Rules for the design of articles

Dear colleagues!

We invite you to cooperate with the scientific journal Bulletin of the Moscow Society of Naturalists. Biological Series” and we will be glad to see your participation in the journal as authors.

Journal “Bulletin MOIP. Biological Department “publishes articles on zoology, botany, mycology, lichenology, general issues of nature conservation and the history of biology, as well as reviews of new biological publications, notes on scientific events in the section “Chronicle”, biographical materials in the sections “Jubilee” and “Losses of Science”.

No special directions, acts of expertise, reviews and recommendations for the manuscripts of articles are required.

  • Manuscripts are subject to peer review.
  • The Editorial Board of the Journal reserves the right not to consider manuscripts exceeding the prescribed length or not in accordance with the rules.
  • Published materials may not reflect the views of the editorial board.
  • The publication of articles is free of charge.

Articles are subject to mandatory review. The decision on publication is made by the editorial board after reviewing, taking into account the scientific significance and relevance of the submitted materials.

The volume of the manuscript

The volume of the manuscript of the article (including tables, figures, references) should not exceed 25 pages (40 thousand characters, including spaces).

If it is necessary to place a large amount of illustrative material (drawings, tables, geobotanical descriptions, etc.), the editorial board reserves the right to publish them in the form of an electronic supplement to the article on the journal website.

Text requirements

The manuscript is submitted as Word *doc., *.docx or *.rtf file.

All pages, including references and picture signatures, must have a solid numbering in the lower right corner.

All physical quantities should be expressed in SI units.

All floristic findings should be provided with exact geographical information (including coordinates).

New taxa descriptions and other nomenclature changes (new combinations, statuses, names, etc) are to be provided in accordance with the latest version of the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants.

Latin plant names including authors’ names should be standardized according to International Plant Names Index (IPNI) or World Flora Online.

Taxon names below the rank of family are italicized.

Structure of the article

  • title (no more than 15 words);
  • initials and surnames of the authors;
  • full name, place of work of each author with an email address;
  • abstract (150-300 words);
  • keywords (10-12 words);
  • the text of the article;
  • the list of references;
  • Required phrases at the end of the article:
  • Contribution of the authors - the authors contributed equally to this article.
  • Conflict of interests - The authors declare no conflicts of interests.


Tables should be created using the Microsoft Word table tool and saved as *.doc files and numbered consecutively throughout the paper in the order they first appear in the text (Table 1, Table 2), unless there is only one table. Each table should have its unique title. All abbreviations and symbols used in table should be defined in footnote.

Tables and Figures

Maximum size of tables and illustrations: width - 160 mm, height - 280 mm. Tables and illustrations can be inserted into the text, and illustrations are additionally represented by individual files with the extension .tiff (.tif) or .jpg with a resolution of 300 (for photo illustrations), 600 (for graphic drawings).

In the printed version of the magazine, illustrations are published in black and white. Color illustrations are possible in pdf format.

The names of the graphic files must consist of the name of the author of the article and the figure number. Archiving of files is not recommended.

Figures (such as graphs, drawings, photographs, maps and charts) must be consecutively numbered in Arabic numerals in the order they first appear in the text (Fig. 1, Fig. 2), unless there is only one figure. Details marked on the figures are labelled with numbers or letters and explained in captions. The microphotographs and drawings of plants and plant details should have internal scale bars.

Literature citation

In the text, references to literary sources are given in parentheses, for example: "as reported by A.A. Ivanova (1981)", "it was previously reported (Ivanova, 1981) that...". First and middle name initials should be given before the name, when it is first mentioned in the text. If there are more than two authors, use the first author’s name followed by ‘et al.’ (и др.).

All references are cited in chronological order of publication e.g.: (Schaft, 1931; Romanov et al., 1996; Afonina, Tubanova, 2009).

If several works of the same author published in the same year are cited both in the text and in References, they are identified by lowercase Latin letters added after the year e.g.: (Randolph, 2000a, b, c).

All references mentioned in the text should be listed in “Список литературы” and “References”.