General information for authors of journal "Phytodiversity of Eastern Europe", edition 2019



The journal "Phytodiversity of Eastern Europe" publishes the results of original research in the field of phytodiversity (including ecology and evolution of vegetation cover, taxonomic and syntaxonomic diversity, systematics, paleobotany).

     The journal accepts materials of floristic and geobotanical descriptions, their analysis and theoretical generalizations based on them, articles devoted to modern methods of plant research.
    Also accepted for publication are works on algology, lichenology, mycology, bryology, plant life protection, materials related to the history of botanical and environmental research, chronicles of scientific events, reviews and personalia.


    The main criterion for the materials is that they must necessarily include an analysis of the results obtained and, if possible, a scientific interest for an international audience.


     There are no charges for submission and publication of manuscripts.


     Journal  publishes papers written in Russian or English.


    The manuscript that is sent to the journal  should be carefully edited by authors.


    The Editors are not responsible for actual, spelling and stylistic errors in the articles.


     Editorial Board reserves the rules for authors and decline the papers which have format errors or do not correspond to the journal thematics.


    We do not consider for publications articles which already have been published, lack novelty and are of insufficient general interest.


     Editorial Board reserves the right to make editorial changes and the abridgement of the manuscript.


     All received articles are subject to mandatory review.


     Submissions for publication are sent to the Editor to the email address or or through the website 


     Please, check out the following links prior to submission: Editorial ethics and Public offer

I. General guidelines


All papers should be submitted in electronic form. They should consist of the following files:

- the manuscript itself;

- detailed information about the authors (surname, first name [full], academic degree and title [if any], postal address, phone, fax, e-mail, the name of the institution where the work was performed, and its postal address, if there are several authors, you must specify the names of all institutions).


File of manuscript must be in .doc /.docx/.rtf.


Font Times New Roman, width alignment, 12 points, line spacing 1, paragraph indent 0.5 cm, page margins: left 3 cm, right, top and bottom 2 cm. Headers, names of figures and tables are typed without paragraph indent .

Manuscript pages are not numbered.


Manuscripts of the following type are accepted for printing:


Review articles

Original Research


Systematic reviews and new taxa

Floristic findings

Flora protection

History of botany

Scientific heritage


Loss of science

Book Reviews




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All materials are reviewed. After receiving a positive review from the reviewer, the manuscript with the comments of the reviewer and the Editors will be sent to the author for revision.

The publication of the article in the journal is carried out after receiving from the author a reply e-mail with the final version of the article attached and a file with answers to the comments of the reviewer.

II. Volume and article structure


Longer articles are also accepted (monographs, for example).

Article structure:
- U.D.C
- title of the article (in Russian);
- the initials and surname of the author (s);
- summary in Russian;
- keywords;
- thanks, links to support the funds;
- Abstract;
- Key words;
- Acknowledgments;
- text of the article;
- bibliography;
- References.


If the article is submitted in English, the block of Russian-language metadata comes after the English-language metadata.


The title of the article should be brief, informative, reflect the content of the article. The names of the species in the title are given in Latin, in parentheses is the family (if necessary, another higher taxon).

The abstract should not contain common words and vague, meaningless sentences, should be concise and informative, reflect the most important results of the study. The abstract should be logical and include sections: study justification, methods, results, conclusion (including confirmation of the scientific novelty of the article). Abstract should be considered as an independent source of information. The optimal volume of annotation is 120-150 words.

Keywords (no more than 7) should facilitate finding the article by means of information retrieval systems.


III. Text formatting rules

All abbreviations (except commonly used) must be decoded.


Latin names of plants should be given according to modern sources.


The names of taxa, starting from the subfamily and below, should be italicized (bold in addition is possible), the subtitles of the article should be bold.


When first using the Latin name of a species in the main text, it must be accompanied by the author / authors.


Latin names must be used. Avoid using common names in any languages (they can be mentioned only as supplemental data).


Descriptions of new taxa and other nomenclature innovations (new combinations, status, name, etc.) must be made in strict accordance with the requirements of the latest edition of the International Code of Nomenclature of algae, fungi and plants 

Descriptions (diagnoses) of new taxa are given in English (in English-language articles), English and Russian (in Russian-language articles) languages.

Manuscripts containing descriptions of new syntaxa within the ecology-floristic classification have to contain all elements that make valid the publication of taxon name according to the Code of phytosociological nomenclature (Weber H. E., Moravec J., Theurillat J. - P. 2000. International code of phytosociological nomenclature. 3rd ed. // J. Veg. Sci. Vol. 11. P. 739–768), i. e. complete geobotanical releveés referenced to site of field works (preferably with geographic coordinates), an indication of nomenclature type, the syntaxon name corresponding to its hierarchic level, etc.

It is advisable to follow the recommendations of All-Russian Code of Phytocenological Nomenclature Project when using ecological phytocenotic classification.

The References should be given in brackets in the text (surname (in Latin), a year). All references mentioned in the text should be listed in "References". The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text.

Authors must different using of a dash «–» and hyphen «-».

The numbering of taxa in the text must be typed manually.


The article should contain the following sections.

Introduction, which defines the general problems of the article in the context of modern research, relevance, degree of study, goals and objectives of this study.


Materials and methods. This section describes the origin and volume of the actual material, as well as the research methods used. The information must be sufficient for an independent researcher to reproduce the work. Methods that have already been published should be summarized and indicated with reference to the original sources. If research methods are new or not often used, then they must be described in detail. If necessary, expedition routes or experimental schemes are given.


Results / Discussion. Here information should be presented confirming the research conducted in expanded form (using tables and illustrations), there can also be a comparative analysis of the results obtained with those previously published, their interpretation, etc


Conclusions. This section presents the findings. The wording should be clear and concise. It is desirable to formulate the significance of the results.


Tables and Figures


Tables should be created using the Microsoft Word table tool and saved as *.doc files and numbered consecutively throughout the paper in the order they first appear in the text (Table 1, Table 2), unless there is only one table. Each table should have its unique title. All abbreviations and symbols used in table should be defined in footnote. Table titles, column and row headings as well as cell data and footnotes are given both in Russian and English. The words repeating in cells are replaced with quotation marks.

In a hard copy of the manuscript, the desired position of each table should be marked on the left margin (after the first mention in the text).

Data presented in tables should not be duplicated in the text.

Figures (such as graphs, drawings, photographs, maps and charts) must be consecutively numbered in Arabic numerals in the order they first appear in the text (Fig. 1, Fig. 2), unless there is only one figure. Each figure should have a caption both in Russian and English. Photos, maps and schemes must be of high quality. Low quality photographs or carbon copies are not accepted.

Charts and diagrams should not duplicate the tables.




All publications cited in the text should be given in unnumbered reference list following the text (without indentation, 12 points). Authors must provide full titles for Journals (avoid restrictions).

All authors of the cited publication are indicated, regardless of their number.
It is necessary to minimize the citation of textbooks, reference books, dictionaries, digest of articles, theses, and other publications of limited edition.


It is important to have a DOI identifier in the references (if available).


If the cited article has a DOI, you must specify it at the end of the description. In the absence of a DOI, quoting is established by the name of the first author and the output data of the article (journal name, year, volume, number, page). The discrepancy of at least one letter or number in these elements leads to the loss of the link.


At the end of the bibliographic description with the translation of the title of the article, an indication of the language of the article is given (In Russ., In Ukr., In Chin.). Links to Romanic languages ​​can be left in the original language (German, French, Spanish, Italian, etc.).
It is desirable that the bibliography contains from 20 sources or more, of which self-citations are not more than 20%, references to modern sources (the last 20 years) are not less than 40%.



Articles in periodicals


Mirkin B.M., Naumova L.G., Golub V.B., Khaziakhmetov R.M. 2018. Ecological classification of plant species. Biology Bulletin Reviews 79(1): 64–75. (In Russ.)

Pyšek P., Richardson D.M., Rejmánek M., Webster G., Williamson M., Kirschner J. 2004. Alien plants in checklists and floras: towards better communication between taxonomists and ecologists. Taxon. 53(1): 131–143.


Articles and theses in collections, chapters in monographs


Lavrinenko O.V. 2008. Partial flora of coastal marshes of the Barents Sea coast. In: Fundamental and applied problems of botany in the early 21st century: Proceedings of the XII Delegate Congress of the Russian Botanical Society and All-Russian Conference. Petrozavodsk, Part 4. Pp. 73–75. (In Russ.)

Koh L.P., Gardner T.A. 2010. Conservation in human-modified landscapes. In: Sodhi N.S., Ehr­lich P.R. (Eds.) Conservation Biology for All. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pp. 236–258.




Kamelin R.V. 2017. Flora of the Earth: floristic zoning of land. St. Petersburg; Barnaul. 128 p. (In Russ.)

Bromilow C. 2010. Problem Plants and Alien Weeds of South Africa. Pre­toria: Briza Publications. 300 p.




Senator S.A., Saksonov S.V., Vasjukov V.M. 2019. Flora of the Middle Volga region. Togliatti. URL: https://саликс.рф (Accessed 23.05.2019) (In Russ.)

IPNI: The International Plant Names Index. 2019. URL: (Accessed 23.05.2019)


Links to web-sites in the text are given in brackets with the name of the site (the first word of the name, if it consists of more than 2 words) and, through a colon, the word “site” in square brackets: (All-Russian ...: [site]).

Theses and abstracts of theses


Koneva N.V. 2006. Problems of conservation of phytodiversity of the Zhigulevskiy nature reserve. Diss.  … Cand. Biol. sci. Togliatti. 233 p. (In Russ.)

Solovyova V.V. 2008. Structure and dynamics of plant cover ecotones of natural-technical reservoirs of the Middle Volga. Abstr. … Diss. Dr. Biol. sci. Togliatti. 43 p. (In Russ.)


Responsibility for the completeness and accuracy of bibliographical references lies with the authors.


IV. Editorial preparation


"Phytodiversity of Eastern Europe" is peer review journal. The manuscripts complying with the scope of journal and accepted by the Editor are registered and sent for external review.  We use the double blind review policy. In consistent with that, the names of the reviewers are hidden from the author, and names of authors are hidden from the reviewers.


The authors may include the names of people with whom they have a conflict of interests. 



When revision of the manuscript is required, the proof of the manuscript including response to the referees' comments must be returned within 2 months of receipt of the proof, otherwise the initial date of the registration is changed for the actual date the revision is received back. 


If the article receives the positive review, it is accepted for publication. In the case of a negative review, the article is given to re-review to the other specialist. If the article receives the second negative review, the article is declined or sent to the authors for radical processing taking into account reviewer’s remarks.


Editorial Board reserves the right to make editorial changes and the abridgement of the manuscript.


The Editors e-mail the proofreading to the author, which should be checked and returned promptly. The proofreading only corrects typos, changes to the original text are not allowed.



V. Copyright Notice

The authors agree that if the manuscript is accepted for publication in "Phytodiversity of Eastern Europe", the published article will be copyrighted using a Creative Commons Attribution unported license. This license allows the author(s) to retain the copyright, but also allows others to freely copy, distribute, and display the copyrighted work, and derivative works based upon it, under certain specified conditions.


For reviewers


Peer Review Process


Dear reviewers!

The Editorial Board of "Phytodiversity of Eastern Europe"  thanks you for agreeing to participate in improving the quality of articles published in our journal.


"Phytodiversity of Eastern Europe" is peer review journal. Manuscripts are typically reviewed by two referees, from the Editorial Board of journal or by external reviewers. We use the double blind review policy. In consistent with that, the names of the reviewers are hidden from the author, and names of authors are hidden from the reviewers.


Please assess the following in your review:
— The originality and novelty of the study and its results as described in the manuscript;
— The presentation and correct application of the methods used in the study;
— The consistency of the results with the goals and objectives of the study;
— The sufficiency of material and the validity of the conclusions;
— The rationality of the article’s volume;
— The sufficiency and completeness of accounting and citing of literature on the research topic, the availability of unjustified or excessive citations of literature;
— The sufficiency and justification for the illustrative materials and tables;
— Usage of correct form and style for the presentation of the material;
— The title of the article corresponds to its content;
— Inclusion of an informative and sufficient summary of the article.
For taxonomic articles, please also pay attention to the correct application of the nomenclature rules.

Please, mark in the conclusion your recommendation (with a brief justification):
— The manuscript can be published in the form presented;
— The manuscript can be published with minor (technical) corrections;
— The manuscript can be published after substantial processing;
— The manuscript is not recommended for publication (conclusions are not reliable or incorrect, the material is not sufficient for substantiated conclusions, the application of methods is erroneous, the presentation does not comply with accepted standards, etc.).

Please, mark in the conclusion your recommendation (with a brief justification):
— The manuscript can be published in the form presented;
— The manuscript can be published with minor (technical) corrections;
— The manuscript can be published after substantial processing;
— The manuscript is not recommended for publication (conclusions are not reliable or incorrect, the material is not sufficient for substantiated conclusions, the application of methods is erroneous, the presentation does not comply with accepted standards, etc.).

We ask you to send a review to the Editorial Board of the "Phytodiversity of Eastern Europe"; ( within a month.


With a positive review of the manuscript, the Editors take the final decision on the publication. After receiving the review, the author should prepare to finalize the text in accordance with the comments and comments of the reviewer (and / or provide detailed responses to the reviewer's comments and comments. In case of disagreement with the review, the author sends to the Editor a reasoned response.
Reviewer's opinion is not final. The result of the review is the recommendation of the reviewer. The final decision on the publication or rejection of the article, as well as the order of its placement in the journal, is made by the Editor-in-Chief, and, if necessary, by the Editorial Board.