Botanica Lithuanica

The Journal of Nature Research Centre, Institute of Botany

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Botanica Lithuanica is a scientific journal of Nature Research Centre established in 1995. The journal publishes research papers dealing with wide range of issues related to general botany and experimental plant research including fungi, bacteria and phytoviruses.

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All aspects of botanyfrom the subcellular level to ecosystemsand their conservation.

Why submit

The scope of the journal covers field (terrestrial and aquatic) and experimental research on plants, including fungi, phytoviruses and bacteria. Authors submitting research data from all countries are welcome.All articles are peer reviewed by two experts.Reprints per article provided free of charge.

Rejection Rate

  • 25%

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Jolita Radušiene, Nature Research Centre, Lithuania

Managing Editor
Dalytė Matulevičiūtė, Nature Research Centre, Lithuania

Editorial Advisory Board
Yoshinori Asakawa, Tokushima Bunri University, Japan
Tia-Lynn Ashman, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Lyle Craker, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Berndt Gerhardson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
Maike Isermann, Bremen Universiy, Germany
Martin Kukwa, University of Gdańsk, Poland
Maria Ławrynowicz, University of Lodz, Poland
Jurga Motiejūnaitė, Nature Research Centre, Lithuania
Izolda Pašakinskienė, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Alexey D. Potemkin, V.L. Komarov Botanical Institute, Russia
Karen Rengefors, Lund University, Sweden
Alexander Sennikov, University of Helsinki, Finland
Pertti Uotila, University of Helsinki, Finland

Dalytė Matulevičiūtė (ExecutiveEditor; phytocoenology, plant ecology),
Ilona Jukonienė (Briology),
Sigita Jurkonienė (Experimental Botany),
Jurga Motiejūnaitė (Lichenology),
Judita Koreivienė (Phycology),
Birutė Karpavičienė (Economic Botany), Nature Research Centre, Lithuania
Ernestas Kutorga (Mycology), Vilnius University, Lithuania

Language Editors
Violeta Ptašikienė (English),
Irena Žalakevičienė (Lithuanian), Nature Research Centre, Lithuania

Technical Editors
Birutė Jankauskienė,
Gintautas Vaitonis, Nature Research Centre, Lithuania

Botanica Lithuanica
Institute of Botany, Nature Research Centre
Žaliųjų Ežerų str. 49, LT-08406 Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel.: (+370 5) 27211618, fax: (+370 5) 2729950

Bogumiła Zuga 32A Str.
01-811 Warsaw, Poland
T: +48 22 701 50 15

Guidelines to Authors

The manuscripts should be in English. Linguistic usage must be correct. The papers could not be already published or submitted to other editions. Manuscripts prepared contrary to these guidelines will be rejected prior to the reviewing process.

The structure of the manuscript: title (preferably not exceeding 100 characters); full name(-s) and surname(-s) of author(-s); address(-es) of author(-s), e-mail address; Abstract (up to 20 lines, including names of authors and title of the paper); Keywords (up to 10); text of the paper (subdivided if possible as follows: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion (Results and Discussion), Acknowledgements); References; Summary in Lithuanian (summary for foreign authors will be translated by the editors).

The structure of the short note: title; full name(-s) and surname(-s) of author(-s); address(-es) of author(-s), e-mail address; abstract; keywords; text (preferably not subdivided); references. Contributions not exceeding 5100 characters (including spaces) or 3.5 standard pages (including illustrations) are treated as short notes.

The structure of the review: title and authors of the reviewed publication; full bibliography of the reviewed publication (publishers, ISBN code, etc.); text; references (if necessary); full name(-s) and surname(-s) of author(-s) of the review; address(-es) of author(-s).

Manuscript submission. Submit an electronic version in document (*.doc) format. Provide margins of at least 3 cm on both sides and 2.5 cm on top and bottom. Double-space all material (except tables).

The title of the paper should be printed in capitals. The names of the cited authors should be printed in Small Caps. The words at the end of lines should not be divided. Text should be justified but not centred, including titles as well as headings and sub-headings.

Tables should be numbered in order of appearance in the text. Tables with their titles should be placed after the text. The line of a table should not exceed 80 characters. Landscape tables are not accepted.

All figures, i.e. black and white line drawings, maps, graphs, or diagrams (preferably 120 × 160 mm, not larger than 200 × 250 mm) with their titles should be inserted at the end of manuscript. Lettering and all figure components must be sufficiently clear to permit severe reduction without loss of clarity. All illustrations must be numbered consequently using Arabic numerals. Authors intending to print colour illustrations will be asked for a page-charge (150 EUR or 500 LTL per page).

The author(-s) of all taxa (from family rank and lower) and syntaxa names should be indicated when first time mentioned in the text. Use “et” between double authors in scientific plant or syntaxa names and use “et al.” for multiple (three or more) co-authors, except names of syntaxa where all co-authors should be indicated. All names of taxa and syntaxa should be printed in italic type.

A space must always follow after a period, colon, semicolon, or comma (except within numerals and standard abbreviations such as e.g., i.e., i.a., and l.c.): “W. S. J. G. Besser” not “W.S.J.G.Besser”; “2: 50” not “2:50”.

The list of references should include all items cited in the text. If there are more than two authors of the cited publication, in the text the first one should be given with indication “et al.” In references all the authors should be indicated. References in the text are to be cited with author(-s) and year. Examples: ...has been investigated by Sukopp (1998), Bücker & Dirk (1998), and Child et al. (1998)... or ... (Sukopp, 1998; Bücker & Dirk, 1998; Child et al., 1998).

Examples of the list of references

Elina G. A., Antipin V. K., 1992: Endo-i egzogennye sukcessii bolotnoj rastitel’nosti basejna Onežskogo ozera v Golocene. – Botaničeskij Žurnal, 77 (3): 16–31.

Hansen H. V., Christensen K. I.,2009: The common chamomile and scentless mayweed revisited. – Taxon, 58 (1): 261–264.

Kirschner J., Štěpánek J., 1998: A Monograph of Taraxacum sect. Palustria. – Průhonice.

Kurtto A., Fröhner S. E., Lampinen R. (eds.), 2007: Atlas Florae Europaeae. Distribution of Vascular Plants in Europe. Rosaceae (Alchemilla and Aphanes), 14. – Helsinki.

Westhoff V., Maarel E. van der, 1980: The Braun-Blanquet approach. – In: Wittaker R. H. (ed.), Classification of Plant Communities: 287–399. – The Hague.

Complete titles of journals and other periodicals should be given in the list.Publications printed using Latin characters should be cited in the original. Title published using Cyrillic or other alphabet should be transliterated into Latin characters.

Final versions of text should be provided in electronic form. Electronic versions should be provided as Word PC-versions (*.doc or *.rtf files) and can be sent as e-mail attachments ( or on discs. Only Times New Roman or other Timesgroup 12 pt fonts should be used. When special characters are necessary, other fonts can be used, however, font names and character codes should be explained on separate sheet. In the text such characters should be marked with yellow background.

If original drawings are provided, label the back of each illustration (in soft pencil) with the following information: author’s name, figure number, and indication of the top. Computer produced illustrations should be additionally submitted in original files. Electronic versions of scanned figures (as *.tif or *.jpg files) must be with minimum resolution of 300 dpi (600 dpi is recommended). All paper must be in a single file (except originals of illustrations). Titles of files should include family name of the first author, followed by other information about the subject of paper.

Within 10 days author should read and return proof sheet to the editorial staff. If the editorial staff does not receive the proof sheet in due time, the paper will be published without final approval of the author. Author (first one if there are co-authors) receives electronic copy (in pdf format) of published paper, which can be distributed for non-commercial purposes without limitations.

Editorial Policy

Botanica Lithuanica welcomes original research and review articles on field (terrestrial and aquatic) and experimental studies on plants and fungi includingphytoviruses and bacteria, from the subcellular level to ecosystemsand their conservation.

By submitting a contribution for publication together with signed Manuscript Submission Form, authors tacitly agree (1) not to submit the same manuscript to another journal, and (2) to inform editors in written form about the intention to withdraw paper from publication (not later than 15 days after reception of the reviews). Authors are entirely responsible for the statements, whether fact or opinion.

The papers should be in English, followed by an abstract in Lithuanian. For foreign authors the translation of an English abstract into Lithuanian will be arranged by the publisher, provided the paper is accepted.  Submissions are considered by an editor and – if not rejected right away – by competent two peer-reviewers, whose identities will remain anonymous to the authors. The corresponding author will be informed of the acceptance/non-acceptance of the final version of the manuscript in two months. 


If the manuscript is accepted the author signing of the Submission Form will constitute the transfer of the copyright from the author to the publisher. 

Adress for correspondence

Botanica Lithuanica
Institute of Botany, Nature Research Centre
Žaliųjų Ežerų str. 49, LT-08406 Vilnius, Lithuania
Tel.: (+370 5) 27211618, fax: (+370 5) 2729950

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