Manuscript Preparation

Types of papers

Italus Hortus publishes the latest research results covering all aspects of horticulture. These encompass a wide array of subjects, including the breeding of horticultural plant species, the physiology and biochemistry of horticultural crops, propagation and nursery technologies, orchard and vineyard management, the multi-functionality of horticultural systems, production techniques, the quality of horticultural products, and post-harvest management of fruits and vegetables. Papers on related topics, such as plant pathology, crop protection, engineering, and crop processing, are considered only if they contain information directly relevant to horticulture. Manuscripts will undergo a single-blind peer review process. Manuscripts that do not adhere to the author guidelines will not proceed to the review process.

Italus Hortus publishes the following paper types:

  • Original Research Papers
  • Reviews
  • Brief Research Reports

Original research papers should present the outcomes of original research. The data should not have been previously published or submitted elsewhere.

Review articles should provide a critical analysis of the literature concerning subjects of current relevance to the horticultural sciences.

Brief research reports should present original research and/or preliminary findings in a concise format. Similar to full papers, they should include references to the literature and the experimental methodologies employed. These reports should not exceed 4000 words.

Manuscript preparation

The manuscript must be prepared using this template that is already formatted for the full original paper type. Each section has a corresponding style, which can be found in the 'Styles' menu of Word. For the preparation of review papers or other article types, please contact our Editorial Office at

Supplementary Material: Italus Hortus allows for the inclusion of Supplementary Material with published papers. This material may include additional items such as graphs, tables, and computer code. The Supplementary Material should be prepared in English following this template and should be submitted as a separate file alongside the manuscript. Supplementary materials must be cited in the main text (e.g., Supplementary Figure 1, Supplementary Table 1, etc.).

Additionally, before commencing manuscript preparation, please take note of the following:

All contributions should be written in English. Non-native English-speaking authors are encouraged to have their manuscripts professionally edited for language before submission.

Manuscript size
The length of articles should not exceed 4,000 words for brief research reports, and should be around 6,000-8,000 words for original research papers, and approximately 8,000 words for review papers (excluding the "References" section).

Authors are recommended to use the International System of Units (SI).

Scientific names
Common names of organisms should always be accompanied, when first cited, by their complete scientific name in italics (genus, species, attribution, and, if applicable, cultivar).

Mathematical formulae
Mathematical formulae should be carefully typeset; in papers containing multiple equations, they should be numbered in parentheses (e.g., Eq. 1).

Genes cited in the text should be in italics, and if available, the GenBank accession number should be provided. All transcriptome or genomic data should include the NCBI repository number.

Manuscript submission

Instructions on manuscript submission can be found here.