Manuscript submission

Types of papers

Italus Hortus publishes the most recent research results dealing with all aspects of horticulture. These include a broad range of topics, such as breeding of horticultural plant species, physiology and biochemistry of horticultural crops, propagation and nursery technologies, orchard and vineyard management, multi-functionality of horticultural systems, production techniques, quality of horticultural products, post-harvest management of fruit and vegetables. Papers in related topics (plant pathology, crop protection, engineering, crop processing, etc.) are considered only if they contain information of direct significance to horticulture. The manuscripts can be freely submitted or invited and they will undergo a single-blind peer review process. Manuscripts that do not comply with the instructions for authors cannot begin the review process.

Italus Hortus publishes the following types of papers:

- Full original papers
- Reviews
- Brief research reports
- Editorials

Full original papers should include the results of original research. These data should not be previously published or submitted successively elsewhere.

Review articles should critically analyze the literature about subjects of active current relevance to the horticultural sciences.

Brief research reports should present original research and/or preliminary findings formatted in a concise way. As the full paper, it should include references to the literature and the experimental methodologies employed, and should be composed by not more than 4000 words.

Manuscript preparation

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

In addition, before starting preparing the manuscript, please consider this information:


All contributions should be written in English. Authors who are non-native English speakers are encouraged to have the language of their manuscripts professionally edited before submission. Review articles can be also submitted in Italian, but in this case, the authors should contact the Editors for more detailed instructions (

Manuscript size

Article size should be around 2,000-4,000 for brief research report, around 6,000-8,000 words for original research papers, and around 8,000 words for the review papers (excluded the “References” section) and should be divided into sections (see template for details).


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).

Mathematical formulae

Mathematical formulae must be carefully typed; when a paper contains more than one equation they should be identified with a number in parentheses (e.g. Eq. 1).


The genes cited in the text should be in italics and if available the GenBank accession number. All transcriptome or genomic data should report the NCBI repository number.

Manuscript submission

The manuscripts can be freely submitted or invited. Manuscripts should be submitted as a WORD file (DOCX format), containing the full text, the references, the tables and the figures. The file should be attached to a single email and submitted to the following address:

Manuscript reviewing process

Italus Hortus operates a single-blind peer review process. Submitted manuscripts undergo an initial evaluation operated by the editors to check their suitability for the journal. Then the selected manuscripts are sent to a minimum of two reviewers for assessing their scientific quality. First decision about the manuscript is generally provided to the corresponding author in four weeks after submission.