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Author Guidelines


We accept submissions strictly online, via the form available at our website.  Please upload your manuscript as a Microsoft Office Word document (*.doc, *.docx or *.rtf formats). Supplementary materials (figures) should be submitted as separate files with an appropriate caption (exp.: “Fig. 3. Mutation rate”).

1.1. Manuscript length for review articles should not exceed 60000 characters (incl. spaces), original research papers should not exceed 40000 characters (incl. spaces), together with tables, list of references, figure legends and summary in English.

1.2. Text formatting. Lettering in Times New Roman is preferable in all cases (font size 14 pt with 1.5 line spacing and 2 cm margins). Kindly refrain from using underlining in your document (italic and bold formatting is acceptable). Remove all repeated spaces between words and extra spaces between paragraphs.

1.3. File structure. The journal editorial board prefers to receive a manuscript as a single complete file with all figures, tables and any additional supplemental materials. Requirements for figures and tables are listed in section 2.2.


Please organize your text according to the following template:

2.1. The title should be short (maximum of 200 characters, incl. spaces) and reflect the content of the article.

Authors and their affiliated institutions, linked by superscript numbers, should be listed beneath the title on the opening page of the manuscript. The name of the corresponding author should be labeled with an asterisk (*).

Each affiliation (without abbreviations) should be followed by city and country names.

Abstract of an original study should start with some brief background information and statement of the study’s GOALS, followed by MATERIALS & METHODS and finishing with the RESULTS. The closing sentence should outline the main CONCLUSIONS of the study in the most comprehensible terms. Please note that your abstract should not exceed 250 words (1500-2000 characters) or less.

Abstracts are not needed when publishing reports devoted to remarkable scientists, reports of conferences, newsletters.

Keywords. MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) thesaurus is a preferred source for choosing keywords (3-10).  For recently  introduced terms (without suitable notations) choose the closest one available.

2.2. Main body

The body of the text should start with a brief Introduction, describing the paper’s significance. In the case of an original study, the body of the paper should follow a common structured approach to the description of the studies aim, its materials, methods and results, as well as Discussion and Conclusions sections.

Materials and Methods section identifies methods and procedures in sufficient detail to allow other scientists to reproduce the results. Identify the manufacturer of drugs, chemicals and equipment. When indicating binomial nomenclature of an organism for the first time, spell out the entire genus and species names and the author’s name. Subsequently the genus may be shortened to the first letter, followed by the entire species name.

Identify statistical procedures in sufficient detail to allow the reader to reproduce the results using the stock data. The descriptions such as “the results were assessed with the standard methods of variation statistics” are unacceptable.  Description of statistical procedures should be followed by references to standard editions (the page number is mandatory) or to public websites where used formulae are described in detail. Define all specific terms, abbreviation and symbols. For measurements, use SI units.

Results should include a quantitative assessment of the observations which must be proved by accuracy indices (standard error or confidence interval). For example: 27.9±0.47; 27.46 27.9 28.40; 0 + 0.78, 100 – 0.53. Indicate precise p-value, unless p<0.001. When assessing a hypothesis, note that p-value shows no information concerning the effect size, probability of replicating an effect (Prep), probability of a significant effect in replication (Psrep), Likelihood Ratio or probability that the null hypothesis is true.

Figures. A maximum of five figures is allowed. All curves, numbers, letters and other symbols should be explained in the figure legend. All figures should be embedded into the text and also submitted as separate image files suitable for black-and-white or grayscale printing prepared in a pixel format tiff (tagged image file format 300–600 dpi), bmp, or a vector format Adobe Illustrator (ai, eps). Maximum width of the image is 18 cm.

Tables. Enumerate your tables, give those a heading and clearly marked all columns that would be easy to read and comprehend. Do not duplicate data in the text, figures and tables.

Discussion section should be finalized by general conclusions.

In review papers the Materials and Methods section may be replaced by the main content of the manuscript followed by “Conclusion”, “Acknowledgments” and “References” sections.

2.3. Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements section should comprise the following:


  • clarification regarding any potential or actual conflicts of interest of the authors. Any affiliations, financial relations, financial or political interests in the manuscript as a whole or in part, including employment and other liabilities that may result in withholding or deliberate corruption of data or adversely influenced interpretation, are considered a conflict of interest and must be explicitly stated as such. Please note that conflicts of interest do not impede a publication, though failure to disclose one does. If there are no interests to declare, this should be stated as “The authors declare no conflict of interest” or similar wording.
  • a brief list of funding sources for the results reported in the paper, as well as the publication process itself (e.g. a commercial organization, a foundation or government grant, etc.).
  • an optional note describing the roles or responsibilities of the authors. You may also place here an acknowledgment for any individuals or organizations that assisted in your work.


2.4. References

List of References should be organized according to the guidelines by U.S. National Information Standards Organization NISO Z39.29-2005 [R2010]) in AMA style (Journal of American Medical Association style, For detailed instructions on bibliographic formatting, see «References list guidelines». The following are the principal points you should be aware of while preparing your manuscript for submission:


  • references should be numbered in the order in which they are cited;
  • "self-citing" should be minimized  with the exceptions of urgent necessity (absence of other references or because of continuation of cited researches);
  • within the body of the text references should be provided in Arabic numerals enclosed in square brackets;
  • a complete list of all references should be presented according to the guidelines by U.S. National Information Standards Organization NISO Z39.29-2005 [R2010]) in AMA style (Journal of American Medical Association style, For detailed instructions on bibliographic formatting, see «References list guidelines». Do not shorten titles of your citations. Shortened journal titles should correspond to the MedLine catalogue. If the journal is not indexed by MedLine, please provide its full title.


If the article you cite has a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), paste it in the end of the reference. You can check DOI availability on or You can also search for DOI by the title of the article. The second web site automatically generates citations in AMA referencing style in English. The absolute majority of international journals (since 2000) and many Russian journals (published after 2013) are registered in the CrossRef system and have unique DOI.

When citing online sources please indicate in the following order: the date when the source was posted (“posted 10.05.2013”), the date of update (“updated 10.01.2014”), the date when the source is cited (“cited 01.06.2014”), information on the access restrictions (if any), URL or DOI. It is possible to abbreviate a long reference, for example a long link to Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man database may be shown as (Online Mendelian … , 25.10.2013). Link to HWE calculator including analysis for ascertainment bias site may be represented as (HWE calculator … , 25.10.2013). Please note that ellipses replacing part of the link are not punctuation marks and therefore should been closed by spaces. Indicate “posted …” and “updated …” only if these dates are available from the website. The date when the source is cited is the day when the manuscript’s author accessed the document.

Information on the access restrictions is required if the source can be accessed only from a local net or after the registration or from a certain organization etc. In this case, state “Access from …” or “Access for …” etc. Web documents whose authors are known are cited just like printed sources.

Communications from specific Internet forums are cited by specifying Author's last name and initials or the nickname, and the topic of the message. Then indicate website name (In:, date and time when the message was posted, date when the message is cited and message size (how many lines, paragraphs or bytes).

2.5. CONTACT INFORMATION (separate file)

Contact information (an e-mail address) for all authors should be presented in the next order:


  • family name, name, middle name (if applicable);
  • scientific degree, author’s affiliation (position, department, full name of the organization)
  • full postal address, e-mail, phone number (working) with  the country and city codes,  plus mobile phone for corresponding author (only for urgent contacts with editors if necessary without transfer to third parties)
  • Author’s ID (ORCID or others)


III. Completing submission.

Please check the list of attached files prior to finishing the procedure. Within next 7 days, the editorial board will inform you by e-mail of receiving submitted materials. Feel free to contact the editors or the reviewers should you have any questions regarding the processing of your manuscript. Accessing your personal account on-site will allow you to monitor its progress online.


Copyright Notice

The Author Agreement is considered to be fully and unconditionally accepted by the Author at the moment the manuscript and all accompanying documents are transferred to the editorial staff.

The Author Agreement is considered fulfilled on the part of the Publisher when manuscript is published in the journal Ecological Genetics and its text is posted on the Internet.

The Publishes prepares for publication and publishes materials, provided by Authors. Copyright for a specific paper belongs to the Author.

The Publisher does not pay royalties for the publication of papers in the Journal. Author transfers, and Publisher accepts  copyrighted materials on the following conditions.

  1. The Publisher retains rights for layout, publication and transfer of the Journal with Author’s published materials for the review and repository purposes in journal ‘Russian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information’ (VINITI RAS), in ‘Russian Index of Scientific Citations’ (RISC), and other data bases, distribution of Journal and Author’s materials in printed or electronic publications, including created by, or chosen by Publisher Internet sites with the purpose of allowing interactive access to the publication for any person at any time and any location, and the right to distribute the Journal with the Author’s published materials by subscription.
  2. It is allowed to use copyrighted materials on the territory of Russian Federation and on Internet.
  3. The term of Contract is 5 years. After this the publisher reserves, and the Author agrees to, the Publisher’s right to continue placement of copyrighted material on the Internet without time limit (expiration).
  4. The Publisher reserves the right, on its sole discretion, without Author’s consent, to enter contracts and agreements with the third parties with the purpose of taking additional measures for protection of copyrights and publishing rights.
  5. The Author guarantees that the use of materials provided by the Author to the Publisher does not infringe on rights of third parties.
  6. The Author reserves the right to use the provided hereunder copyrighted material for the Author’s own purposes, to transfer rights to it under the contract to third parties, if it is not contrary to this Contract.
  7. The publisher provides the Author with one free printed copy of the Journal with published Author’s materials, or the legal reference with electronic address of the official publication on the Internet.
  8. If an article or part thereof is re–printed, the reference to the first publication of it in the Journal is mandatory.
  9. The Publisher has the right to print the Journal in any number of copies. 


Privacy Statement

If the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors’ affiliations and e-mail address will be published as ‘Authors’ Information’.

The phone number of the author responsible for correspondence will be known only to the editorial staff and it will be used only if absolutely necessary.

The editorial board of the Journal and website administrators do not disclose any personal information, given by the user while working with the Journal website, to the third parties, except under conditions specified in the Authors’ Contract.