Instructions for Authors

Instructions for manuscript preparation

The journal Alternative Crops and Cultivation Practices publishes previously unpublished original research articles, review articles and short communications relating to broad aspects of the production and processing of the alternative agricultural plants such as sorghums, hemp, pumpkins, hops, millet, buckwheat, poppy. The articles on spices and plants of potential medicinal use are greatly welcomed; however their therapeutic effects are not within the scope of the journal. In addition the journal reports the research on cultivation practices and methods applied in organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture (crop rotation, biological pest control, crop-weed interactions, manures etc.), even those not including alternative plant species. The submissions on comparative studies between sustainable and conventional agriculture, evaluation of the potential of not previously or rarely grown species to become alternative crops, and studies on environmental constraints challenging the production of the alternative agricultural plants are particularly encouraged.

Articles are published in English with abstracts in Serbian and English language. The journal is issued annually and it is available in open access. The journal does not charge any fees at submission, reviewing, and production stages. There are no hidden costs whatsoever.

The text should be prepared in Microsoft Word, font Times New Roman, size 12, justified and with single line spacing. There is no restriction to the number of pages; however the journal encourages a concise writing style.

The manuscript contains the title, summary in English and Serbian language, introduction, material and methods, results and discussion (as one or two sections), conclusions, acknowledgements, and references.

Title should be informative and of reasonable length.

Authors’ names and affiliations are entered after the title.

Summary should be no longer than 400 words; includes the objectives of the study, the briefly described methods, major results, and conclusions, in order to be successfully indexed in the periodicals and databases. It does not contain references, tables and illustrations. It is submitted in English and Serbian language. The translation will be provided by the Editorial Board for non-Serbian contributors, free of charge.

Key words are listed in alphabetical order.

Text of the manuscript should be written with consistent spelling, using either American or British English. Non-standard abbreviations are explained when mentioned the first time. Do not use footnotes. Use SI units. Latin names should be italicized.

Tables are inserted in the text at the appropriate place, formatted in the simplest way, without shading and making the text bold. Tables have to be informative.

Figures should be as simple as possible, black & white with shading only if necessary. The formats are .jpg, .png or .tif, with resolution of at least 600 ppi.

Photographs should be in .jpg format, with at least 300 ppi resolution.

Authors should avoid taking tables, figures and photographs from another publications. Authors wishing to include materials that have already been published elsewhere are required to cite it properly and to obtain permission from the copyright holders.

Acknowledgements are included in a separate section at the end of the article before the references. The financing institution, code and title of the project (if the study was carried out within a specific project), and any institution or individual that facilitated the study or manuscript preparation should be acknowledged.

References are listed in the language in which they are published. The list contains only references cited in the manuscript text, without numeration.

The journal uses APA (American Psychological Association) citation style.


In-text citation:

Author (2019)

Author & Author (2019)

Author et al. (2019)

(Author, 2019; Author & Author, 2019; Author et al., 2019)

Journal articles:

Author, A. (2019). Title of article. Journal Title, 11(2), 33-44.



Author, A. (2019). Title of book. City: Publisher.

Book chapters:

Author, A. (2019). Title of chapter. In E. Editor (Ed.), Title of book (pp. xx–xx). City: Publisher.

Electronic books:

Author, A. (2019). Title of book. Retrieved from http://xxxxxxxxx or

Author, A. (2019). Title of book. doi:xxxxxxxxxxxx

Electronic book chapters:

Author, A. (2019). Title of chapter. In E. Editor (Ed.), Title of book (pp. xx–xx). Retrieved from http://xxxxxxxxx or

Author, A. (2019). Title of chapter. In E. Editor (Ed.), Title of book (pp. xx–xx). doi:xxxxxxxxxx


Continually published proceedings are cited the same as journals, those that are not continually published are cited the same as books.

Web pages:

Author, A. (2019). Title of document. Retrieved from http://xxxxxxxxx (Retrieval date).

By submitting a manuscript the authors agree to abide by the Alternative Crops and Cultivation Practices Editorial Policies.