Information For Authors

Type of manuscript

The  Czech Polar Reportsh accept manuscripts written in English. The manuscripts should fit one of the following publication type

Original Papers (full papers)

Original research papers on all subjects related to polar research are encouraged and welcomed. The mauscripts submitted to the Editorial Board must fit the following criteria:

  1. originality and quality of scientific content
  2. contribution to existing knowledge of the subject area
  3. clarity of objectives and hypotheses
  4. relevant discussion of the data and findings presented in the manuscript
  5. references related to the topic
  6. appropriate length of the manuscript

The manuscripts submitted to  Czech Polar Reports  should provide an insight into particular scientific problem and present new data or interpretation. Results of both field works and laboratory measurements may be presented. The manuscripts may cover a wide range of topics of local, regional and continental scale. The manuscripts must be formally structured according to the requirements presented in the  General guidelines. All reported methods  or experimental designs of measurements should be clearly described and their their uncertainties and limitations clearly stated. Where relevant, an appropriate matematical/statistical analysis of original data must be applied and discussed in the manuscript. If the manuscrips bring analytical results, these should be qualified by relevant information for validation of the presented results. Manuscripts that do not give due consideration to any/all of these topics may be rejected. The lenght of submitted manuscript should not exceed 20 pages of text excluding Tables and Figs. (see  General guidelines). The manuscripts should be written in standard English, language revision is recommened for the manuscripts of non-English authors before submission.

Short Communications

Short Communications reports preliminary research findings that are novel/original and are likely to have an impact on the community of polar scientists. Editorial board requires a short paragraph (about 1 500 characters) from authors explaining why their work justifies rapid publication as Short Communications. Short Communications should briefly state the topic, Material and Methods, and Discussion with clear indication of perspectives or expected future development of the matter of the research. A Short Communications should be not longer than 6 pages (except of Abstract), font size 12, line spacing 1.5.

Review Papers

Review Papers shoud be a critical evaluation of the existing state of knowledge on a particular topic of polar science. The authors are asked to avoid a simple literature survey, Such manuscripts will not be accepted for publication in  Czech Polar Reports . The potential reiew writers are recommended to contact the Editorial Board fist to consult whether the topic of the review would fit the  Czech Polar Reports  scope. There is no lenght limit for Review Papers, however, they should not exceed 20 pages of manuscript (font size 12, line spacing 1.5).

Book Reviews

Czech Polar Reports  publishes reviews of polar research-related books that are either newly published, or that have newly come to the attention of polar scientists community. Typical Book Review should overview the scope of the reviewed book and highlight the book's strengths and weaknesses. Also recommendation to target reader(s) should be a part of such review. 

Technical or Methodological Notes

Manuscripts must bring brief descriptions of newly-developed instrumental improvements, methods, techniques or applications. Technical Notes should offer practical solutions to problems that are of interest to polar scientific community. Methodological Notes should bring clear innovation of methods, analytical techniques or mathematical data processing. Technical/methodological Notes are strictly page-limited to 4 pages (character size 12, line spacing 1.5). The authors must clearly indicate the novelty of their approach and compare it to existing techniques, methods.

General guidelines

A typical manuscript submitted to the  Czech Polar Reports  should have the following parts: Title, Abstract, Key words, Running title, Affiliation, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Aknowledgements, References, Appendix (if appropriate).

  • Title

    Title must be accurate, decriptive and focused on the substance of the manuscript. The title lenght should not exceed 250 characters including spaces. The title must be in bold characters, size 12.

  • Abstract

    Abstract must describe the scope of the paper. Typically, it should have few lines introducing the state-of-art of particular topic, aim and/or hypothesis, brief characterization of method(s), most important results and their interpretation. The Abstract lenght shoud be more than 1 000 but less than 2 000 characters (including spaces).

  • Key words

    The authors are asked to provide up to 6 key words that are related to the topic of the paper. The keywords, however, must avoid the words presented in the Title of the manuscript.

  • Running title

    Running title of maximal lenght of 25 characters (including spaces) is required. The running title will be presented in the upper right corner of a page in the issued paper.

  • Affiliation

    The author(s) affiliation must be clearly stated. It should be written in  Italics  (12 p.). If the authors and co-authors are from different institutions, the affiliations must be indicated by numbers (upper index) – see the example below (names and institutions are fictitious).

    1Smith, M.W.P., 1Jones, T.W.P., 2de Angelis, P.X., 3Chevalier-Arnoux, J.-P.

    1University of Iverness, Department of Polar Ecology, Laboratory of Sea Bottom Investigations, West Coast St. 14, Iverness,, Scotland, United Kingdom

    2Italian Institute of Mediterranean Sea, Via Romana 1546, Brindisi, Italy

    3French Polar Research Centre, Sea Ice Research Unit, Laboratory of Ice Physics, Rue de Liberté 12-B, St. Michel Vallore, France

    Corresponding author: M.P.W. Smith (smithmpw@ui.dpe.ac.uk)

  • Introduction

    Introduction must focus on a brief overview of recent state-of-art of particular field of research, motivation for the presented study and aim/hypothesis of the study.

  • Material and Methods

    Subject of the study as well as the methods must be described in details so that measurements/experiments could be repeated by a reader. All instruments and techniques used must be reported.

  • Results

    The findings of the study must be presented in the text of a manuscript supplemented with Tables and Figs, respectively. Numerical data must be processed by appropriate statistical method.

  • Discussion

    To justify the results, a comparison between the results and results of other authors or from previous works must be given in the Discussion.

  • Aknowledgements

    Help of scientists, technical staff and language professionals may be acknowledged as well as financial support from funding agencies, ministries and scientific projects that helped the author(s) to work and publish.

  • References

    All literature sources, web-based information and other information sources (patents, Final reports etc.) used in the text of the manuscript must be referred to in the References. Research papers, book chapters and books must be cited according to the Harvard style (see the following examles).

    Research paper:

    Kudo, G., Kimura, M., Kasagi, T., Kawai, Y., and Hirao, A.S. (2010): Habitat-Specific Responses of Alpine Plants to Climatic Amelioration: Comparison of Fellfield to Snowbed Communities.  Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research , 42: 438-448.

    Book chapter:

    Kanao, M., Kaminuma, K. (2006): Seismic Activity Associated with Surface Environmental Changes of the Earth System, around Syowa Station, East Antarctica. In: D.K. Fütterer,  D. Damaske, G. Kleinschmidt, H. Miller, F. Tessensohn (eds.):  Antarctica. Contributions to Global Change Sciences. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York,  pp. 361-368

    Book:

    Blix, A.S. (2005): Arctic Animals and their Adaptations to Life on the Edge. Tapir Academic Press, Trondheim, Norway, 2005, 292 p.

  • Figures, Tables, Photos

    Publication-quality Figs. must be provided on separate pages (each one on a separate sheet) and as separate files, when submitted electronically. Clear indication of Figure number must be on the sheet or in the file name. Legends to the Figs. must be provided on a separate sheet. All graphic formats are acceptable.

    Tables must not exceed 6 columns and 5 lines so that they can be incorporated into the text of a paper. Each Table must be provided on a separate sheet and/or as individual file. Numbering of Tables must be indicated. Legend must be supplied in a separate sheet/file (see Legends).

    High-quality photographs illustrating sites, techniques, experimental objects, results (such as e.g. electrophoresis) must be supplied both on separate page(s) and as files. Black-and-white photographs will be published without any charge. Publication of color photographs will be charged according to printing costs.

  • Legends

    Self-explanatory legends of individual Figs., Tables and photographs must be provided on a separate page ad as a file. The lenght of an individual Fig./Tables/Photo legend should not exceed 10 lines.

  • Charges

    Copyright
    The authors submitting manuscripts do so on the understanding that the manuscript has not been previously published elsewhere and, if the manuscript is accepted for publication in  Czech Polar Reports , that the copyright will be transferred to the Masaryk University, Brno. Copyright transfer forms will be sent to the author if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication.

    Color photo charges  (there are no charges)

    Proofs
    Page proofs are sent to authors via e-mail as a pdf file. Pdf file of page proofs may not be reproduced or distributed.