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Author Guidelines

General information
  1.  All papers submitted to the journal should contain original research not previously published (except preliminary reports or conference thesis). The material published in the journal should be new, true to fact and precise. The methods and procedures of the experiment should be identified in sufficient detail to allow other investigators to reproduce the results. It is desirable that the material to be published should have been discussed previously at conferences or seminars.
  2. Original  articles  (manuscripts)  are  up  to  10  printed  pages,  review  articles (manuscripts) – up to 20 printed pages. Authors who wish to submit a review article should correspond with the Editorial Board regarding the appropriateness of the proposed topic and submit a synopsis of their proposed review before undertaking preparation of the manuscript.
  3. Articles will be published in the Lithuanian and English languages with comprehensive resumes in both languages.
  4. All papers undergo the regular review process by at least two members of the Editorial Board or by expert reviewers selected by the Editorial Board.
  5. The author (reviewer) has the option of the blind review. In this case the author should indicate this in their letter of submission to the Editor-in-Chief. This letter is sent along with the article (review).
  6. The manuscript should be submitted to the Executive Secretary of the journal to the following address:
  7. Data about all the authors of the article (address, e-mail, fax and phone number, research interests of the authors) should be presented, as well as a guarantee letter proving that the article submitted is original and not previously published.
  8. All papers received are registered. The date of receipt by post is established according to the postmark of Kaunas post-office.

Requirements for the preparation of manuscripts

  1. Manuscripts must be typed on white standard A4 paper (210 × 297 mm) with the interval between lines 6 mm (1.5 line spaced), with a character size at 12 points, with 3 cm margin on the left and 1.5 cm on the right, with a 2.5 cm margins at the top and the bottom of the page. Pages are numbered in the bottom right-hand corner beginning with the title page numbered as Page 1.
  2. The manuscript should be brief, clear and grammatically correct. The typed text should be carefully checked for errors. It is recommended that only standard abbreviation and symbols be used. All abbreviations should be explained in parentheses after the full written-out version of what they stand for on their first occurrence in the text. Non-standard special abbrevia tions and symbols need only to be defined at first mention. The results of all measurements and symbols for all physical units should be those of the System International (SI) Units. In the text of the article all numbers up to ten are to be written in words and all numbers starting from eleven on – in Arabic figures.
  3. The title page should contain: a) a short and informative title of the article;  b) the first names and family names of the authors; c) the name and the ad dress of the institution and the department where the work was done; d) the name, address, phone number, E-mail number, etc. of the author to whom correspondence should be sent. If a blind review is requested a second title page that contains only the title is needed. The title page should be signed by all authors of the article.
  4. Abstracts in the Lithuanian and English languages are supplied on separate sheets of paper. This sheet also should contain keywords.
  5. Every table (no more than three – four tables are recommended) should have a short subtitle with a sequential number given above the table (the tables are numbered in the same sequence as that of references given in the text). All explanations should be in the text of the article or in a short footnote added to the table. The symbols and abbreviations given in the tables should coincide with the ones used in the text. The location of the table should be indicated in the left-hand margin (in pencil).
  6. All figures (no more than four-five figures) are to be numbered consecutively giving the sequential number in Arabic numerals, e. g. Figure 1. The location of the figure should be indicated in the left-hand margin of the manuscript (in pencil). The figures should be presented in open file formats so that they could be edited.
  7. References should be listed in alphabetical order taking account of the first author. First the references in Latin characters are given, then – in Russian (Cyrillic) characters. For journal (research) articles the following information should be included: a) author names (surnames followed by initials), b) the date of publication, c) the title of the article with the same spelling and accent marks as in the original, d) the journal title in full, e) the volume number,  f) inclusive page numbers. When five or more authors are named, list only the first three adding “et al.” For books the chapter title, chapter authors, editors of the book, publisher’s name and location (institution, city) should be also included. In the case when there are several references of the same author published at the same year, they must be marked by letters, e. g. 1990 a, 1990 b, etc. in the list of references and in the article, too.


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.

  1. The title page contains the title of the article; the authors’ names and surnames; the names of the institutions where the authors work or study (indicating the city and the country); the address for correspondence.
  2. The abstract (250 words) is given in English and Lithuanian. It is important to reveal the scientific problem, its topicality, the aims of the research, its objectives, methods, to provide major data of the research, its discussion (incomparison with the research data of other authors) and conclusions. The abstract should be structured into the following sections: Research background. Research aim. Research methods. Research results. Discussion and conclusions.
  3. Keywords: from 3 to 5 informative words and / or phrases.
  4. Introduction. It should contain a clear statement of the problem of the research, the extent of its solution, the new arguments for its solution (for theoretical papers), most important papers on the subject, the aim and the object of the study.
  5. Research methods. In this part the choice of specific methods of the research should be grounded. The research participants, methods, apparatus and procedures should be identified in sufficient detail. If the methods of the research used are not well known and widely recognized the reasons for the choice of a particular method should be stated. References should be given for all nonstandard methods used. Appropriate statistical analysis should be performed based upon the experimental design carried out. It is necessary to indicate the methods of mathematical statistics applied and explain the estimation of the sample size. Do not include information that will identify human subjects. Research involving human subjects should be carried out following the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki.
  6. Research results. Findings of the study should be presented concisely, consistently and logically, not repeating the chosen methods. The statistical significance of the findings should be denoted. We recommend presenting the data in diagrams and not in tables
  7. Discussion. At the beginning of the discussion section the authors should provide major original research statements (conclusions) that are supported by the data. We recommend structuring the discussion of the findings into subsections (each original research finding should be discussed in a differ ent subsection). The data and the conclusions of the research are compared to the data obtained by other researchers evaluating their similarities and differences. Authors should emphasize the original and important features of the study and avoid repeating all the data presented within the results section.
  8. Conclusions and perspectives. The conclusions provided should be formulated clearly and logically avoiding excessive verbiage. Conclusions supported by the research results. It is recommended to indicate the further perspectives of the research.
  9. Acknowledgements. On the Acknowledgement Page the authors are required to state all funding sources, and the names of companies, manufacturers, or outside organizations providing technical or equipment support (in case such support had been provided).
  10. References. Only published materials (with the exception of dissertations) and sources referred to in the text of the article should be included in the list of references.  There should not be more than 20 references for original investigations and 30 references for review articles. In the text, the author of the cited source and the year of publication are indicated in parentheses. If there are more than two authors, only the first author’s name adding et al. is given. Several sources cited are provided by the year of publication – from the oldest to the newest.

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ISSN: 2029-3194