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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.
  • Certify that the submission is original work and is not under review at any other journal.
  • Any research presented in the paper that was not carried out by the authors is fully acknowledged in the manuscript.
  • Declare that all of the authors accept the open-access under the Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC, which is applied to the Journal APIS.
  • All necessary ethics and other approvals were obtained for the research.
  • All sources of funding are acknowledged in the manuscript.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed on a separate file listed in the...
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Where available, doi URLs for the references have been provided.
  • I have read the privacy statement and agree with the GDPR rules as described.
  • Following the submission, and prior to commencing the significant tasks, I will make a non-refundable payment of €100 via wire transfer or credit card before peer review and will review four articles from other independent authors in the future.

Author Guidelines

APIS is an international journal of the honeybee related sciences.

The journal is open-access under the Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC. Published articles are freely available on the Internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles.  The only restriction is that only non-commercial uses are permitted.

Submission of a manuscript implies that it contains new, unpublished information, and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. This Publisher request article processing charges from Authors

Papers must be written in English using British spelling, and be original contributions to the fields of animal taxonomy, systematics, zoogeography or ecology. Authors whose native language is not English are encouraged to have their manuscripts read by a native English-speaking colleague before submission. Short communications will not be considered. All manuscripts must be submitted at

Authors are asked to keep their communications as concise as possible. Footnotes should be avoided or minimized, and Italics should not be used for emphasis. Lines should be continuously numbered using the line numbering function in the word processing software (Microsoft Word, Pages, LibreOffice Writer, etc.).

The Title should be followed by the names and addresses of all authors. Full author names (including given and family names) should be provided. Authors’ names should be in small capitals. The affiliation should include the complete mailing address and email of all authors. Please also provide the ORCID numbers of all authors. If you do not have one yet, please register at

The Abstract should be a brief but clear summary of the background and motivation, methods and results (if applicable) of the paper and should also include conclusions.  The abstract should be no longer than 500 words and should not contain references.

Please provide minimum 4 up to 8 Keywords describing the content. Avoid using words in the title and abstract.

The Introduction should contain a brief summary of the relevant literature and state the reasons for performing the research.

The Material and methods section should provide sufficient information to permit the repetition of the research. A technical description of the applied methods should only be given if the methods are new.

Results should be presented concisely. Do not present the same results in both table and figure format. The Results section should not be used for discussion.

The Discussion should be separate from the Results section. It should interpret results and point out their significance by relating them to the available literature. In taxonomic revisions, this is where the identification key should be placed.

The Acknowledgements should list obtained permits and all funds supporting the research. Please keep the Acknowledgements as concise as possible.

Please read the detailed citation guidelines.

All necessary illustrations should accompany the manuscript but should not be in­serted in the text. All photographs, graphs and diagrams should be numbered consecutive­ly in Arabic numerals (use Arial typeface) in the order in which they are referred to in the text. Only good quality and high enough resolution (min. 400 dpi) figures will be accepted. Small illustrations must be grouped into plates. An explanation of lettering and symbols should be given in the figure caption and only exceptionally in the figures. Scales must be indicated on micrographs, not by magnifications in the legends. The following symbols should be used on line drawing: □, ○, ●, ◊.The preferred format for submitted digital figures are EPS or TIF, PSD, JPEG (only high quality).

Legends to figures should be incorporated into the text of the caption. They should give sufficient information to make the illustration comprehensible without reference to the text.

Tables and appendices should be constructedto be intelligible without reference to the text and numbered using Arabic numerals. Each table should be provided with an explanatory caption and each column should carry an appropriate heading. Units of measure should always be indicated (metric units are preferred). All tables and figures must be referred to in the text.

Only standard abbreviations should be used. Arbitrary abbreviations and jargon will not be accepted.

Author(s) of species and generic names and the year of publication must be provided when the scientific name of any animal species or genus is first mentioned, and a full reference most be provided of this in the reference list. Authors of plant species names need not be given. The name of the author need not be provided in the title. Genus and species names should be in Italics except in the references.

Please read the reviewers' basic criteria that can help you finalize your article.

Manuscripts not following the above guidelines will not be considered.

Page proofs in pdf format will be sent to the corresponding author for checking. Corrections to the proofs must be restricted to printer’s errors. Any substantial alterations other than these may be charged to the author. Authors are requested to return their corrected proofs within 72 hours to facilitate rapid publication.

running title of no more than 30 characters (including spaces) should be supplied.

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