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Biodiversity Research and Conservation

The Journal of Adam Mickiewicz University

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    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.

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    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:

    Submission of Manuscripts

    Instructions for Authors

    Manuscripts should be written in English and sent, preferably, to the Editors e-mail address: biodiv@amu.edu.pl, or to: 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. All submitted articles are subject to blind peer review. Manuscripts should be prepared in the MS Word text editor; in case of sending a paper version, it is obligatory to attach also a 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 and variety) and all syntaxa should by written in italics.

    The standard structure of original articles:

    1. Introduction – the context for investigation, aims and the author’s hypothesis.
    2. Material and methods – sufficient information for replication of the results by a competent researcher.
    3. 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).
    4. Discussion – the important results of the investigation and the pertinent literature.
    5. Acknowledgment(s)
    6. References – in alphabetical order; only the literature quoted.
      In 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.

    For other types of publications, the proper format of references will be assigned by the Editors. In addition, authors should include in references the appropriate DOI number, whenever applicable (as shown on the above examples). DOI numbers are usually located at the top of the article front page. They automatically make the active link, so care must be taken that the numbers are correct and complete.

    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 the editors’ and reviewers’ recommendations, (5) publishing. All information will be send to the author’s correspondence address.

    Submission of a manuscript indicates a tacit understanding that the paper is not actively under consideration for publication in 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 in Poznań. After completing the review process, a corresponding author, on behalf of all authors, will be asked to send the signed declaration of License to Publish by e-mail (as a scanned attachment) to the following address: eobarska@amu.edu.pl. A properly completed License to Publish must be provided for each submitted manuscript.

    Biodiversity: Research and Conservation makes every effort to ensure the highest scientific ethical standards for all submissions and to prevent cases of ‘ghostwriting’ and ‘guest authorship’. A corresponding author, on behalf of all authors, will be required to complete and submit to the above e-mail address, the signed Research Funding and Author Contribution Statement (as a scanned attachment) to indicate the contributions of all authors and the source(s) of research funding.

    The original version of the Journal is a printed version. The Journal does not provide off-prints to authors and does not have article processing charges (APCs), except for charges for colour printing, nor article submission charges.

    Biodiversity: Research and Conservation participates in the CrossCheck plagiarism screening service.

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    Editorial Information

    Bogdan Jackowiak, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

    Associate Editor
    Zbigniew Celka, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

    Editorial Secretary
    Elżbieta Obarska, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland

    Section Editors
    Dariusz L. Szlachetko, University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland
    Barbara Tokarska-Guzik, Silesian University, Katowice, Poland
    Maria Wojterska, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland
    Adam Zając, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland
    Waldemar Żukowski, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland
    Zygmunt Kaczmarek, Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Plant Genetics, Poznań, Poland

    Editorial Board
    Adam Boratyński, Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Dendrology, Kórnik, Poland
    Yakiv Petrovich Didukh, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
    Jerzy Fabiszewski, University of Life Sciences, Wrocław, Poland
    Viera Feráková, Institute of Botany, Slovak Academy of Sciences Bratislava, Slovakia
    Ludwik Frey, Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Botany, 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, Free University of Berlin, Germany
    Maria Ławrynowicz, Łódź University, Łódź, Poland
    Zbigniew Mirek, Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Botany, Cracow, Poland
    Sergei L. Mosyakin, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
    Romuald Olaczek, Łódź University, Łódź, Poland
    Edward G. H. Oliver, Department of Botany and Zoology, University of Stellenbosch, Republic of South Africa
    Peter Schönfelder, University of Regensburg, Germany
    Barbara Sudnik-Wójcikowska, Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland
    Józef Szmeja, University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland
    Nikolai Nikolaievich Tzvelev, Russian Academy of Science, Saint Petersburg, Russia

    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
    Zbigniew Śniatała, Poznań, 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
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