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Guidelines for authors

Speleogenesis and Evolution of Karst Aquifers is an online scientific journal that publishes review articles, research papers, book reviews and views on the origin and development of solution caves and related aspects of speleology, karst hydrogeology and evolution of karst.

Manuscripts should be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English may wish to seek a preliminary review by English- speaking colleagues before submitting their manuscripts.

On submission, contributions will be subject of peer-review. The editors retain the right to decline contributions or request changes according to reviewers' advice.

When the manuscript is accepted for publication, the author(s) will be asked to grant the publisher the rights for the following use of the materials: "Non-exclusive, online and archival rights for publication on Speleogenesis and Evolution of Karst Aquifers (www.speleogenesis.net)". It is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission where necessary from copyright holders to reproduce all material submitted to publication.

Publication of original contributions in the Journal of Speleogenesis and Evolution of Karst Aquifers does not preclude publication of the same material elsewhere.

Preparation of the text

The manuscripts should be prepared in a word processor and saved as MS Word (.doc or .rtf) files. Papers and articles are recommended not to exceed 4 000 words, 20 000 signs, although longer contributions may also be considered. Paragraph formatting should be left-alligned, with no indentation or tabulation. Single spacing should be used, with a Times New Roman 11 font and wide margins. The text should not include footnotes and embedded illustrations. The use of S.I. units is recommended.

The title page should include the name(s) of the author(s), their affiliations and e-mail addresses. Please, consult and follow the model for the title page and preparation of the text from papers published in recent issues of the journal. In case of more than one author, indication should be made to whom the correspondence should be addressed. The paper should include an abstract of no more that 500 words, followed by keywords in the next line.


The reference list should include all the references made in the text and be in alphabetical order. The following format should be used for respective kinds of sources:

Surname, A., Surname, B. and Surname, C. 2000. Title of journal article. Journal title 1(1), 1-11.

Surname, A. 2000. Title of chapter in a book or congress proceedings. In: Surname, A. (Ed.), Title of book or congress. City, Publisher, 1-11.

Surname, A. 2001. Book title. City, Publisher, 11 p.

Surname, A. 2002. Title of doctoral thesis or report. Doctoral Thesis University of Kiev, 111 p.


Tables should be submitted in separate files and should be numbered according to their sequence in the text. Please, keep the structure of table as simple as possible.


All illustrations should be numbered consecutively and referred to in the text. Drawings should be lettered throughout, the size of the lettering being appropriate to that of drawings. Please take into account the possible need for reduction in size and consider the page format of the Journal in designing the drawing. Photographs must be clear, sharp and contrast. Illustrations should be provided in electronic form. Bitmap images should be supplied in TIFF (please, use LZW compression on saving) or JPG format, grayscale (8bit) or paletted (8bit), resolution of 300dpi when picture in scale 1:1. Vector pictures should be in CDR (please, save as Corel Draw 8 version), AI or EPS formats and writings in Arial, Times New Roman or Serif.

Figure captions should be supplied in a separate file, and also inserted in the main text in desirable places, being separated by an additional space from the paragraphs above and below.

Submission of manuscripts

As a rule, manuscripts should be submitted in electronic form via e-mail or on CD or 3.5" diskette. All the materials should be prepared in the IBM-compatable formats, and diskettes formatted with MS-DOS. The main text, tables, figures and figure captions should be stored in separate files with clearly identifiable file names. If the material includes illustrations exceeding 1Mb in size, or the combined size of illustrations exceeds 2Mb in size, they should be submitted on a CD-disk, not via e-mail.

It is also possible to submit manuscripts in paper form, with quality illustrations on paper suitable for scanning, although the main text and tables must be supplied on a diskette as MS Word files.

Manuscripts should be submitted to:

Alexander Klimchouk,
Ukrainian Institute of Speleology and Karstology,
Taurida National University,
4 Vernadsky Prospect, Simferopol, 95007
E-mail: klim@speleogenesis.info
Phone: +380-4473-30194; Fax: +380-44-5128283

The model for the title page and preparation of the text

Title (In Times New Roman, 14 point, centered)


A. Author(1) and B. Author(2)

(authors: Initials and (first) surname in Times New Roman 12, bold, indicating by number in superindex the reference of the Investigating Institution)


(1) Name and address of the Investigating Centre, with e-mail address in Times New Roman 10, italic
(2) idem


Abstract: Articles and papers must include an abstract in English. This abstract should describe the essential features of the investigation and summarise its main methodological aspects, results and conclusions, with a maximum length of 500 words. It should be printed in Times New Roman 9 with single spacing.


Key words: include a maximum of 5 key words in English, in Times New Roman 9


1. Introduction (Times New Roman 12, bold)

Paragraph formatting should be left-aligned, with no indentation or tabulation. Single spacing should be used, with a Times New Roman 11 font. The text should not include footnotes and embedded illustrations. Please end paragraphs with hard return and make no additional space between paragraphs.
Bibliographic references in the text should adopt the following format: Author (1999), (Author, 1999), Author and Author (1999), (Author and Author, 1999), Author et al. (1999), (Author et al., 1999). References to illustrations (drawings, photos) should be made as Figure 1, Figure 2, etc., and to tables as Table 1, Table 2, etc.

2. Section (title)

2.1. Sub section (Times New Roman 11, bold)

3. Section (title)

X. Section (title)

XX. Conclusions (or Final Considerations)