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Ethical policy

The ethics of publishing in Acta Scientiarum Polonorum Hortorum Cultus is based on recommendations by COPE - Committee on Publication Ethics, in Polish

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 authors are required to make a statement about the originality of their work and to disclose the contribution of individual authors in the publication, including their affiliation and contribution, i.e. information, who is the author of the concepts, assumptions, methods, substantive development of results, although the author submitting the manuscript bears the main responsibility.

The author is obliged to provide information about the sources of the publication financing, contribution of scientific and research institutions, associations and others.

The paper is reviewed following the procedures so-called double blind review process. The reviewer is obliged to maintain objectivity and secrecy about the reviewed paper, and in the case of plagiarism detection, he is obliged to inform the editorial office about it.

Editors inform that they are obliged to unmask all cases of scientific misconduct, including notifying relevant entities, i.e. institutions employing authors, scientific societies, associations of scientific editors, etc. The editors will document any manifestations of scientific misconduct, especially violations of ethical rules in science.

Such phenomena as ghost-writing, guest authorship or honorary authorship, plagiarism and auto-plagiarism are the opposite of reliability in science and the unethical attitude of a researcher.

Ghost-writing - someone does most of the work related to the publication, and his identity as a co-author is not disclosed, nor was he mentioned in the acknowledgments attached to the work.

Guest authorship, honorary authorship - an author is assigned to the publication, while the actual contribution of his work is insignificant or irrelevant.

Plagiarism - use of data from someone’s work without revealing the source of the information used.

Auto-plagiarism – use of data from someone’s own, previously published work without revealing the source of the information used.


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.

Publication fee

Publication fee will be charged for articles sent to the editorial office after June 30st, 2018.

The fee for publication of an article is 150 EUR. In the case of a text with greater volume than 12 pages (in accordance with the format presented in the information for authors, including abstract, tables, drawings, etc.) an additional fee of 15 EUR each additional commenced page will be added. Submission of a paper to the editor indicates that the authors accept the above charges.

Payments should be made after we receive information that the article has been accepted for publication.

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 the electronic version. After the Author receives a review, he sends a corrected copy of the paper and a response to the reviewer’s and editor’s comments. The editorial office reserves a right to make cuts, corrections, and changes or substantive supplementations agreed with the author.

Manuscript must be submitted by e-mail or by postal address: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Przyrodniczego w Lublinie, ul. Akademicka 15, 20-950 Lublin.