South-Western Journal of Horticulture, Biology and Environment



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Author Guidelines:


Both original research papers and reviews are welcomed. Review papers should deal with topics of general interest or of contemporary importance, being synthetic rather than comprehensive in emphasis. Authors of Review papers should consult with the editors before submission. Original research papers are welcomed both as full-length papers or short notes. The editors reserve the right to move manuscripts from one to other category.


Manuscripts may be rejected without peer review if they do not comply with the instructions to authors or are beyond the scope of the journal.


All manuscripts must be accompanied by the Cover Letter. This form must be completed and signed by all the authors before processing of the manuscript can begin.

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Preparation of the manuscript:


Manuscripts must be submitted in electronic version only, as well as the original figures and tables. The manuscript text should be MS-Word processed, typed throughout in letter quality with font size 12, Times New Roman, without footnotes, double spaced (about 30 lines per page), on A4 (210 x 297 mm) paper, line numbered, with margins of at least 25 mm on each side. All pages should be numbered consecutively in the bottom, right-hand corner.


For all types of papers, the title page must contain and only contain the following: title of paper (bold); name(s) of the author(s); address of the Institution where the work was done, and the name and address of the corresponding author with an email address.  Provide a title that is concise but also an informative synthesis of the study. Where appropriate, include mention of the family or higher taxa. Please provide a short running title of five words or less.


The abstract of maximum 300 words should summarize the essential results and conclusions. The introduction has to be a concise description of the background, rationale, aims and specific objectives of the paper.

Materials and methods have to provide sufficient information to permit repetition of the experiment and/or fieldwork. The technical description of study methods should be given only if such methods are new; otherwise a short presentation is enough.

The Results section must be a concise presentation of the finding of the study. Avoid the presentation of same information as text and/or figure and/or table.

Discussion section should be separate from the results section at full-length papers and should deal with the significance of the results and their relationship to the aims of the paper. Also include how the findings of the paper will change, influence the state of our knowledge about model organism.

Short Notes (generally less than four-five manuscript pages) should be produced as continuous text, preceded by an abstract of no more than 150 words.


Cited sources should be referred to as follows: (Pianka 1989, Huey & Pianka 1981Haydon et al. 1997). All authors of a paper should be cited in the list of references. References "in press" shall only be cited when they have been accepted for publication. Avoid quoting unpublished reports or thesis. Names of persons who provided unpublished information should be cited as follows: “(Andersson, Stockholm, pers. comm. 2005)”. List references alphabetically by author under References and date of publication at the same author.

Journal and series names have to be spelled out fully.


Use the following format for references section:

Haydon, D. T., Crother, B. I., Pianka. E. R. (1994): New directions in biogeography? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 9: 403-406.

Sokal, R. R., Rohlf, F. J. (1995): Biometry. The principles and practice of statistics in biological research.  3rd Edition. W. H. Freeman & co, New York.

Huey, R. B., Pianka, E. R., (1983): Temporal separation of activity and interspecific dietary overlap (with an Appendix by S. L. Pimm). pp. 281-296. In Huey, R. B.,. Pianka, E. R., Schoener T. W. (eds.) Lizard Ecology: Studies of a Model Organism. Harvard University Press.


Word 2007. Unfortunately, the journal cannot accept Microsoft Word 2007 documents. Please use Word's 'Save As' option therefore to save your document as an older (2003 or later) *.doc file type.




Each paper will be reviewed by 2-3 independent reviewers. The editor will decide the acceptance or rejection of the manuscripts according to these reviews.

Moreover, a paper may be rejected without external review if the editors think that it is unacceptable for publication.



Paper submission Contacts (_at_=@):


Sina N. Cosmulescu, e-mail:


Sára Ferenţi, e-mail:








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