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Legal requirements

Only original, previously unpublished articles, not simultaneously submitted for publication elsewhere, will be accepted for publication. With acceptance and publication of a manuscript the exclusive copyright for every language and country is transferred to the publishers. Authors wishing to include figures or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright holder(s) and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their paper. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

General information on format of manuscript

The style should be simple, consistent, comprehensible and structured.

  • Text files have to be MS Word compatible (rtf., doc, txt).
  • All text throughout must be double-spaced, left justified and without indentations at the start of paragraphs.
  • Font for MS must be in 12 point, Times New Roman.
  • Normal font style is used for standard text, bold style for highlighted parts and headings.
  • Formulae, symbols, and Latin words must be written legibly and will be typeset in italics.
  • For indentation, when required, use tab stops, not the space bar.
  • International A4 paper format with 2.5 cm margins should be set as default size.
  • All pages have to be numbered consecutively, beginning with the title page. Insert the page number in the down left-hand corner.
  • Any adopted text or illustration previously published has to be adequately cited.
  • Metric units (SI) must be used throughout the MS.
  • Zoological and botanical nomenclatures have to be consistent with the rules of the ICZN or ICN, respectively. Zoological and botanical Latin species, genera and family names should be italicised.
  • British as well as American spelling are accepted. However, the manuscript has to be consistently one or the other throughout.
  • Footnotes are not acceptable.
  • Do not use field functions.
  • Authors for whom English is not their mother language should have their manuscripts checked by a competent linguist or native English speaker, or they may choose to have them professionally edited before submission.
  • Manuscripts that are poorly prepared will be rejected on receipt and returned to authors unrefereed.

A manuscript is typically organized as follows:

Title of manuscript;

Full author’s/authors’ name(s) and address(es);


Key words (max. 8)




Figure captions


For making tables, use the table functions of your word processing program.

Title page must include:

  • Title of paper incorporating key words that will be useful for indexing and information retrieval. - in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, Left justified, bold.
  • Full name(s) of the author(s), bold.
  • Address(es) of the author(s) including e-mail address(es), and an indication as to which author will handle communications with the editorial board by *.



Josef Ovsík1,*, Stanislav Rozluštil2 & František Hlučný1,3

1Department of Palaeobotany, Museum in Pilsen, Rokycanská 1, 30000 Plzeň, Czech Republic; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2 Václav University, Faculty of Science, Adalbertov 1, 11000 Praha 1, Czech Republic; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3 Uhelná 20, 33300 Nýřany, Czech Republic; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Authors must provide 4 to 8 keywords separated by commas.


Key words: Pennsylvanian, fossil flora, Radnice Basin, Újezd u Svatého Kříže

The abstract should be a concise summary of the paper stating the methods used, the main results and the conclusions in a way that does not require reference to the body of the paper.

  • Abstract should be all one paragraph in an italic font
  • It must not contain citations
  • It should be a maximum of 200 words.

The main text body

It should be arranged according to usual format of scientific papers (see above). Note the approximate placement of figures and tables in the text near the initial citation [FIGURE X NEAR HERE].


Headings in the text should be use as follows:

THIS IS A PRIMARY HEADING (capital letters, left justified, bold)

This is a Secondary Heading (left justified, bold)

This is a Tertiary Heading (italicized, left justified, bold)


  • All references cited in the text are to be listed at the end of the paper.
  • The manuscript should be carefully checked to ensure that the spellings of authors' names and publication years are exactly the same in the text as in the reference list.
  • Do not type author's and editor's names in capitals.
  • In the text refer to the author's name (without initials) and year of publication in brackets, or separated by a comma; if necessary it can be followed by a short reference to appropriate pages. Examples: "Because Peterson (1994) has shown that...". "This is in agreement with results obtained later (Kramer, 1996, pp. 12-16)". ....."...vertebrate and invertebrate faunas (Turek, 1986, 1989; Pšenička, 2010, 2011a)....."
  • If reference is made in the text to publications written by more than two authors the name of the first author should be used, followed by "et al." This indication, however, should never be used in the list of references, where all co-authors must be given in full.
  • References in the text should be arranged chronologically.
  • The list of references should be arranged alphabetically by authors' names, and chronologically per author. For co-authored works, the following order should be used: Publications of the single author, arranged according to publication year - publications of the same author with one co-author, arranged according to publication year - publications of the author with more than one co-author, arranged according to publication year.


Journal articles:

Ovsík, V. 1982. Carboniferous ferns. Sborník geologických věd, Paleontologie 25, 9–82.

Ovsík, J., Hinter, J., Darwin, F. 2001. The evolution of lime trees from rain forests. Senckenbergiana lethaea 81(1), 207–261.

Electronic journal articles:

Kraft, P. 2003. Northern Gondwanan Siluro-Devonian palaeogeography assessed by cephalopods. Palaeontologia Electronica 5(2),, 1–19.


Wild, J. 1979. Evolution of primeroses. 525 pp. W.H. Freeman, New York.

Multiauthor books:

Potapec, P.1999. Coral reefs, 77–90. In Petr, P. and Pavel, P. (eds) Organic reefs. Elsevier, Amsterdam.

PhD or Master thesis:

Ječminek, J. 2003. Kapradiny z fylozofické roviny. 525 pp. Master thesis, Václav University, Prague, Czech Republic.


  • Tables must be converted to the MS Word compatible format.
  • Each table must consist of an independent file.
  • Table caption numbers are formatted in normal font, followed by point


Illustrations and photographs

  • Charts, diagrams and photographs are all to be referred to as "Figure 1", full page sized sets of photographs to as "Plate I", and should be numbered consecutively in the order to which they are referred to in the main body of the text.
  • Each must be submitted as separate a file. All illustrations should be clearly marked with the figure or plate number (Figure 1, Plate III, etc.).
  • All figures can be black and white, halftone greyscale or colored. They must be submitted in final size and fit within full page (170 X 230 mm) size or one column width (82 mm X 230 mm).
  • Figure legends must be described on the figures themselves (e.g., geological maps, cross-sections), not keyed to numbers in the figure caption.
  • All legends must be submitted as a separate section at the end of the text.
  • The accepted figure formats are PC compatible JPEG or TIFF or with vector graphic Corel X5 or Illustrator CS2 or higher.
  • Each figure or plate must be an independent file labeled as follows: [first author]_Fig(Number).jpg(tif) 

Line drawings: All lettering, graph lines and points on graphs should be sufficiently large and bold to be easy readable. Dye-line prints or photocopies are not suitable for reproduction. Do not use any type of shading on computer-generated illustrations. The inscriptions should be clearly legible, minimum 8-point font in a sans-serif type. The minimum line width is 0.2 mm (i.e., 0.567 pt) relative to the final size. The minimum resolution is 1200 dpi.

Photographs:Original photographs must be supplied as they are to be reproduced. A scale (bar) should be marked on the photograph if its magnification is to be known. Photocopies of photographs are not acceptable. Photographs can be formatted to be inserted as individual figures in the text or grouped into plates.The minimum resolution for photographs is 600 dpi.

Manuscripts must be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (for large files please use a www transfer site: e.g. Uschovna, WeTransfer etc.).