INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS


Types of contributions: Original research papers, as well as short communications. Review articles will be published following invitation or by the suggestion of authors. “Journal of Plant Development” also publishes book reviews, conference reports.

Publishing fees: For the articles received for publication into Journal of Plant Development, there are no submission charges, article processing charge (APCs) or publishing fees.

Submission of a paper implies that it has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors, and that, if accepted, will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the publisher.

Authors are requested to submit their original paper and figures in digital format, to the Editor-in-Chief. The corresponding author should be indicated with an asterisk.

Manuscripts must be single-spaced, with wide margins. A font as Times New Roman, normal, is required.

The mirror of the page would be as follows: 13 x 20 cm (top 4,85 cm, bottom 4,85 cm, right 4 cm, left 4 cm).

The papers will be published only in a foreign language, structured as follows: title (the title would be also in the romanian language), authors, affiliation of the authors (including e-mails), abstract, keywords, introduction, material and method, results & discussions, conclusions, acknowledgements, references, tables, figure captions.

Titles would be written with bold, capital letters, 12 points, centered.

Names of the authors will be written with Times New Roman, 10 points, centered, capitals for surname (family name) and no capitals for first name (except initial letter). The names will not be abbreviated; each author name would be accompanied by a complete address, as a footnote on the first page. The affiliation should be provided in the following order: university (institution) name; faculty/department name; number and street name; city; country and email address.

Abstract: A concise and factual abstract is required (about 100-150 words). The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. References should therefore be avoided, but if essential, they must be cited in full, without reference to the reference list. Non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided but, if essential, they should be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.

Key Words: five to seven words, the most important ones, in alphabetical order, after someone could discover your paper on the internet engines. Key words should not repeat the title of the manuscript.

Units: The SI system should be used for all scientific and laboratory data. In certain instances, it might be necessary to quote other units. These should be added in parentheses. Temperatures should be given in degrees Celsius.

The main text would be written at a single space, on A4 format page, Times New Roman, of 10 points.

The scientific names of plant species would be italicized.

Tables should be numbered consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and given suitable captions; each table should begin on a new page. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in tables do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article.

Illustrations: photographs, charts and diagrams are all to be referred to as “Figure(s)”, should be numbered consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. The mentions at the drawings, figures, pictures and tables will be placed inside the round brackets – for instance (Fig. 2); (Tab. 2); all illustrations should be clearly marked with the figure number and the author’s name.

Obs.: all the schemes, drawings, etc. would be accompanied by a scale; the pictures must be very clear, being accompanied by the explanations. The diagrams should be made in Excel; pictures, ink drawings must be saved in JPG, JPEG, or BMP format, having a good resolution.

Do not import figures or tables into your text. These would be placed on separate sheets, with indications of their inserting place in the text.
Other than the cover page, every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables etc. should be numbered; however, no reference should be made in the text to page numbers.

All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references following the text of the manuscript. In the text, references are made using the author (s) name of a certain paper (e.g.: other authors [GÉHU, 2006] mentioned that…). The full reference should be given in a numerical list in the end of the paper. References should be given inside the square brackets.
Obs.: if there are two authors only, there must be written down both names (ex. [BOX & MANTHEY, 2006]); if there are more authors, there would be written the first author followed by “& al.” (ex. [AMORFINI & al. 2006]).

References

For scientific papers: the name of the author (s) would be given in capital letters. The Christian name (s) would be abbreviated. Before the last but one and the last author you must insert the sign “&”. In the reference list you must mention all the authors of a certain paper.
The year of a paper publication is put after the author (s).
Title: it should be fully written. The title of a book is written in italics. Between the year and the title we recommend to be inserted a point sign. Next to it is the town and the publishing house of it (for books) or the periodical for papers. For periodicals, the abbreviations would be according to the international standards (BRIDSON & SMITH, 1991 or BROWN & STRATTON (eds), 1963-1965). Each periodical name is to be written in italics. A certain volume must be given in bolds. After it is placed the number of the periodical, inserted between the round brackets; next to it would be inserted the page numbers of the paper.

For books, after the title, is placed the name of the town, the publishing house and the page numbers.

The chapter in books: author (s), year, title, pages, a point sign, followed by “In”: author (s) of the book, city, publishing house, number of pages.
Serial papers or chapters in serial papers: like the previous, but with the specification of the serial volume.

Obs.: it is compulsory that all the papers from the reference list are to be quoted in the manuscript. The punctuation signs would not be in bold or italics. The references should be written in alphabetic order only. If a certain author has more papers with other contributors, the papers would be given also in the alphabetic order (and not after the year of appearance). The number of a volume, the issue etc. would be given with Arabian numbers.
Examples of papers quoting:

References for papers in periodicals
BOSCAIU N. 2001. Ecotonul si importanta functiilor sale ecoprotective. Ocrot. Nat.,1998-1999. 42-43: 13-21.
MEHREGAN I. & KADEREIT J. W. 2008. Taxonomic revision of Cousinia sect. Cynaroideae (Asteraceae, Cardueae). Willdenowia. 38(2): 293-362.

References for books
BOSCAIU N. 1971. Flora si Vegetatia Muntilor Tarcu, Godeanu si Cernei. Bucuresti: Edit. Acad. Române, 494 pp.
HILLIER J. & COOMBES A. 2004. The Hillier Manual of Trees & Shrubs. Newton Abbot, Devon, England: David & Charles, 512 pp.

Serials
JALAS J., SUOMINEN J., LAMPINEN R. & KURTTO A. (eds). 1999. Atlas Florae Europaeae. Distribution of vascular plants in Europe. Vol. 12. Resedaceae to Platanaceae. Helsinki: Committee for Mapping the Flora of Europe and Societas Biologica Fennica Vanamo. Maps 2928-3270, 250 pp., ill (maps), ISBN 951-9108.
TUTIN T. G., BURGES N. A., CHATER A. O., EDMONDSON J. R., HEYWOOD V. H., MOORE D. M., VALENTINE D. H., WALTERS S. M. & WEBB D. A. (eds, assist. by J. R. AKEROYD & M. E. NEWTON; appendices ed. by R. R. MILL). 1996. Flora Europaea. 2nd ed., 1993, reprinted 1996. Vol. 1. Psilotaceae to Platanaceae. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press xlvi, 581 pp., illus. ISBN 0-521-41007-X (HB).

Chapters in books
TUTIN T. G. 1996. Helleborus L. Pp. 249-251. In: T. G. TUTIN et al. (eds). Flora Europaea. 2nd ed., 1993, reprinted 1996. Vol. 1. Psilotaceae to Platanaceae. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press xlvi, 581 pp., illus. ISBN 0-521-41007-X (HB).

Short Communications: follow the same format as for the full papers, except that the Results and Discussion section (these should be combined). Manuscripts should not exceed 2000 words.
Special Issues: Proposals for Special Issues of full research papers that focus on a specific topic or theme will be considered.
Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author and should be returned within 48 hours of receipt. Corrections should be restricted to typesetting errors. All queries should be answered.

Manuscripts should be sent to:
E-mail: gbot.is@uaic.ro
or
E-mail: ana.cojocariu@uaic.ro

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