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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 publication for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission of an article must include a properly completed and signed License to Publish. You can download the license in the Information part (top right section of the website).

Author Guidelines

Open Access and Free Submission Statement

Agrobiodiversity for Improving Nutrition, Health and Quality of Life are Open Access journals – all the manuscripts published in this journal are freely available online for anyone. There are no subscription or submission charges.


All manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the online system at

Papers are accepted for evaluation on the understanding that:

  • they have not been published
  • they are not being considered for publication simultaneously elsewhere
  • they are not going to be submitted for publication

Authors should certify that neither the manuscript nor its main contents have already been published or submitted for publication in another journal. The copyright release form, which can be found at  (License to Publish), must be signed by the all authors and must accompany all papers submitted.

After a manuscript has been submitted, it is not possible for authors to be added or removed or for the order of authors to be changed. If authors do so, their submission may be cancelled.


Technical Control

During the first check, journal administrators may return the articles for the following reasons:

  • the manuscript is not prepared in the format provided on the journal’s website
  • the manuscript file is not the same as the manuscript template file given on the journal’s website
  • the order and format of the names of the authors in the manuscript are not consistent with those on the copyright form, The number of references or pages exceed the specified limits
  • the authors did not perform the requested corrections or provide the necessary documents within the requested time
  • similarity index (iThenticate result) is higher than the permitted threshold. There is no single number for the similarity percentage since each report is investigated in detail, but submissions exceeding 25 % score are generally returned to authors. The resubmission of the same title without reducing the similarity score may cause a ban of the authors from the Similarity reports with more than 50 % scores, even in a single submission, may cause a ban from the journal and the authors’ future submissions may not be considered for publication.

Scientific Evaluation

The peer review process is single-blind; referees are kept anonymous. Manuscripts may be rejected without peer review by the editor-in-chief if they do not comply with the instructions for authors or if they are beyond the scope of the journal. After a manuscript has been accepted for publication, i.e. after referee-recommended revisions are complete, the author will not be permitted to make changes that constitute departures from the manuscript that was accepted by the editor. Before publication, the galley proofs are always sent to the authors for corrections.


The use of someone else’s ideas or words in their original form or slightly changed without a proper citation is considered plagiarism and will not be tolerated. Even if a citation is given, if quotation marks are not placed around words taken directly from other authors’ work, the author is still guilty of plagiarism. Reuse of the authors’ own previously published words, with or without a citation, is regarded as self-plagiarism. All manuscripts received are submitted to iThenticate®, a sophisticated plagiarism checking system, which compares the content of the manuscript with a vastdatabase of web pages and academic publications. Manuscripts judged to be plagiarized or self-plagiarized, based on the iThenticate® report or any other source of information, will not be considered for publication. Open-access theses are considered as published works and they are included in the similarity checks.

Manuscript Types

Original research articles, review articles, research notes/short communications, case studies/case reports, and letters to the editor are welcome. The editor-in-chief can change the manuscript type after the manuscript submission.

Manuscript Content

All research articles should be divided into clearly defined sections. Principal sections should consecutively (Introduction, Materials and methods, Results and discussion, References).


The abstract should provide clear information about the research and should have 200 to 300 words and should not exceed 300 words that have to be included in the abstract text. It should include all new names, combinations, and rank transfers. It should not contain citations. Abstracts of review articles should be a brief overview of the main points from the review.


Please provide a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 keywords or phrases to enable retrieval and indexing. Keywords should be written in lower case separated by a comma. Please, do not put a period at the end of the list of key words. Acronyms should be avoided. Keywords should not be a virtual copy of the title.

Acknowledgments/disclaimers/conflict of interest, if any

Indicate number and name of the grant, according to which was the work supported. Names of funding organizations should be written in full.

Style and Format

Manuscripts should be double-spaced with 2-cm margins on all sides of the page, in Cambria font size 12. Manuscripts must be written in English. Contributors who are not native English speakers are strongly advised to ensure that a colleague fluent in the English language or a professional language editor has reviewed their manuscript. Concise English without jargon should be used. Repetitive use of long sentences and passive voice should be avoided. It is strongly recommended that the text be run through computer spelling and grammar programs. Either British or American spelling is acceptable but must be consistent throughout.

Symbols, Units, and Abbreviations

If symbols such as μ, η, or ν are used, they should be added using the symbols menu of Word in Cambria font. Degree symbols (°) must be used from the symbol menu, not superscripted letter o or number 0. Multiplication symbols must be used (×), not the letter x. Spaces must be inserted between numbers and units (e.g., 3 kg), between numbers and mathematical symbols (+, –, ×, =, <, >), between numbers and percent symbols (e.g., 45 %). Please use SI units. All abbreviations and acronyms should be defined at first mention.

Tables and Figures

All illustrations (photographs, drawings, graphs, etc.), not including tables, must be labeled “Figure.” All tables and figures must have a caption and/or legend and be numbered (e.g., Table 1, Figure 2). The font used in the figures should be Cambria. If symbols such as ×, μ, η, or ν are used, they should be added using the symbols menu of Word in Cambria font. All tables and figures, including subfigures, must be numbered consecutively as they are referred to in the text; e.g., Figures 2a, 2b, and 2c should be referred to in the text in that order before Figure 3. Please, refer to tables and figures with capitalization and unabbreviated (e.g., “As shown in Figure 2…”, and not “Fig. 2” or “figure 2”). Figure must be in an editable vector format, which allows us to make necessary grammar corrections (please, insert full MS Excel sheet). Scanned or photocopied graphs and diagrams are not accepted.
For all tables, please use Word’s “Create Table” feature, with no tabbed text or tables created with spaces and drawn lines. Please do not duplicate information that is already presented in the figures.


Agrobiodiversity uses ISO 690 (2010) for the list of references and Harvard (or the first element – date) citation system.
Do not include personal communications or unpublished data or materials (such as project final reports, websites, computer programs, poster papers, presentations, and manuscripts that are not published yet) as references. Do not include personal communications or unpublished data or materials (such as project final reports, websites, computer programs, poster papers, presentations, and manuscripts that are not published yet) as references. However, these materials may be inserted as a footnote in the main text.

References within the Text

References should be cited in the text by the last name(s) of the author(s) and year of publication with a comma between them: for example, (Vergun, 2005) or (Vergun and Ivannikov, 2005). If the citation is the subject of the sentence, only the date should be given in parentheses: “According to Vergun (2005)… ” or “According to Vergun et al. (2010)...” or “According to Vergun and Klymenko (2019)...”. For citation of references with 3 or more authors, only the first author’s name followed by et al. (not italicized) should be used: (Klymenko et al., 2002). If there is more than one reference in the same year for the same author, please add the letters a, b, etc. to the year: (Klymenko et al., 1998a, b). References should be listed in the text chronologically, separated by semicolons, and references published in the same year should be further ordered alphabetically: (Klymenko et al., 1987; Ivannikov, 1987; Vergun et al., 2000; Grygorieva et al., 2004a, b).
If the author of a reference is an organization or corporation, use its name in the reference list (using an abbreviation in the citation, if appropriate); do not use “Anonymous”.

References should be formatted as follows (please, note the punctuation and capitalization):
Journal articles: Journal titles should not be abbreviated; the whole name of the journal should be given. Include the doi number if one exists.
activities and phenolic compounds in fruits of various genotypes of American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana L.). In
Acta Scientiarum Polonorum Technologia Alimentaria, vol. 17(2), p. 117–124.

Article not in English

If the paper is to be published in English, references in Ukrainian / Slovak / Russian (if any) must be translated and marked with “[In Russian]” as follows: Author(s), year. Title in original language (if possible) [Title translated into English]. Publication name in original language (if possible) [Publication name translated into English]. Volume/issue/page information (according to type of publication). [In ‘language’].
KARNATOVSKAYA, M.YU. 2013. Rezultatyi izucheniya zimostoykosti nekotoryih sortov zizifusa v Hersonskoy oblasti [Results of studying the winter hardiness of some cultivars of jujube in the Kherson region]. In Introduktsiia roslyn, vol. 2, p. 37–39. [In Russian]

Books and reports

GLUCHOV, M.M. 1955. Medonosnyje rastenija [Honey bearing plants]. Moskva : Selgosizdat, 122 p. [In Russian].
BITT, J.I., HOCKLEND, A.R. 1995. Fungi and food spoilage. 3rd ed. NEW YORK, USA : Springer publishing media, 636 p.
ISBN-13 978-0387922542065.

Chapters in books

BRINDZA, J., TOTH, D., BRINDZA, P., GRYGORIEVA, O., SAJBIDOR, J., KUCELOVA, L. 2016. Forgotten and Less Utilised
Plant Species as Functional Food Resources. In: Kristbergsson K., Ötles, S. (eds) Functional Properties of Traditional Foods, vol. 12. Springer, Boston, MA, р. 209–232.

Conference proceedings

PAVLIUCHENKO, N., GRYGORIEVA, O., KLYMENKO, S. 2019. Allelochemicals from Castanea sativa Mill.: plant-root environment interactions. In 4th International Scientific Conference Agrobiodiversity for Improve the Nutrition, Health and Quality of Human and Bees Life. Nitra : Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, p. 122. ISBN 978-80-552-2037-6.

Dissertation theses

KUCELOVÁ, L. 2013. Useful value of bee pollen and fruit from lesser-known plant species in human nutrition : dissertation theses. Nitra : Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra. 156 p.

WEB document

BÁNYIOVÁ, T., BIELIKOVÁ, T., PITERKOVÁ, A. 2014. Prediction of agricultural enterprises distress using data envelopment analysis. In European financial systems 2014 [online]. Brno : Masaryk University, p. 18–25. ISBN 978- 80-210-7153-7 [cit. 2017-06-02]. Available at: 2014.pdf
WANSINK, B. 2005. Marketing Nutrition : Soy, Functional Foods, Biotechnology, and Obesity [online]. Champaing : University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-02942-9 [cit. 2016-01-20]. Available at:
FAOSTAT, 2019. Crops [cit. 2019-06-02]. Available at:
IPGRI, 2002. Neglected and underutilized plant species: strategic action plan of the international plant genetic resources Institute [online]. Rome : International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, 27 p. ISBN 92-9043-529-1 [cit. 2017-06-02]. Available at: t_species_837.pdf

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