Instructions for Authors


CiteScore 2020: 1.5
SJR 2020: 0.255
SNIP 2020: 0.640

ISSN: 1336-5266 (Print)
ISSN: 1338-7014 (Online)


Folia Oecologica


Folia Oecologica is an international scientific open access journal publishes peer-reviewed, original research on forest ecology science. While the emphasis is on forest ecosystems, the journal covers a wide range of topics from the underlying biology to the conservation aspects of forest and nature. The journal publishes full-text papers, short communications and review articles.

This journal provides immediate open access to its content under the Creative Commons BY 4.0 license. Authors who publish with this journal retain all copyrights and agree to the terms of the above-mentioned CC BY 4.0 license.

The journal does not have article processing charges (APCs) nor article submission charges.

Authors are requested to suggest three persons competent to review their manuscript. However, the final selection of reviewers is exclusively the Editor’s decision.

Editorial procedure
All submitted manuscripts are single blind peer-reviewed by two independent, anonymous expert reviewers.

The Editor-in-Chief appoints an Editor, with expertise in the relevant field, who is fully responsible for further handling the manuscript.
Upon a proposal of the Editor, the Editor-in-Chief decides on acceptance/rejection of the manuscript.The Editor seeks advice from experts in the appropriate field – referees. The authors’ names are revealed to the referees (reviewers), but not vice versa. If the Editor decides that the manuscript needs to be revised, the authors are obliged to prepare a letter, in which they react to fundamental reviewers’ comments.

The publisher and the owner of the journal is the Institute of Forest Ecology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. In addition to online publishing, we also offer print copies of the journal.

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 cover letter. The cover letter should also detail what is being submitted.

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 subchapters 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.

The reference style used by the journal will be applied to the accepted article. Note that missing data will be highlighted for the author to correct. Use of DOI is highly encouraged.

Literature citations
The literature cited in the text should conform to the following patterns: one author – Wang (2013) or (Wang, 2013), two authors – Spitzenberger and Engelberger (2014) or (Spitzenberger and Engelberger, 2014), three and more authors – Lauko et al. (2013) or (Lauko et al., 2013). More than one work written by the same author is to be distinguished with small letters appended after the year: Novák (2016a, 2016b).

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
Goudie, J.W., Parish, R., Antos, J.A., 2016. Foliage biomass and specific leaf area equations at the branch, annual shoot and whole-tree levels for lodgepole pine and white spruce in British Columbia. Forest Ecology and Management, 361: 286–297.

Hartvig, P., Vestergaard, P. (eds), 2015. Atlas flora Danica. København: Gyldendal. 1230 p.

Book series
Hemming, E., Heuvelink, E. (eds), 2012. Proceedings of the VIIth international symposium on light horticultural systems. Wageningen, the Netherlands, October 14-18, 2012. Acta Horticulturae, 956. Leuven: ISHS. 663 p.

Work published in a book or in a proceedings
Gärdenäs, A.I., Ågren, G.I., Bird, J.A., Clarholm, M., Hallin, S., Ineson, P., Gömöry, D., Paule, L., Longauer, R., 2015. Geografické trendy genetickej premenlivosti lesných drevín v Karpatoch [Geographic trends of genetic variety of forest trees in Carpathian Mountains]. In Lukáčik, I., Sarvašová, I. (eds). Dendroflóra strednej Európy – využitie poznatkov vo výskume, vzdelávaní a praxi. Zvolen: Technická univerzita vo Zvolene, 2015, p. 19–29.

Sytnyk, S., Lovynska, V., Kharytonov, M., Loza, I., 2015. Effect of forest site type on the growing stock of forest-forming species under conditions of the Dnieper Steppe, Ukraine. In Sixth international scientific agricultural symposium “Agrosym 2015”. Jahorina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, October 15–18, 2015. Book of proceedings. Lukavica: University of East Sarajevo, p. 2118–2125.

Web source
Electronic citations require much of the same information as print sources (author, year of publication, title, publisher). However, some extra details are required: provide an accurate access date for online sources (that is, identify when a source was viewed or downloaded [cit. 2017-12-30], and provide the location of an online source (for example, a database or web address).

The tables should be prepared in Word or Excel, 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, xlsx 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.

Corresponding author will receive a free copy of the published paper.

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