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Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Authors are strongly encouraged to read these instructions carefully before preparing a manuscript for submission and to check the manuscript for compliance with these notes before submitting it for publication.

General Instructions

Biologica Nyssana publishes original scientific papers concerning biological sciences. The results presented in the papers should be original material that has not been published before or submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere.

Preparation of manuscripts

Papers must be written in clear and concise English. The files should be prepared using MS Word. All parts of the manuscript should be on the standard size of paper (A4 format), typewritten (Times New Roman, font size 12), and double-spaced throughout. All pages should be numbered. All scientific names (Latin binomials) must be italicized throughout the text and in the tables and figures. The family name must follow the scientific name when the name appears for the first time in the text.

The original manuscripts should be divided into the following parts in the order indicated:

1. Title page (Title, Names of the authors, Abstract, Key words, Footnote)
2. Introduction
3. Materials and Methods
4. Results
5. Discussion
6. Conclusion (not mandatory)

7. Acknowledgements (not mandatory)


Each of these elements is detailed below.

1. Title page
The title page should include the title of the paper, complete name(s) of the author(s), name and address of the workplace(s), personal e-mail address (es), abstract, and key words. Title, abstract and key words are required in both English and Serbian. For authors outside of the Serbian speaking countries, the translation will be provided by the Editorial Team.

1.1 Title
The title should be short (no longer than 15 words), informative, and concise. It should reflect the essence of the paper with maximum accuracy.

1.2 Name(s) of the author(s)
First name and surname of the author(s)

1.3 Abstract
The abstract should be a brief summary of the paper, presenting the scientific method, major findings, and conclusions. It should not be longer than 150 words.

1.4 Key words
List of key words (no more than seven), proposed by the authors, in order to enable retrieval and indexing.

1.5 Footnote
The phone, fax, postal address, and e-mail address of the corresponding author should be provided in a footnote.

2. Introduction
This section should state the purpose of the investigation and relate to the current knowledge in the specific topic addressed.

3. Materials and Methods
Specific details about the investigation area, instrumentation, experimental protocols, growth conditions, the origin of materials, and organisms should be given here in a form that allows the work to be repeated. It is possible to divide this section into subsections.

4. Results
This section should provide a concise description of experimental data obtained, illustrated by tables and figures.

5. Discussion
Discussion should provide an interpretation of the results and relate them to existing knowledge.

Results and Discussion can be presented within a single chapter.

6. Conclusion (not mandatory)
The final paragraph ought to provide a resume of the main conclusions and the significance of the paper to science.

7. Acknowledgements (not mandatory)
This section consists of acknowledgments of the assistance of colleagues or similar notes of appreciation, as well as information concerning any financial support received for the work being published.

Each table must be provided as a separate file (.xls or .xlsx files) and bear a short descriptive title. They should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numbers and referred to in the text as Tab. followed by a number. Legends of the tables should contain sufficient details to make the table easily understood and presented on a separate page at the end of the document, together with the titles.

Each figure must be provided as a separate file. Acceptable formats are .jpeg, .tif or .tiff, with resolution of 300 dpi. They should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numbers and referred to in the text as Fig. followed by a number. All illustrations (photographs, drawings, graphs, etc.) must be labeled “Figure”. Short, descriptive titles and legends are presented on a separate page at the end of the manuscript.


From december 2023 onwards, Biologica nyssana will change its citation format to comply with the standards of American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition (APA v7). Authors are encouraged to use available reference management software to organize their references. For more details on the referencing structure, consulting Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition (2020) or following interpretation guidelines, such as, is advised.

Only citations from the primary literature should be included as references. Published references or those accepted for publication should be cited; also, authors can refer to PhD and DSc Theses and on-line publications and sites. Unpublished studies should be referred to as such and should not be included in the reference list. When authors are citing multi-volume books (e.g. floras in botanical investigations), authors can use one reference for all volumes

In-text citations

Text citations should be in the following format: Tomovic et al. (2007); (Tomovic et al., 2007); for more than two authors. For two authors, citations should be Tomovic & Tomovic, (2007) or (Tomovic & Tomovic, 2007) and for one author Tomovic (2007) or (Tomovic, 2007).

Reference list

The list of references must be placed on a separate page at the end of the document and arranged according to alphabetic order by the first author’s surname and year of publication. References should list all the authors and include a DOI number where available.


Journal article:

Tomovic, G., Vukojicic, S., Niketic, M., & Lakusic, D. (2007). New chorological data on some threatened and rare plants in Serbia. Archives of Biological Sciences, 59(1), 63-73.

Entire book:

Wünsche, O. & Abromeit, J. (1916). Die Pflanzen Deutschlands: Eine Anleitung Zu Ihrer Kenntnis [A Guide to the The Plants of Germany] (10th ed.). Germany, Berlin: Springer Nature

Edited book:

Kristensen, N.P. (Ed.). (2004). Handbook of Zoology, Volume 4/36: Lepidoptera, Moths and Butterflies Volume 2: Morphology, Physiology and Development (1st ed.). Germany, Berlin: De Gruyter

Chapter in an edited book:

Stevanović, V. (1992). Klasifikacija životnih formi flore Srbije [Classification of life forms in Serbian flora]. In: Sarić, M. (Ed.), Flora Srbije [Flora of Serbia] (1st ed., pp. 39-46). Serbia, Belgrade: Serbian Academy of Sciences and Art


Ranđelović, N. (1978). Fitocenološko ekološke karakteristike brdskih travnjaka jugoistočne Srbije [Phytocenological and ecological characteristics of the mountain grasslands in southeastern Serbia] (Doctoral dissertation, University of Zagreb).

Websites, online sources, online data reports:

EFSA (European Food Safety Authority). 2021. Exposure to pesticides data for residents and bystanders, and for environmental risk assessment. Retrieved from ttps://

Comments to the Editor

Along with any relevant disclosures and statements regarding the manuscript (compliance with ethical standards, conflicts of interest…), comments to the Editor should include suggestions for a minimum of 3 potential reviewers. To speed up the review process, please suggest the names with contact details, affiliations, and email addresses. Please suggest reviewers who can provide a critical review on the subject of your manuscript and have worked on related subjects. The suggested reviewers can only be added as 'Comments to the Editor', in the designated dialogue box during the first step of the online submission.

Supplementary material

Optionally, Authors can include additional files, which can be in any format, such as research instruments, data sets, sources that otherwise would be unavailable to readers, figures and tables that cannot be integrated into the text itself, or other materials that add to the contribution of the work. These files are uploaded separately during the process of online submission. All files should be labeled to indicate their nature (e.g., Supplementary Figure 1, Supplementary Table 1) and accompanied by descriptive titles.


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 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. Where available, DOIs or URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. The suggested REVIEWER (with e-mail address), must be added as 'Comments to the Editor' at the bottom of Step 1 of the abstract submission (below).
  7. The details of ALL authors MUST BE included in STEP 2 of the submission process.

Copyright Notice

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The views expressed in the published works do not express the views of the Editors and Editorial Board. The authors take legal and moral responsibility for the ideas expressed in the articles. Publisher shall have no liability in the event of issuance of any claims for damages. The Publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.