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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.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, TIFF, JPG file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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 within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The title page with authors' names and affiliation should be placed in a separate file.

Instructions to Authors:


Baltic Coastal Zone is a refereed journal free of charge with one issue a year, presenting research works in the areas of: biology, ecology, environmental protection, chemistry, physics, geomorphology, tourism, landscape and spatial planning of the Baltic coastland and the coastal waters. Submission of the manuscript implies that it has not been published nor is being considered for publication elsewhere. Papers submitted to  Baltic Coastal Zone (BCZ) should be written in English. Both British and American spelling versions are admissible.





 The manuscripts


An electronic version of the manuscript should be submitted by our site to the Editorial Office The text should include: title of the work, first and last name of the author (authors), abstract (150 words), key words, introduction, material and methods, results, discussion, conclusions, references, summary in the native language of the author. No element of the manuscript should be typed in capitals or in spaced set. Generic and specific names should be underlined or set in italics. Names of the higher taxa should not be underlined nor italicized. The text should be written according to English editing rules, e.g. the decimal fractions written with a dot (0.25, 20.75), numbers over one thousand written with a comma or space in between (25,874 or 25 874), quotation marks used in English (“citation” or „citation‟), no indentation in the beginning of paragraphs, etc. Any issues not covered by the present “Instruction” should be resolved based on the “Scientific Style and Format. The GEE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 6th Edition 1994, Cambridge University Press”.  Captions of tables, figures and photographs, should be supplied on a separate sheet. In the journal we accept figures and photos in black and white. The authors name and date (in parentheses) should quote references in the text. The name and the date should not be separated by a comma. In the case of two authors, their names should be joined by “and”. If there are more than two authors only the first one should be quoted followed by “et al.”. The list of references should be arranged in alphabetical order. The titles of the cited works should be given in their original version with the English translation provided in brackets, according to the following example:


Grinienė E., Mažeikaitė S., Gasiūnaitė Z.R., 2011. Inventory of the taxonomical composition of the plankton ciliates in the Curonian Lagoon (SE Baltic Sea). Oceanol. Hydrobiol. Stud., 40, 86-95.


Throndsen J., Hasle G.R., Tangen K., 2007. Phytoplankton of Norwegian coastal waters. Almater Forlag As, Oslo.


Rajman J., Górz B., 1995. Tendencje demograficzne i osadnicze na terenach przygranicznych


Polski Południowo-Wschodniej. W: Przemiany struktur społeczno-gospodarczych obszarów przygranicznych. (Demographic and settlement tendencies in boundary regions of South-East Poland. In: Transformations of social and economic structures of boundary regions). (Eds.), J. Kitowski, Z. Zioło, Warszawa-Rzeszów, 329-347, (in Polish).


Mikołajczak M., 2002. Wysoka i okolice. Historia, miejsca, ludzie. (Wysoka and neighbourhood. History, places and people). Wyd. Sorus, Poznań, 205-220, (in Polish).


Russian names originally written in Cyrillic alphabet should be transliterated using the ISO-86 system.


Each work, after pre-qualification by the Editorial Board Baltic Coastal Zone, it is reviewed by at least two reviewers from outside the research unit affiliated by the author of the publication. The recommended solution is a model in which authors and reviewers do not know their identity (ie. "Duoble-blind review process"). Review be given in writing and ends with explicit request to the approval of the article for publication or reject it. In case of acceptance of the manuscript the author will receive a form of the transfer copyright.


The authors receive 2 reprints of their paper free of charge.


The address of the Editorial Office is as follows:


Publishers Pomeranian University in Słupsk, ul. Arciszewskiego 22, 76-200 Słupsk, Poland


phone +48 59 84-05-432,


Editors e-mail: bcz@apsl.edu.pl