Author guidelines for the submission of manuscripts in Acta Biologica Universitatis Daugavpiliensis


Acta Biologica Universitatis Daugavpiliensis is an International peer reviewed scientific journal that welcomes original research papers, short communications or reviews on biodiversity and conservation biology with a priority studies on Eastern Europe, which are interesting to the International scientific community readership. Especially welcome work from PhD students and young researchers.

We aim to contribute to the biology field by sharing new theoretical and empirical studies in fundamental and applied science. The manuscripts should not be published, submitted or under review in any other journal, except in the form of conference abstracts.

Acta Biologica Universitatis Daugavpiliensis encourages to submit manuscripts as original research (up to 30 pages of A4 format), reviews (up to 6 pages of A4 format); short communications (up to 6 pages of A4 format). Longer manuscripts can be accepted for revision as an exception if authors can explain such necessity to journal editor-in-chief before manuscript submission.

Faunistic, floristic and mycological papers should include information about the distribution of the studied species, distribution of the newly found ones. The authors are kindly requested to respect and follow the recommendations and requirements of “The International Code of Zoological Nomenclature” (https://www.iczn.org/the-code/the-code-online/) and “International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants” (https://www.iapt-taxon.org/nomen/main.php). 

Manuscripts need to be written in clear English and sent by e-mail to the journal editorial board: papers@biology.lv

All manuscripts submitted are reviewed by at least two anonymous experts (reviewers). Based on the reviews, manuscripts will be considered in one of five categories: accept, minor revision, major revision, reject with resubmission or reject. Accepted manuscripts are sent to the authors for proofreading. Manuscripts, which are written in inadequate English, containing out-dated or irrelevant information, or failed to meet the author guidelines will not be accepted for publication in Acta Biologica Universitatis Daugavpiliensis.

Authors are publishing in Acta Biologica Universitatis Daugavpiliensis for free. Acta Biologica Universitatis Daugavpiliensis copyright belongs to the Institute of Life Sciences and Technology, Daugavpils University.  


Manuscripts are recommended to be structured in sections: Title, Authors full name, Abstract (no more than 300 words without spaces in English, Keywords (not exceeding the line’s length), Author’s information (affiliations, full addresses, email address of corresponding author), Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements, References, Appendix (optional).

Please follow the latest issue of the journal for manuscript formatting (https://du.lv/en/research/institutes/institute-of-life-sciences-and-technologies/issued-journal/acta-biologica-universitatis-daugavpiliensis/acta-biologica-universitatis-daugavpiliensis-archives/).

Text Format requirements: MS Word, Font: Times New Roman, Size: manuscript title 14, Authors 12, Abstract 10, Text title 11, text 10, Line spacing: single, blank line between paragraphs, no first-line indent.

Sub-titles in the paper should be separated by two intervals from the previous text, and by one interval from following text. They should not be numbered or marked in any other way.

The scientific names of species and genera are written in italics both in the text and in the paper title, whereas in the Reference entry, normal characters must be used. Names of authors and the year of taxa description should be written in sentence case everywhere in the text. Abbreviations that are not commonly known must be explained. The scientific name of a species or genus is to be followed by the full name of its author and the year of its description e.g.: Notiophilus aquaticus (Linnaeus, 1758) or Notiophilus germinyi Fauvel, 1863).


In the text, quotations should follow one of the models below: A. Barševskis (1999); (Barševskis 1999); (International … 1985); (Telnov & Kovalevsky 1996, Telnov et al. 1997). All the sources referred to in the text must be included in the References in alphabetical order, by the author(s) surname(s) or by the title (the first, second, third, etc. letter if the title).

Sample references

International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. 1985. 3rd ed., Int. Trust Zool. Nomencl., London: 1 – 3.


Alister D., Westcott M.N.D. 2003. Flax:The genus Linum. CRC Press, London. 90 pp.

Book chapter

Lawrence J.F., Newton A.F. 1995. Families and subfamilies of Coleoptera (with selected genera, notes, references and data on family-group names). In: Pakaluk J., Slipinski S.A. (eds.): Biology, Phylogeny, and Classification of Coleoptera. Papers Celebrating the 80th Birthday of Roy A. Crowson. Vol. 2. Muzeum i Instytut Zoologii PAN, Warszawa. Pp. 779 – 1006.

Journal article

With doi

Zartman C.E. 2003. Habitat fragmentation impacts on epiphyllous bryophyte communities in central Amazonia. Ecology 84: 948 – 954. https://doi.org/10.1890/0012-9658(2003)084[0948:HFIOEB]2.0.CO;2

Without doi

Kroes G. M.L.W., Loffler H.J.M., Parlevliet J.E., Keizer L.C.P., Lange W. 1999. Interactions of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lini, the flax wilt pathogen, with flax and linseed. Plant Pathology 48: 491 – 498.

References, which are not written in English, Swedish, French or German should be listed as follows

Barševskis A., Savenkovs N. 1992. Jaunas un mazpazīstamas vaboļu sugas Latvijas faunā (New and rare species of beetles in fauna of Latvia). Daba un muzejs 4: 17 – 19. (In Latvian; abstract in English).

Niewiadomska K. 2003. Parazyty ryb Polski (klucze do oznaczania) Przywry-Digenea (Polish fish parasites (identification key) flukes-Digenea. Polish Parasitological Society, Warszawa. 169 pp. (In Polish).

Sudarikov V.E. Shigin A.A., Kurockin J.V., Lomakin V.V., Stenko R.P., Jurlova I.I. 2002. Metacerkariji trematod – paraziti presnovodnih gidrobiontov centralnoj Rossiji (Metacercariae of trematodes – parasites of freshwater hidrobionts of Central Russia). Izdatelstvo Nauka, Moskva. 298 pp. (In Russian).

Internet source should be listed as follows

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) 2017. World meteorological organization guidelines on the calculation of climate normals. http://public.wmo.int/en/resources/meteoterm. [Accessed in 20.10.2022].


All pictures and graphs should be self-explanatory without reading the article text and should be at least 300 dpi resolution and should be sent as a separate file (tiff or jpg formats). Unclear, low-quality pictures will not be published.

Please provide the number and title of each figure in a text file.


Each table should be self-explanatory without reading the article text. Each table should be sent as a separate file. Please provide the number and title of each table in a text file.


Each table, picture or figure larger than 1 page should be included in appendix. Appendix numeration should be as follows: Appendix 1, Appendix 2 and so for.