Ornithology, Entomology, Population Ecology, Computer Ecology, Botany, Zoology, Biotechnology, Environmental, Ukraine

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Author Guidelines

The editorial board invites manuscripts reporting significant new findings in biology and ecology. All submissions should be in English or Russian and are subject to peer review by at least two independent referees and a corresponding editor.

We prefer the use of a ‘standard’ font, preferably 11-point Times New Roman (for abstract and key words 10-point), 1,0 line spacing, margins 2 cm on all sides. For mathematical symbols, Greek letters and other special characters, use normal text or Symbol font. Word Equation Editor/MathType should be used only for formulae that cannot be produced using normal text or Symbol font.

The editor reserves the right to reject without review. All editorial correspondence should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief, Alex Matsyura (amatsyura@gmail.com).

Manuscripts - Only electronic submissions are accepted, preferably as single files including all Tables and Figures (file format: Word for Windows or RTF). Submission implies that the work is not being considered for publication elsewhere and that it has been approved by all authors. Journal sections are Experimental Articles aand Research Notes. Articles should be structured as follows: Title (short and concise), Names of authors, Addresses of authors, Abstract (250-300 words), Key words (max ten), Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References.

Avoid too many subdivisions, do not use more than three levels of headings. The abstract should reflect both content and emphasis of the paper. The introduction should be restricted to scope, purpose, and the rationale of the study. Limit the information on material and methods to what is essential to judge whether the findings are valid. Results should answer questions posed at the outset of the paper.

Scientific names of genera and lower taxa should be in italics. Vernacular names of species should start with capitals. Do not capitalize group names, e.g. gulls. A standard checklist for the relevant area should be consulted for nomenclature.

Units and abbreviations should conform to the S.I. system where possible. Details of statistical analysis that always must be included are type of test, the value of the relevant test statistic, the sample size and/or degrees of freedom and the probability level. Commonplace statistical abbreviations such as ANOVA, SD, SE,df, t-test, Χ 2 , F, P, n, rshould be used.

References - Cited literature should be restricted to published papers. Only papers that have been accepted for publication may be incorporated, with the notation 'in press' (and the journal in which it will appear). Unpublished data, manuscripts in preparation and unpublished papers should be noted as 'pers. comm.' or 'unpubl. data'. Examples of literature cited in the text: (Butchelet, 2002), (Brown & Leon, 2011) or, in case of more than two authors (Strom et al., 2009). References in the text should be in order of publication, e.g. (Brown, 2011, Colden et al. 2008). Check every reference in the text of the article with the list of used literature. All the names of periodicals should be checked thoroughly. The list of literature should be given without a numeration. Please use requirements of APA style, 6th edition.

Illustrations and graphics - Figures do not need to be definitive, because they will be redrawn by our graphical department. However, figures need to be clear enough for referees and editors to review. Submission of illustrative photos supporting the text (as separate jpg or tiff-file) is encouraged. Figures and photos should be numbered in sequence of reference in the text.

Tables - Tables should be concise and self-explanatory. Avoid landscape formats whenever possible. Tables that contain important information but are not indispensable to follow the reasoning in the text may be placed in an online appendix.

Accepted manuscripts - The text of accepted manuscripts should be provided by e-mail, preferably as a Word for Windows document. Manuscripts are edited to enhance communication between author and reader. Proofs are provided as a PDF. In the proof stage only essential corrections can be made, and any additional alterations may be charged to the author. Corrected proofs should be returned within 1 week. Corresponding authors receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which the publication appears and an electronic version of the final publication (PDF).

 

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.

  1. The text, if submitted to a peer-reviewed section (e.g., Articles), has had the authors' names removed. If an author is cited, "Author" and year are used in the bibliography and footnotes, instead of author's name, paper title, etc. The author's name has also been removed from the document's Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu.
  2. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  3. The text is single-spaced; uses a 11-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  4. All URL addresses in the text (e.g.,http://ojs.mdpu.org.ua) are activated and ready to click.
  5. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  6. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
 

Copyright Notice

UKRANIAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY is a golden publisher, as we allow self-archiving, but most importantly we are fully transparent about your rights.

Authors may present and discuss their findings ahead of publication: at biological or scientific conferences, on preprint servers, in public databases, and in blogs, wikis, tweets, and other informal communication channels.

UKRANIAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY allows authors to deposit manuscripts (currently under review or those for intended submission to UKRANIAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY in non-commercial, pre-print servers such as ArXiv.

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:


    1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

    1. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  1. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

 

 

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Our journal Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement is based, in large part, on the guidelines and standards developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The relevant duties and expectations of authors, reviewers, and editors of the journal are set out below.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF AUTHORS

By submitting a manuscript to UKRAINIAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, the author(s) warrant that the manuscript is their own, original work and that it has neither been published previously nor is currently being considered for publication elsewhere. They also warrant that the sources of any ideas and/or words in the manuscript that are not their own have been properly attributed through appropriate citations and/or quotes.

An author should not normally publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in multiple journals or publication venues. Such redundant publication is generally considered to constitute unethical publishing behavior, and if discovered may result in a manuscript under consideration being rejected, or a published article being retracted.

Authors of manuscripts reporting on original research should present an accurate account of the work performed, accompanied by an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the manuscript. The manuscript should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. The fabrication of results and the making of fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and may be cause for rejection or retraction of a manuscript or published article.

Where the manuscript reports on commercial software, hardware, or other products, authors must include a declaration at the beginning of the manuscript in which they must either state that no conflict of interest exists or describe the nature of any potential conflict. All sources of financial support for the research should also be disclosed in the manuscript.

The author(s) of a manuscript agree that if the manuscript is accepted for publication in UKRAINIAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, 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.

The authors’ names should be listed on the article in order of their contribution to the article, and all authors take responsibility for their own contributions. Only those individuals who have made a substantive contribution should be listed as authors; those whose contributions are indirect or marginal (e.g., colleagues or supervisors who have reviewed drafts of the work or provided proofreading assistance, and heads of research institutes/centers/labs) should be named in an “Acknowledgments” section at the end of the article, immediately preceding the Reference List. The corresponding author must ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the article, and that all listed co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the article and agreed to its publication.

Where an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in an article of his/hers that has been published in UKRAINIAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, he/she has an obligation to promptly notify the editors and cooperate with them to correct the article or retract it as appropriate.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF REVIEWERS

UKRAINIAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY reviewers perform work for the journal on a volunteer basis. Given that most of these individuals are in full-time employment, their reviewing activities for Biological Bulletin of BCMSPU must, by necessity, not be their top priority. Reviewers are free to decline invitations to review particular manuscripts at their discretion, for example, if their current employment workload and/or other commitments make it prohibitive for them to complete a review in a timely fashion and to do justice to the task in the available timeframe. They should also not accept manuscript review assignments for which they feel unqualified.

Reviewers who have accepted manuscript assignments are normally expected to submit their reviews within three weeks. They should remove themselves from the assignment if it becomes apparent to them at any stage that they do not possess the required expertise to perform the review, or that they may have a potential conflict of interest in performing the review (e.g., one resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, institutions, or companies associated with the manuscript).

Privileged information or ideas obtained by reviewers through the peer review process must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents, and must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the UKRAINIAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY Editor.

When conducting their reviews, reviewers are asked to do so as objectively as possible, refraining from engaging in personal criticism of the author(s). They are encouraged to express their views clearly, explaining and justifying all recommendations made. They should always attempt to provide detailed and constructive feedback to assist the author(s) in improving their work, even if the manuscript is, in their opinion, not publishable.

Reviewers should identify in their reviews relevant published work that has not been cited by the author(s), together with any instances in which proper attribution of sources has not been provided. They should call to the responsible editor’s attention any major resemblances between a manuscript under consideration and other published articles or papers of which they are aware, as well as any concerns they might have in relation to the ethical acceptability of the research reported in the manuscript.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF EDITORS

The UKRAINIAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY Editor has ultimate responsibility for deciding if a manuscript submitted to UKRAINIAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY should be published, and in doing so is guided by the journal’s policies as determined by the UKRAINIAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The Editor may consult with the Associate Editor and other members of the editorial team, as well as with reviewers, in making publication decisions.

The editors will evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to the race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the author(s). They will not disclose any information about a manuscript under consideration to anyone other than the author(s), reviewers and potential reviewers, and in some instances the UKRAINIAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY editorial board members and the members of the UKRAINIAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY management team, as appropriate. Additionally, the editors will make every effort to ensure the integrity of the blind review process by not revealing the identity of the author(s) of a manuscript to the reviewers of that manuscript, and vice versa.

When evaluating a manuscript for publication, in addition to considering standard criteria pertaining to the rigor of the manuscript, the quality of its presentation, and its contribution to humanity’s stock of knowledge, the editors will also seek evidence that ethical harms have been minimized in the conduct of the reported research. They will question whether the benefits outweigh the harms in the particular study’s case. Since UKRAINIAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY welcomes the submission of manuscripts from any country, it is necessary to recognize that laws and regulations regarding research ethics and ethical approval vary worldwide. As such, the editors may need to seek clarification in this regard with the author(s) and request that they supply a letter from the relevant institutional ethics committee or board that approved the research.

The editors will be guided by CORE’s Guidelines for Retracting Articles when considering retracting, issuing an expressions of concern about, and issuing corrections pertaining to articles that have been published in AASRJ. They are committed to working closely with research organizations and institutions in line with CORE’s advice on Cooperation between Research Institutions and Journals on Research Integrity Cases

UKRAINIAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY is Open Access which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

Our website shows the Creative Commons sign and it is up to the Author if he/she wants to have his/her articles freely available or held back from being published. But, we must publish the Abstract online.