Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae

The international journal Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae is published by the Polish Botanical Society, with financial assistance of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. It is the oldest scientific journal promoting all aspects of plant science functioning continuously (with the exception of WWII) in Poland since 1923.

The journal offers Open Access publication of original research papers, short communications, and reviews in all areas of plant science, including evolution, ecology, genetics, plant structure and development, physiology and biochemistry.

Call for papers: “Polar terrestrial ecosystems ecology, evolution, and biogeography”

Call for papers: “Polar terrestrial ecosystems: ecology, evolution, and biogeography”

Polar regions and their extreme environment have deeply fascinated naturalists for centuries. Surrounding the two poles of the globe, the Arctic and the Antarctic share many features and at the same time have a contrasting biogeographical constitution. Contemporary biological research ongoing in these unique areas covers a wide range of topics such as biodiversity patterns, biogeographical dynamics, persistence and dispersal capacities of organisms, evolutionary adaptations to extreme habitats. All these aspects become especially pertinent in the context of fragile polar ecosystems’ resilience to climate change.

The polar research is marked in 2017 by two important anniversaries: 60th Anniversary of the Polish Polar Station in Hornsund, Svalbard, Arctic and 40th Anniversary of the Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station, South Shetland Islands. As meaningful landmarks in the Polish Arctic and Antarctic studies, they provide an excellent motive to launch a special issue of the Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae focused on accomplishments, advances and perspectives in biological exploration of cold ecosystems. Therefore, we cordially invite contributions (original articles, review articles, and short communications) focused on polar biology studies including, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • biodiversity assessment
  • ecological processes and drivers of assemblages
  • biogeographical patterns
  • historical biogeography and phylogeography
  • vegetation description and changes
  • consequences of global environmental changes
  • evolution of adaptations to extreme environment
  • ecosystem resilience
  • environmental pollution
  • biological conservation.

The issue timetable:

  • submission deadline: June 29, 2018
  • reviews till: August 31, 2018
  • post-review revisions till: October 31, 2018
  • editing ends: December 21, 2018
  • publication: December 28, 2018.

Journal policies (including guidelines for manuscript preparation, fees) are available at:

Manuscripts submission starting point:

Please submit a manuscript to a dedicated section – “Polar terrestrial ecosystems: ecology, evolution, and biogeography”.


Guest editors of the issue:

Prof. dr hab. Bronisław Wojtuń
University of Wrocław

Dr hab. Michał Ronikier, prof. PAN
W. Szafer Institute of Botany, Polish Academy of Sciences


Photograph: Dryas octopetala community in the Western Spitsbergen (High Arctic). Author: M. Ronikier.



List of reviewers 2016

The list of scientists who have served as reviewers for the Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae journal in the year 2016. The editors of ASBP, on behalf of the journal, express their great appreciation of all reviewers competence, dedication and hard work.  
Posted: 2018-01-05

Cessation of the print edition


Starting from the year 2016, the Acta Societatis Botanicorum Poloniae journal will be only available as an online edition.

Therefore, the page numbers will be no longer used for citation purposes. Every article will contain citation schema with the unique article number included, which replaces pagination. In the following example the article number is 1063: Acta Soc Bot Pol. 2015;85(1):1063. Additionally, the article number will be the last part of the updated DOI pattern, e.g., the following DOI is assigned to the article number 1061: 10.5586/asbp.1061.


Updated author guideline has been published. Authors should already prepare submissions according to this guideline.

Posted: 2015-09-30

ASBP archival issues

Dear Readers. We continue to provide subsequent archival issues of ASBP journal. The digitization of archival issues is conducted with the support of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.  
Posted: 2012-09-17

Professional proofreading

ASBP journal Editorial Team strongly recommends that authors whose native language is not English send their manuscripts for language correction prior to submission. We started cooperation with Dr. Kevin Davies, the botanist who offers professional proofreading of scientific texts. Please visit the following website or email Dr. Davies directly at for further information.  
Posted: 2011-11-11
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Vol 86, No 4 (2017)

Cover Page

On the cover Lateral branch of Wollemia nobilis W. G. Jones, K. D. Hill & J. M. Allen terminating in a male cone. The tree is a hero of fantastic story telling how the Jurassic gymnosperm became an extant plant. Now recommended as a new Christmas tree. This specimen, grown outdoors near Wrocław town in Lower Silesia, Poland, produced many cones last summer, but had to be moved indoors for the winter.

[Author: Beata Zagórska-Marek]