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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.
  • The manuscript represents original work; it has not been published or is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • All authors have seen and approved the manuscript being submitted. Common agreement has been reached before submission. The corresponding author is responsible for the submission, on behalf of all co-authors. No additional authors might be added post submission, unless editors receive detailed explanation.
  • Two submission files are prepared for upload: the manuscript (in Microsoft Word file format) and a cover letter (where three preferred reviewers are listed, with contact information).
  • The text is written in comprehensible English and adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

Author Guidelines

Formatting guidelines:

- Layout: A4, Portrait. Margins: 4 cm (left/right) and 4.8 cm (top/bottom). Multiple pages: “Mirror margins”. Headers and Footers “Different first pages” and “Different odd and even pages”; 4.8 cm Header, 4.6 Footer.

- Title will be written in Cambria 14, bold, centered. Authors will also indicate a short (running) title. Authors are written in Cambria 12, centered. The affiliation and the corresponding author must be indicated in Cambria 9 italics, as follows: 1Institution, City, Country; 2Institution, City, Country (in case of a different affiliation);  *Corresponding author, E-mail: xxxxxx@xxxxxxxx.

- Main text will be written in Cambria 11, justify and at single line spacing. The text will be clearly structured into: ”Abstract”,Keywords”,Introduction”, “Materials and methods”, “Results”,  Discussion” and “Conclusions”. Acknowledgements are not mandatory, but inclusion of funding acknowledgements is strongly recommended (written in Cambria 10).

- References: In the main text, the authors will be mentioned with their first names, followed by the year of publication within brackets (Johnson, 1998; Webbs and Johnson, 2000; Johnson et al., 2001). At the end of text, the references are listed alphabetically, using Cambria 10. Where available, URLs for the references must be provided.

Article citation (journal names should be abbreviated, except the case when the title is a single word. Please use the Web of Science Journal Title Abbreviations):

Pronk, J. T., Meulenberg, R., Hazeu, W., Bos, P., & Kuenen, J. G. (1990). Oxidation of reduced inorganic sulphur compounds by acidophilic thiobacilli. FEMS Microbiol. Rev75, 293-306.

Botoșăneanu, L. (1965). Neue Trichopterologische fänge in Polen, Rumänien und Bulgarien. [in German]. Latvijas Entomologs10, 53-60.

Book citation:

Watson, J. D., & Berry A. (2003). DNA: The Secret of Life. 1st Ed. Knopf New York, pp. 464.

Book chapter citation:

Tindall, B. J. (1988). Prokaryotic life in the alkaline saline athalassic environment, In: Halophilic Bacteria, Rodriguez–Valera, F. (ed.), CRC, Boca-Raton, pp. 31-70.

Other sources citation:

APHA (1995). Standard methods for the examination of water and wastewater, 19th ed. American Public Health Association, Washington DC.

Ionescu, C. (2004). Comunități de nevertebrate terestre din Carpații Meridionali [in Romanian]. Dissertation. Bucharest University.

Web sources are accepted only when no printed resource is available:

ANM (National Meteorological Administration, Administrația Națională de Meteorologie) (2016). [Accessed 2 Oct 2016] 

European Commission (2013). The Habitats Directive [Accessed 15 January 2017]

If the cited work is not published, the expressions “results not published”; ”personal communication” or ”in press” are accepted.


- In the text, the figures and tables should be indicated within the brackets as follows: (Fig. 1) or (Fig. 1 and 2) or (Fig. 1 a, b), and (Tab. 1) or (Tabs. 1 and 2), respectively. The figure caption should be written below the figure, in Cambria 10, centered. The table caption should be written above the table, in Cambria 10 centered. Figures and tables will be provided in the text of the manuscript.

- Genus and species names should be in italics. When a species name is used for the first time in an article, it should be stated in full, and the name of its describer should also be given. Expressions in Latin, Greek or languages other than English should be also typed in Italics.

- Formulas should be centered, marked in the margin with an Arabic numeral in brackets, and separated from the text above and below by a blank line.

- Symbols and combined expressions must be presented using negative exponents. Examples: µg L-1; kg m-2 s-1 etc.

Regular articles

Regular articles include original research in all fields of biology. Regular articles are peer-reviewed and receive doi numbers. They should not exceed 30 pages (in Studia UBB Biologia format).


Reviews represent syntheses of different topics in biology. Reviews are peer-reviewed and receive doi numbers. They should not exceed 30 pages (in Studia UBB Biologia format).

Short communication

Short communications are considered brief original research articles.  They may focus on a particular aspect of a problem. They are peer-reviewed and they receive doi numbers. They should not exceed 10 pages (in Studia UBB Biologia format).


Abstracts are summaries of original research articles.  They might be peer-reviewed in certain cases (e.g. collection of conference abstracts) but they do not receive doi numbers. They should not exceed 3 pages (in Studia UBB Biologia format).

Book review

Book reviews are presentations of original books. They are not peer-reviewed, and they do not receive doi numbers. They should not exceed 5 pages (in Studia UBB Biologia format).


In memoriam

In memoriam are manuscripts that honor a deceased personality in the field of biology. They are published in English and should not exceed 5 pages (in Studia UBB Biologia format).

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