Author guidelines

Author guidelines

  1. Fragmenta Naturae (formerly Nature Journal) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal publishing original papers, short notes and reviews in the area of natural history and the life sciences.
  1. All submitted papers are subject to preliminary evaluation by Associate Editors, than are reviewed by at least one independent, anonymous reviewer. The final decision is made by the Editor-in-Chief.
  1. Articles are published in Polish and English with a Polish summary. Short notes are published in Polish only with both a Polish and English title.
  1. No submission charges are required for publishing in Fragmenta Naturae. Free access to the final PDF versions of articles is provided on the journal website.
  1. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to the Editor-in-Chief via e-mail (mazurmilosz[at] Files larger than 25MB (including photographs, figures, drawings etc.) should be sent via public Internet applications such as Google Drive or WeTransfer.
  1. Manuscript guidelines
  • All manuscripts should include Polish and English titles (if needed, the Editorial Office will take care of the Polish translation). Each author must provide his/her affiliation or mailing address as well as an e-mail address;
  • In the case of multi-author papers, the corresponding author should be appointed;or, if it is not indicated, then the Editorial Board will consider it to be the first author of the paper;
  • The manuscript should include a concise abstract and key words. This does not apply to short notes;
  • Please provide a concise, shortened title (up to 50 characters with spaces);
  • All graphs, figures, photographs etc. should be sent as separate files; and figure captions should be included at the end of the manuscript;
  • All tables and associated captions should be uploaded as separate files;
  • The manuscript and tables should be prepared in a Windows compatible format as a .doc, .docx, or .odt text file;
  • Photographs and graphics should be sent in .jpg or .tiff formats (without compression);
  • Manuscripts should be prepared using Times New Roman font, size 12 points, with a spacing of 1.5 lines;
  • All taxonomic names of the generic and lower ranks should be written in italics. Please do not use any other distinction in the manuscript.
  • All generic and lower-rank taxonomic names should be given at least once (at the first mention) in full name format with the naming author and description date;
  • References should list all works cited in the text, except in short notes (see below);
  • All photographs and graphs should be cited in the text. We do not recommended using images sourced from the Internet, unless the Author obtains a permission of the owner of the materials for their use;
  • Fragmenta Naturae is not responsible for any unauthorized use of materials by authors of submitted manuscripts;
  • The Editors reserve the right to correct linguistic errors and to shorten texts, as part of the editing process. In the event of substantial errors, that require re-drafting of the language throughout the text, this will be possible at the Author(s) expense, after prior consultation.
  1. Citation format
  • Citations in the text should be presented in chronological order separated by a comma, e.g.: (Nowak 1998, Mazur & Jasinski 2000, Nowak et al. 2001);
  • In the case of two authors, we use the conjunction “and” or “&” in English-language texts (Mazur and Jasinski 2000). In the case of three or more authors, we quote in the text – Nowak et al. 2001;
  • In situations where citing more than one paper of the same author, the citations should be presented in alphabetical and chronological order;
  • Where citating more than one paper by the same author published in the same year, these should be distinguished by lower-case letters entered after the year, e.g. (Trojan 1987a, 1987b);
  • The format for presenting the cited works in the References should be as follows:

Single article:

Masłowski A. 2010. Article title. Full name of the journal, 14(5): 25–36.

Masłowski A., Bednarski O. 2003. Article title. Full name of the journal, 8(5): 15–21.


Szujecki A. 1983. Book title. Publisher name, City.

Book chapters:

Mroczkowski M., Stefańska J. 1991. Coleoptera – chrząszcze, In: Razowski J. (Ed.), Wykaz zwierząt Polski. T. III, cz. XXXII / 22, 23: 1–56. Publisher name, City.

Works published on the Internet only with a DOI number (early access) are given with the online publication date:

Cordero-Rivera A. 2017. Phenotypic variability in Hemiphlebia mirabilis (Odonata: Hemiphlebiidae): insights into the origin of the discoidal cell in odonates. Austral Entomology. DOI: 10.1111/aen.12262

Internet resources

 Bourgoin Th. 2014. FLOW (Fulgoromorpha Lists on The Web): a world knowledge base dedicated to Fulgoromorpha. Version 8, updated 25 October 2014, accessed 25 October 2014.

In short notes references should be inserted in the main text, e.g.:

 According to last checklist of the weevils of Poland, more than 870 species of Curculionidae have been recorded so far (Wanat M., Mokrzycki T. 2005. A new checklist of the weevils of Poland (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea). Genus, 16 (1): 69–117). The new species presented below…

Works written in non-Latin alphabet (Cyrillic, Sanskrit, Persian, Asian alphabets, etc.) should be transliterated in the References into the Latin alphabet (if such a form was included in the original publication) with a note of the original language at the end of the reference:

 Ter-Minassian, M. E. 1988. Zhuki-dolgonosiki podsemejstva Cleoninae fauny SSSR. Kornevyje dolgonosiki (triba Cleonini). Nauka, Leningrad, 234 pp. (in Russian)

Sanaei E., Seiedy M. 2015. Faunistic study of the family Apionidae (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea) in Taleghan City (Alborz Province) with introducing of three new records for Iran. 1st Iranian International Congress of Entomology, 29–31 August 2015, s. 126. (in Persian)