Manuscript submission

Authors are normally invited to write a paper for Italus Hortus by the Scientific and Editorial Committee. Authors that intend to submit independently a paper are advised to contact the Editors before submission. The Reviews should address topics of interest to the horticultural science.
Manuscripts that do not comply with the instructions for authors can not begin the review process.

 Instructions to Authors

Manuscripts should be submitted as WORD file containing the full text, references and tables. Figures and Graphics must be saved as JPG files.
Article size should approximately range from 5.000 to 10.000 words and be divided into chapters. All contributions appear in Italian with an extended summary, captions  and legends of figures and tables in English.

Style

Title page: includes the full title in both Italian and English, the name(s) of the author(s), their affiliation, the corresponding author, abstract and key words (3 to 5, not present in the title), both in Italian and English.

Italian abstract: 100 words maximum.

English abstract should contain full information and should permit full comprehension of the topic of the article. It should not exceed 500 words.

Units: 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 appropriate, cultivar).

Formulae: mathematical formulae must be carefully typed; when a paper contains several equations they should be identified with a number in parentheses (e.g. Eq. 1).

Tables: tables are numbered consecutively in Arabic numbers. References should be made in the text to each table.
Titles of tables should be descriptive enough to be able to stand alone. Titles of tables should also be provided in English language.

Figures: figures are numbered consecutively in Arabic numbers. References should be made in the text to each figure. Titles of figures should be descriptive enough to be able to stand alone. Titles of figures should also be provided in English. The term "figure" is used also for graphs and photos. Symbols and abbreviations used in figures can be defined in the figure caption or note or within the figure itself. Symbols and abbreviations used in figures can be defined in the figure caption or note or within the figure itself.
The figures must be submitted as .jpg files, with minimum 300 dpi digital resolution. Lettering of figures must be clearly labeled.

References and Citations in the text: Italus Hortus follows the "author, year" style of citation. When a citation has one or two authors, cite the reference throughout using the name(s) and the date. When a citation has more than two authors, cite the reference throughout the text with “et al.” (italic) following the last name of the first author.

The first criterion is the year (former citations precede recent ones); multiple citations for a given year are further arranged alphabetically and multiple citations for the same initial letter are arranged as follows: first the citation with one author, secondly the citation with two authors, then the other (with et al.). When the same author has two references with different dates, cite them in chronological order, separating the dates with a comma; when the same author has two references with the same date, arrange the dates as a and b (also in the reference list) and separated by a comma.
Example: (Rossi, 1967, 1972; Rossi et al., 1970; Bianchi et al., 1990; Smith, 1994; Roberts et al., 1990a,b).

Journal titles mentioned in the reference list should be abbreviated according to the following websites (sequenced by relevance):

  1. ISI Journal Abbreviations Index (http://library.caltech.edu/reference/abbreviations/)
  2. Biological Journals and Abbreviations (http://home.ncifcrf.gov/research/bja/)

Use the following system to arrange your references:

  1. Periodicals: Rossi G., Bianchi M., 1990. Le rose dei romani sono belle. Italus Hortus, 1(1): 22-26.
  2. Books: Rossi G., Bianchi M., 1995. I roseti pompeiani. InLe rose dei romani” 7a ed. Società Nazionale dei Roseti Storici Roma.
  3. Multi-authors books: Smith J., 1965. Characterization of a roman rose. In: Brown (ed.) Ancient Roses. Publ. N. 11, Academic Press Ltd., London: 441-3.
  4. Proceedings: Johnson A., Williams R, 1998. Come si scrive una bibliografia. Atti 4° Conv. Int. Bibliografia, Viareggio (Italia), 26: 44-6.
  5. Thesis: Bianchi F., 1999. I giardini dei romani. Tesi di laurea, Università di Bolzano.
  6. Material from a World Wide Web site: CSE, 2001. URL: http://www.italushortus.it
  7. In press : testi che siano stati accettati per la stampa, ma non siano stati ancora pubblicati, possono essere inseriti in bibliografia con l'indicazione (in stampa) che segue il nome della rivista.
  8. Other: citazioni di comuncazioni personali (com. Pers.), dati non pubblicati e altri casi dovranno essere indicati nel testo dell'articolo, ma non in bibliografia.

Instruction to authors

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