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Authors who have not yet created an account in the system, please register using the Create new account option, which you will find on the left of the screen. After you fill in and send the registration form, a message will be sent to the e-mail address provided to confirm the correctness of the Author’s e-mail address (all correspondence from the system will also be sent to this address).

After logging into the system, click the Submit new article button. After entering the work title, windows will appear for entering all necessary elements of the article. You can move between windows by clicking the Previous/Next step buttons or the tag name on the left.

After completing all the fields, click the Send to Editor button – this step summarizes the previously entered elements of the article, and indicates any deficiencies. When all the elements of the work have been completed correctly, the Send to editor button will appear at the bottom of the screen, enabling the final submission of the article to the editor. The system will send confirmation of receipt of the work and assigned reference number to the email address provided by the Author during registration. This is not tantamount to directing the work for review or its acceptance for printing.

The authors of the publication are responsible for obtaining permission to publish data, any drawings or photographs that are covered by copyright.

If the given issue of the journal has no external financing, the authors pay the fee for publication of their paper in Acta Silvestria. Information about the amount of fees, as well as additional information can be obtained from the secretary of the Publishing House of the Agricultural University of Krakow:


General and technical requirements for the submissions

Length of the paper including tables, figures and photographs should not exceed 12 pages of the A4 format.

Document style – the text should be written in Times New Roman type of font, 12 point, with 1.5 line spacing. Highlighting (conditional formatting) should not be used with an exception of Latin names of plants, animals, fungi, and bacteria (in italics). When quoting the genus and species, an abbreviation of the author’s name should be given. When repeating Latin names in the same article, they should be abbreviated, e.g. Abies alba Mill. to A. alba.

Tables and figures should be limited to the necessary minimum. Size of tables and figures must not exceed the B5 format (12.5 cm × 19.5 cm); tables should be described using Times New Roman font of 9 points, with 8 points in table contents, with a single line spacing. Vertical lines should be avoided as far as possible. Document format for tables should be either .doc or .rtf.

Figures (charts, drawings and photographs), at a resolution of at least 300 dpi, should be in black and white, saved in JPEG or TIFF format. The text descriptions and markings within the figures should be of such a size that after reduction they remain legible. When referring to tables, figures or photographs, abbreviations should be used (Tab., Fig., photo).

The names of 3−4 reviewers should be suggested, including the institutions they are affiliated with, and their e-mail addresses.

Layout and organisation of the article

Title of the paper.

First and last name of the Author(s).

Affiliation: Name(s) and address(es) of the Author’s workplace (Authors’ workplaces); for the corresponding Author, also the email address.

Title and abstract in English (about 10 lines) containing: the purpose of the study, identification of the studied object, the most important results and conclusions.

Abstract of the work should have clearly separated points pertaining to: 1. Aim of the work and research hypothesis. 2. Research methods used. 3. Major research results and conclusions. If the work is to be published in Polish, the abstract should be prepared in English. It should refer to all tables, figures and photographs included in the work, and also to subject literature, if necessary.

Keywords - please provide up to 6 words helpful for indexing and searching. It is recommended to avoid using the words included in the title as keywords.

The main body of text of the scientific paper should include: introduction with the research goal and hypothesis; material and methods; results; discussion; conclusions (or summary) and literature (references). It is recommended to cite literature items relevant to the topic of the study.

Acknowledgements and source of financing.

The titles of the tables and their contents, as well as the captions and keys of the figures should be given in English, and the numbers of the tables and drawings should be in Arabic numerals.

Units and spelling − the international SI system applies, for instance, kg · dm–3 (rather than: kg/dm3).

Principles for citations and the listing of references (literature)

When citing literature, the author’s name and year of publication should be given in brackets, e.g. (Nowak 1996). If the article has two authors, both names connected with the conjunction “and” should be quoted, e.g. (Nowak and Kowalski 1996). If there are more than two authors, then the quotation should include only the first surname and the abbreviation “et al.”, e.g. (Kowalski et al. 1996). When quoting names, do not give first names or initials. The abbreviations of first names are given only to avoid mistakes (e.g. if two authors with the same last name published their work in the same year − A. Mak 1964, B. Mak 1964). When citing several works of the same author, published in the same year, they should be marked with consecutive letters of the alphabet: Kowalski 1964a, 1964b (arranged alphabetically by title). Several publications cited together (in one bracket) are listed in chronological order, not alphabetically. In the case of quoting text fragment, pages must be provided, e.g. (Mak 1964, p. 32).

Literature entries, listed alphabetically, must include:
• the names of all authors (with initials) in the order in which they were given in the original,
• year of publication,
• title of the work,
• bibliographic record: abbreviation of the journal name (according to accepted standards -, number do volume, issue, pages: from − to.

In the case of books, the name, publisher and place of publication are given by author (s) and year (if there are several, just enter the first of these places), or page numbers if a fragment of the book is cited.

If the author cannot be determined, instead of the name, enter: Anonymous (both in the text and the list of references) or use the first words of the title (e.g. Statistical Yearbook) and place in the list of references under “S”.

Titles of works written in Cyrillic require transliteration (English-American transliteration).

Sample references

Works from scientific journals
Leibundgut H. 1974. Zum Problem des Tannensterbens. Schweiz. Z. Forstw. 125, 7: 476−484.
Krysztofik E. 1963. Refleksje na temat jodły pospolitej (Abies alba Mill.). Sylwan 107, 4:
Orzeł S. 1994. Dynamika przyrostu grubości drzewostanów sosnowych w rejonie elektrociepłowni „Połaniec". Acta Agr. Silv. ser. Silv. 32: 45−59.
Przybylska K. 1993. Poznawcze i praktyczne znaczenie autokorelacji miąższości drzew na kontrolnych powierzchniach próbnych. Zesz. Nauk. AR w Krakowie, Rozprawy 175.
Hess M. 1965. Piętra klimatyczne w Polskich Karpatach Zachodnich. Zesz. Nauk. UJ 155, Pr. Geogr. 11: 1−268.
Hess M., Niedżwiedź T., Obrębska-Starklowa B. 1977. Stosunki termiczne Beskidu Niskiego. Pr. Geogr. 123: 1−101.
Makowiec M. 1982. Beginning of the meteorological vegetation season and some vernal phenological events in the Rogów area. Ann. Warsaw Agricult. Univ., For. and Wood Technol. 29: 1−11.
Trepińska J. 2000. Anomalie, cykle, trendy termiczne w klimatologii na przykładzie fluktuacji termicznych w Europie środkowej w XIX i XX wieku. Acta Univ. Nicololai Copernici, Nauki Mat.-Przyrod. 106, Geografia 31: 307−326.

Czarnowski M.S. 1989. Zarys ekologii roślin lądowych. PWN, Warszawa.
Szafer W., Zarzycki K. (red.) 1972. Szata roślinna Polski. T. I. PWN, Warszawa.

Chapter from a book – collection of articles by different authors
Pagan J. 1972. Kariologia flory polskiej. [w:] Szata roślinna Polski. (red.) W. Szafer i K. Zarzycki. T. I. PWN, Warszawa.

Conference materials
Zawada J. 1987. Przyrostowa charakterystyka stanu zdrowotnego jodeł w Polsce. [w:] Reakcje biologiczne drzew na zanieczyszczenia przemysłowe. (red.) R. Siwicki . Mater. II Kraj. Symp. Kórnik 1984, Inst. Dendrol. PAN, Poznań: 20−45.

Article included in a collective publication edited by other authors
Spiecker H. 1996. Discussion. [in:] Growth trends in European forests. (eds.) K. Mielikāinen, M. Kōhl, J.P. Skovsgaard. European Forest Institut Research Report 5: 355−367.

The author submits the work electronically. After receiving the review, the Author sends the editor a copy of the work corrected in accordance with the comments of the reviewers and a written response to the comments of the reviewers. The main part of the publication (abstract, summary, main body of text, and references) should be saved in one file. Tables, figures and other attachments should be provided in separate files. The editors reserve the right to shorten the text and make corrections, as well as introduce changes and substantive additions agreed with the Author. Graphic material (drawings, diagrams, charts) should be developed and sent as a separate digital record (source files) in software applications working in the Windows environment (e.g. in Excel, Corel Draw, Photoshop etc.).


Each article is reviewed by an editor. If it meets the substantive requirements and is consistent with the journal’s profile, it is directed for review.

At least two independent reviewers are appointed to evaluate each article.

The journal uses double-blind review process, in which neither authors nor reviewers know their respective identities.

The review has a written form and ends with an unequivocal conclusion as to whether the article can be published or rejected.

The list of reviewers cooperating with the Editorial Board is published annually in the journal’s issue and on the website.

Sample review form as a pdf file
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