About journal

There are no more complicated institutions, than botanical gardens on the planet Earth. They are centers for plant mobilization, conservation and study, combining functions of natural history and gardening museums, city parks, clubs for young naturalists and plant breeding centers. Academic interests of our employees are focused on plant introduction and cover virtually all of the existing sciences from geology to astronomy, from social to biological technology. Some people are apt to conserve biodiversity, while others prefer evolution. Some look for a rational explanation of any phenomena, and others talk to plants.

We are passionate about different interesting things, we want to talk about them, and to be aware of what our colleagues are doing. How do we do this best? Feeling a need for effective information stream required a widely distributed journal. Finally, the Internet has convinced us that printed word in electronic form is irreplaceable.

 Civilization of “rock books”, clay tablets, box with wet sand, papyrus, birch bark, parchment and paper is coming to an end. IT revolution has fundamentally changed the means and forms of recording media and its opportunities. Science will change presentation of research results. Numerous textbooks will be replaced by a single virtual course composed by highly qualified team of scientists and educators. We have an opportunity to save forests due to fall in paper consumption.

Journal's Aims & Scope

The mission of “Hortus Botanicus” is to develop relationships between botanical gardens - unique centers of conservation and study of plant genetic resources of the planet Earth.

“Hortus Botanicus” publishes materials on scientific, educational and social activities of botanical gardens of the world. We accept articles on plant preservation, mobilization and introduction, gardening and landscaping, as well as publications in other scientific disciplines made in the botanical gardens.

“Hortus Botanicus” publishes: extensive lists of plants, analytical reviews of botanical gardens’ activities, information about collections, brief reports on conferences, research projects and ideas, essays on the history of botany, botanical journeys and other activities of botanical gardens. We are interested in all works of botanical gardens’ employees.

The Editorial Board believes that lists of seeds and botanical gardens’ catalogues are a scientific publication that show the most important results of their activities.

An important task is the cooperation between academic science and botanical gardens. We implement this task by publishing articles of external researchers made in botanical gardens.

“Hortus Botanicus” is an open access journal.

The contents of the Journal are available to users free of charge. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission of the publisher or the author.

  • Publication in the journal is free of charge.
  • Author(s) hold copyrights and publishing rights without restrictions.
  • Editorial Boards decides on publishing an article on basis of a review.
  • The period from the time of receiving a submitted article to the time of its publication ranges from 3 weeks to 3 months.

Journal's instructions for authors

Politics and Ethics

Understanding the unique multifunctionality of botanical gardens as socially oriented scientific and educational institutes, “Hortus Botanicus”: 

  • provides botanical gardens an opportunity to publish the results of their research in the widest sense of scientific disciplines, of educational and social activities;  
  • contributes to making information on botanical gardens’ diverse activities public and on their role for conserving and studying plants on the planet Earth;  
  • draws attention to innovations, achievements in breeding and preserved genetic resources in botanical gardens;
  • contributes to intercommunication between researchers of different fields, regions and countries.

The authors, sending their materials for publication in “Hortus Botanicus” Journal thus agree to publish, post a publication in free access on the Journal website,  to provide the persons and organisations (that are mandatory to be provided with the information) with the text of the publication, including links and bibliography, or to other persons or organisations in order for them to have an opportunity to quote the publication and to increase the citation index of the authors and the Journal.

The Authors are responsible of published facts. 

Relationships between the authors, editors and reviewers in the course of reviewing and publishing process are based on the principles of ethics. Complying with the principles of ethics by all the parties of this process contributes to providing the authors’ intellectual property rights, increasing the quality of the Journal for the community of professionals and to eliminate the risk of unlawful use of authors’ materials to serve unduly interests of other parties. 

The Editorial Board used the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the experience of other journals, when designing its publication ethics. The Editorial Board supports the politics, aimed at complying with the principles of publication (editorial) ethics and it agrees that following compliance with the principles of publication (editorial) ethics is one of the key moment in reviewing and publishing the Journal. Ethic norms and rules are in compliance with the leading international scientific publishers. Complying with ethical norms and rules is mandatory for all the parties of the scientific materials of publication process: authors, reviewers, members of Editorial Board, editors and employees. 

The decision of publishing the material lies on the Chief Editor on basis of scientific reviews and opinions of the Editorial Board. Rate of a publication is based solely on its contents and the quality of scientific results, not taking into account sex, race, sexual orientation, ethnic background, religion, citizenship or political views of the author. Only the author, reviewers, members of the Editorial Board and publisher have access to the information on the provided manuscript. Non-published information received from manuscripts provided, is not used for personal needs and cannot be transferred to third parties without the author's consent. Information and ideas generated in the process of editing and connected with possible advantages are kept private. In case there are sufficient grounds to believe that some information is plagiarism, it is prevented from being published. Chief Editor together with the Publisher pay attention to complaints that are connected with reviewed manuscripts or published materials; they take all the required measures to rehabilitate all the violated rights in case of a conflict. 


In “Hortus Botanicus”, we use a two-phase unilateral semiblind review method. We do the second phase of the review in case of a negative first review and in the case when we need a reviewer from another field of study.

The reviewer makes a scientific study (review) of the author’s materials, his or her activities are impartial, and his or her aim is to comply with the following principles. The reviewer must reject his or her participation in the reviewing procedure in the case of having a conflict of interests, connected with competition, cooperation or other relationships with any of the authors, companies or facilities related to the article, or in case the reviewer is not competent in this field of science. The reviewer contributes to the increase of quality of an author’s work. A manuscript for review is provided as a confidential document. Discussion of the work with other persons, apart from those, authorized by the Chief Editor, is prohibited. The reviewer gives an impartial and reasoned assessment of the research results. Personal critics on the author is not allowed. Non-published information received from manuscripts provided, is not used for the reviewer’s personal needs.  

The form of a review, filled on the website, has all the main criteria for assessment.  

The reviewer’s surname may be published at will of the reviewer.  

Frequency of publication

The Journal is published once a year in one volume, with thematic enclosures.

Articles are published continuously in the course of the year, as soon as they are ready to be published. The volume’s indexation and page numbering is made at the end of the year. 

Journal's sections

  • Hypotheses, Discoveries and Technologies
  • Botanical Gardens: Past and Present
  • Structure of Plant Diversity
  • Conservation, Mobilization and Study of Plant Genetic Resources
  • Harmony of Garden
  • Information Technology for Botanical Gardens
  • Conference and Travel
  • New Books and Websites
  • Literary Gardening
  • Events of the Year
  • Editorial Note 


Since 2016, the Journal is supplemented by enclosures. Enclosures include: priority publications devoted to new discoveries and technologies, descriptions of new taxa; results of research and views of botanical gardens’ employees, not covered by the main theme of the journal;

  • conference proceedings;
  • monographs;
  • lists of seeds;
  • plant catalogues.

All enclosures are reviewed and go through editorial preparations.