Information For Authors

Author Guidelines

Authors should prepare their manuscript exactly according to the guideline as follows. Keep in mind, please that distinctly prepared manuscripts will not be considered. When in doubt, consult with the latest issue of the AZASH.

The manuscript should contain both of the DOI and ORCID number of ALL authors.

If you do not have ORCID number yet, you can register at

DOI number is available at

Novel gene sequences should be uploaded to a public database (e.g. GENEBANK) before publication and accession numbers of the uploaded sequences should be presented.

The authors are requested to keep their communications as concise as possible. Footnotes should be avoided or minimized, and italics should not be used for emphasis. A running head of not more than 30 letters should be supplied. Lines should be continuously numbered (use your word processor’s line numbering function). The authors’ name should be small caps.

The manuscript should contain the following information:

Title should be followed by the name and full address of all author(s). Full author names (including given and family names) should be provided. In the case of multiple authors, the corresponding author should be indicated. The affiliation should be as concise as possible and should include the complete mailing address (including e-mail) of all authors.

Abstract should be a brief summary of the contents and conclusions of the paper, and should not be longer than 200 words and should not contain references. It should clearly and simply summarize the most important results and methods if necessary.

Key words should not be more than five expressions describing the content.

Introduction should contain a brief survey of the relevant literature and the reasons for doing the work.

Material and methods supply sufficient information to permit repetition of the work. The technical description of methods should be given only when such methods are new.

Results should be presented concisely. Only in exceptional cases will it be permissible to present the same set of results in both a table and a figure. The results section should not be used for discussion.

Discussion should be separate from the results section and should deal with the significance of the results and their relationship to the object of the work (and, this is the place of the identification key in taxonomic revisions).

Acknowledgements (at most in 10 lines). Acknowledge, please the work of the anonymous reviewers.

References. In principle, the Harvard system is to be followed.

Citation style of the AZASH is ready for use in Zotero and Mendeley.

References should be detailed in the following order: authors’ names and initials, year of publication (in parentheses), colon, the title of the article, en dash, the full name of the journal, the volume (in bold), and the first and last pages of the article (in between an en dash), doi number (e.g. (check DOI numbers at, e.g.

Wiklund, C. G. & Andersson, M. (1994): Natural selection of colony size in a passerine bird. – Journal of Animal Ecology 63: 765–774.

For books and book chapters the author’s names, date of publication (in parentheses), colon, title, edition, en dash, publisher’s name, the place of publication and page reference should be given, e.g.

Hinton, H. E. (1981): Biology of insect eggs. Vol. 2. – Pergamon Press, New York, 234 pp.


Papp, L. & Schumann, H. (2000): Key to families – adults. Pp. 163–200. In:

Papp, L. & Darvas, B. (eds): Contributions to a manual of Palaearctic Diptera. Vol. 1. General and applied dipterology. – Science Herald, Budapest.

References to papers “in press” must mean that the article has been accepted for publication. References to “personal communications” and unpublished work are permitted in the text-only: references to papers in preparation or submitted are not permissible.

Please do not italicize taxon names in the References.

In the text references should be given as Ronkay and Fibiger (1993), or (Ronkay & Fibiger 1993, Papp 1995), Marshall (1992) or (Marshall 1992). When a citation includes more than two authors, e.g. Grey, Black and White, the paper should be referred to in the text as Grey et al., provided that this not ambiguous. If papers by the same author(s) in the same year are cited, they should be distinguished by the italics letters, a, b, c, etc., e.g. Marshall (1992a).

All necessary illustrations should accompany the manuscript, but should not be inserted in the text. All photographs, graphs, and diagrams should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals (use Arial typeface) in the order in which they are referred to in the text. Only good quality and high enough resolution (min. 400 dpi) figures will be excepted.

Explanation of lettering and symbols should be given in the figure caption and only exceptionally in the figures. Scales must be indicated on micrographs, not by magnifications in the legends. The following symbols should be used online drawing: ○, ●, □ etc. The preferred format for submitted digital figures are EPS, AI, CDR, WMF, EMF or TIF, PSD, JPEG (only high quality). Please do not flatten layers if possible.

Legends to figures should be incorporated into the text of the caption. They should give sufficient data to make the illustration comprehensible without reference to the text.

Tables and appendices should be constructed so as to be intelligible without reference to the text, numbered in Arabic numerals. Every table should be provided with an explanatory caption and each column should carry an appropriate heading. Units of measure should always be indicated clearly (metric units are preferred). All tables and figures must be referred to in the text.

Only standard abbreviations should be used. Arbitrary abbreviations and jargon will not be accepted.

The Latin names should be given for all species used in the investigation, although taxonomic affiliation and authority need not be provided in the title. Genus and species names should be italics except in the references.

Graphical abstract or an informative photo for scientific communication purposes are also welcome.

Page proofs will be sent to the author (or the first-mentioned author in a paper of multiple authorship) for checking. Corrections to the proofs must be restricted to printers’ errors. Any substantial alterations other than these may be charged to the author. Authors are particularly requested to return their corrected proofs as quickly as possible in order to facilitate rapid publication.

Reprints or extra copies of a given issue and extra costs for colour illustrations must be paid by the authors. They should be ordered at the Journal Manager ( not later then the manuscript accepted.

This journal does not charge article processing nor submission charges except for the extra costs for colour printing.

A high-quality photo or short video about the study are also welcome. They will not be printed but used for science communication purposes.

Submission Preparation Checklist

  1. Include in the manuscript that all sources of funding, as well as the work of the reviewers, are acknowledged and all appropriate ethics and other approvals were obtained for the research.
  2. Check the English of your text (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). Authors who feel their English language manuscript may require editing to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scientific English may wish to use an English Language Editing service.
  3. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. Most formatting codes will be removed and replaced on processing the article. In particular, do not use the word processor's options to justify text or to hyphenate words.
  4. Manuscripts should be prepared with continuously numbered lines, with wide margins; text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  5. Author’s name is typed as small caps.
  6. DOI number should be included.
  7. All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end of the manuscript.
  8. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  9. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines above.


Prof. G. Bakonyi,


Department of Zoology and Ecology, Szent István UniversityH-2100 Gödöllő, Páter K. u. 1, Hungary;