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Submission Preparation Checklist

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.
  • All co-authors have approved the present version as ready for submission and agreed to co-authorship.
  • You own the copyright to all text and illustrations, or have obtained permission and have a written proof of it.
  • Illustrations (diagrams, figures, photographs, plots) are being submitted as files separate from text, and fulfilling the requirements mentioned in the Authors' Guidelines with respect to design, quality and file format.
  • Spell checking and grammar checking has been done on the text, and if needed, the text edited by a native English speaker or someone with excellent command of the English language.
  • You have provided DOIs for cited articles, book chapters and books, if they are available, and ISBNs for books. (Be aware that almost all old articles available on-line have been assigned DOIs retrospectively.)
  • The contribution is original (has not been published elsewhere neither in part or in whole), or if not original the original publication details are given in the message to the editor, including DOI and/or ISBN, and URL.
  • The user profile for each author includes their ORCID and valid affiliation and contact information.
  • In the case of PhD thesis abstracts, or ESR exchange-visits' reports, a short bio statement is included for each author.

Author Guidelines


The language of the Bulletin is English, but authors at their discretion may provide an exact translation of the Abstract in their native/local language. In the case of textual quotations, the inclusion of the quoted text in the original language, accompanied by a translation is preferred to the inclusion of the translation alone.

Guidelines for text

The text should be written clearly and concisely, using language that can be expected to be widely understood. Spelling should be thoroughly checked, and authors should have the text revised by a native speaker who is well-versed in academic writing so as to avoid delays in publication and/or rejection. In all cases, a semantic markup should be used instead of a visual markup: for example mark section headings as such, rather than using bold. Do not worry about how the text looks on your screen, just make sure that the logical order of heading levels is correct. Be aware that as typesetting is done by the editor, manuscripts will be returned to authors for editing if this requirement is not closely followed.

References, even if already included in the text, should also be submitted in a "database" format, preferably BibTeX, EndNote or RefMan, which are supported as an export format by most reference manager software. Bibliographic data must include DOI for articles and book chapters (and books if available) and ISBN for books. Be aware that many old articles have been retrospectively assigned DOIs. These retrospectively assigned DOIs can be found at the publishers web sites, like Springer Link, etc. They do not appear on the PDF files as they were not available at the time of printing, but instead they can be found in the page where the on-line abstract is displayed.

Acceptable file formats for body text: Submission of manuscripts should preferably be as Markdown, Rmarkdown, Rnw, LaTeX, open-doc,  MS-Word (.docx), HTML, or plain text. In the case of Rmarkdown (.Rnw) files, all R packages used should be provided, for example using packrat. For final publication, illustrations should be supplied as separate files (see below), which can be linked, but should not be embedded in MS-word files. Those graphs which are provided as source code in LaTeX, Rmarkdown or Rnw files are exempt from this restriction: in this case make sure that you have included all data files needed. More information about how Markdown fits into the production of the final page output is available at, but remember that we will take care of all steps after the writing of the .md markdown file. You need to submit only the .md file plus any illustrations to be included as separate files. A simple template is shown here

Guidelines for illustrations

Design of illustrations and sizing of their elements

Illustrations should be designed taking into account the text area for either single or double column inclussion in pages. All text and markings on illustrations should be present in the supplied files. Text on illustrations should use a san-serif font and the x-height should be at least 2.5 mm at the final published size. Colours should be chosen with care to ensure readability. The possibility of printing or photocopying in black and white, and discrimination of colours by readers with colour blindness, should be considered. For example, if using colours to indicate treatments, use an additional visual cue like symbol shape or line type to cater for these special cases.

Data plots: any designs that detract from visualization of data values are disallowed, including the use of 3D effects and shadows in bar plots. Pie charts are discouraged, as human beings are much worse at comparing angles than lengths, and allowed only with at most 5 slices per pie. Actual axes, or a box formed by the axes, and possible a grid when useful, are allowed. However, scatter plots, bar plots, histograms, and other plots should not the enclosed in extraneous additional boxes or use background colours or graying outside the plotting area. Axes should be labelled with the name of the displayed quantity followed by units enclosed in parentheses. Be aware that the scale and units should match the tick labels, i.e. even if logarithm based distances are used along an axis, if tick marks are given in the original units, "log" should not the mentioned in the axis label. Axis limits close to zero, but not quite at zero should be always extended to zero. It is preferible to use sparse tick labels along axes, in our view including more than five tick labels is in most cases of no help, or detrimental by making plots cluttered. One last point is toalways be careful when checking for possible overlap between figure elements which could hide observations or labels.

Accepted files formats

Illustrations embeded in PowerPoint, MS Word and similar application files are not acceptable unless accompanied by the same individual figures in separate files in one of the formats mentioned later in this section.

Vector graphics such as data plots, line diagrams, flowcharts, should not be submitted as bitmaps. Acceptable file formats for vector graphics: EPS (with embedded fonts), PDF (with embedded fonts), or svg. For online publication vector based formats yield smaller file size allow smooth re-scaling.

Illustrations like photographs, scanned handwriting or hand-drafted graphics are best submitted as high resolution bitmaps. Acceptable file formats for bitmaps are TIFF (16 bit or 8 bit), EPS, PDF, PSD (photoshop), png, jpeg (highest available quality for compression). If the original graphic fails to meet the desired resolution or quality, do not attempt to nominally fulfill the requirements, just submit the originals and they will be used at the size that their quality allows. Please, aim to submit bitmaps that have a resolution of 300 dpi to 600 (dots per inch) at the size the figure will be printed. For composite figures comprising several bitmaps, a single combined bitmap prepared by the authors should normally be submitted instead of several individual images. Of the compressed file formats use .png whenever the bitmap contains a discrete number of colours or shades of grey.

Every illustration should have a caption. In every data plot the units of expression should be clearly shown, and if error bars are included, it should be clearly explained what they represent.

Permissions for use of illustrations

Before publication authors should make sure that: 1) either they own the copyright, and that any earlier transfer of copyright to other parties, allows publication under the chosen CC licence for the article, 2) that for every photograph not taken in a public place, authorization in writing for publication has been obtained, 3) if the illustration is already publicly available under a compatible licence this should stated, and the original author named in the legend, 4) that any reuse of data has been explicitly authorized in writing or is allowed by the licence used in the original publication. Payment of any damage or costs, including all legal costs, incurred by the UV4Plants association caused by authors’ failure to comply with these requirements will be the full responsibility of the authors.

From the president

Letter from the president of the UV4Plants Association.


Short news bits. Conference announcements, Teaching-event announcements, Prizes and other honors awarded, Major funding opportunities, New products. Reviewed by section editor.


a) Commentary- and opinion papers refering to other published articles in the UV4Plants Bulletin or elsewhere, including responses to earlier articles in this section. b) Presentation of new ideas or hypotheses for open debate. c) Opinions on science policy and other broader issues affecting research or reseachers working on the responses of plants to UV radiation. Peer reviewed.Reviewed by section editor. d) Short reports from participants on the highlights from major conferences, workshops and similar events. 

Meet a member

Short profiles of members of the UV4Plants Association

Reports on UV4Plants' members activitities

Reports on UV4Plants activities such as workshops, training schools, conferences, etc. 


Articles within the scope of the journal not matching any of the other sections of the Bulletin. Peer reviewed.

Historical account

Historical accounts about UV-related research and researchers. Peer reviewed.

Applications in industry

Articles within the scope of the journal related to applications and use of UV radiation in horticulture, farming and other related industries, and the equipment and facilities used.  Peer reviewed.

Teaching and popularization

Articles on how to teach to students at any level and/or communicate to the general public research results and their implications. This section is not suitable for actual didactic material and popularization articles themselves. Peer reviewed.


Artcles on experimental and data analysis methods of interest for UV researchers. Peer reviewed.


Tutorials on methods and protocols used in research on the responses of plants to UV-radiation, even if not specific to this type of research. Usually step-by-step and complete enough to be used as "recipies".

Research profile

Profiles describing current projects and interests of researchers and research groups, or accounts of the career of notable researchers. Submissions in this section can follow one of three different patterns: a) an independent author interviews the subject of the article, b) an independent author writes the account and c) the subjects of the profile article write the articles by themselves. Peer reviewed.

Doctoral thesis abstracts

Abstracts of doctoral theses recently defended will be reproduced unchanged from those submitted with the thesis to the univeristy where the degree was awarded. Thesis subject must be within the scope of the UV4Plants Bulletin. If the thesis has been assigned an ISBN and or DOI, these should be provided together with the full bibliographic information. For unpublished theses or monographs, if deposited on-line a DOI or handle or URL should be provided. Date and place of defence, university, department or faculty, and supervisors names should also be included. The abstract should uploaded as a file. A short abstract, of at most 100 words, should be entered in the abstract field and will be used for indexing and on-line display.

Book and software reviews

Reviews of recently published books by an independent author. (Short summaries of books written by book publishers, authors or editors should be submitted as News.) Reviewed by section editor.

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