Guidelines for Authors

Original and review papers on any aspect of pesticide science: research, industrial implementation, extension, consulting and regulation will be considered for publication in the quarterly Pestycydy/PesticidesThe journal addresses such topics, as synthesis of pesticide compounds, their formulation, application, metabolism, degradation and environmental studies, toxicology and ecotoxicology, new technologies for pest managements and pest/crop management systems.

Manuscript Submission

The submissions should not be published or considered for publication elsewhere, either completely, in part, or in another form. Papers should not be longer than 10-15 typed pages (A4), including tables and figures. An Author Contribution Form, which is aimed at preventing ghostwriting and guest authorship, should be attached to every submitted paper. Manuscripts must be submitted to the Editorial Office of Pestycydy/Pesticides, Instytut Przemysłu Organicznego, ul. Annopol 6, 03-236 Warszawa, Poland, e-mail: 

Papers can be sent by e-mail or as a hardcopy (one-sided computer print-out of A4 format) accompanied by a disc (CD or DVD) with the text. The manuscript on the disc and the hardcopy must be identical. The preferred format is Microsoft Word.doc (WinWord:2003 or higher). Manuscripts accepted for publication will be processed by the journal editors to prepare the final version of the full text. All correspondence concerning the paper publication will be by e-mail.

Preparation of manuscript

LANGUAGE – papers must be written in English.

STYLE – the following order is recommended: Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusions,Acknowledgements (if necessary), References. However, Authors can chose another format if it better illustrates the content of the paper. The text should be written in a simple, concise and direct style.

NUMBERING – a manuscript should be submitted as a full text proposed by the Author(s). The manuscript should include separate pages for literature cited section, tables, figures, photographs, and figure legends. The pages must be consecutively numbered.

SPACING – double-space everything including text, tables, figure legends, foot notes, and literature cited section (max. 30 lines per page).

TITLE – use of small, thicken letters is required. Only the first word should start with a capital letter (for other words, please use general English rules and relevant scientific conventions).

AUTHOR(S) – provide the full name of each Author (including first name) and their institutional affiliation (complete postal address for all the Authors and for the corresponding Author, e-mail, fax number and telephone number).

ABSTRACT– begin the abstract on the title page. The abstract should be written as a single paragraph containing an informative digest of significant findings (80 to 200 words) and be understandable without reference to the text. The abstract should not reproduce the introductory paragraphs of the paper.

KEYWORDS – key words should be given under the abstract (maximum five words or short phrases excluding title words).

ABBREVIATIONS – each non-standard abbreviation should be introduced in parentheses immediately after the first use of the complete word or phrase.

MEASUREMENTS AND UNITS – use only SI quantities and units, Arabic numerals for all numbers and for all measurements such as time, weight, length, area, concentration or temperature. Remember to include a space between the number and the unit.

MATHEMATICAL EQUATIONS equations should appear in the manuscript where they belong. They should always stand alone, i.e. occupy separate lines. They may be marked with Arabic numerals in parentheses if cited in the text repeatedly.

NOMENCLATURE – use systematic names following IUPAC conventions.

LITERATURE CITATION – citations must be listed in the order in which they appear in the manuscript. All references should be marked in the text as following Arabic numbers in square brackets. The reference number in the text must correspond to the number of the citation in the reference list.The literature cited section should begin on a separate page after the text and before tables and figures. Journal title abbreviations should be those used by Chemical Abstracts and listed in the Chemical Abstracts Service Source Index (CASSI).

The journal Pestycydy/Pesticides uses the following reference style:

Journal articles:

Martin F.N., Kowalski S.M., J. Org. Chem., 2000, 320, 985-990.

Papers in press:

Papers which are unpublished but have been submitted to a journal may be cited with the journal name followed by in press.


Silver M.J., The proecological pesticides, Academic Press, New York 1999, pp. 220-237.

Chapters from multi-author books:

Blackman R.L., Eastop V.F., Taxonomic issues, in: Aphids as crop pests, (van Emden H., Harrington R., Eds.), CAB International, Wallingford 2007, pp. 1-29.

Conference Papers:

Kowalski J., Elsner P., Scientific Conference IPO 2002, Zakopane, 21-22 November 2002, Instytut Przemysłu Organicznego, Warszawa 2002.


Kowalski I.M., Nowacki A.D., Biological activity of the new compounds, Report No. 7897, Instytut Przemysłu Organicznego (IPO) Library, Warszawa 2010.


Murayama H., Miyake T., Jap. Pat. 11170451, 1999.

Literature in a language different than English: only chapter and article titles should be translated into English (DO NOT translate journal and book titles). The original language should be given in parentheses immediately after the title.


Leszczyński B., Kurs praktyczny w zakresie chemicznych interakcji owady-rośliny na przykładzie mszyc (Aphidoidea) (in Polish), Wyd. Nauk. WSRP, Siedlce 1996, pp. 1-20.

TABLES AND FIGURES – tables should be placed within the page margins. All text within each table should be in lower case letters except for the first word of a phrase or sentence. Experimental data may be presented in graphic or tabular form, but the same data will not be published in both forms. Data points and relevant equations must be included in figures. Every table and figure must refer to the text. Illustrations and figures are required as originals and as CD or e-mail (TIFF, GIF, JPEG, WMF, BMP). Figures will be printed in black and white.

Review process

  • All communications will be between the corresponding Author and the Editor. Authors can suggest, in the initial e-mail, the names (along with the affiliation and an e-mail address) of 3 (or more) potential Reviewers which may be used at the discretion of the Editor.

  • Papers which are assessed by the Editor as suitable for Pestycydy/Pesticides will be sent to two independent Reviewers.

  • The Editor applies double-blind review process, which means that both Author(s) and Reviewers do not know each other’s identities.

  • The corresponding Author will receive the reviews within two months after the submission of the paper (possible delays may result from Reviewers’ schedule).

  • Manuscripts which need content-related corrections (conditionally accepted) must be returned to the Editorial Office as soon as possible but not later than twelve weeks. Returned papers should be corrected according to the Reviewer’s suggestions or the Author(s) should offer strong arguments why the Publisher’s suggestions have been ignored.

Click here to see our Reviewer’s Report Form.


To elaborate the final version of the text, the corresponding Author will receive a proof for correction (sent by e-mail as a *.pdf file). The proof copy should be returned to the Editorial Office within seven working days. All comments should be described in a return e-mail in the following way: page xx, line yy; it is …..; it should be…”.                    If a corresponding Author does not return proofreading of the manuscript within seven working days, it will be understood that the editorial correction has been accepted without objections.

Materials ownership

Sources of all figures, photographs, tables or other parts of the manuscript that have previously appeared in any publication or are not the property of the Authors must be properly cited in the manuscript. Permission to republish these items must be obtained by the corresponding Author from a person or institution (the publisher) holding the copyright.

The Editor adheres to the Ethical Guidelines for Publication in Journals and Reviews of the European Association of Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS). In particular, it has to be stressed that all copyright infringement, especially plagiarism, is an example of serious misconduct in science. Therefore, all submissions will be checked by an anti-plagiarism computer program. A paper which is an entire or partial plagiarism will not be published. Ghostwriting and guest authorship will be also considered as types of scientific misconduct.

Copyright transfer

As a condition of publication the Authors must grant an exclusive license to the Institute of Industrial Organic Chemistry. By signing the Copyright Form the Author(s) transfer(s) and assign(s) all the copyright whatsoever to the Institute of Industrial Organic Chemistry as the Publisher of Pestycydy/Pesticides. The Copyright Form must be signed and submitted upon acceptance of the manuscript for publication.

Additionally, the Authors agree for the publication of a full text of their submission in the Internet ( simultaneously with its publication in paper version.

Authors may use their own material in other publications, provided that Pestycydy/Pesticides is indicated  as  the original place of publication and Institute of Industrial Organic Chemistry is indicated as the publisher.

Before sending your paper, check whether:

  • your text is divided into parts required for a research paper: Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements (if necessary), and References;

  • full names of all the Authors and their affiliations, as well as an e-mail address for the corresponding Author, are provided;

  • the abstract has the appropriate length (max. 200 words);

  • all necessary figures and tables (including titles and footnotes) are provided and contain complete  and correct data;

  • all equations are correct and all used symbols explained in the text;

  • chemical nomenclature is correct; references are in the format required by this journal;

  • all references in the text are mentioned in literature cited section under the same number and vice versa.

Please, check your grammar and spelling as far as you can.