Instructions for authors


Folia oecologica, an international scientific journal, is a continuation of the journal Folia dendrologica published within the years 1974–1997.


Manuscript layout
The manuscripts (MS) should be written in English, well-arranged, not exceeding a maximum extent of 20 pages, including tables and figures. The authors are responsible for the quality of the text, MS written in poor English will be returned. Please send an electronic version of the MS (an e-mail attachment) as a Microsoft Word file (DOC, or RTF format, A4 format, font Times New Roman, size 12, 1.5 lines, standard margins 2.5 cm on each edge of the page) together with all figures and tables (each on a separate sheet) to the editorial office. Avoid hyphenation, do not define the styles and paragraphs. Do not use either spacing or tabulator for beginning a paragraph. The authors are requested to submit MS that have not been, nor will be, published elsewhere. This fact should be explicitly stated in a covering letter, which authors send alongside with the MS.

An original scientific paper should comprise:

  1. The title.
  2. The author’s (authors’) name: full first name and family name.
  3. Address: complete address and E-mail address of corresponding author.
  4. Abstract: in one paragraph, without references to tables, figures and literature, not exceeding 15 lines (900 characters).
  5. Key words (maximum 6).
  6. Introduction.
  7. Material and methods.
  8. Results.
  9. Discussion (or Results and discussion).
  10. Conclusions (optional).
  11. Acknowledgement.
  12. References.

Names of chapters and names of sub-chapters must be written after omission of two lines and one line, respectively, in bold font and aligned to the left edge.

In the manuscripts, it is necessary to use SI symbols. Non-integer numbers should be provided with a decimal point, (e.g. 1.7, not a 1,7), the thousands (with exception of years) are separated with a comma: 5,600. The variables in mathematical formulae and expressions should be written in italics, the symbols for functions and constants in the normal font, the matrices in bold capitals, the vectors in bold small letters. The SI units – recommended rules of writing: 10%, 10 °C, 10 μL, 5–15 mg g–1, kg m–1 s–2, 1,200 m asl, Pa, mol. The components of numerical expressions should be separated by spaces, e.g., p. 5–15, 19–23 July 2009, y = x + 1, p < 0.05. Latin names of genera, species, sub-species and varieties are written in italics, the name of the author of the description (or his abbreviation) normally: e.g. Lymantria dispar (Linnaeus, 1758), Lymantria dispar (L.), Abies cephalonica Loud. var. graeca (Fraas) Liu. The names of cultivars are written normally, e.g. Olea europea L. cv. Chalkidikis. Taxon and syntaxon names are written in italics. All the tables and figures must be referred to in the text: Table 1, Tables 2–4, Figs 2–4.

Literature citations
The literature cited in the text should conform to the following patterns: one author – FUNKE (1971) or (FUNKE, 1971), two authors – SOKAL and ROHLF (1995) or (SOKAL and ROHLF, 1995), three and more authors – ALSTAD et al. (1982) or (ALSTAD et al., 1982). More than one
work written by the same author is to be distinguished with small letters appended after the year: NOVÁK (1950a, 1950b).

Reference list
The list of literature cited in the text of article (ordered alphabetically and according to the publication year) is placed on the last page. Latin names of genera, species and sub-species cited in the list of references are to be written in standard type. The titles of each article must be cited in the original language appended by an English translation (in square brackets). Titles in languages not using the Latin alphabet should be transliterated keeping with the British Standard 2979 (in the case of the Cyrilic e.g. ж = zh, х = kh, ц = ts, ч = ch, ш = sh, щ = shch, ю = yu, я = ya).

Work in a periodical

SHAROV, A.A., LIEBHOLD, A.M., RAVLIN, F.W., 1995. Prediction of gypsy moth (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae) mating success from pheromone trap counts. Environmental Entomology, 24: 1239−1244.
EIBERLE, K., NIGG, H., 1984. Zur Ermittlung und Beurteilung der Verbissbelastung. Forstwissenschaftliches Centralblatt, 103: 97−110.

SZUJECKI, A., 1983. Ekologia owadów leśnych [Ecology of forest insects]. Warszawa: Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe. 604 p.
MILLER, J.R., MILLER, T.A. (eds), 1986. Insect-plant interactions. New York: Springer-Verlag. 342 p.

Book series
NYBOM, H., RUMPUNEN, K. (eds), 2005. Proceedings of the 1st international rose hip conference. Gümüşhane, Turkey, September 7–10, 2004. Acta Horticulturae, 690. Leuven: International Society for Horticultural Science. 301 p.

Work published in a book or in a proceedings
BASSET, Y., SPRINGATE, N.D., ABERLENC, H.P., DELVARE, G., 1997. A rewiew of methods for sampling arthropods in tree canopies. In STORK, N.E., ADIS, J., DIDHAM, R.K. (eds). Canopy arthropods. London: Chapman & Hall, p. 27–52.
CIBEREJ, J., KOVÁČ, G., BILÁ, A., 1999. Faktory ovplyvňujúce početný stav kamzíka vrchovského v TANAP-e [Factors influencing game populations in chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra L.) in the High Tatra National Park]. In KOREŇ, M. (ed.). Päťdesiat rokov starostlivosti o lesy TANAP-u. Zborník referátov z konferencie. Poprad: Marmota Press, p. 111–116.

CHROMOVÁ, L., 2002. Pôdne a vegetačné zmeny lesných spoločenstiev okolia obce Brusno (Veporské vrchy) [Changes in soils and vegetation of forest communities of the Brusno village (the Veporské Mts)]. PhD thesis. Bratislava: Comenius University, Faculty of Natural Sciences. 122 p.

Web source
WOODWARD, J.L.W., 1999. Effect of fungicide treatment to control shot-hole disease of cherry laurel. Centre for Applied Nursery Research [cit. 2011-10-12].

The tables should be prepared in Word, without vertical grid lines, and submitted on separate A4-sized pages, not included into the text. Use the Times Roman font and the font size 9. Table width should be of one or two text columns (77 and 160 mm) or 235 mm. The tables are to be numbered, each after other, with Arabic numerals (Table 1, Table 2…). The numbering and captioning should be placed over the table (aligned left), commentaries, if any, under the table. The text in the captions should always begin with a capital letter and should be centralised. The abbreviations of measured units should be given in round brackets. The tables must be self-explicable. Avoid doubling the information in tables and figures.

Submitted are only high-quality figures in black, in one of the following formats: jpg, png, tif, xls, each on a separate A4 sheet. Avoid three-dimensional graphs, if possible. Please use only shade lining, not shading. The lines must be sharp and the written text must be distinctly
readable also after the diminution. Use the Arial font. The font size should not exceed 11, the recommended size is 9. The text in the captions should always begin with a capital letter and should be centralised. We prefer figures to be in the width of 77, 160 or 235 mm. Figures itself and legends within larger figures should not be framed. Figure parts should be identified by lowercase roman letter (a, b, c, etc.). The figures must be self-explicable with readable legend and symbols, without necessity to seek explanations in the text of the MS.

Each author and co-authors will obtain one electronic copy of the published paper.

Editorial office:
Institute of Forest Ecology SAS, Centre of Scientific Information – Library, Štúrova 2, 960 53 Zvolen, Slovak Republic, e-mail: Manuscripts should be sent to the editorial office. Folia Oecologica is accessible at


Folia oecologica publishes peer reviewed articles covering all aspects of both theoretical and applied ecology and related interdisciplinary fields (nature conservation, forestry, agriculture, ecological economics etc.). The journal publishes full-length papers, short communications and review articles.



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