Mediterranean Journal of Cryptogamy

BORZIANA is an international journal accepting original research, reviews and, short communications on the systematics, biology, diversity and ecology of algae, bryophytes, fungi and lichens.
BORZIANA has a diverse audience, authors should ensure their findings are clearly presented and technical information clearly explained. Please read our instructions for authors carefully, before submitting to the journal.
Please note that this journal only publishes manuscripts in English. Authors who believe their manuscript would benefit from English editing prior to submission should seek a professional editing service or native English speaker.

Peer Review Statement

BORZIANA is an international, peer-reviewed journal which publishes high quality, original research contributions to scientific knowledge. All manuscript submissions are subject to initial appraisal by the Editor-in-Chief, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. All peer review is single blind and submission is online by e-mail to the editor.

Instructions for authors
Thank you for choosing to submit your paper to BORZIANA. Please take the time to read and follow the Instructions as closely as possible, as doing so will ensure your paper matches the journal’s requirements. These instructions will ensure your paper can move through peer review, production and publication smoothly. Authors intending to submit articles for publication in BORZIANA are requested to adhere to the following rules on manuscript preparation.


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Manuscripts will be sent for review to experts, and authors may be asked to modify or rewrite their manuscripts totally or in part in order to accommodate the reviewers’ suggestions and to conform with the requirements of BORZIANA. Once your paper has been assessed for suitability by the editor, it will then be single blind peer reviewed by independent, anonymous expert referees. Contributors tacitly agree to cede all authors’ rights to the publishers of BORZIANA. This transfer becomes effective from the moment when the author receives confirmation of the acceptance of the manuscript for publication.
Your paper should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text introduction, main text; acknowledgments; declaration of interest statement; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figures; figure captions (as a list).

Preparation of manuscripts

The manuscripts should include abstract, footnotes, and references. Number each page consecutively. Titles of articles as well as main sub-headings should be typed cap/lower case flush left on the page (not centred). Secondary sub-headings are to be indented, italicized, and followed by a period and a dash, with subsequent text running on. Indent all paragraphs except for formal presentation of accepted taxa which should start flush on the left-hand margin, with the subsequent lines indented. No footnotes will normally be allowed. All scientific names should be italicized. Do not divide words at the end of lines. Use "&" between double authors, both in authors citations for scientific plant names and when citing literature, and use "& al." for multiple (three or more) co-authors or co-editors except in the "References" section where all names should be given. A space must always follow after a period, colon, semicolon, or comma (except within numerals and standard abbreviations such as e.g., i.e. and i.a.): "Brown, A.J." not "Brown, A. J.": "32: 120-130" not "32:120-130"; and between numerals and units of measures: "2 mm", not "2mm". Author abbreviations should follow the standard of Brummitt & Powell, Authors of plant names (Kew 1992) - but spell out authors names in full rather than abbreviating them by just 1 or 2 letters.

A typical article for this journal should be no more than 10 pages; this limit does not include tables; references; figure captions; endnotes. Monographs (60 or more pages) are individually issued in the journal. Short contributions should generally have no more than 20 references (exceptions may be considered), and the total length should not exceed 4 printed pages. A short abstract (no more than 100 words) and a list of key words are needed; major headings (Introduction, Material and Methods, etc.) are optional, except for new taxon headings and References.

The authors address, which must be given in full, must be placed at the end of the manuscript. Where available, please also include ORCiDs and social media handles (Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn). One author will need to be identified as the corresponding author, with their email address normally displayed in the article PDF (depending on the journal) and the online article. Authors’ affiliations are the affiliations where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer-review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after your paper is accepted.

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Submitting a manuscript in electronic format by e-mail. Only if a usable text file can be provided the manuscript will be considered for publication.
Figures should be high quality (1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for colour, at the correct size). Figures should be supplied in one of our preferred file formats: EPS, PS, JPEG, TIFF. Figures should be designed to fit the full page width after reduction (12.8 cm) and including caption they may occupy up to the full page length (19.1 cm). It is mandatory that the scale be included on the illustration itself, not in the caption. Figures should be mounted separately on stiff white board. All illustrations must be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals. They should be citedas follow: in the text "fig. 1" or "figs. 1-4" in sequential order;  in brachets (Fig. 1 or Figs 1-4). Label each illustration with the following information: authors name, figure number, and an indication of which edge is the top. The captions should be at the end of the manuscript, typed in separate paragraphs but not on separate pages. Do not mount line illustrations (line drawings, maps, graphs, and diagrams) and half-tone photographs on the same plate. Plates comprising several figures or photographs should have drawn-in letters or numbers for reference. Photographs, especially those of herbarium specimens, must be of exceptional quality, good contrast, and submitted as close to journal page size as possible. Photocopies intended as original illustrations are not acceptable.
Tables. Tables should present new information rather than duplicating what is in the text. Readers should be able to interpret the table without reference to the text. Please supply editable files. Tables should also be separate at the end of the manuscript and not incorporated into the text. Tables must have an appropriate heading and must bear consecutive Arabic numerals. They should be cited "Table 1", etc. All tables must be suitable for reduction to the page size of journal. Tables will be type-set (not reproduced photographically) and must be submitted in electronic format along with the text. Keep them simple, and bear in mind readability after reduction to page size.

Only cite articles or books already published or in press, not papers "in preparation". Full references must be given, including city of publication (but not the publisher) for books. Each reference in the text must also be listed under "References" and vice versa.
Examples of correct citation:
Danin, A. 1983: Desert vegetation of Israel and Sinai. – Jerusalem.
Di Martino, A. & Raimondo, F. M. 1979: Biological and chorological survey of the Sicilian flora. – Webbia 34: 309-335.
Edris, A. E. 2007: Pharmaceutical and therapeutic potentials of essential oils and their individual volatile constituents: a review. – Phytother. Res. 21(4): 308-323.
Kollmann, F. 1984: Allium. Pp. 98-211 in: Davis, P. H. (ed.), Flora of Turkey and the East Aegean islands, 8. – Edinburgh.
Loon, J. C. van, 1987: A cytotaxonomical atlas of the Balkan flora. – Berlin & Stuttgart.
Moore, D. M. (ed.) 1982: Flora Europaea check-list and chromosome index. – Cambridge.
Pajar, S. & Molina, A. 1989: Teucrium xscorolepis, nuevo hibrido de la sect. Scorodonia. – Fontqueria 27: 163-164.
Pignatti, S. 1982: Flora d’Italia, 1. – Bologna.
Privitera, M. 1990: Sulla presenza di Entosthodon pallescens Jur. var. mitratus Cas. Gil, nuovo reperto per l’Italia. – Giorn. Bot. Ital. 124: 110.
Schreber, J. C. D. von, 1773: Plantae verticillatae unilabiatae – Erlangen.
Singh, O., Khanam, Z., Misra, N. & Srivastava, M. K. 2011: Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L.): an overview. – Pharmacogn. Rev. 5(9): 82-95. 7847.79103.
Strid, A. & Franz, R. 1981: Reports. [In Love, A. (ed.), IOPB chromosome number reports LXXIII]. – Taxon 30: 829-842.
Never type names of authors in capital letters or small capitals, either in "References" or in the text. Abbreviated titles (as of journals) should have all words capitalized, but titles quoted in full (e.g. of books) should have only those words capitalized for which the rules of ortography recognize it (proper names in English, nouns in German, etc.). Abbreviations of journal names must be consistent; they must follow the standard of Botanico-Periodicum-Huntianum and its Supplement (Pittsburgh 1968-1991) are to be formed by analogy when not listed there.
Any spelling style is acceptable so long as it is consistent within the manuscript. Please use single quotation marks, except where ‘a quotation is “within” a quotation’. Please note that long quotations should be indented without quotation marks. Initials (e.g. US, NJ, BBC) do not have full points between them.
Specimens cited
The following format is to be used: Country and/or political subdivision: Locality, coordinates, habitat, altitude, date, collector(s) and number (herbarium codes).


Authors will receive proofs once. They are expected to process them immediately and return them by e-mail. Authors who anticipate being absent are urged to leave forwarding orders or to give notice of temporary addresses (with dates). When more than one author is concerned, proofs will be sent to the first named author unless the contrary has been specified. Corrections not returned within two weeks cannot usually be taken into consideration. All but very minor author corrections will be billed at cost.
Disclosure Statement
Please include a disclosure statement, using the subheading “Disclosure of interest.” If you have no interests to declare, please state this (suggested wording: The authors report no conflict of interest). For all NIH/Wellcome-funded papers, the grant number(s) must be included in the declaration of interest statement.
Funding details
Please supply all details required by your funding and grant-awarding bodies as follows:
For single agency grants
This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx].
For multiple agency grants
This work was supported by the [Funding Agency #1] under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency #2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency #3] under Grant [number xxxx].
Using Third-Party Material in your Paper
You must obtain the necessary permission to reuse third-party material in your article. The use of short extracts of text and some other types of material is usually permitted, on a limited basis, for the purposes of criticism and review without securing formal permission. If you wish to include any material in your paper for which you do not hold copyright, and which is not covered by this informal agreement, you will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner prior to submission.

Article Reprints
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Supplemental online material is permitted and is unlimited in page size and do not follow the layout of the article.


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