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Submission Preparation Checklist

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 journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The consent of all the authors of this paper has been obtained for submitting the paper to the journal.
  • The authors certify that proper citations to the previously reported work have been given and no data/tables/figures have been quoted verbatim from other publications without giving due acknowledgement and without the permission of the author(s). Written permission is obtained from the rightsholder in order to re-use any copyrighted material as figures, tables or text excerpts. In the case of open access content, the terms of use required by Creative Commons licenses are respected.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format (.doc or .docx) and the text is written from left to right direction.
  • The text is single-spaced, lines are numbered and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission is proof-read and checked for language errors.
  • For research involving human subjects or animals, the author(s) identifies the Committee approving the experiments and provide confirmation that all experiments conform to the relevant regulatory standards.

Author Guidelines

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1     Introduction

Acta agriculturae Slovenica is an open access peer-reviewed scientific journal published quarterly by the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (University of Ljubljana Press). Since 2021 it is published only online. The journal accepts original scientific articles from the fields of plant production (agronomy, horticulture, plant biotechnology, plant-related food-and-nutrition research, agricultural economics, information-science, ecology, environmental studies, plant physiology & ecology, rural development & sociology, soil sciences, genetics, microbiology, food processing) and animal production (genetics, microbiology, immunology, nutrition, physiology, ecology, ethology, dairy science, economics, bioinformatics, animal production and food processing, technology and information science) in the Slovenian or English languages. Review articles are published upon agreement with the editor. If the paper is part of a BSc, MSc or PhD thesis, this should be indicated together with the name of the mentor at the bottom of the front page and will appear as footnote. Authors of mentioned thesis should be also co-authors of manuscript. Slovenian-language translation of selected bibliographic elements, for example the title, abstract, and key words, will be provided by the editorial board.

Manuscripts are accepted throughout the year. It is not recommended that author/group of authors submit several manuscripts at a time. Only online submissions are accepted.


2     Structure of the article 

  • Article title, which adequately describes the content of the manuscript
  • Author’s full name(s): First Name SURNAME(S)
  • Authors' address in full (example: University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Agronomy Department, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  • Corresponding author has to be indicated
  • E-mail of the corresponding author
  • Abstract in one paragraph (up to 200 words)
  • Key words (up to 8), separate with a comma
  • Body of the article
  • Manuscript TEMPLATE (Word)

Body of the article consists, preferably, of 5 main sections, numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals: 1 INTRODUCTION, 2 MATERIALS AND METHODS, 3 RESULTS AND DISCUSSION, 4 CONCLUSIONS, 5 REFERENCES. Subsections, if needed, are numbered accordingly (2.1 ... 3.2.1). References in reference list must comply with those cited in the text.


3     Body of the article

Formatting should be simple, without indentations, special margins, underlining, word division, or similar. The text is single-spaced, lines are numbered, and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points. The only font styles allowed are bold and italic. Italic is reserved for the Latin scientific names of taxa at the range of genus and lower, names of genes and special scientific characters, symbols and formulae (for example: a = 100, > 0.001, standard error se), symbols for quantities in physics (for example: for mass, for length, etc.), and for Latin expressions and proverbs, such as in vitro, in vivo, in situ, e.g., vs., i.e., etc., per capita, but not for et al. Avoid unnecessary abbreviations and acronyms.

Lower case Times New Roman is used (capitalised accordingly, when appropriate), with the font size: 12. Ariel should be used for graphs and figures captions and Courier for the nucleic- and amino acid sequence alignments. All lines should be numbered.

Use blank non-breaking spaces (shortcut in MS Word: Ctrl+Shift+Space) between numerical value and unit symbols (125 m, 33.4 %, 15 °C) as also among items in equations (y = x + z), and no space with superscripted/subscripted numbers (123, km2, a5) and between numbers and minus and plus signs (−5, +4). Decimal point is used in English texts and decimal comma in Slovene texts.

International units of measurement are used. Use kg ha–1 instead of kg/ha. The unit of litre is indicated with a lowercase symbol (l).

Use the MS Word Equation Editor. Regular/italic font style is used (see examples of previously published articles). Equations are left-justified and must be numbered if they are referred to in the text, with right-justified numbers (in round brackets) on the same line as the equation. Space is used in simple equations (for example: = 100, > 0.001; do not write a=100, p>0,001). 

Final layout of manuscript will be designed by Layout Editor.


4     Tables and Figures

All tables and figures are numbered and accompanied with captions. Do not use automatic numbering of tables and figures. The number of illustrations should be adjusted to the results presented in the manuscript and should not be too high. Data presented by tables should not be presented additionally by graphs. All statistical data should include averages and their standard errors.

Do not use shading. Apply 1/2-point, single-line, solid-line borders. Use borders for rows sparingly, only to set important data apart. No left and right (outer) borders are applied. Do not exceed one page. Use regular style (no bold formatting). Set column justification (left, left-decimal). See examples:

Figures (photographs, maps, graphs etc.) are numbered separately and consecutively. The caption is placed below the figure. Do not use automatic numbering.

Vector graphics must be in .ai, .cdr, or .eps format, with text converted to curves. Raster illustrations and photographs should be in one of the common formats (e.g. .tiff, .jpg, .bmp) with at least 200 dpi resolution. Photos can be black & white or colour.

Graphs are black & white or colour. Use Arial style (regular) everywhere in the graph (see examples of previously published articles). The font size must be adjusted to the size of the figure. It must not exceed the general font size of the text, in the final inserted version (but should not be less than 75 % of the text size). No borders are applied. The units are shown in round brackets. Do not use bold type of letters in figure and table captions.


5     Scientific names of organisms

Scientific names of organisms in manuscripts should follow international codes of nomenclature as presented in the examples below:

    a) For plants, algae and fungi:

Turland, N. J., Wiersema, J. H., Barrie, F. R., Greuter, W., Hawksworth, D. L., Herendeen, . . . Smith, G. F. (eds.) 2018: International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (Shenzhen Code) adopted by the Nineteenth International Botanical Congress Shenzhen, China, July 2017. Regnum Vegetabile 159. Glashütten: Koeltz Botanical Books.

Examples: common wheat (Triticum aestivum L.); chlorella (Chlorella pyrenoidosa Chick, 1903); cereal rust (Puccinia graminis Pers.).

   b) For cultivated plants:

Brickell, C. D. (Commission Chairman), Alexander, C., Cubey, J. J., David, J. C., Hoffman, M. H. A., Leslie, A. C., Malécot, V., Jin, X. (2016