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Instructions for Authors (download PDF)

All submissions must be made electronically via the Editorial Manager:

First-time users must create an Author account to obtain an user ID and password required to enter the system. USE ONLY BASIC ALPHABET LETTERS (WITHOUT DIACRITICS) IN USER’S NAMES. All manuscripts receive individual identification codes that should be used in any correspondence with regard to the publication process.

By submitting the manuscript the Authors declare that the material is original, written by the stated authors, has not been published before and contains neither unlawful statements nor infringes the rights of third parties.

The Authors are also responsible for providing any necessary written permissions to quote any materials that have been published before in other sources.

During online manuscript submission Authors must show the reasons for submitting their manuscript to Folia Horticulturae. In particular, 1) scientific importance, 2) novelty, and 3) relevance to horticulture must be addressed.

Additionally, Authors declare the wish to publish colour pages in print. See the ‘Costs’ section on the main page of the journal website for the details concerning publishing pages in colour.

Authors also declare the active/honorary membership of the Polish Society of Horticultural Sciences (PTNO). An active member is one who has already paid the PSHS membership fee for the year in which the manuscript is submitted.

Licence to Publish

The Authors also transfer copyrights to the Polish Society for Horticultural Science. During online manuscript submission Authors state that they read and accept requirements of Licence to Publish.

Licence to Publish is available online at journal website (download LtoP).


A manuscript must be saved in a format compatible to MS Word 2007 or earlier versions.

Times New Roman 11 pt font should be used throughout the manuscript text. Section headings should have bold font face and subheadings should have bold and italic font face. Use 1.5 line spacing and all margins of A4 page set to 2.5 cm.

Manuscript layout

Arrange the manuscript according to the layout described below. Please see articles published in the last issue for further reference.

Running title

Provide an abbreviated manuscript title, max. 70 characters including spaces.


First name, (second name initial) and last name of the author(s) separated by commas

Name and address of the author affiliations

E-mail, telephone number and fax number of the corresponding author


A clear and concise abstract should have 200-250 words and should be structured according to the manuscript layout and provide information on the aim of the work, material and methods used, main results and conclusions. Do not provide detailed methodological details or references.


Provide up to seven key words listed in an alphabetical order. Key words should be adequate to the manuscript content and should not repeat words included in the manuscript title. Please refer to MeSH list ( for generally accepted key words.


Provide a list of abbreviations used in the manuscript, but only those that are not generally recognized. List the abbreviations in an alphabetical order. Any abbreviation should be explained also in the text when they appear for the first time.


Provide relevant scientific background and the current state of knowledge. This section should justify the need for the commenced work and define the research aim.


List any biological material used including full Latin names. Description of the methods should be detailed enough to understand the methodology and repeat the experiments.


Describe the results obtained concisely. Do not list many numerical values continuously in the text or repeat data presented in tables and/or figures. Despite, try to summarize data giving reference to the tables and/or figures.


Discussion can be combined with results in one section (RESULTS AND DISCUSSION). The discussion must be adequate to the findings and not speculative or too descriptive. It must be supported by the appropriate and recent references to published works.


List max. three main conclusions of the work. They must be clear, concise and not trivial and present real findings justified by the obtained results.


Acknowledge organizations supporting research or people who had real impact on the work described or manuscript writing.


Indicate a funding source of the presented research or manuscript preparation.


Describe individual contribution of every author in research and manuscript writing. It should indicate personal responsibility and real input of every author. Example: A.S. designed experiments and performed analytical measurements, G.P. performed statistical analysis. A.S. and G.P. equally contributed to manuscript writing. More examples can be referred at Nautilus posts (


Provide the statement “Authors declare no conflict of interest.”. However, if any financial, personal or other kind of relationship exists between authors and funding or supporting organization, even if it is a non-profit conflict, it must be clearly described.


List references of international coverage in an alphabetical order. References to articles published in language other than English should be avoided and they are accepted only occasionally if there are no other relevant sources in English. All references must be cited in the manuscript text. Use the Times New Roman 10 pt font; authors’ names should be typed using a capitalized font face. For articles with many co-authors, restrict the number of listed authors to six and the remaining abbreviate as ‘et al.’. Journal names should be abbreviated according to standards implemented in Medline database. Online resources must be referred by providing full http addresses and dates when they were accessed.



BARNS J.K., PRESSEY R., 2005. Differences in lycopene content during storage of tomato fruits. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 112: 779-790.

TREJO-TÉLLEZ L.I., RODRIGUEZ-MENDOZA M.N., ALCÁNTAR-GONZÁLEZ G., GÓMEZ-MERINO F.C., 2007. Effect of foliar fertilization on plant growth and quality of Mexican husk tomato (Physalis ixocarpa Brot.). Acta Hort. 729: 295-299.

ZDUN J., 2002. Nitrate content in raw and cooked vegetables. Zesz. Nauk. AR w Krakowie 15: 30-35.


ROTEM J., 1994. The Genus Alternaria: Biology, Epidemiology and Pathogenicity. APS Press, St. Paul, USA.

book chapters

REES T., DISCON W.L., 2003. Fruits ripening. In: Recent Advances in the Biochemistry of Fruits. J. Friend and M.J.C. Rhodes (eds), Academic Press, New York, USA: 65-87.


BROWN A.B., 2005. In vitro micropropagation of Lilium longiflorum. Proc. 2nd British Ornamental Plants Conf., 20-21 March, London: 3-16.


FRENCH A.D., 2003. Ascorbate-Gluthathione cycle responses during cucumber fruit chilling stress. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, 270 p.

online resources

KAŁUŻEWICZ A., KORDAKOW J., CZOSNOWSKI E., KNAFLEWSKI M., 2002. Effect of thermal conditions on the initiation of broccoli curd. EJPAU 5(2), #3. Available online at; cited on 09 Aug 2011.


Tables must be created using a word processor and included after the manuscript text. Each table must be self explainable and readable thus it is important that its layout is as simple as possible. Please consider the use of separate simple tables instead of one big and complex table to avoid readers’ confusion. Please avoid nested cells or summarizing lines inside the table. Keep column and line headings short but clear. Do not use vertical lines. Horizontal lines are used only to border the table and underline the headings or eventually table parts.

Footnotes should be indicated by one or more asterisks in superscript and placed directly below the table. Use a Times New Roman 9 pt font for explanatory footnotes.

Table text typed in Times New Roman 9 pt font and single spaced lines in all table cells. Height of a single line row should be fixed to 5 mm using table/row properties. Text in the cells should be centered horizontally and vertically. Only text in the first column should be left justified.

Latin names should be in italic. Names of cultivars should be not included between inverted commas.

The table title should be written using a Times New Roman 10 pt font and proceeded by a table caption written as the whole word (for example: Table 1.).

A single page table size including the table title and footnotes is max. 166 x 247 mm; tables must be in a portrait orientation. Tables fitting to a one text column must be max. 79.5 mm in width.


Figures (including photographs) should be labeled and numbered separately with Arabic numerals according to the sequence in which they are cited. Figures must be attached as separate files during submission process. Figures prepared by Microsoft (DOCX, XLSX) and Adobe programs (PDF separately for each figure, high resolution, font embedding) are fully acceptable. Avoid the use of figures pasted as JPG file into Microsoft Word processor, unless they are in high resolution. If quality of the figures is low, the Authors will be requested to send source files at a production stage.

Each figure must be self explainable and readable. Please note that the figure size can be reduced during layout process and thus all graphical symbols, lines and fonts must be big enough to remain readable after rescaling. The figure size must fit to printing area of max. 166 x 247 mm including the figure caption and legend. For the figure caption use the whole word spelling (for example: Figure 1.) and Times New Roman 10 pt font. Figures fitting to a one text column must be max. 79.5 mm in width. Do not use borderline around the figure. Please note that all figures will be printed in black and white or grey scale unless the authors order print in colour.

Colour figures

Colour figures can be submitted and they will appear in colour in articles published online, but they will be printed in grey scale. Please note that figures with low colour contrasts may be not readable in print. Figures can be also printed in colour, but only on the Author’s request stated during the process of manuscript online submission. See the cost section for charges applied to printing in colour.

While preparing figures containing line drawings please ensure the use of base colours (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) only. If drawings have more than four different lines to be distinguished, additional various line styles or pointers should be used.

Additional remarks

Latin names should be typed in italics. Do not use italics for family names.

Cultivar names should be included between inverted commas ( ‘Apollo’, ‘Nerac’ F1 ), but do not use inverted commas together with the word cultivar or its abbreviation cv. (cultivar Apollo, cv. Nerac F1). Names of breeding materials, landraces and other materials not registered as cultivars should be written without inverted commas.

System S.I. and standard abbreviations of units and symbols should be used exclusively. Complex units should be typed as follows: kg m-2 (kilogram per square meter); μmol m-2 s-1 (micro moles per meter squared per second); mg dm-3 (milligrams per cubic decimeter).

Letters of p (probability level) and r (sample coefficient of linear correlation) should be lowercase and italic, and R2 (coefficient of determination) should be uppercase and italic. Probability level should be described as follows: p < 0.05; p < 0.01; p < 0.001. “Standard deviation of a sample”, “standard error of the mean of a sample”, and “statistically non-significant” should be denoted by SD, SE, and ns, respectively.

Suggested questions which help to improve the quality of the manuscript

  1. Does the manuscript follow the aim and scope of Folia Horticulturae?

  2. Does the manuscript present novelty?

  3. Is the manuscript of scientific importance?

  4. Is the manuscript clearly written and well organized?

  5. Does the title correspond to the presented findings?

  6. Is the abstract adequate and does it contain all of the most important information on the aim, material, methods, results and conclusions presented in the text?

  7. Is the abstract clear and concise?

  8. Are the keywords adequate and complete and do not repeat words from the title?

  9. Does the introduction clearly describe a scientific background and the current state of knowledge?

  10. Is the aim of the manuscript clearly stated?

  11. Does material and methods describe precisely research material and methods used that would allow repetition of the work?

  12. Is the experimental design appropriate and controls included?

  13. Are all methods appropriate and complete?

  14. Are statistical methods appropriate and complete?

  15. Are results presented correctly and concisely?

  16. Are all necessary results presented?

  17. Is the nomenclature correct? Do units follow SI system?

  18. Is the description of the results congruent with statistical analyses?

  19. Are all tables and figures necessary?

  20. Are all tables and figures readable and informative?

  21. Do the tables and/or figures present data not repeated in the text and vice versa?

  22. Are the findings discussed correctly with the literature cited?

  23. Is the discussion adequate, not too speculative nor too descriptive?

  24. Is the discussion supported by the appropriate and recent references to published works?

  25. Are conclusions justified by the results obtained?

  26. Are conclusions clear and concise?

  27. Is all relevant literature cited?

  28. Are all references of international coverage? (no texts in Polish)

  29. Is the list of references fully compatible with the citations in the text and vice versa?