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Journal Title Abbrev.
J. Elem.
ISSN – 1644-2296
DOI: 10.5601

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Guidelines for Authors


Aims and scope

The Journal of Elementology (a quarterly) publishes original, experimental and clinical research papers as well as reviews concerning transformations of organic and mineral compounds. The research problems encompass organic and mineral compounds discussed from the angle of physiology, biochemistry and genetics; complex analyses and assessment of the conditions underlying biogeochemical cycles, symptoms of deficiencies and excess of chemical elements as well as their antagonistic and synergistic interactions. The papers published in the journal discusses problems from the fields of medical and health sciences, forestry, veterinary medicine, natural sciences and chemical sciences.
The following scientific disciplines are assigned to the journal: environmental engineering, mining and energy; medical biology; pharmaceutical sciences; medical sciences; health sciences; forest sciences; agriculture and horticulture; food and nutrition technology; zootechnics and fisheries; security sciences; biotechnology; biological sciences; chemical sciences; earth and environmental sciences; veterinary medicine.

Published articles are grouped in 7 categories:

  • agriculture
  • biology and microbiology
  • animal bioengineering and fisheries
  • horticulture and forestry
  • medicine and veterinary medicine
  • environmental pollution and the natural environment
  • review papers

The following subjects are discouraged:

  • survey research
  • exclusive biometric tests, unless they also contain an analysis of the chemical composition (mineral and/or organic compounds)

Original and review papers should not exceed 30 000 characters with spaces; longer texts will incur an additional charge.

Open access

All papers which appear on the journal’s website  are accessible free of cost according to the ‘gold’ open access model, identical with the Creative Commons licence. The recognition of the authorship  rights – compliant with the same conditions according to licence 4.0  (also known as CC-BY-NC-SA), accessible at or in any other language version of this licence or any subsequent version of this licence issued by Creative Commons. Manuscripts submitted to Journal of Elementology should neither be published previously (also applies to preprints) nor be under consideration for publication in another journal.

Submission Process

All manuscripts must be prepared according to Template J. Elem. and should be submitted to the Editors through the website Journal of Elementology, by system “J.Elem. Manuscripts” having first registered the corresponding author of the manuscript.

Cover Letter

A cover letter must be included with each manuscript submission.

All cover letters are required to include the statements:

  • We confirm that neither the manuscript nor any parts of its content are currently under consideration or published in another journal.
  • All authors have approved the manuscript and agree with its submission to Journal of Elementology.

Manuscript Preparation

Research manuscripts 

A manuscript should be laid out in the English language as follows:

First site:

  • Title: The title of your manuscript (up to 150 characters including spaces) should be concise, specific and relevant.
  • Author list: Name and surname of the author(s).
  • Affiliations: The name of the scientific unit from which the paper originates.
  • Abstract: The abstract (1500 – 2000 characters including spaces) should contain: an introduction (brief), the aim of the research, methods, discussion of the results, conclusions. The abstract should be an objective representation of the article and it must not contain results that are not presented and substantiated in the main text and should not exaggerate the main conclusions.
  • Keywords: maximum 5 pertinent keywords specific to the manuscript yet reasonably common within the subject discipline.
  • At the bottom of page one, the following should be given: scientific or professional title of the author, name and surname of the corresponding author, detailed address for correspondence in the English language and the source of funding.

Research manuscript sections:

  • Introduction: The current state of the research field should be carefully reviewed and key publications cited. Please highlight controversial and diverging hypotheses when necessary. Finally, briefly mention the main aim of the work and highlight the principal conclusions.
  • Materials and Methods: Authors are obliged to provide a description of the research methods, research instruments, software and reagents they used with the details which will enable the replication of the course of their experiments. New methods and protocols should be described in detail while well-established methods can be briefly described and appropriately cited.
  • Results and Discussion: This chapter should contain a concise and precise description of the experimental results and their interpretation. The results should be discussed with the latest indexed literature from the last 10 years (recommended).
  • Conclusions: The conclusions should be an objective summary of the most important findings in response to the specific research question.

Back matter:

  • Supplementary Materials: Data should be rather deposited in repositories than submitted as supplementary materials with the source of their deposit. Supply all supplementary material in standard file formats.
  • Acknowledgments: In this section you can acknowledge any support given which is not covered by the author contribution or funding sections. 
  • Author Contributions: Individual contribution of authors should be specified in this section to give appropriate credit to each author. The following statements should be used “A.A. – methodology, A.C.X. – software (…)” For example: conceptualization; data curation; formal analysis; funding acquisition; investigation; methodology; project administration; resources; software; supervision; visualization; writing – original draft preparation; writing – review & editing (…). All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript.
  • Conflicts of Interest: Authors should disclose all financial connections, both of professional or personal nature, related to the submitted manuscript. In order to maintain the high scientific value of the publication, the authors are expected to be financially independent from producers and distributors of products, substrates and other materials used in the presented works. An appropriate author statement (e.g. The authors ensure that they have neither professional nor financial connections related to the manuscript sent to the Editorial Board) should be provided.
  • References: References should be ordered alphabetically but not numbered, prepared according to the Harvard UL Style (EndNote) or University of Limerick (Cite in Right) – Harvard (Zotero).

They should be formatted as follows: Surname, First Name Initial, (year of publication), ‘Title of the paper’ full title of the journal (italics), volume (issue): pages from – to. If the cited paper has a DOI number or an online link, it must be given at the end of a reference, e.g. Brucka-Jastrzębska, E., Kawczuga, D. (2011) ‘Level of magnesium in tissues and organs of freshwater fish’, Journal of Elementology, 16(1), 7-19, available: or…).
We do not cite textbooks, conference proceedings, non-reviewed papers in the articles; refrain from using commercial and brand names; indexed literature from the last decade prior to the submission of the paper is preferred.


The References section must be the last section in the attached manuscript file.

Review manuscripts

Review manuscripts should comprise the front matter, literature review sections and the back matter. The template file can also be used to prepare the front and back matter of your review manuscript. It is not necessary to follow the remaining structure.

At the bottom of page one, the following should be given: scientific or professional title of the corresponding author, name and surname of the author, detailed address for correspondence in the English language and the source of funding.

Acronyms/Abbreviations/Initialisms should be defined the first time they appear in each of three sections: the abstract; the main text; the first figure or table. When defined for the first time, the acronym/abbreviation/initialism should be added in parentheses after the written-out form.

SI Units (International System of Units): Units of measurements should be given in the SI system, for example mmol(+) kg-1; kg ha-1; mol dm-3; g kg-1; mg kg-1 (elemental forms should be used).

Preparing Figures, Schemes and Tables

  • Tables and figures should be placed in the main text near to the first time they are cited.
  • At the top, to the right of a table, the following should be written: Table and table number in Arabic figures; underneath, the title of the table adjusted to the center of the paragraph.
  • Numerical values should consist of five characters (e.g. 346.5, 46.53, 6.534, 0.653).
  • Underneath a figure, on the left-hand side, the following should be written: Figure and number of the figure in Arabic figures, description of the figure. A caption on a single line should be centered.

Editorial Procedures and Peer-Review

The Editors reserve the right to correct and shorten any submitted manuscript. Any major changes in the text will be agreed on with the Author(s).

Authors/Reviewers accept full liability in respect of any claims, editorial errors (independent from the Editors of the Journal of Elementology), including the payment of fees, fines, compensation, etc., lodged by thrid parties with the Editors of the Journal of Elementology and arising from the pursuit by third parties of the said claims in connection with the downloading and use of materials (contents, diagrams, data, affliations, etc.) indicated by Authors/Reviewers to be used on the websites of the Polish Magnesium Society ( and the Journal of Elementology (, serving as the source of downloading of these materials.

After the manuscript has been reviewed (minimum two Reviewers), the Author is obliged to make the corrections in the electronic system of the Journal of Elementology and save the corrected manuscript file with the Reviewer’s remarks considered.

Authors are expected to respond within month to any request or message addressed to them by the Editors of the Journal of Elementology and posted in the system “J. Elem. Manuscripts” Should they fail to do so, the submitted manuscript will be deleted from the system “J. Elem. Manuscripts” database.

Plagiarism is not acceptable in Journal of Elementology submissions. Plagiarism includes copying text, ideas, images, or data from another source, even from your own publications, without giving any credit to the original source. All manuscripts submitted to the System J. Elem. are subject to plagiarism detection measures with the anti-plagiarism software

The post-publication evaluation of an article is achieved through its citation in other articles included in the Web of Science Core Collection (WoS CC). This is how the author can help to raise the impact of the journal and own research.

If the manuscript is rejected for publication by at least one of the reviewers, it will not be published. However, should the author take into account all the remarks of the reviewers and revise the manuscript accordingly, it can be submitted for publication as a new manuscript and evaluated by reviewers, provided the Editors of the Journal of Elementology approve of it.

Manuscripts not prepared in accordance with the Guidelines for Authors of Journal of Elementology will be returned to the Author(s) without quoting any reason.

The Editors of the Journal of Elementology kindly inform that:
Preparation of a manuscript for publication (including figures, photographs and tables) up to 30 000 characters with spaces costs 300 € + VAT; for every started 1 000 characters with spaces in excess of the limit an additional charge is 20 € + VAT

Address of the Editors of the Journal of Elementology
Journal of Elementology
University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn
Oczapowskiego Street 8/202, PL 10-719 Olsztyn, Poland
phone: +48 (089) 523 73 33; +48 (089) 523 32 31 |

Subscription to the Journal
150 PLN + VAT annually per 1 set (4 copies) + 25 PLN + VAT postage Fees should be sent to the following account of the UWM in Olsztyn
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additionally including 52.890.001-500