Guidelines for authors


„Odonatrix” is a scientific journal solely dedicated to dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata). It publishes original articles, short notes and compilations presenting new data on distribution, ecology, biology, morphology, physiology and conservation of dragonflies. We also accept reviews, announcements of odonatological events and methodological papers.

We accept contributions prepared in Polish — with an abstract in English, as well as papers in English and German — with an abstract both in English and Polish. For foreign authors, the translation of the abstract into Polish language can be provided by the editorial board.

Original articles are peer-reviewed by two reviewers experienced in the particular field of study. Reviewing process is a single-blind review. The list of the reviewers is published once a year on the journal's website. The conditions of acceptance are: 'spell checked' and 'grammar checked' body of the manuscript, technical and scientific merit, obtaining two positive reviews, taking the possible comments made by editor and/or reviewers into account and submission of a declaration confirming the originality of work with indication of each author's contribution to the paper. The manuscripts with negative reviews will be rejected.

Other contributions are not peer-reviewed, but they may be modified in agreement with the author(s) before the final publication, provided the contribution needs scientific, technical, linguistic or grammatical corrections.

In the manuscript the generic and species name must be used at least once in the full form with an author citation, i.e. Calopteryx Leach, 1815, Calopteryx splendens (Harris, 1782).

The contributions should be sent by an e-mail to Editor in Chief ( The text should be prepared as an editable file in MS Word, tables made in MS Word or MS Excel, the photographs in *JPG format (without compression) and the figures should be in *tif, *gif* or *JPG format with at least 300 dpi (colour or grayscale halftones) or 1000 dpi (bitmapped line drawings). We also accept Corel Draw and Corel Photo-Paint files.

The captions of tables (i.e. Tab.1 – Tab.1), figures (Ryc.1 – Fig.1) and photographs (Fot.1 – Phot.1) should be prepared both in Polish and English. In case of figures and tables, the legends should be both in Polish and English. All tables, photographs and figures should be mentioned and referred to the certain parts of the manuscript.

The original articles should be presented in the following order:

Polish title: Ważki (Odonata) starorzeczy Warty

English title: Dragonflies (Odonata) of oxbow lakes of the Warta river

First name and surname of the author(s): Jan Kowalski/Jan Kowalski, Adam Kowalski

The author(s) address(es) (full name of the institution or private address): Katedra Zoologii Bezkręgowców
              i Hydrobiologii,Uniwersytet Łódzki, ul. Banacha 12/16, 90-237 ŁódĽ

e-mail address:

Abstract in English — max. 300 words allowed — should summarize the content of the article in consistent way

Keywords in English i.e. Odonata, faunistic, oxbow lakes, Warta River, Poland

Introduction: full description of the state of knowledge and providing a background of the presented topic, including the most
              recent literature

Research area: ashort physiographic description of the study area, illustrated with a map indicating it’s location against
              the territory of Poland and description of sampling sites: the names of the localities should be given with accurate geographical
              coordinates and UTM squares

Materials and methods: a detailed and sufficient description of the materials and methods used in research, the dates
              should be given in the following format: DD.MM.YYYY, i.e. 10.04.2016

Results: full description of the obtained results

Discussion: comparative discussion of the obtained results/significance of the results against the literature, which should
              carefully and adequately be chosen; a combined Results and Discussion section is allowed

References: the list of references should only include the articles which are cited in the manuscript. The list should be prepared
              alphabetically and chronologically. Here are the rules of citations:

in case of books, the authors' names and initials, year of the publication, full title, short name of the publishing house
                      and place of the publication should be provided i.e.:

                      BERNARD R., BUCZYŃSKI P., TOŃCZYK G., WENDZONKA J. 2009. Atlas rozmieszczenia ważek (Odonata) w Polsce. Bogucki Wydawnictwo
                      Naukowe, Poznań.

• in case of book chapters, the authors' names and initials, year of the publication, full title, the number of pages and full
                       information on the book should be provided i.e.:

                      STERNBERG K., RADEMACHER M. 1999. Sympecma fusca (Vander Linden, 1820). Gemeine Winterlibelle. [w:] K. STERNBERG,
                      R. BUCHWALD (red.). Die Libellen Baden-Württembergs. Band 1. Ulmer. Stuttgart: 429-440.

• in case of periodicals and journals, the authors' names and initials, year of the publication, full title, full name of the
                       journal, number of volume and issue, pagination and DOI number (if available) should be provided i.e:

                      MISZTA A., CUBER P. 2009. Nowe stanowiska ważek (Odonata) zagrożonych w Polsce stwierdzone w latach 2006-2008 w województwie
                      ¶l±skim poza obszarami chronionymi. Odonatrix, 5(2): 48-54.

                      DE JONG Y. 2014. Fauna Europaea — All Europaean Animals species on the Web. Biodiversity Data Journal 2: e4034.
                      doi: 10.3897/BDJ.2.e4034.

• in case of studies published in the Internet, the authors' names and initials, year of the publication, full title, the
                         website address and the date of the last access should be indicated i.e.:

                      TOL VAN J. 2013. Odonata, Dragonflies. Fauna Europaea version 2.6, http:/ (10.09.2016).

• in case of unpublished data, the authors' names and initials, year, full title, type of contribution (i.e. master thesis,
                       PhD thesis, ecological expertise), the name of the hosting institution, the name of town of the hosting institution
                       and information about the technique of preparation e.g. ms. – manuscript

• in case of several contributions from the same author(s) published in the same year it should be indicated by lower-
                       case letters after the year i.e. (KOWALSKI 2000a, 2000b)

• transliterations of non-Latin alphabets should be done according to Polish Norms (in case of Cyrillic according
                       to BGN/PCGN) and indications of Commission on Standardization of Geographical Names Outside the Republic of Poland

Acknowledgements: the authors can attach the acknowledgements to persons which contributed to inception of the paper

There is a possibility of publishing an observation compilation from a single locality or a single region. The essential data should contain:
    — the Latin name of the species
    — the number of individuals including the stage and sex in case of adults
    — the behavioural details of an observation i.e. the pairs in copula, tandems, oviposition
    — the date of the sighting
    — geographical coordinates of the locality or region
    — the UTM square’s name
    — the name of the closest village or city
    — the type of habitat (i.e. river, pond, forest)
    — name and surname of the observer and optional data on the habitat.

The foundation of the credibility of the information is the observer's experience or providing the photographical evidence or specimens enabling the correct identification of the species. Editorial Board reserves the right to reject the doubtful data. The collected and verified material will be published once or twice a year in a list constructed by the editorial board. The contributors will be considered as co-authors of this type of contribution.