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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The title page contains all items required, including the e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author

  • All references in the text and in the list of references are in the format required and described in the "Citations" and "Reference List" of the Author Guidelines.
  • Figures are submitted as separate files in the software they were originally produced in (EXCEL, CORREL or so).
  • Figures are either in black and white, or the author(s) have paid for printing them in colour. Figures submitted in colour and not paid for will be published on line in colour, but printed in black and white.
  • All figure lettering is in Arial font bold and  consistently sized throughout, usually about 2-3 mm (8-12 pt).

Author Guidelines

 Most common problems with submissions are boldfaced and underlined below.


In order to be able to submit a paper to this journal, you must first assign the role "author" to yourself in your profile. Only after having done this, the option for paper submission will appear in your "User home" space.


Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.


Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors. 

Covering Letter


Authors are requested to submit a covering letter to the Editor-in-Chief with their manuscript, outlining how the submitted manuscript falls within the scope of the European Journal of Environmental Sciences. The authors are also free to suggest here potential reviewers, although the Editor-in-Chief reserves the right not to follow these suggestions. Any other information from the authors to the Editor-in-Chief should also be included in this letter.

Title Page

The title page should include:

  • The name(s) of the author(s)
  • A concise and informative title
  • The affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s)
  • The e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author


Please provide an abstract of up to 250 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.



Please provide 4 to 6 keywords, which can be used for indexing purposes. These should not normally repeat words already included in the title of the paper.



Text Formatting

  • Manuscripts should be submitted in Word.
  • Spelling can be in either UK or American English – but please be consistent throughout.
  • Use the automatic line numbering function to number the lines for ease of reference by authors, reviewers and editors during the refereeing process.
  • Use a normal, plain font (e.g., 10-point Times Roman) for text.
  • Use italics for emphasis.
  • Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.
  • Do not use field functions.
  • Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar.
  • Use the tab function, not spreadsheets, to make tables.
  • Use the equation editor or MathType for equations.

Note: If you use Word 2007, do not create the equations with the default equation editor but use the Microsoft equation editor or MathType instead.

  • Save your file in doc format. Do not submit docx files.


Please use no more than three levels of displayed headings.



Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.


Footnotes can be used to give additional information, which may include the citation of a reference included in the reference list. They should not consist solely of a reference citation, and they should never include the bibliographic details of a reference. They should also not contain any figures or tables.

Footnotes to the text are numbered consecutively; those to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data). Footnotes to the title or the authors of the article are not given reference symbols.

Always use footnotes instead of endnotes.


Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the reference list. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.



Stick exactly to the style used in the journal  - papers failing to do so will not be published until the authors make appropriate corrections.

Cite references in the text by name and year in parentheses. Some examples:

  • Negotiation research spans many disciplines (Dixon 1990).
  • This result was later contradicted by Burel and Aviron (1996).
  • This effect has been widely studied (Frouz 1991; Kindlmann et al. 1993; Gabriel et al. 1995; Harris and Lodenius 1998).

Reference List

The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.

Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work. Always use the standard abbreviation of a journal’s name according to the ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations.


Journal article

Aviron S, Kindlmann P, Burel F (2007) Conservation of butterfly populations in dynamic landscapes: The role of farming practices and landscape mosaic. Ecol Model 205: 135–145.

Ideally, the names of all authors should be provided, but the usage of “et al” in long author lists will also be accepted:

Frouz J, Van Diggelen R, Pizl V et al (2009) The effect of topsoil removal in restored heathland on soil fauna, topsoil microstructure, and cellulose decomposition: implications for ecosystem restoration. Biodiv Cons 18: 3963–3978.


Article by DOI

Branis M (2009) Air quality of Prague: traffic as a main pollution source. Environ Monit Assess. doi: 10.1007/s10661-008-0491-3.


Book (authored and edited)

Berryman AA, Kindlmann P (2008) Population systems: A general introduction. Springer, Dordrecht.

Kvet J, Jenik J, Soukupova L (eds) (2002) Freshwater wetlands and their sustainable future. Blackwell Science, Paris and Boca Raton.


Book chapter

Haigh MJ (2000) Deforestation and landscape. In: Hancock PL, Skinner BJ (eds) The Earth: Oxford Companion to the Earth Sciences. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp 30–33.


Online document

Cartwright J (2007) Big stars have weather too. IOP Publishing PhysicsWeb. Accessed 26 June 2007


PhD Thesis

Hardekopf DW (2008) Modeling the recovery of anthropogenically acidified mountain waters. PhD Thesis, Charles University, Prague.


Scientific Names, Units and Symbols

  • The Latin name(s) as well as authority (and, where appropriate, cultivar preceded by cv.) of investigated species must be mentioned both in the Abstract and in the Materials and Methods.
  • Latin genus and species names should be italicised.
  • Only SI units should be used.
  • For mineral contents, the elements (P, N, K, etc.) should be used.
  • Isotopes should be indicated as 14C, 32P, etc.
  • Ions should be mentioned as H+, Mg2+, etc.
  • For molar concentration italic M should be used


  • A full list of Table headings should be given after the reference list.
  • All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
  • Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
  • If an appendix appears in your article and it contains one or more tables, continue the consecutive numbering of the main text. Do not number the appendix tables as "A1, A2, ...". Tables in online appendices (Electronic Supplementary Material) should, however, be numbered separately.
  • For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table.
  • Table captions begin with the term Table in bold type, followed by the table number, also in bold type.
  • No punctuation is to be included after the number.
  • Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption.
  • Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.


A full list of Figure headings should be given after the Table headings. For the best quality final product, it is highly recommended that you submit all of your artwork – photographs, line drawings, etc. – in an electronic format. Your art will then be produced to the highest standards with the greatest accuracy to detail. The published work will directly reflect the quality of the artwork provided.


Electronic Figure Submission

  • Papers with low-quality figures will not be accepted for publication.
  • Supply all figures electronically as separate files in the original software they were produced in (EXCEL, CORREL or so).
  • Indicate what graphics program was used to create the artwork.
  • For vector graphics, the preferred format is EPS; for halftones, please use TIFF format. MS Office files are also acceptable.
  • Vector graphics containing fonts must have the fonts embedded in the files.
  • Name your figure files with "Fig" and the figure number, e.g., Fig1.eps.
  • Definition: Black and white graphics with no shading.
  • Do not use faint lines and/or lettering and check that all lines and lettering within the figures are legible at final size.
  • All lines should be at least 0.1 mm (0.3 pt) wide.
  • Scanned line drawings and line drawings in bitmap format should have a minimum resolution of 1200 dpi.
  • Vector graphics containing fonts must have the fonts embedded in the files.

Halftone Art

  • Definition: Photographs, drawings, or paintings with fine shading, etc.
  • If any magnification is used in the photographs, indicate this by using scale bars within the figures themselves.
  • Halftones should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.
  • Definition: a combination of halftone and line art, e.g., halftones containing line drawing, extensive lettering, colour diagrams, etc.
  • Combination artwork should have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi.

Colour Art

  • By default, al the figures will be printed in black and white, do not refer to colour in the captions.
  • Any colour art will be printed only on special request and the printing costs will be paid by the author – ask the Editor-in-Chief for exact rates for your colour artwork.
  • Colour illustrations should be submitted as RGB (8 bits per channel).

Figure Lettering

  • To add lettering, use Arial font bold.
  • Keep lettering consistently sized throughout your final-sized artwork, usually about 2-3 mm (8-12 pt).
  • Variance of type size within an illustration should be minimal, e.g., do not use 8-pt type on an axis and 20-pt type for the axis label.
  • Avoid effects such as shading, outline letters, etc.
  • Do not include titles or captions within your illustrations.

Figure Numbering

  • All figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
  • Figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
  • Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters (a, b, c, etc.).
  • If an appendix appears in your article and it contains one or more figures, continue the consecutive numbering of the main text. Do not number the appendix figures as "A1, A2, ...". Figures in online appendices (Electronic Supplementary Material) should, however, be numbered separately.

Figure Captions

  • Each figure should have a concise caption describing accurately what the figure depicts. Include the captions in the text file of the manuscript, not in the figure file.
  • Figure captions begin with the term Fig. in bold type, followed by the figure number, also in bold type.
  • No punctuation is to be included after the number, nor is any punctuation to be placed at the end of the caption.
  • Identify all elements found in the figure in the figure caption; and use boxes, circles, etc., as coordinate points in graphs.
  • Identify previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference citation at the end of the figure caption.


In order to give people of all abilities and disabilities access to the content of your figures, please make sure that

  • All figures have descriptive captions (blind users could then use a text-to-speech software or a text-to-Braille hardware)
  • Patterns are used instead of or in addition to colours for conveying information (colour-blind users would then be able to distinguish the visual elements)
  • Any figure lettering has a contrast ratio of at least 4.5:1



After Acceptance


A .pdf file is freely downloadable from the journal website.

Colour Illustrations

Online publication of colour illustrations is free of charge. For colour in the print version, authors will have to cover the extra costs - ask the Editor-in-Chief for exact rates for your colour artwork.

Proof Reading

The purpose of the proof is to check for typesetting or conversion errors and the completeness and accuracy of the text, tables and figures. Substantial changes in content, e.g., new results, corrected values, title and authorship, are not allowed without the approval of the Editor-in-Chief.

After online publication, further changes can only be made in the form of an Erratum.


Publishing ethics

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the society of society-owned or sponsored journals.

In EJES, we take our duties of guardianship over the scholarly record extremely seriously. We encourage continued, sustainable growth in the field of scholarly publishing.

We especially control for possible plagiarism: each of the editors controls carefully for any signs that an author has copied a substantial part of another's work without acknowledgment or passing another's work off as her or his own; fraudulent research; and authorship disputes. We believe that monitoring publishing ethics is a major aspect of the editorial and peer-review process, and as such lies within the area of responsibility of both the editor-in-chief and the subject editor. 


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