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Author Guidelines

1     Introduction

Acta agriculturae Slovenica is an open access peer-reviewed scientific journal published quarterly by the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The journal accepts original scientific articles from the fields of plant production (agronomy, horticulture, plant biotechnology, plant-related food-and-nutrition research, agricultural economics, information-science, ecology, environmental studies, plant physiology & ecology, rural development & sociology, soil sciences, genetics, microbiology, food processing) and animal production (genetics, microbiology, immunology, nutrition, physiology, ecology, ethology, dairy science, economics, bioinformatics, animal production and food processing, technology and information science) in the Slovenian or English languages. Review articles are published upon agreement with the editor. Reports presented at conferences that were not published entirely in the conference reports can be published. Extended versions of selected proceedings-papers can also be considered for acceptance, provided they include at least 30 % new original content, but the editorial board must be notified beforehand. If the paper is part of a BSc, MSc or PhD thesis, this should be indicated together with the name of the mentor at the bottom of the front page and will appear as footnote. Slovenian-language translation of selected bibliographic elements, for example the title, abstract, and keywords, will be provided by the editorial board.

Manuscripts are accepted throughout the year.


2     Structure of the article 

  • Article title, which adequately describes the content of the manuscript
  • Author’s full name(s): Name SURNAME(S)

  • Academic and professional title, if applicable (Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc., etc.)

  • Authors' address in full (example: University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty, Agronomy Department, Ljubljana, Slovenia)

  • E-mail of the corresponding author
  • Abstract in one paragraph (up to 200 words)

  • Key words (up to 8), separate with a semi-colon

  • Body of the article

Body of the article consists, preferably, of 5 main sections, numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals: 1 Introduction, 2 Materials and Methods, 3 Results and Discussion, 4 Conclusions, 5 References. Subsections, if needed, are numbered accordingly (2.1 ... 3.2.1). References must comply with the examples provided further in the text.


3     Body of the article

Formatting should be simple, without indentations, special margins, underlining, word division, or similar. The only font styles allowed are bold and italic. Italic is reserved for the Latin scientific names of taxa at the range of genus and lower and special scientific characters, symbols and formulae (for example: a = 100, p > 0.001, standard error se). Avoid unnecessary abbreviations and acronyms.

Lower case Times New Roman is used (capitalised accordingly, when appropriate), with the following font size: 9 (Abstract), 12 (Main body of the article), 10 (References, Table and Figure captions). Ariel should be used for graphs and figures and Courier for the nucleic- and amino acid sequence alignments. All lines should be numbered.

Use blank non-breaking spaces (shortcut in MS Word: Ctrl+Shift+Space) between numerical value and unit symbols (125 m, 33.4 %, 15 °C), and no space with superscripted/subscripted numbers (123, km2, a5). Decimal point is used in English texts and decimal comma in Slovene texts.

International units of measurement are used. Use kg ha–1 instead of kg/ha. The unit of litre is indicated with a lowercase symbol (l).

Use the MS Word Equation Editor. Regular/italic font style is used (see examples of previously published articles). Equations are left-justified and must be numbered if they are referred to in the text, with right-justified numbers (in round brackets) on the same line as the equation. Space is used in simple equations (for example: a = 100, p > 0.001; do not write a=100, p>0,001). 


4     Tables and Figures

All tables and figures are numbered and accompanied with captions. Do not use automatic numbering of tables and figures. Times New Roman is used, font size 10.

Do not use shading. Apply 1/2-point, single-line, solid-line borders. Use borders for rows sparingly, only to set important data apart. No left and right (outer) borders are applied. Do not exceed one page. Use regular style (no bold formatting). Set column justification (left, left-decimal). See examples:

Figures (photographs, maps, graphs etc.) are numbered separately and consecutively. The caption is placed below the figure. Do not use automatic numbering.

Vector graphics have to be in .ai, .cdr, or .eps format with the text transformed in curves. Raster figures and photos should be in one of common formats (e.g. .tiff, .jpg, .bmp) with at least 300 dpi resolution. Due to the resolution note that the images will be printed in black and white, but in the online edition will be published in colour.

Graphs are black and white. Different shades of grey must be clearly separated and distinguishable in print. Use Arial style (regular) everywhere in the graph (see examples of previously published articles). Font size must be adjusted to the size of the figure. It must not exceed the general font size of the text, in the final inserted version (but should not be less than 75 % of the text size). No borders are applied. The units are shown in round brackets.


5     Scientific names of organisms

Scientific names of organisms in manuscripts should follow international codes of nomenclature as presented in the examples below:

    a) For plants, algae and fungi:

McNeill, J., Barrie, F. R., Buck, W. R., Demoulin, V., Greuter, W., Hawksworth, D. L., ... Turland, N. J. (Eds.). (2012). International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (Melbourne Code) adopted by the Eighteenth International Botanical Congress Melbourne, Australia, July 2011 [Regnum Vegetabile 154]. Oberreifenberg: Koeltz Scientific Books.

Examples: common wheat (Triticum aestivum L.); chlorella (Chlorella pyrenoidosa Chick, 1903); cereal rust (Puccinia graminis Pers.).

   b) For cultivated plants:

Brickell, C. D., Alexander, C., David, J. C., Hetterscheid, W. L. A., Leslie, A. C., Malecot, V., ... Cubey, J. J. (2009). International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants (ICNCP or Cultivated Plant Code). Scripta Horticulturae 151(10), 1–204.

Examples: apple cultivar Golden Delicious: Malus domestica ‘Golden Delicious’, grafted on rootstock M9: Malus domestica ’M9’.

   c) For plant communities:

Weber, H. E., Moravec, J. & Theurillat, J.-P. (2000). International Code of Phytosociological Nomenclature. 3rd edition. Journal of Vegetation Science, 11(5), 739–768.

Example: false oat-grass (Arrhenatherum elatius (L.) P. Beauv. ex J. Presl & C. Presl.)  grassland (Arrhenatheretum elatioris Br.-Bl., 1919).

   d) For microorganisms:

Lapage, S. P., Sneath, P. H.A., Lessel, E. F., Skerman, V. B. D., Seeliger, H. P. R. & Clark, W. A. (1992). International Code of Nomenclature of Bacteria (Bacteriological Code (BC)), Washington (DC), ASM Press.

Examples: fire blight: (Erwinia amylovora (Burrill, 1882) Winslow et al., 1920, Type strain = NCPPB 683; Pseudomonas fluorescens (Flügge, 1886), Migula, 1895.

   e) For animals:

Ride, W. D. L., Cogger, H. G., Dupuis, C., Kraus, O., Minelli, A., Thompson, F. C., & Tubbs, P. K. (1999). International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (4th Edition). London, UK: The International Trust for Zoological Nomenclature.

Examples: corn moth: Ostrinia nubilalis (Hübner, 1796); cattle: Bos taurus, Linnaeus, 1758


6     Citation and references

For citations and references, please apply the APA system (American Psychological Association) (blog).

In the body of the text, use the following style for citations: one author: (Surname, year), two authors: (Surname & Surname, year), three or more (Surname et al., year). Two (or more) same-year references by the same author are indicated by consecutive small letters, following the year, for example: Surname (1997a).

Instances of personal communication are not included in the reference list but only cited in text.


... as has been shown (Pugliese & Sirtori, 2012) ...

... as later demonstrated Thaler (2013) ...

... fatty carcasses are common (Bonneau, 2010a, 2010b; Furman et al., 2011) ...

... on climate change (Climate ..., 2000) ...

... risk analysis (FAO/WHO, 2006) ...

Secondary referencing:

Arditti (1986) cited in Burley-Doe (2012) has argued ...

Personal communication:

T. K. Lapage (personal communication, June 18, 2015) ...

Citations in the text shall be accompanied by references. The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communication and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. The final list of references is alphabetical and is not numbered. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.


Journal article

Mihevc, S., & Dovč, P. (2013). Mammary tumors in ruminants. Acta agriculturae Slovenica, 102(2), 83–86. 

Journal article with DOI, more than seven authors

Baird, N. A., Etter, P. D., Atwood, T. S., Currey, M. C., Shiver, A. L., Lewis, Z. A., . . . Johnson, E. A. (2008). Rapid SNP discovery and genetic mapping using sequenced RAD markers. PloS ONE, 3(10), e3376. 


Arditti, J. (2002). Fundamentals of orchid biology. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.

Book chapter

Tang, C. Y., & Chen, W. H. (2007). Breeding and development of new varieties in Phalaenopsis. In W. H. Chen & H. H. Chen (Eds.), Orchids biotechnology (pp. 1–22). Singapore, SG: World Scientific Publishing.

Conference papers published in book form

Bozič, J., Kordiš, D., Križaj, I., Leonardi, A., Močnik, R., Nakrst, M., … Dovč, P. (2016). Novel Aspects in characterisation of Carniolan honey bee (Apis mellifera carnica, Pollman 1879). In P. Dovč (Ed.), Acta agriculturae Slovenica, Supplement 5: 24th International Symposium Animal Science days: Technology driven animal production (pp. 18–27). Ljubljana: University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty.

Online document

FAO/WHO. (2006). Food safety risk analysis: A guide for national food safety authorities (FAO Food and Nutrition Paper No. 76). Retrieved from

ISO Standard

International Organization for Standardization. (2009). Agricultural machineryRotary disc mowers, rotary drum mowers and flail mowersTest methods and acceptance criteria for protective skirts (ISO Standard No. 17103). Retrieved from

7     Submission process

Manuscripts should be submitted to the Acta agriculturae Slovenica OJS site. The submitting author should be registered to the site. Click Register and fill in the registration form. Be sure to check in the Author check box on the form. We advise you to check in also the Reader check box.

Submission process consists of 5 steps. Before submission, authors should go through the checklist and prepare for submission:

Step 1:  Starting the submission

  • Choose one of the journal sections.

  • Confirm all the requirements of the Submission Preparation Checklist.

  • Additional plain text comments for the editor can be provided in the relevant text field.

Step 2:  Upload submission

  • Upload full manuscript in the form of the Microsoft Word document file format (.doc or .docx).

Step 3:  Enter metadata

  • First name, last name, contact e-mail and affiliation for all authors, in relevant order, must be provided. Corresponding author has to be selected.

  • Title and abstract must be provided in plain text.

  • Key words must be provided (max. 8, separated by semicolons) and enter the language of the text.

  • Data about contributors and supporting agencies may be entered.

  • References in plain text must be provided in the relevant text filed (between each reference should be a blank line).

Step 4:  Upload supplementary files

  • All graphic have to be uploaded in a single ZIP file. Graphics should be named Figure1.jpg, Figure2.eps, etc.

  • For each uploaded file, the author is asked for additional metadata, which may be provided.

Step 5:  Confirmation

Final confirmation is required.


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.

  1. The authors warrant that the submission is original and it has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The consent of all the authors of this paper has been obtained for submitting the paper to the journal.
  3. The authors certify that proper citations to the previously reported work have been given and no data/tables/figures have been quoted verbatim from other publicatium without giving due acknowledgement and without the permission of the author(s).
  4. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format (.doc or .docx) and the text is written from left to right direction.
  5. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided or DOI numbers.
  6. The text is single-spaced, lines are numbered and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points. All original graphics are additional uploaded in a single ZIP file as supplement file.
  7. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  8. The submission is proof-read and checked for language errors.
  9. For research involving human subjects or animals, the author(s) identifies the Committee approving the experiments and provide confirmation that all experiments conform to the relevant regulatory standards.

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