-02942-9 [cit. 2016-01-20]. Available at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/j.ctt1x74kdr

Book chapter/ Proceedings paper

AUTHOR of chapter. Year. Title of chapter. In Title of book. Place : Publisher, page numbers,  ISBN.

Example: KAVKA, M. 2010. Analysis of economic indicators of top management practise. In Technofórum 2010 : advances in research of agricultural and environmental engineering. Nitra : Slovak University of Agriculture, p. 100–107. ISBN 978-80-552-0381-2.

Book chapter/ Proceedings paper online

AUTHOR of chapter. Year. Title of chapter. In Title of book [online]. Place : Publisher, page numbers [date of citation]. ISBN. Available at: DOI or url address

Example: BÁNYIOVÁ, T., BIELIKOVÁ, T., PITERKOVÁ, A. 2014. Prediction of agricultural enterprises distress using data envelopment analysis. In European financial systems 2014 [online]. Brno : Masaryk University, p. 18–25. ISBN 978-80-210-7153-7 [cit. 2017-06-02]. Available at: https://is.muni.cz/do/econ/sborniky/2014/proceedings-EFS-2014.pdf.

Journal article

AUTHOR. Year. Article title. In Journal title, volume (number), page numbers.

Example: VITÁZEK, I., HAVELKA, J., TIROL, J. 2007. Utilization of theory of similarity for deremination of interchangeability of gas fuels. In Revija : Agronomska saznaja, vol. 19(1), p. 44–48.

Online journal article

AUTHOR. Year. Article title. In Journal title [online], volume (number), page numbers [viewed date]. Available at: DOI or url address

Example: ONDRIŠÍK, P. et al.  2009. The effect of agrotechnical interventions on seasonal changes of inorganic nitrogen content in the soil. In Journal of Central European Agriculture [online], vo. 10(1), p. 101–107 [cit. 2017-06-02]. Available at: http://www.agr.hr/jcea/issues/jcea10-1/pdf/jcea101-13.pdf.