Instructions for Authors

Publication conditions

The Editorial Board of Acta Scientiarum Polonorum strive to ensure the readers that the authors present the results of their research in a transparent, fair, and honest way, and there is no place for "ghostwriting" or "guest authorship" in our Journal.

"Ghostwriting" is a situation when someone has made a substantial contribution to the publication, without revealing their contribution as one of the authors or without mentioning their role in the acknowledgments section.

"Guest authorship" (or "honorary authorship") occurs, on the other hand, when an author's participation in the work is negligible, if not even untrue, and yet the person's name is included in the list of authors of the publication.

We hope that cases of "ghostwriting" or "guest authorirship" will not occur among the submittions to the Journals and the editors of Acta Scientiarum Polonorum will never be forced to communicate such facts to relevant institutions, especially the employers of the authors.

High standards of publishing in Acta Scientiarum Polonorum require that information on the financial support of the research be included in the publication. Authors of published work are asked to make a statement, in which transfer their copyright to the Publisher and declare that the work has not been published in or submitted to another journal, or it does not infringe the copyrights of others. Authors are also required to declare a possible conflict of interest and make a statement of their contribution to the creation of publication.

Submission fee

The submission fee in Acta Scientiarum Polonorum Zootechnica is paid mainly with the authors on the acceptance of the manuscript. Authors with affiliations outside Poland and review articles are exempt from fees in 2015 and 2016. The estimated full cost of publication of an article not exceeding 1 Polish quire (40,000 characters, or 3000 cm2 - with drawings in black and white) is PLN 250 plus 23% VAT. The authors are informed about the final submission fee in the notice of acceptance of the manuscript.

Editorial and technical requirements

The size of the manuscript, including tables, figures, and photographs, should not exceed 12 A4 pages.

The text of the paper should be in sound English language, typed in Times New Roman 12 pts. font, 1.5 lines spacing. Italics or bold font weight can by used for text highlighting; underlining of letters, words, or sentences, is unacceptable though.

The size of tables and figures must not exceed the format B-5 (12.5 cm x 19.5 cm); captions of tables should be typed in Times New Roman 9 pts., table contents in 8 pts., single spacing. If possible, tables should be bordered without vertical lines.

Layout

1. Title of the article,
2. Name(s) of the author(s),
3. Author's affiliation(s),
4. Abstract (600 to 1000 characters including spaces), and
5. Keywords (up to six words).
6. The body of the manuscript should include:
• INTRODUCTION with the aim of the study and a working hypothesis,
• MATERIAL AND METHODS,
• RESULTS,
• DISCUSSION,
• alternatively RESULTS AND DISCUSSION,
• CONCLUSIONS (or SUMMARY),
• ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (if any), and
• REFERENCES.
7. Postal address and e-mail of the Corresponding Author.
8. Tables and Figures, and their captions.

Units - only SI units are acceptable. Please use kg × dm–3 syntax, not kg/dm3.

References - citations in the text come in square brackets:

... has been reported [Smith and Lewandowski 2000, Lewandowski 2001, Zalewski et al. 2001].

or

... according to Kowalski [2000] ...

An item of the REFERENCES list should be composed in an APA-like style: Family name(s) of author(s), initials of first name(s), year of publication (if more than one item are published in a given year, the year should be marked with a, b, c, etc.), title, journal abbreviation, place of publication, volume(issue), pages and DOI if available. Please follow the syntax of these examples:

Błaszczyk, P. (2000). Growth rate of zander (Stizostedion lucioperca L., 1758) in the waters of Miedzyodrze in 1996-1998. Acta Ichthyol. Pisc., 2(30), 35–46. DOI:10.3750/aip2000.30.2.04

Cameron, N.D., Curran, M.K. (1995a). Genotype with feeding regime interaction in pigs divergently selected for components of efficient lean growth rate. Anim. Sci., 61, 123–132. DOI:10.1017/S1357729800013606

Cameron, N.D., Curran, M.K. (1995b). Responses in carcass composition to divergent selection for components of efficient lean growth rate in pigs. Anim. Sci., 61, 347–359. DOI:10.1017/S1357729800013904

Grzesiak, W., Lacroix, R., Wójcik, J., Błaszczyk, P. (2003). A comparison of neural network and multiple regression predictions for 305-day lactation yield using partial lactation records. Can. J. Anim. Sci., 83(2), 307-310.

Felska-Błaszczyk, L., Lasota, B., Sulik, M., Masłowska, A., Dziadosz, M., Błaszczyk, B., Błaszczyk, P. (2011). Pregnancy detection in putatively unmated mink (Mustela vison) by serum progesterone level. J. Reprod. Dev., 57(3), 416-420. DOI:10.1262/jrd.10-077T

Karakulska, J., Kopron, K., Nawrotek, P., Czernomysy-Furowicz, D. (2008). Diagnostyka szczepów Salmonella choleraesuis i Salmonella enteritidis wyizolowanych od zwierząt [Diagnostics of Salmonella choleraesuis and Salmonella enteritidis strains isolated from animals]. Acta Sci. Pol. Zootechnica, 7(1), 19–32. [in Polish].

Sablik, P., Januś, E., Szewczuk, M., Vovk, S., Padzik, N. (1982). Effect of selected factors on the body condition of dairy cows managed in the free-stall and tie-stall housing systems. Acta Sci. Pol. Zootechnica, 18(1), 3–10. DOI:10.21005/asp.2019.18.1.01.

Wood, J.D., Whelehan, O.P., Ellis, M., Smith, W.C., Laird, R. (1983). Effects of selection for low backfat thickness in pigs on the sites of tissue deposition in the body. Anim. Sci., 36(3), 389-397.

Zaborski, D., Proskura, W.S., Grzesiak, W. (2016). Classification of calving difficulty scores using different types of decision trees. Acta Sci. Pol. Zootechnica, 15(4), 55–70. DOI:10.21005/asp.2016.15.4.05.

Editors reserve the right to make shortcuts and corrections, as well as to propose substantive changes and additions agreed with the Author.

Review procedure

1. Submissions that do not comply with the formal or editorial requirements are not accepted by the editors and are returned to authors.
2. The assessment of each manuscript is entrusted to minimum two reviewers from outside of the author's affiliating institution.
3. As a rule, at least one of the reviewers should have the affiliation in a country other than the country of the author's affiliation.
4. Reviewing is performed as a double-blind review process, which means that both reviewers and authors remain their anonymity.
5. The review has a written form and isaccomplishedusing the review form available from the website of the Journal.
6. If a reviewer suggests that changes are to be made in the manuscript, Editorial Office passes the reviewer's comments to the author.
7. If the article receives two negative reviews, the Editor informs the author that the article is not published.
8. If the article receives two conflicting reviews – one positive and the other negative – the decision as to publication of the paper belongs to Chairman of the EditorialBoard, who may consult the other members of the EditorialBoard.
9. The list of reviewers is published once a year in the year's last issue of the Journal.
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