Author Instructions

Guide for Authors

Horticultural Studies (HortiS) is a fully open access journal with free online access to all content. No page charges or publication fees are collected. There is no payment required at any stage of the article publishing process. Manuscripts, which report novel information, beyond simply representing a confirmation of previously published work. Manuscripts must not exceed 20 pages, including tables, figures, and reference list.

Preparation of Manuscripts for Submission

All pages and lines should be numbered. The articles should be written in A4 size, single column, 12 point in Arial font and double line spacing. 2.0 cm margin must be left from the top, bottom, left and right sides of the page. All headings and paragraphs must be left-justified and one line space between paragraphs must be left.

Submission of an article implies that the presented work and results have not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere, and that its publication is approved by all authors. All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest.

Abstract should not exceed;

300 words in Manuscripts, and

Three to five key words (not existing in the title) should be listed below the abstract.

Main document is usually divided into following sections:

  • Introduction;
  • Materials & Methods;
  • Results & Discussion;
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgements;
  • References




The 7th Edition of APA Citation guidelines should be used. You can use the following guide for reference formatting: clicking this link

References in the text examples:

“caused (James, 1999).”

“Davies and Kempton (1975) have expressed………”

“……..…gradually increases (Ho et al., 1983; Cullingham and Barta, 1994).”

“…………is expressed (Doi, 1990a, b).”


Acquaah, G. (2008). Horticulture: Principles and Practices (4th Edition). Pearson, p. 760, Upper Saddle River, N.J.

Chapter in Book:

Baysal, Ö., Teixeria da Silva, J. A. (2006). Induced Resistance: A New Approach in Plant Protection for Floriculture and Ornamental Plants. pp. 231-237. In: Teixeria da Silva, J. A. (ed.), Floriculture, Ornamental and Plant Biotechnology Advances and Topical Issues. Global Science Books, UK.

Journal Paper:

Aydinşakir, K., Erdal, Ş., Büyüktaş, D., Baştuğ, R., & Toker, R. (2013). The influence of regular deficit ırrigation applications on water use, yield, and quality components of two corn (Zea mays L.) genotypes. Agricultural Water Management, 128:65-71.

Conference Proceedings:

Tepe, A., Gözen, V., Ünlü, A., Boyacı, H.F., & Topçu, V. (2013). Performance of some eggplant genotypes under cold stress. International Plant Breeding Congress, 10-14 November 2013, Antalya/Turkey, p:510.


FAO (2011). Agricultural Production Data. Date accessed: February 06, 2014.


Huang, Y. (2013). Impact of Banana (Musa acuminata) ripening on resistant and non-resistant starch using hot-air and microwave drying. MSc Thesis, McGill University, Montreal.


Authors are requested to identify all sources of financial support for the presented research.

Title Page

  •  Authors' full names, with an asterisk after the name of the corresponding author
  •  Authors' affiliations and postal addresses, including e-mail address of the corresponding author
  •  ORCİD Links of the authors must be written.
  •  Phone numbers of corresponding author


Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, ...), with each table presented on a separate sheet. Title of the table should be written on top of the table. Descriptions about table items should be placed at the bottom of the table and marked with an asterisk. Tables should be prepared in regular MS Word format (i.e., tables submitted as a figure or manually written will not be accepted)


Figures should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, ...), with each figure presented on a separate sheet. Title of the figure and descriptions about figure items should be placed at the bottom of the figure.

  •  Tables and Figures can be cited in the text consecutively.
  •  Tables and Figures should be embedded in the manuscript document, and provided at the end of the document. Original files should be also uploaded separately through the online submission system.
  •  Figures should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

Copyright Release Form

During the submission process, authors will be directed to download and complete a ”Copyright Release Form’’ to be signed by the all authors.

The author(s) warrant(s) that:

  •  The manuscript submitted is his/her/their own original work;
  •  All authors participated in the work in a substantial way and are prepared to take public responsibility for the work;
  •  All authors have seen and approved the manuscript as submitted;
  •  The manuscript has not been published and is not being submitted or considered for publication elsewhere;
  •  The text, illustrations, and any other materials included in the manuscript do not infringe upon any existing copyright or other rights of anyone.
  •  Horticultural Studies has unlimited, worldwide, irrevocable, royalty-free right to publish, use, distribute, license, transmit, display, exhibit, record, store, translate, digitize, broadcast, reproduce and archive, in any format or medium, whether now known or hereafter developed.

Manuscript Submission

In case of resubmitting rejected manuscripts in Horticultural Studies:

Authors must clarify their changes in the Cover Letter, including point-by-point responses to the reviewers' comments. Otherwise, the manuscript will be rejected directly.

Submission of all types of manuscripts to Horticultural Studies is completely managed online, via the Online Submission & Review System. During the submission process, authors will be guided step-by-step while uploading all required documents and information. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, is sent by e-mail.

Authors that have submitted manuscripts to Horticultural Studies may be asked to be reviewers in the future.


Double-blind review system with at least two reviewers is used to evaluate manuscripts for publication. Editors have the right to reject the manuscripts without peer-review when the manuscript:

a) is on a topic outside the scope of the Journal,

b) lacks technical merit,

c) exhibits narrow regional scope and significance,

d) presents conflicting results,

e) is poorly written,

f) represents a case of scientific misconduct,

g) When the journal is overburdened with too many submissions, editors have right to reject manuscripts without peer-review based on their perceived merit.


Submission checklist

Please carefully check this list not to lose your time:

  • First and/or corresponding author do not have any accepted manuscript in Horticultural Studies within the last 12 months.
  • In case of resubmitting rejected manuscripts in Horticultural Studies, changes and point-by-point responses to the reviewers' comments are provided in Cover Letter section
  • Copyright Release Form is enclosed, completed and signed by the all authors (in pdf or jpeg format)
  • Title, Abstract and Key Words are provided
  • Abstract does not exceed 300 words
  • Three to five key words (not presented in the title) are listed below the abstract.
  • Spelling and grammar checks have been completed
  • Main document is 2.0 spaced throughout, with 20 mm margins including Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and References
  • Font and font size is 12 pt Arial, double spaced throughout the manuscript
  • All abbreviations and acronyms are defined at first mention
  • Main document does not contain names and institutions (in line with the double blind review system)
  • Title page contains names of authors, written in full (NOT abbreviated)
  • Title page contains authors address(es), provided in English
  • ORCID links are added to the title page.
  • Acknowledgements are provided on the title page
  • The percent sign appears without a space after the number (e.g., 53%) and not before (e.g., NOT %53)
  • Decimals are indicated by decimal points and not by commas (e.g., 10.24 NOT 10,24)
  • "/" should not be used (1.42 g cm-3 should be written instead of 1,42 g/cm3)
  • Latin terms such as species’ names are in italics (e.g., Oncorhynchus mykiss)
  • Degree symbols are inserted from the Symbols menu, and are not superscript letter 'o' or number '0'
  • Multiplication symbol is used (×) and not small "x" letters
  • Significant level symbol; ‘P< or P>’ is in italics and upper case
  • High quality figures are enclosed (if any)
  • Figures are referred to consecutively in the paper (if any)
  • Tables are referred to consecutively in the paper (if any)
  • Unpublished references (project reports, etc.) are not referred to or cited
  • References are listed in alphabetical order in the style shown in the instructions
  • References are cited in the text according to APA-6
  • DOI Links of references are indicated (if available)
  • Full names of journal titles are provided in the reference list (NOT abbreviated)
  • Sections are not numbered
  • Tables and figures, if applicable, must be included in the main document. They are also uploaded separately via online submission system.
  • Reviewer suggestions are provided in the cover letter


Changes to authorship

Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal Editor. To request such a change, the Editor must receive the following from the corresponding author: (a) the reason for the change in author list and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed.

After Acceptance

Once the manuscript is accepted for publishing in Horticultural Studies, authors will receive an e-mail notification with all necessary information on further steps in publishing process. Accepted manuscript can be tracked via the link that will be sent by email. Early View proof will be provided for corrections, before the paper is published in its final form.

Authors should indicate all corrections on the paper published as Early View by sending all comments by email to

Author rights

Authors of published articles (and/or their employers or institutions) are not allowed to reuse published works without permission.