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Guidelines for Authors

Acta Scientiarum Polonorum Hortorum Cultus publishes original scientific papers in English. All papers are reviewed by specialists from outside the Authors’ institutions keeping the principle of mutual anonymity, the so-called double-blind review process.

Submission of the paper implies that it has not been published previously, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and that if accepted it will not be published elsewhere in the same form without the written permission of the editor.

The author of the paper published is obliged to transfer his/her copyright to the publisher and submit a declaration that the paper has not been published in another journal. Declaration for authors – here.

Technical requirements for the elaboration of papers:

  1. Size of the paper including tables, figures and photographs should not exceed 12 pages of A-4 format (standard margins 2.5 cm).
  2. Style of documents – the text of the paper should be typed with Times New Roman font 12 points, 1.5 l of space between the lines, setting parts of the text in special typeface is allowed, e.g. italics or bold, but without underlining letters, words and sentences.
  3. Tables and figures – size cannot exceed 16.5 cm × 19.5 cm, table format – .doc or .rtf. Numbers of tables and figures – Arabic numerals. The manuscript should be saved in one file. Tables should be included at the end of the manuscript file. In addition, drawing and photographs should be sent as a separate files (.jpg, .tif) – illustration best to be sent also in authentic source files, e.g. if a drawing has been created in Corel Draw, Excel, Photoshop, you are kindly asked to attach it in the files of these programs.

The following paper setting is binding:

  1. Title of the article.
  2. Names of authors (with first names spelled out, middle names as initial, and last name CAPITALIZED).
  3. Affiliations of all authors (department or faculty, university, address, country).
  4. Corresponding address – postal and e-mail.
  5. Paper abstract (from 600 to 1000 characters).
  6. Key words – 6 words useful when indexing and searching, from the general to specific ones.
  7. The main text of the research paper should include: introduction with the aim and research hypothesis, material and methods, results, discussion, conclusions (or summary) and references.
  8. Units – the international SI system is binding, e.g. g·dm–3 or g dm–3.
  9. References
  • Literature references in text: when referring to the publications of other authors in the text of the paper, a surname and a year should be provided in brackets [Kowalski and Lewandowski 2000, Lewandowski 2001, Zalewski et al. 2001] or …according to Kowalski [2000]... All literature data mentioned in the text must be given in the list of references (and vice versa).
  • The list of references should be presented in the alphabetical order in the following way: author’s (authors’) surname, initials of first names; year of publishing if there is more than one paper of the same author published in a given year, after the year it is necessary to mark particular items a, b, c, etc.; title of the paper; bibliographical abbreviation of the publishing house and place of publishing, numbers of pages (books) or No of volume, book and numbers of pages (articles), e.g.:


Beyl, C.A. (2011). PGRs and their use in micropropagation. In: Plant tissue culture, development, and biotechnology, Trigiano, R.N., Gray, D.J. (eds). CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton–London–New York, 33–56.

Commission Regulation (2015). EU Regulation No 1258/2011 of 2 December 2011 amending Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006 as regards maximum levels for nitrates in foodstuffs. Available: [date of access: 21.10.2016].

Parke, M. (1993). A garden for cutting: gardening for flower arrangements. Stewart, Tabori & Chang, New York.

Patkowska, E., Konopiński, M. (2008a). Pathogenicity of selected soil-borne microorganisms for scorzonera seedlings (Scorzonera hispanica L.). Folia Hort., 20(1), 31–42.

Patkowska, E., Konopiński, M. (2008b). Pathogenicity of selected soil-borne fungi for seedlings of root chicory (Cichorium intybus L. var. sativum Bisch.). Veg. Crops Res. Bull., 69, 81–92.

Weilharter, A., Mitter, B., Shin, M.V., Chain, P.S.G., Nowak, J., Sessitsch, A. (2011). Complete genome sequence of the plant growth-promoting endophyte Burkholderia phytofirmans strain PsJN. J. Bact., 193(13), 3383–3384. DOI: 10.1128/JB.05055-11.

DOI number (digital object identifier) for all references is required (if exist).

Original papers should not contain more than 30 references.

Review articles should not contain more than 60 references.

The author sends the text of the paper in 2 copies to the editorial office. After the Author receives a review, he sends an editorial copy to the editorial office including the reviewer’s comments, a corrected copy of the paper including an electronic carrier (CD or e-mail) and a response to the reviewer’s and editor’s comments. The editorial office reserves a right to make cuts and corrections, and to suggest changes and substantive supplementations agreed with the author.

The authors of the papers participate in the costs of their publishing. Information about fees and additional information for authors are available at the website


Manuscript must be submitted by e-mail or by postal address :

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The procedure securing against the phenomena of „ghostwriting” and „guest authorship” (based on the materials from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education)


  In science, reliability is one of its quality foundations. Readers should be certain that the authors of publications present the results of their work in a clear, reliable and honest way, independently of whether they are the direct authors or they were aided by a specialized entity (a physical or a legal person).

  The ethical attitude of a research worker and the highest editorial standards should be evidenced by the transparency of information on the entities contributing to the publication (content-related, material, financial, etc. contribution), which is not only a sign of good practice but also social responsibility.


The phenomena of „ghostwriting” and „guest authorship” contradict reliability in science and they are a sign of an unethical attitude of the research worker.

We have to do with „ghostwriting” when somebody had a significant contribution to the publication without revealing their participation as one of the authors or when they are not mentioned in the thanks included in the publication.

We have to do with „guest authorship” („honorary authorship”) when the participation of a person in the publication is negligible or none and despite that they are reported as authors or co-authors.


With the view to counteracting cases of „ghostwriting” and „guest authorship”, the Publishing House introduces the following procedures.

  1. The authors are required to disclose the contribution of particular authors in the publication, complete with their affiliation and contribution, i.e. the information on who is the author of the concept, assumptions, methods and the substantive analysis of the results, with the main responsibility resting on the author submitting the manuscript.
  2. The author has an obligation to provide information on the sources of financing the publication, the contribution of scientific and research institutions, associations and other entities (financial disclosure).


The Publishing House hereby informs that it is bound to reveal any cases of scientific unreliability, which includes informing the proper entities, i.e. institutions employing authors, scientific societies, associations of scientific editors, etc.

  The Publishing House will document any signs of scientific unreliability, especially concerning breaking and violating the rules of ethics binding in science.