Author guidelines & Copyright Notice

Before submitting your manuscript, please read the instructions for authors to ensure that your manuscript meets the requirements.

1) General information

Authors are responsible for formatting their own manuscripts as a condition for acceptance. Submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to the guidelines.

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All manuscripts accepted for publication will undergo copyediting. In order to guarantee its quality standards IVES asks the authors to pay attention to the instructions and to the quality of the English language in particular. As has been the case all articles will be proofread by a native English copy-editor. Starting in 2021, fees due to the English correction exceeding 200 Euros will be charged to the authors.

2) Format and language

  • Document format: word (.docx) with line numbers.
  • Language: English (UK) only.

3) Sections

When submitting you are asked to classify your contribution according to the types of submissions accepted.

Categories of articles and maximum of words, figures and tables combined + references:

  • Original papers: 9,000 words, 10 tables and figures combined + 60 references.
  • Research notes: 5,000 words, 6 tables and figures combined + 40 references.
  • Reviews: 12,000 words, 10 tables and figures combined + 80 references.
  • Mini-reviews: 5,000 words, 4 tables and figures combined + 50 references.
  • Short communications: 3,000 words, 6 tables and figures combined, describing work that may be of a preliminary nature but which merits immediate publication.
  • Opinions: viewpoints of about 1,200 words on any subject covered by the Aims and Scope, 4 figures and tables combined.
  • Letters: published from time to time on matters of topical interest or for response, 800 words, 2 figures and tables combined.
  • During submission, upload a cover letter (you can list preferred and non-preferred referees - not mandatory).

4) Chapters and keywords

  • Articles should be divided into 8 clearly defined sections
    • Abstract
    • Introduction
    • Materials and methods
    • Results
    • Discussion
    • Conclusion
    • Acknowledgements
    • References
  • Abstract must be presented in one paragraph with a maximum of 350 words. Do not structure the abstract in "aims, methods, results etc."
  • 7 keywords maximum, separated with commas.

5) Formatting and guidelines:

a) Headings

  • It is critical that you keep the same styles as defined in the guidelines.
  • The title of the article should have Title as style.
  • The titles of main chapters (Abstract, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgments, References) should have Heading 1 as style. (without number).
  • The subtitles should have Heading 2 as style. (e.g: 1. Heading 1 – with number).
  • The sub-subtitles should have Heading 3 as style. (e.g: 1.1. Heading 1.1 – with number).
  • The Figures and the Tables titles should have Heading 5 as style. (above figures, under tables).
  • The Figures and the Tables legends/footnotes should have Heading 7 as style (above figures and tables).
  • Everything else should have Normal as style.

b) Figures and tables

  • Figures should be high quality images (.JPG, .PNG) (minimum width 1400 pixels / 300 dpi).
  • Tables should not be images and should respect the template (at the end of the template).
  • Figures and Tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points.
  • Refer to them in the text of your article (e.g: Table 1, or Figure 1, or Figure 1A)
  • Figures and tables (excel file) can also be uploaded separately.

c) Symbols and Italics

  • Latin words must be written in italics. (e.g: Vitis vinifera)
  • For special signs, do not use Symbol or Wingding (etc.) fonts: only Times New Roman (also for tables).
  • A non-breaking space is needed before % and units or = or any symbol. (eg: n = 8 110 %, 10 gL-1, p-value > 0,1)

d) Equations

  • Mathematical formulas can be inserted using the equation editor anywhere in the body of the article. They can also be inserted as images, but only in the cells of a table.

e) Bibliography

  • Authors are responsible for crosschecking their citations against their bibliographies.
  • Include a bibliographical list of all cited references labelled “References” starting on a new page after the main text.

f) How to format your references?

  • APA Style is mandatory (7th edition)
  • In the body of the text, bibliographic references should be listed like this:
    • (Name1 et al., 2019; Name2 et al., 2019)
    • (Name1 and Name2, 2017a; Name1 and Name2, 2017b)
    • If 2 authors only: (Name1 and Name2, 2019) – do not use &
    • According to Name et al. (2019)
  • In References, bibliographic references should be listed alphabetically and APA style is mandatory (with doi when available).

 They should be formatted like this:

    • Name, A. A, Name, B. B, & Name, C. C. (2010). Title of the document. Journal, 21(1), 57‑75. https://doi.org/xxxxxxxxxxx
    • Name, F. (2013a). Title of the document. Journal , 31(3), 466–467. https://doi.org/xxxxxxxxxxx
    • Name, F. (2013b). Title of the document. Journal, 16, 491-498. https://doi.org/xxxxxxxxxxx

6) Submission of a revised version

  • Authors must underline the modifications and send a revised manuscript within 3 months.
  • To submit a revised manuscript, upload your revised submission to the submission system and include the following items (revisions section):
    • Response to reviewers: Address the specific points made by each reviewer. Include your responses to all the reviewers’ and editors’ comments. Upload this document as a “Response to reviewers” file.
    • Revised manuscript (marked-up copy): Include a copy of your manuscript file showing the changes you have made since the original submission. The best way to show these changes is the “Track Changes” option in Microsoft Word. Upload this as a "Revised article (with changes highlighted)” file.
    • Revised manuscript (clean copy): Upload a clean copy of your revised manuscript that does not show your changes. Upload this as “Article" file.

7) Supplementary data

Supplementary data are material relevant to the conclusion of an article that cannot be included in the final article. Supplementary data are peer-reviewed but not subedited. Authors are responsible for formatting them and must ensure that the style of terms conforms with the rest of the paper. Supplementary information must have a separate numbering system from the main article (e.g: 'Supplementary Table 1').

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