Information for authors

The International Journal of Horticultural Science publishes research papers and critical reviews on all aspects of Horticulture. All material submitted for publication is reviewed by editors, who act on advice from referees and who are not identified to the authors. The editors particularly welcome papers that apply the scientific method, describing not only the collection and interpretation of data but also the critical testing of hypotheses. Only papers written in English are accepted. They must not have been accepted for publication elsewhere. Papers become the copyright of the journal.   

Replication, statistics and controls

All experiments should have adequate replication and, where
relevant, should have been repeated for confirmation. Data should be subjected to appropriate statistical analysis. All experiments must include adequate controls for comparison with the treatments. 

Preparation of manuscripts

Authors are requested to examine a recent copy of
International Journal of Horticultural Science and to follow the style of the published papers as closely as possible, saving alterations at later stages. Authors are requested to send an electronic version, with three hard copies of their original submission of each paper, to:

Prof. József Nyéki
University of Debrecen
Centre of Agricultural Sciences
H-4032 Böszörményi u. 138.

Or manuscripts can also be sent as a PDF file by e-mail to

Combine all parts of the manuscript in one Word or Wordperfect file and then convert your file to PDF format.  


The text should be typed on one side only of A4 paper (297 × 210 mm) (or the nearest local equivalent), doublespaced (not 1.5) and with wide margins (at least 25 mm) and the sheets numbered consecutively. British English and spelling should be used.

Title, authors and addresses

The title should be informative but concise. Each title should be unique and not indicated as being part of a series. It should be followed by a list of the authors, with first names as initials only and preceding the name and with each name separated by a comma, except for the last two which are separated by ‘and ‘. The list of names should be followed by a list of authors’ addresses. The address and author for correspondence should be indicated by superscript letters and symbols where there is more than one author and address. A short title of no more than 40 characters should be provided at the top of the first page, in italics, with Latin names not in italics. For communication please provide phone and fax numbers and email addresses on the title page of the paper. 

This should indicate concisely (normally in less than 250 words) the scope and main conclusions of the paper. The summary does not need a heading. Please provide up to six additional key words in alphabetical order. 


This should provide, succinctly, the current state of work in the relevant field and the reasons for carrying out the experiments, as well as a clear statement of the objectives. Materials and methods

Commercial equipment and products used in experiments should be given as follows: product, company, city, country. 


These should be presented in an orderly fashion, making use of tables and figures where necessary. Material presented in tables should not be repeated in figures.  


Discussion should be presented separately from results, and it
should be noted that simple restatement of results in it does not constitute adequate discussion. The discussion should be focused on the work presented, and its relationship with other relevant published work. It should not digress widely into general discussion of a research area, or into excessive speculation.


In the text, references should be cited by author and date (Harvard system). Ampersand (&) should be used between names of joint authors and et al. for references with more than two authors even when they first appear, e.g. (Jones et al., 1970). In the text, lists of such references should be placed in chronological sequence. References should be listed at the end of the paper in full and set out in the styles shown below. Personal communications cited in the text should be given as follows: initials, name, brief address, personal communication. Commercial products used in experiments should be given as follows: product, company, city (state), country. Only papers accepted for publication or published may be cited (not those only submitted).

Reference List

References should be listed alphabetically. Within the
references for a particular author, those with the author alone should precede those with two authors and these should precede lists with more than two. Within each of these groups the references should be listed chronologically. The exact style of presenting references will be found in recent issues of the journal. All journal titles should be written out in full. Examples are given below.


Other supporting materials
Units and quantities
SI units are preferred. Others should be related to SI units at the first mention. Numbers preceding units should be written as numerals, those preceding other items up to nine should be spelt out, e.g. 8 cm, 2 days, nine fields, 10 leaves. Units should preferably be explicit, e.g. 1 g/L or g L–1 rather than 0.1% w/v. Whereas grams per litre can be indicated as g L–1, spores per litre is written as spores per L.

Latin binomials
Except in taxonomy papers, Latin binomial names are given without authorities.

Each table should be self-explanatory and typed on a separate sheet with an appropriate caption. Tables should be referred to in the text with arabic numerals as, e.g. Table 1, etc. In the results section, do not state ‘Table 1 shows the results of a given test’---describe the results of the test and then indicate which table shows them. The description should not repeat the results of the table but can draw attention to particular or general features of them. Refer to tables in the sequence in which they are presented.

These should be numbered in a separate series and referred to with arabic numerals in the text as, e.g. Figure 1, etc. Figure legends should be self explanatory and grouped together on a separate sheet. Subdivisions within figures should be labelled with lower case letters, e.g. a, b and c, etc. and these should also be used in the figure captions, footnotes and in the text.

Photographs should be unmounted and have good contrast. Magnification should be shown by a scale or bar. Four prints of each photograph are requested, of the final desired size. Three prints only should be labelled or the labelling indicated on an overlay. The figure number and author’s name should be pencilled lightly on the reverse of all photos, with the top edge identified. Where several photographs are to be mounted together on the printed page, a sketch or photocopy of the layout should be provided.

Graphs and other line figures may be provided as drawings
in black indelible ink and be no more than twice the required publication size. Three copies, one unlabelled, should be provided.

Alternatively, good quality computer-generated figures may be sent. If used, please send digital versions of your figures. Avoid using tints if possible; if shading is essential to the understanding of the figure, try to make it coarse. Always enclose hard copies of digitally-supplied figures in triplicate. Normally, no submitted figure should be larger than A4 (297 × 210 mm). Remember that all lettering and symbols should be large enough and thick enough to take a reduction of 50% (final lettering size should be approximately 2 mm).

Acceptable symbols for graphs are:
(× and + will not be accepted). Include symbol keys within the body of the illustration rather than in the legend.

Information for authors

Publications accepted by the editorial committee of the IJHS will be charged in order to be meet the expenses of the edition. One scientific paper of the usual size, with black and white figures will be charged:

  • HUF 60 000 for authors living in Hungary.
  • EUR 285 for authors living outside of the country.
  • Papers with colour pictures (for colour pages per paper) will be charged:
  • HUF 140 000 for authors living in Hungary,
  • EUR 840 for authors living outside of the country.

Authors will receive 10 numbers of IJHS containing their printed paper. Reprints are delivered on special request of the authors at conditions to be agreed in each case separately. The payment should be sent to the following bank account number:

K&H 10200885-32614451-00000000

Authors are asked, kindly, to attach to the order a detailed description of their claims and the exact posting address of the sponsor bearing the costs of the respective publication(s).

The editors are accepting, thankfully, financial support from the professional institutions, companies, associations or persons interested in horticultural topics cared for in the International Journal of Horticultural Science.