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ISSN: 1239-6095 / eISSN: 1797-2469
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Manuscript Preparation

General Guidelines

For first submissions, manuscripts should use a layout that is clear and accessible to the reviewers. The mandatory sections include: Title Page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements and References.

To facilitate reviewing and the editing process, heading numbers and numbered lines are requested. These will not be present in the final published article.

It is highly recommended that the manuscript be written as short and succinct as possible. As a guideline, the main manuscript should not exceed the total length of 16 journal pages (incl. references, tables and figures). To evaluate how many journal pages can result from your manuscript, first remove the tables and pictures from the file and then perform a word count and divide that number by 500 (the average number of words per journal page). In total, the word count should not exceed 8250 words. However, It is possible to submit a manuscript exceeding 16 journal pages (e.g., review papers), but a solid justification is required and written in the cover letter to the subject editor. The final decision and the length of the submitted manuscript will be determined by the subject editor.

Referring to websites should be avoided. If, however, an essential publication is available EXCLUSIVELY on the internet (printed version does not exist) it can be referred to by its URL (Universal Resource Locator) or DOI (Digital Object Identifier) ONLY. Its accessibility in the foreseeable future in an unchanged form must be verified and guaranteed. If online-only publications cannot be found when an article is sent to print, the references may be replaced with "unpublished data".

Use either British or American English consistently throughout the text. Write in a clear style and avoid the use of the passive voice. The pronouns I (we), me (us), and my (our) should preferably be used. If English is not your mother tongue, make sure that the manuscript is checked by a native English speaker, preferably familiar with the nomenclature used. All manuscripts will be thoroughly checked by someone proficient in English, and returned for further corrections if found to be linguistically inadequate.

Revised or final versions of manuscripts

When sending a revised or a final version manuscript, use short, meaningful filenames always ending in appropriate extensions added by the programme with which files have been created. Acceptable graphic file formats are listed in the Figures section and in the instructions that can be downloaded directly below. As a reference, a PDF file of an entire article should also be sent.

Please note that the copyrights to the article (including the illustrations) remain with the authors until they are transferred to the publishing board by signing the Transfer of Copyrights provided along with the proofs.

The first or appointed author will receive proofs of the article. Errors caused by editorial or linguistic alterations will be corrected free of charge. Other substantial corrections, especially if they alter the final layout, may be corrected for a fee. We do not assume responsibility for misinterpretation of illegibly marked corrections. The proofs with both attached forms (filled in) should be returned to the Editorial Office exclusively by mail within 48 hours of their arrival. Errors found after the proofs had been returned may not be corrected.


In scientific writing, only two tenses are normally used: present and past (simple). So-called, "perfect tenses" (e.g., present perfect) should be avoided. Thus, there are the following "tense" rules that should be observed:

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