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Instructions for authors

Instructions for Authors

Types of Paper

The Journal welcomes only research articles and publishes peer-reviewed works. The articles have to be written in good English (both American and British usage are accepted).

Submission declaration

Submission of an article implies that the work has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis) and it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder. The publication is approved by all authors and by the responsible institute where the work was carried out.


The authors of an accepted article will be asked to complete a 'Journal Publishing Agreement'. Acceptance of the agreement will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information.


The manuscripts have to be submitted online on the journal’s website ( The submission is guided stepwise through the uploading of the necessary files. All necessary correspondence, including the notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, takes place by e-mail ( The journal does not have article processing charges (APCs) nor article submission charges.

Article structure

The article has to be divided into clearly defined sections (and subsections if needed) without numbering. The recommended structure is the following:

Abstract (brief summary of the article, not containing any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references, but the purpose of the research, the principal results and the major conclusions)

Introduction (providing an adequate background and describing the objectives of the work)

Study area (allocation and description of the study site)

Methods (providing the details of the applied materials and methods, to allow the work to be reproduced)

Results (the clear and concise presentation of research results)

Discussion (emphasizing the significance of research results; a combined Results and Discussion section is also appropriate)

Conclusions (short section describing the main conclusions of the study)

Acknowledgement (acknowledgements of people, grants, funds etc.)

References (list of references)

Formal requirements of submission

Title page

It should include the title of the research paper, the name(s) of the author(s) and their affiliation and e-mail address (Times New Roman 10 pt, single spaced). Furthermore, the telephone and fax number of the corresponding author is also required. Please provide and abstract of 150 to 250 words. Take care to make it stand alone, since it will also be presented separately from the article. Please provide 4 to 6 keywords that can be used for indexing purposes.


Manuscripts should be submitted in MS Word (.doc format) having at least 25.000 char with spaces, and be limited to 50.000 characters with spaces/7500 words. A font size of 10 pt Times New Roman and automatic line numbering is required. The text should be single spaced with 2.5 cm margins. Use professional help for language editing if English is not your mother tongue. Figure and table captions should be placed at the end of the manuscript after the references. Do not use footnotes.

Citation in the text:

Taylor (1998) demonstrated ...

Taylor et al. (1998) has recently shown...

The first results (Taylor 1998) showed ...

The phenomenon has been widely studied (Taylor, 1998; Smith et al., 2000; Smith and Osterkamp, 2011).

Please ensure that every reference, cited in the text, is also present in the list of references and vice versa. 


The list of references should be written in alphabetical order according to the following samples:

Journal article:

Lovelock, L. 2005. Cloud morphology. Weather Issues 34(2), 125–134.

Baude, M., Meyer, B.C. 2010. Changes of landscape structure and soil production function since the 18th century in North-West Saxony. Journal of Environmental Geography 3(1–4), 11–23


Kovács, E. 1998. Basics of Landscape Metrics. Blackwell, London, 356 p.

Book chapter:

Kovács, H. 2003. Historical floods. In: Szabó, Z. (ed.) Hungarian rivers. Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 345–367.

The title of the articles, written in any other languages than English, must be translated and the original language must be indicated in brackets. 

Pálfai, I. 2000. Inland excess water hazard and drought-sensitiveness in the Great Hungarian Plain. In: Pálfai, I. (ed.) A víz szerepe és jelentősége az Alföldön. A Nagyalföld Alapítvány Kötetei 6. Nagyalföld Alapítvány, Békéscsaba, 85–96. (in Hungarian)

Tables and figures

Figures must be submitted electronically in JPG, EPS or TIFF format. Use a minimum of 300 dpi resolution. Colour figures are accepted. Number all figures in the order they appear in the text and label the files according to these. Ensure that each illustration has a caption, and supply them separately, not attached to the figure!

Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text, too. Each table has to also have a caption. Place footnotes to tables below the table body and indicate them with superscript lowercase letters.

Necessary files before uploading

Cover letter (.doc file)

Title page (.doc file)

Manuscript text (.doc file)

Figures (.tiff, .jpg, .gif file)

Tables (.doc file)

All these files has to be zipped and uploaded in the editorial system. 

After acceptance

In case of articles accepted for publication, PDF proofs will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding author. Please list the corrections and return them in .doc format in an e-mail to Significant changes to the article, in the stage of ‘accepted for publication’, will only be considered with the permission of the Editor. Proofreading is your responsibility; in case of no response within a week, you proceed with the publication of your article. Language quality of individual articles is the responsibility of the author(s).