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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references are provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • Illustrations, figures, and tables are submitted as supplementary files and their approximate location in the text is marked; references are written in a separate section at the end of the paper.
  • If the contribution was part of a project funded by the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, both the title and ID of the project is stated in the paper under Acknowledgements.
  • Summaries are written in two languages (a) English, (b) Serbian (exceptionally in English alone if none of the authors is Serbian-speaking).

Author Guidelines

Manuscript submission


To be published in Pesticidi i fitomedicina (Pesticides and Phytomedicine), an article must be based on original scientific results that have not been previously published and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Review articles should contain a comprehensive survey of a particular subject based on referenced literature and published results of the author(s) own research. All contributions are peer reviewed in a double blind process.

A click on ”submit a manuscript” on the left-hand side of the journal home page in SCIndeks Assistant will lead users to a registration page and further on into a guided process of electronic manuscript submission. Serbian authors are requested to fill out the application form in both English and Serbian. Each visual or graphic item (table, chart, diagram or photo) should be submitted as a separate (supplementary) file.

Authors need NOT specify keywords in their articles. They will be extracted and selected by the Editor-in-Chief from the KWASS thesaurus (dictionary), which will significantly improve article visibility. Authors are entitled to accept or change some of the keywords.


Manuscript preparation

The manuscript should be prepared in Microsoft Word (A4 format, all margins 25 mm, font Times New Roman 12 pt). Articles have to be written in the English language, and only the title and abstract in both English and Serbian (Serbian summary will be furnished by the copyeditor for foreign authors’manuscripts).

Title should be concise and refer to the subject. Full names and surnames of all authors, details of their respective affiliations and emails should be indicated below the title. If discrepancy in such data occurs between the textual document and submission metadata in Assistant, the former will be given precedence.

Abstract (not exceeding 300 words) should briefly state the main results and conclusions.

Articles should contain the following sections: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgement and References.

Introduction should present the state-of-the-art in a particular research field, as well as research intent.

Material and Methods should provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. Conventional methods should only be referenced.

Results should be presented in a logical order, clearly and concisely, using adequate tables and graphics. Avoid repetition of the results in tables and graphics, or in the text.

Discussion should emphasize the importance of the results, as well as their place within the context of previous research. Wherever possible, Results and Discussion should be separate sections.

Acknowledgement should be collated at the end of the manuscript before References.

References cited in the text need to include the author’s/authors’ surname(s) and year of publication:

• author, year;

• first & second author, year;

• first author et al., year.

References mentioned in the manuscript must be listed in the References section at its end, in alphabetic order and using the APA citation style (see description at e.g. https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/).

Journal references are required to contain the following information: name(s) of author(s), year of publication, title of article, title of journal, volume, issue number (unless pagination is continuous), pages (from-to) and DOI if available.

Dedić, B. (2012). Testing sunflower inbred lines for tolerance to phoma black stem. Pesticides & Phytomedicine, 27(4), 299-303. doi:10.2298/PIF1204299D

Abbaspoor, M. & Streibig, J.C. (2005). Clodinafop changes the chlorophyll fluorescence induction curve. Weed Science, 53(1), 1-9. doi:10.1614/WS-04-131R

Abbaspoor, M., Teicher, H.B. & Streibig, J.C. (2006). The effect of root-absorbed PSII inhibitors on Kautsky curve parameters in sugar beet. Weed Research, 46(3), 226-235. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3180.2006.00498.x

Books: name(s) of author(s) or editor(s), year of publication, title, place of publication and name of publisher.

Timbrell, J. (2000). Principles of biochemical toxicology (3rd ed). London, UK: Taylor and Francis Ltd.

Frank, R. H. & Bernanke, B. (2007). Principles of macroeconomics (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.

Saari L.L. & Thill, D.C. (Eds.). (1994). Resistance to acetolactate synthase inhibiting herbicides: Herbicide resistance in plants. Boca Raton, FL, USA: CRC Press.

Dissertations: author’s name, year of presentation, title, full name of the institution at which dissertation was defended.

Stepanović, M. (2012). Osetljivost izolata Alternaria solani (Sorauer) iz različitih krajeva Srbije na fungicide i rizik rezistentnosti. (Doktorska disertacija). Univerzitet u Beogradu, Poljoprivredni fakultet, Beograd.

Book chapters and articles in conference proceedings: author(s), year of publication, title of chapter/article/abstract, source title (with editors names), pages, place of publication and publisher.

Hammond, K. R. & Adelman, L. (1986). Science, values, and human judgment. In H. R. Arkes & K. R. Hammond (Eds.), Judgement and decision making: An interdisciplinary reader (pp. 127-143). Cambridge, England: Cambridge

University Press.

Edwards, J.P., Fitches, E.C., Audsley, N. & Gatehouse, J.A. (2002). Insect neuropeptide fusion proteins – A new generation of orally active insect control agents. In T. Margini (Ed.), Proceedings of the BCPC – Pests and diseases (pp. 237-242). Brighton, UK: University of Brighton Press.

Internet references: author(s), year of publication, title, source title, link.

Graora, D., & Spasić, R. (2008). Prirodni neprijatelji Pseudaulacaspis pentagona Targioni-Tozzetti u Srbiji. Pesticidi i fitomedicina, 23(1) 11-16. Retrieved from

Radunović, D., Gavrilović, V., Gašić, K., Krstić, M. (2015). Monitoring of Erwinia amylovora in Montenegro. Pesticides and Phytomedicine, 30(3), 179-185. doi 10.2298/PIF1503179R or http://www.pesting.org.rs/media/casopis/2015/no.3/30-3_179-185.pdf

Kerruish, R.M. & Unger, P.W. (2010). Plant protection 1 – Pests, diseases and weeds. Retrieved from APPS at  http://www.appsnet.org/Publications/Kerruish/PP1.pdf

Tables need to be numbered in Arabic numerals consecutively as they appear in text. Tables should be made exclusively in Word for Windows using the toolbar menu Table-Insert-Table, Times New Roman font, 12 pt, and single line spacing. Footnotes immediately below the table body should be given priority over other explanation in table header or in table cells, and text should be in Times New Roman font, 10 pt. Each table  must have a header. Tables should be submitted as supplementary (separate) files, and their approximate location in the text marked.

Graphs should be processed in Microsoft Excel and all data in Times New Roman font. Explanations should be provided in captions, consecutively and marked with Arabic numerals. Graphs should be submitted as supplementary files, and their approximate location in the text marked.

Diagrams should be processed in Corel Draw (version 9 or later) or in Adobe Illustrator (version 9 or later) and all data written in Times New Roman font. Diagrams should be submitted as supplementary files and their approximate locations in the text marked.

Photos need to be taken by digital camera (resolution at least 150 dpi, photo dimension A4, file format JPG or TIFF). If authors are unable to submit original photos, those should be scanned in RGB mode (colour) or as Grayscale (black and white), with 300 dpi resolution in original size. Photos need to be marked with Arabic numerals in consecutive order. Provide each photo with a caption, mark its approximate location in the text and submit it as a supplementary file.

Authors are expected to use the accepted International System of Units (SI). Abbreviations should be defined in brackets at their first in-text mention. Provide full Latin names along with common names of organisms, and italicize only Latin names of genera and species, e.g. Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). After first mention, the Latin name can be abbreviated (e.g. L. decemlineata).

Review articles need to contain an introduction, appropriate subtitles and a reference list.

Publishing in Pesticidi i fitomedicina (Pesticides and Phytomedicine) is free of charge.

Authors retain copyright, and all articles are licensed with the Creative Commons BY SA license (Attribution-Share Alike).

The editorial staff practice a policy of plagiarism prevention.


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