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Biodiversity Research and Conservation

The Journal of Adam Mickiewicz University

4 Issues per year


Open Access

An international quarterly, the Biodiversity: Research and Conservation (Biodiv. Res. Conserv.) publishes original papers, short notes and reviews in fields of plant, fungi and lichens taxonomy, chorology, ecology and nature conservation. Preferences are given to works concerning contemporary transformations of biodiversity.

Aims and Scope

Why subscribe and read

  • source of high quality research, with main focus on Central and Eastern Europe but open to authors from all over the world,
  • peer-reviewed by international experts,
  • addresses a wide range of issues on plant taxonomy, ecology, chorology, biogeography and conservation with particular emphasis on contemporary changes to biodiversity, both in natural, semi-natural and man-made environment,
  • high level of editorial quality,
  • available in print and electronic format,
  • free of charge access.

Why submit

  • peer-reviewed by international experts,
  • constructive and helpful editorial guidance,
  • thorough language revision,
  • high level of editorial quality and color printing,
  • open both to established and young authors.

Rejection Rate

  • About 10%

Type of Publication:

Instructions for Authors

Instructions for Authors

Manuscripts should be written in English and sent to the editors’ address:

Prof. Dr. Bogdan Jackowiak
Biodiversity: Research and Conservation
Department of Plant Taxonomy, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 89,
61-614 Poznań, Poland

The suitability of manuscripts will be independently evaluated by the members of the Editorial Board and referees selected by the editors. Manuscripts should be submitted in two printouts prepared in the MS Word text editor (it is obligatory to attach one copy filed on CD). Each copy of the manuscript should be complete, including copies of tables, line figures and black and white photographs.

The manuscript of an original article should be entirely double spaced and arranged in the following structure:

  • The First page: Title – not more than 100 characters including spaces; Authors – full forenames and surnames; Affiliations – full postal address of authors’ parent institutions; Correspondence address; Abstract – the main theses and results, not exceeding 250 words; Key words – not more than eight.
  • Text: no right justification; no hyphenation at the ends of lines; no boldface and underline; only Latin names of taxa (genus, species, subspecies, variety) and all syntaxa should by written in italics.
  • The standard structure of original articles:
    • Introduction – the context for investigation, aims and the author’s hypothesis.
    • Material and methods – sufficient information for replication of the results by a competent researcher.
    • Results – important results first. Data should by presented in the form of figures and tables in numerical sequence. Statistical analyses enclosed if applicable. The use of SI units is obligatory. The subheadings and insertion places of figures, tables and photos should by indicated in the text (e.g. Fig. 1, Table 1).
    • Discussion – the important results of the investigation and the pertinent literature.

References – in alphabetical order; only the literature quoted.

In the case of notes and review articles the above division of the content is not required.
Scheme of references:
Journal article:
MIZIANTY M. 2005. Variability and structure of natural populations of Elymus caninus (L.) L. based on morphology. Pl. Syst. Evol. 251: 199-216.
CLAYTON W. D. & RENVOIZE S. A. 1986. Genera graminum. Grasses of the world. 389 pp. Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, London.
MEUSEL H. & JÄGER E. 1992. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. III. Text ix+333 pp., Karten, Literatur, Register pp. ix+422-688. Gustav Fischer Verlag, Jena-Stuttgart-New York.
Book chapter:
MIZIANTY M., FREY L. & SZCZEPANIAK M. 2001. The Agropyron-Elymus complex (Poaceae) in Poland: biosystematics. In: L. FREY (ed.). Studies on grasses in Poland, pp. 25-77. W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków.
MELOSIK I. 1993. Systematical and phytosociological studies of three taxa from the section Sphagnum – Sphagnum centrale C. Jens., S. magellanicum Brid. and S. palustre L. on the basis of Polish data, Ph. D. Thesis, Department of Geobotany, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland.
Citing in text – examples:
.according to Mizianty et al. (2001); .according to Meusel & Jäger (1992); In Poland, the genus is represented by 4 wild growing species (Mizianty et al. 2001).
Figures. The numbered figures and illustrations should be included on separate pages and provided with the concise captions containing a title and explanations essential for understanding of illustrated content. Figures should be of professional quality and should not include typed entries. Preferably, all figures and maps would be send in JPEG or TIFF format (resolution not less than 300 dpi; font Arial, 8 pts.) and illustrations prepared in Corel Draw. Graphs and diagrams should be presented in Excel and send along with the source data used in their preparation. Photographs and microphotographs must be clear and of high-contrast. In case of grouping several images into one plate, it is obligatory to include the layout scheme. Color printing is possible by arrangement with the editors, for additional charge. Illustrations can be reproduced in two sizes: over two columns (15 x 19 cm) and to one column width (7 x 19 cm). Originals of graphs, maps, schemata and photographs should be prepared in a way ensuring that after appropriate reduction (if applicable) they are clearly legible.
Tables. The numbered tables with their corresponding captions should be sent on separate pages. They ought to be prepared in the MS Word editor (font Arial, 8 pts.), in dimensions not exceeding 15 x 19 cm.
Any other problems related to the preparation of manuscripts for publishing should be clarified with the editors.

The editorial staff will keep the authors informed on the successive stages of editorial processing of their works, including: (1) forwarding for review, (2) the review outcome, (3) the acceptation or rejection of submitted manuscript, (4) sending out a copy for an author’s revision; please note that the revision should be restricted to the correction of typographical errors and implementation of editors’ recommendations, (5) publishing. All information will be send to the author’s correspondence address.

Transfer of Copyright Agreement statement

Submission of a manuscript indicates a tacit understanding that the paper is not actively under consideration for publication with other journals. Once the paper is accepted, authors are assumed to have transferred the copyright of the paper to the Department of Plant Taxonomy of the Adam Mickiewicz University. After completing the review process authors are asked to send the signed declaration of Transfer of Copyright Agreement by regular mail to the following address:

Elżbieta Obarska (MSc)
Editorial Secretary
Adam Mickiewicz University
Department of Plant Taxonomy
Umultowska 8961-614 Poznań, Poland

A properly completed Transfer of Copyright Agreement must be provided for each submitted manuscript.

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  • CABI - Forestry Abstracts
  • CABI - Global Health
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  • CABI - Ornamental Horticulture
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  • CABI - Plant Genetic Resources Abstracts
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  • CABI - Review of Aromatic and Medicinal Plants (RAMP)
  • CABI - Seed Abstracts
  • CABI - Soil Science Database
  • CABI - Soils and Fertilizers
  • CABI - Tropical Diseases Bulletin
  • CABI - Weed Abstracts
  • CABI - Wheat, Barley and Triticale Abstracts
  • CABI - World Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Abstracts (WAERSA)
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Bogdan Jackowiak, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Department of Plant Taxonomy, Poland

Deputy/ Managing Editor
Zbigniew Celka, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Department of Plant Taxonomy, Poland,
Elżbieta Obarska, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Department of Plant Taxonomy, Poland 

Editorial Advisory Board
Adam Boratyński, Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland
Yakiv Petrovich Didukh, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
Jerzy Fabiszewski, Agricultural Academy in Wrocław, Poland
Viera Feráková, Botanický ústav SAV, Bratislava, Slovakia
Ludwik Frey, Polish Academy of Sciences, Cracow, Poland
Georg Grabherr, University of Vienna, Austria
Czesław Hołdyński, University of Warmia and Mazury, Olsztyn, Poland
Ingo Kowarik, Technical University Berlin, Germany
Hans Walter Lack, Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Elias Landolt, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschue Zürich, Switzerland
Maria Ławrynowicz, Łódź University, Łódź, Poland
Zbigniew Mirek, Polish Academy of Sciences, Cracow, Poland
Romuald Olaczek, Łódź University, Łódź, Poland
Edward G. H. Oliver, Departament of Botany and Zoology, University of Stellenbosch, Republic of South Africa
Krzysztof Rostański, Silesian University, Katowice, Poland
Peter Schönfelder, Departament of Botany, University of Regensburg, Germany
Barbara Sudnik-Wójcikowska, Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland
Dariusz Szlachetko, University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland
Józef Szmeja, University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland
Barbara Tokarska-Guzik, Silesian University, Katowice, Poland
Nikolai Nikolaievich Tzvelev, Russian Academy of Science, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Maria Wojterska, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland
Adam Zając, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland
Waldemar Żukowski, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

Language Editors
Sylwia Ufnalska, member of the European Association of Science Editors and EASE Council, Poland,
Elżbieta Obarska, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Department of Plant Taxonomy, Poland
David Orwin, University of Bedfordshire, England
Anna Binczarowska, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Language Department, Poland 

Technical Editor
Zbigniew Celka, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Department of Plant Taxonomy, Poland

Biodiversity: Research and Conservation
Department of Plant Taxonomy, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań,
Umultowska 89, 61-614 Poznań, Poland
Fax. (+4861) 82956 36
Phone (+4861) 82956 96/89
e-mail: eobarska@amu.edu.pl; zcelka@amu.edu.pl; bogjack@amu.edu.pl
homepage: http://www.brc.amu.edu.pl/s0.html

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