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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 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Preparation of manuscripts

Authors are requested to examine a recent copy of Acta Agraria Debreceniensis and to follow the style of the published papers as closely as possible, saving alterations at later stages. Combine all parts of the manuscript in one Word file. Tables, figures, photos, etc. should be placed at the end of the manuscript, not in the text. Authors are requested to send the electronic version of the manuscript using the Submissions option of this website. Please follow the hyperlink here "Submit online" or on the top of this page and upload all of your manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen.


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Font: Times New Roman
No hyphenation at the end of rows, line spacing: exactly 11, the font size of the text of the paper should be 10, justified, 0.5 cm indentation of the first line.
Lists in the paper should be presented with numbering and bullets, 0.5 cm indentation.
Title of the paper: font size: 12, bold, center alignment.
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Summary: font size: 8, bold italic, capitals, center alignment.
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Summary text: font size: 8, italic, justified, 0.5 indentation of the first line of each paragraph.
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Keywords: maximum 5 words

The main chapters of the article:

This should indicate concisely (normally in less than 250 words) the scope and main conclusions of the paper. The summary does not need a heading. Please provide up to six additional key words in alphabetical order.
This should provide, succinctly, the current state of work in the relevant field and the reasons for carrying out the experiments, as well as a clear statement of the objectives.
Materials and methods
Commercial equipment and products used in experiments should be given as follows: product, company, city, country. Descriptions of all important details for materials and methods should be given in a logical order. Commercial products used in experiments should be given as follows: product, company, city (state), country.
All experiments should have adequate replication and where relevant, should have been repeated for confirmation. Data should be subjected to appropriate statistical analysis. All experiments must include adequate controls for comparison with the treatments.
These should be presented in an orderly fashion, making use of tables and figures where necessary. Material presented in tables should not be repeated in figures. All dimensions should be in scientific form (kg m-2). Other forms such as kg/m2 is not accepted.
Discussion should be presented separately from results, and it should be noted that simple restatement of results in it does not constitute adequate discussion. The discussion should be focused on the work presented, and its relationship with other relevant published work. It should not digress widely into general discussion of a research area, or into excessive speculation.

Each table should be self-explanatory and typed on a separate sheet with an appropriate caption. Tables should be referred to in the text with arabic numerals as, e.g. Table 1, etc. In the results section, do not state ‘Table 1 shows the results of a given test’---describe the results of the test and then indicate which table shows them. The description should not repeat the results of the table but can draw attention to particular or general features of them. Refer to tables in the sequence in which they are presented.

  • Everything that refers to tables must have a font size of 8.
  • If possible, the table should be 6 cm wide. If this is not possible, the table width should be 16 cm. Line thickness: 0.5 pt.
  • Table number above the table caption, italic.
  • Table caption above the table, bold, center alignment.
  • The source and note of the table should be placed under the table with normal font and left alignment.


These should be numbered in a separate series and referred to with arabic numerals in the text as, e.g. Figure 1, etc. Figure legends should be self explanatory and grouped together on a separate sheet. Subdivisions within figures should be labelled with lower case letters, e.g. a, b and c, etc. and these should also be used in the figure captions, footnotes and in the text. Photographs should be unmounted and have good contrast. Magnification should be shown by a scale or bar.

  • Everything that refers to figures (captions, number, words in the figure, data, source, notes, etc.) must have a font size of 8.
  • If possible, the figure should be 6 cm wide. If this is not possible, the figure width should be 16 cm.
  • The figure number should be in italic font and the caption in bold font (separated from each other with a colon), placed above the figure with center alignment.
  • The source and note of the figure should be placed under the figure with normal font and left alignment.

REFERENCES font size: 8, bold, capitals, left alignment. To be listed at the end of the paper.
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Reference text: font size: 8, normal, justified, 0.5 cm hanging indent.
All publications cited in the text should be presented in the list of references, arranged in alphabetical order.
Standard journal article
Mpelasoka, B. S., Behboudian, M. H., Dixon, J., Neal, S. M., Caspari, H. W. (2004): Improvement of fruit quality and storage potential of ‘Braeburn’ apple through deficit irrigation. Journal of Horticultural Science and Technology. 75: 615–621.
No author given
Anonymous (1947): The measurement of potato blight. Transactions of the British Mycological Society. 31: 140–1.[DOI]
Journal supplement
Grylls, N. E., Waterford, C. J. (1976): Transmission of the causal agent of chloris striate mosaic disease by insect injection and membrane feeding. Australian Plant Pathological Society Newsletter. 5 (Suppl. 1): 89.[DOI]
On-line journal
Gibbs, M. J., Ziegler, A., Robinson, D. J., Waterhouse, P. M., Cooper, J. I. (1996): Carrot mottle mimic virus (CMoMV): a second umbravirus associated with carrot motley dwarf disease recognized by nucleic acid hybridization. Molecular Plant Pathology. On-line [] 1996/1111gibbs.[DOI]
Books and ther monographs
Personal author(s)
Sutton, B. C. (1980): The Coelomycetes. Kew, UK: Commonwealth Mycological Institute. Editor, compiler, chairman as author
Palti, J., Kranz, J. eds (1980): Comparative Epidemiology. A Tool for Better Disease Management. Wageningen, the Netherlands: Centre for Agricultural Publishing and Documentation.
Chapter in a book
Jones, C. S., Smith, N., Brown, R. S. (1979): Biology of diseases caused by Botrytis spp. In: Smith N, Brown RS, eds. Diseases of Vegetables. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Scientific Publications, 40–49.
Dissertation or thesis
Lenné, J. M. (1978): Studies of the Biology and Taxonomy of Colletotrichum Species. Melbourne, Australia: University of Melbourne, PhD thesis.

Units and quantities
SI units are preferred. Others should be related to SI units at the first mention. Numbers preceding units should be written as numerals, those preceding other items up to nine should be spelt out, e.g. 8 cm, 2 days, nine fields, 10 leaves. Units should preferably be explicit, e.g. 1 g/L or g L^ –1 rather than 0.1% w/v. Whereas grams per litre can be indicated as g L–1, spores per litre is written as spores per L.

Latin binomials
Except in taxonomy papers, Latin binomial names are given without authorities.

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