About Current Issue Archive Guidelines for Authors Editorial Board
Manuscripts should be submitted by one of the authors by E-mail attachment to Only electronic Word (.doc, .docx, .rtf) files will be considered for publication. There is no page limit, but articles should be as concise as possible.
Manuscripts must not have been published elsewhere, nor considered for publication in another journal. The corresponding author must ensure that publication of the manuscript has been approved by all authors and that manuscripts originating in a particular institution are submitted with the approval of that institution, if necessary. An acknowledgement of receipt of the manuscript from a Managing Editor will establish the date of submission. Further correspondence and proofs will be sent to the corresponding author(s) before publication. Submission of a manuscript automatically allows for its editing.
All manuscripts should be written in English and, if possible, checked by a native English speaker in cases where the authors are not native English speakers.
By submitting their papers to Skvortsovia for publication, authors are agreeing to transfer their copyright to the publishers.
Review Process
All manuscripts will be subject to peer review. Manuscripts will be read initially by a subject editor and, if found appropriate, sent to peer-reviewers, whose identities will remain anonymous to the authors. The corresponding author can suggest up to three possible reviewers and the names of those to whom the manuscript should not be sent to.
Based on the recommendations of the reviewers, the Subject Editor will recommend one of the following actions:
  • Publish Unaltered
  • Publish after Minor Changes
  • Reconsider after Major Changes
  • Reject
Proofs will be sent to authors following acceptance. The proofs should be corrected and returned to the editor within 10 days of receipt. Major changes in proofs may result in the manuscript being treated as a new submission and will require that it be sent to reviewers for comment.
Manuscript Preparation
Manuscripts should use Times New Roman, font size 12, lines double spaced, pages numbered sequentially. Abbreviations should be specified, in parentheses, when first mentioned.
Authors must check the correct spelling of scientific names and authors before submission and abbreviate them to conform to Authors of Plant Names (Brummitt and Powell, Kew, 1992), International Plant Names Index (IPNI) (, and Index Fungorum ( Author names of all taxa at the rank of genus and below must be cited at first mention in the text, but not thereafter. Manuscripts should conform to the following structure.
Title page should include:
  • Title of the article
  • Name(s) of author(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Full mailing address and email address for the corresponding author
The manuscript must contain an abstract. The abstract should be self-contained, free of citations and abbreviations, and limited to 250 words.
A few keywords to be used for indexing purposes should be included immediately after the abstract, arranged in alphabetical order.
This section should be succinct, with no subheadings. It should provide a brief review of the relevant literature, where possible, and emphasize the contribution made by the current work.
Materials and Methods
This part should contain sufficient detail, so that all procedures can be repeated. It can be divided into subsections if several methods are described.
Units of measurement should be presented simply and concisely, using the International System of Units (SI).
This section may be divided by subheadings or combined with the Discussion.
If the discussion is brief and straightforward, this section may be combined with the Results section.
This section should clearly explain the main conclusions of the work emphasizing their importance and relevance.
Acknowledgements should be included at the very end of the paper, before the references, and may mention supporting grants and sponsors.
Authors are responsible for completeness and accuracy of references.
Within the body of the manuscript: References should be cited in the text using surnames of authors and years of publication, e.g., (Argus 1973) or Bromilow and Chamberlain (1997). Citation of publications with more than two authors should consist of the surname of the first author followed by 'et al.', e.g., Pettigrew et al. (2012). If there are references that are not uniquely identified by names and years, they should be followed by a, b, c, etc., for example, Sennikov (2009a, 2009b). References to unpublished material should not be included in the reference list but rather mentioned in parentheses in the text, providing names with initials for all authors; for a private communication the year should also be given, e.g., (K.R. Brown 2005, pers. comm.). Articles accepted for publication can be included in the list followed by 'In press.'
In the Reference section: The list of references should follow the text (after Acknowledgements) and be in alphabetical order by the family name of the first author. References with the same first author should be listed in the following order: papers with a single author in chronological order, then papers with two authors in alphabetical order by the second author, followed by papers with more than two authors in chronological order.
For abbreviations of journal and periodical publications follow BPH-2 (available free online at Serial titles not in BPH-s should be given in full.
Examples of bibliographic citations:
Steele, P.R. and Pires, J.C. 2011. Biodiversity assessment: State-of-the-art techniques in phylogenomics and species identification. Amer. J. Bot. 98: 415-425.
Sanz, J.M.C. and Rodriguez, P.M. 2012. Synopsis of Acalypha (Euphorbiaceae) of continental Ecuador. PhytoKeys 17: 1-17. doi:10.3897/phytokeys.17.3190
McCune, B. and Grace, J.B. 2002. Analysis of ecological communities. Gleneden Beach, Oregon: MJM Press.
Blench, R. 2007. The intertwined history of the silk-cotton and baobab. In: Van der Veen, M. (ed.), Fields of change: Progress in African archeobotany. Groningen: Barkhuis &Groningen University: 1-20.
Chappell, J., Takahashi, S., Green Hagen, B., Zhao, Y., O'Maille, P., Noel, J., and Coates, R. 2005. Unravelling the wizardry of terpene biosynthetic enzymes. In: Proceedings XVII International Botanical Congress, Vienna, Austria, 17-23, July, 2005: 206.
Kuzovkina-Eischen, Y.A. 2003. Stress tolerance and horticultural evaluation of the genus Salix. PhD Thesis, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, US
For websites, provide, when possible, author(s)/creator(s) of website; title; URL; date of creation, last modification, or revision; and access date, e.g.,
Stevens, P. F. (2001 onwards). Angiosperm Phylogeny Website. Version 12, July 2012, (accessed 16 Feb 2013).
A sample database citation:
The International Plant Names Index (IPNI). (accessed 16 Feb 2013).
Authors should include all figures and tables in the main file of the manuscript (rather than separate files). Authors of accepted articles will be asked to provide the source files of the figures, at which time each figure should be supplied in a separate electronic file. All figures should be cited in the paper in consecutive order. Figures must be supplied in conventional formats, such as CorelDraw, PowerPoint, Excel, Photoshop, TIFF, GIF, or JPEG.
Tables should be cited in consecutive order. Every table must have a title and descriptive legend.