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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 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.

Author Guidelines

Submission. The manuscripts in English, should be submitted via the online submission system powered by Open journal system available for this journal at: http://om.vuvb.uniza.sk. Authors should register themselves first as a new user, read the Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement and then upload their manuscript. In case of any technical problems, please contact the editors at janiga@uniza.sk or martina.haas@uniza.sk. Author(s) declare that the manuscript submitted to this journal was neither send to another journal nor any part of it has been published or is being considered for publication elsewhere in any form. Manuscripts within the scope of the journal will be reviewed by at least three referees. Reviewers are aware of the identity of the authors, but authors are unaware of the identity of reviewers. Authors will generally be notified of acceptance or rejection within three months.

Manuscripts. Three categories of articles are distinguished: (1) Original research papers up to 20 pp. (2) Monographs up to 60 pp. (3) The Editors have interest in stimulating debates through the column "Techniques and Strategies". The column "Meetings and Conferences" will include information on current ecological research. "Reports" will, for example, include information on mountain national parks. The articles should be up to 8 pp. Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced with 25 mm margin (A4 size).
Title page. The title page should include: The name(s) of the author(s). A concise and informative title and running tiltle. The affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s). E-mail of the author(s) responsible for correspondence, should be indicated separately. In the case of co-authors, respective addresses should be clearly indicated. Correspondence and proofs for checking will be sent to the first-named author, unless otherwise requested.

Title. Should be brief and informative, without abbreviations.
Abstract must be included. The abstract should not exceed 200 words and should be informative (summarizing) rather than indicative (not of the conclusions alone).
Key words. Maximum 6 words (terms) should be presented for items not covered by the title.
Introduction states the reason for doing the work, the underlying hypotheses and the essential background. Material and Methods outline enough detail to enable the work to be repeated by someone else.
Results draw attention to important features of tables and figures.
Discussion points out the significance of the results. The results are placed in the context of other work.
In the basic chapters is required a maximum of one level of sub-chapter.
Acknowledgments. They should be simply phrased. References to research projects and funds should be included here.
Appendix. Special information, for instance on technical details may be presented in appendices, which should be numbered and placed before the References.
Abbreviations and acronyms. Only the generally accepted abbreviations and symbols are allowed. Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.
Numbers. It is recommended use decimal points not commas and in long numerals (five and more digits), the digits should be marked off in groups of three by spaces (not commas!), starting from the left (e.g., 23 858). Numbers from 1 to 10 (also ordinals) in a text should be word written out.
Dates. Dates should be written according to the following format: day.month.year (e.g., 1 Feb. 2015 or 1 February 2015, not February 1, 2015). Months should be written in full (e.g., January), abbreviated (e.g., Jan.) and years should never be abbreviated (eg. 1999 not 99).
References. In the text these should be cited in the following forms: Black (1984); Black (1984a, b); Black and Green (1984); Black et al. (1984); Red (1982, 1983); (Red 1982, 1983); (White 1982; Black 1984); (White and Black 1982a, b; White et al. 1984). Use et al. throughout if there are more than two authors. For online publications use the name of author (or web site) and year of publishing (or accessing), if it is given, e.g. Lenko (2008), www.worldwildlife.org (2010). In the list of references use the following format.

Articles printed with non-latin letters - use translated title. A paper may only be cited ‘in press’ if it has been accepted by a journal, and then the journal must be cited in the References. Papers not yet accepted should be cited in the text as ‘unpublished’ and omitted from the references. The journal´s title is not abbreviated and all the authors (regardless of their number) should be listed. Is recommended to include DOI (Digital Object Identifier) in publications, to which it is assigned.

For journals:
Čapek, M. 1986: Lumčíkovité (Hymenoptera, Braconidae) ako parazitoidy podkôrnych a drevokazných škodcov duba - vektorov tracheomykóz. Biológia (Bratislava), 41: 535-542.
Courtney, S.P. and Courtney, S. 1982a: The ‘edge-effect’ in butterfly oviposition: causality in Anthocharis cardamines and related species. Ecological Entomology, 7: 131-137.
Johnson, M.S., Pluck, H., Hutton, M. and Moore, G. 1982: Accumullation and renal effects of lead in urban populations of feral pigeons, Columba livia. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 11: 761-767.
Korbut, V.V. 1989: [Nest building of hooded crows. I. Utilization of different substrata.] Zhologicheskii zhurnal, 68: 88-95 (in Russian).
For chapters in books:
Salazar, A.N. and Crosby, M. R. 1985: Distribucion y diversidad de la flora de musgos de Panama. In: The Botany and Natural History of Panama (eds. W.G.D’Arcy and M.D. Correa), pp. 49-52. Missouri Botanical Gardens, St Louis.

For books:
Hallingbäck, T. and Holmasen, I. 1985: Mossor, en Falthandbok. 2nd ed., Interpublishing, Stockholm.

For online sources:
Use the format of name of author(s), year of publishing, title, URL address and date of retrieved.
Lenko, P. 2008: Sčítanie kamzíkov v Tatrách (TANAP a TPN) 5. až 6.11.2008. Online: http://www.spravatanap.org/documents/archiv.html#Sčítanie_kamzíkov_v_Tatrách_(TANAP_a_TPN)_5._až_6.11.2008 (retrieved 17.2.2010).
www.worldwildlife.org 2010: More than 1,000 tigers reduced to skin and bones in last decade. http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2010/WWFPresitem18496.html (retrieved 1.12.2010).

Nomenclature. Binomial latin names should be used in accordance with International Rules of Nomenclature. The first time a systematic name is used in the text the name of its author should be included. If species names occur repeatedly in the text the genus name may be abbreviated. Latin names must be in italics.

Tables should be self-explanatory without reference to the text. Plan tables for column or page width, 40 and 80 letter spaces, respectively. Titles of columns should be short or numbered and explained in the text to the table. Each table must be typed on a separate sheet. Vertical lines in tables are not allowed. Do not place tables within the text. They should be saved in separate files or placed at the end of the text file.

Figures must be well drawn on separate sheets by hand, using Indian ink or by computer. The figures may be sent in high resolution graphic format (e.g. JPG or TIFF) in separate files. Type legends to figures consecutively on a single sheet. Letters or numbers on illustrations should be drawn so large that they will be at least 1.5 mm high in the final print. Figures should be comprehensible without reference to the main text and must withstand size reduction. Figures, drawings and photographs must always be referred to as "Fig.", followed by a number.

Formulae and units should be presented in the text. Complicated formulae should be collected and presented as a figure. Make sure there is no confusion between similar-looking characters. Use SI units as far as possible.

Digital proofs are sent to the author. The proofs must be corrected and returned to the editor without delay.

Conflict of interests. All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work.

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