ACTA BIOLOGICA CRACOVIENSIA Series Botanica is an English-language
journal founded in 1958, devoted to plant anatomy and morphology,
cytology, genetics, embryology, tissue culture, physiology,
biochemistry, biosystematics, molecular phylogenetics and
phylogeography, as well as phytochemistry. It is published twice a year.
ACTA BIOLOGICA CRACOVIENSIA Series Botanica publishes original
papers embodying the results of experimental or theoretical
research, invited reviews, and brief
communications. Manuscripts will be considered only on the
understanding that they have not been published and are not being
considered for publication elsewhere, that all authors agree on the
content of the manuscript, and that laws on nature protection were not
violated during the study.
Authors have to indicate their specific contributions to the published
work in Authors’ Contributions and the sources of
financial support of their research in Acknowledgements.
They should clearly describe the following in their cover letter: (1)
the aims and hypothesis of the paper; (2) the novelty of the paper − new
achievements or innovations contained in the paper; and (3) the general
significance of their paper.
Articles should be written in English
(American spelling). Authors whose native language is not English are
strongly advised to have their manuscripts checked by a professional
translator or a native speaker prior to submission. Manuscripts should
be written concisely. Purely descriptive studies, karyological notes on
plants outside of central Europe, papers on economic botany as well as
manuscripts of restricted interest generally are not considered for
publication. In vitro studies which only describe protocols for plant
regeneration without providing relevant biological information will not
be considered for publication. A manuscript in the field of plant cell
culture, physiology, biochemistry and phytochemistry must contain new
insights that lead to a better understanding of some aspect of
fundamental plant biology. They should be of interest to a wide audience
and/or the methods employed should contribute to the advancement of
established techniques and approaches.
Authors are charged a fee for
publication of their articles. The bill for publication will be sent
with the galley proof. The fee, which is calculated after all articles
are accepted, will not exceed 20 USD per printed page for foreign
authors and 70 PLZ per printed page for Polish authors. For the standard
fee, color illustrations will appear only in the online version of the
Journal. At authors’ request and for an extra fee, color illustrations
may also appear in the printed version. While sending the manuscript, in
the letter to the Editor, the authors should declare their contribution
towards the extra costs and enumerate the illustrations which are to be
printed in color.
: Prof. Dr. ANDRZEJ JOACHIMIAK
Plant Cytology and Embryology
Gronostajowa 9, 30-387 Kraków, Poland
Manuscripts will be examined by at least two anonymous and independent
refereeswho have declared that they have no conflict of interest with
the author(s). Invitedreferees evaluate the manuscript according to the
following criteria: (1) formalaspects, (2) originality, (3) importance
in its field, (4) theoretical background, (5)adequacy of methodology,
(6) results and interpretation, and (7) overall quality.
3. To shorten the review process, authors are asked to indicate 3 or 4
names of specialists working in the same scientific discipline outside
of their institution (including the name of their institution and e-mail
addresses) who could serve as reviewers of the manuscript. Manuscripts
should be double-spaced, with lines numbered. On all points of style
regarding text and tables, follow a current copy of the
journal. Words to be italicized (scientific names of genus and species
only) should be typed in italics.
4. Original papers should not exceed 8 printed pages (approx. 24
manuscript pages including tables and figures).
5. Original papers should be headed by the title of the paper, author’s
name, institution, address, e-mail address of corresponding author(s)
and short title (no more than 50 characters), and should be preceded by
5-10 Key words and a short Abstract. Original
research papers should be divided into the following sections: Introduction,
Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Authors’
Contributions, Acknowledgements and References.
6. Invited reviews are mostly of limited scope on timely subjects
written for a general, well-informed audience. Invited reviews are
solicited by the Editor. Ideas for unsolicited reviews should be
discussed with the Editor. They are subject to the usual review
7. Brief communications are short papers (1–4 printed pages) reporting
new findings that do not need a standard full-length treatment with the
usual main headings. Brief communications are subject to normal review.
8. References in the text should be cited in the
following form: Newton (1990) or Newton and Berrie (1982) or (Ward,
1950; Hiroshi and Ohta, 1970). For three or more authors, use the form
Zinkowski et al. (1991) or (Zinkowski et al., 1991).
of style for references:
a) citations of journal papers:
TP. 1962. Population structure, breeding system, interspecific
hybridization and alloploidy. Heredity 17: 278-283.
HENEEN WK, SIMONSEN V. 1989. Comparative and genetic studies of isozymes
in resynthesized and cultivated Brassica napus L., Brassica
campestris L., and B. alboglabra Baitey. Theoretical and
Applied Genetics 77: 673-679.
b) citations of books,
congress proceedings, theses:
BERGRREN DJ. 1981. Atlas of
Seeds, part 3. Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm.
DOWNEY RK, RAKOW GFW. 1991. Potential of gene transfer among oilseed Brassica
and their weedy relatives. Proceedings of the GCTRC Eighth
International Rapeseed Congress, 9-11 July 1991, 1022-1027.
ROMEO JT. 1973. A chemotaxonomic study of
the genus Erythrina (Leguminosae). Ph.D. disseration, University
of Texas, Austin, TX.
c) citations of articles and chapters
PHILLIPS RL. 1981. Pollen and pollen tubes. In:
Clark G [ed.], Staining Procedures, 61-366. Williams and Wilkins,
Authors’ names in References should be written in
9. Tables must be numbered consecutively with Arabic
numerals and submitted separately from the text at the end of the paper.
The title should be brief and written in the upper part of the table.
Footnotes to tables should be indicated by lower-case letters.
10. Illustrations must be restricted to the minimum
needed to clarify the text. Previously published illustrations are not
accepted. All figures (photographs, graphs, diagrams) must be mentioned
in the text. All figures are to be numbered consecutively throughout and
submitted separately. Figure captions should be given on a separate
page. Photographs should be submitted the same size as
they are to appear in the journal. If reduction is absolutely necessary,
the scale desired should be indicated. The publisher reserves the right
to reduce or enlarge illustrations. Photographs should match either the
column width (83 mm) or the printing area (170 x 225 mm). Whenever
possible, several photos should be grouped in a plate. The photos should
be sharp, and each one should be marked with a lower-case letter on the
plate. For photographs without an integral scale the magnification of
photographs must be stated in the legend. Color illustrations will be
accepted; however, the author will be expected to contribute towards the
extra costs. The charge will not exceed 150 USD per printed page for
foreign authors and 500 PLZ per printed page for Polish authors.
11. Manuscripts resubmitted after revision: Submit your
text written in a standard program (Microsoft Word). Bitmap graphics
files should be written in TIFF, or BMP, and vector graphics in AI or
CDR (curves). Illustrations written in MS Word or PowerPoint will not
be accepted. Submit the text, tables and each figure (plate) as
separate files. Every paper will be checked for style and grammar.
Editor reserves the right to introduce corrections suggested by the
journal’s line editor.
12. Proof will be sent directly to the authors in
electronic form as a pdf file. Authors’ corrections have to be inserted
in the printout of the PDF proof. The corrected proofs must be returned
to the Editor within six days via Editorial Manager or by e-mail. Proofs
not returned promptly by authors will be corrected by the Editor.
13. Copyright. Exclusive copyright in all papers
accepted for publication must be assigned to the Polish Academy of
Sciences, but the Academy will not restrict the authors’ freedom to use
material contained in the paper in other works by the authors (with
reference where they were first published).
14. Offprints. A pdf of each paper is supplied to the
authors free of charge.