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The periodical publishes scientific contributions on zoology, palaeontology, botany and geology, original articles on the history of natural science, information about museum collections and others.

The publications are issued in English.

Manuscripts are transmitted electronically or sent by e-mail. Files processed by a popular text editor, such as Word, are accepted. The texts must be written using a single font, for example Times New Roman, 12 pt, single spacing. The generic and species group taxa names should be set in italics. No hyphenation, tabs, and extra intervals should be used.

All manuscripts will be subjected to peer review before acceptance by at least two peers qualified to evaluate the manuscript. The еditor normally asks the reviewers to complete the review in three weeks.

The authors of the article are given with a full first and last name. The name of the author(s) is separated from the title by a single line.

The full postal and e-mail address of the author(s) should follow.

After the author’s addresses follows Abstract, which in a synthesised form presents the essence of the article. The length of the abstract varies — up to 20 lines.

After the abstract, up to 6 keywords must be written.

The subtitles (Introduction, Study area, Materials and methods, Results and discussions, Conclusions, etc.) are separated from the previous text using a single line.

The tables should not exceed 30 lines. Lengthy datasets in “table” format can be published as a supplementary material. Use database or spreadsheet formats, and try to avoid tables constructed in text editors. The table headings and their explanations should be placed on the top. Include the tables in the text file, but after the bibliographic list. No spaces should be used. Mark their place in the manuscript and give the headings and explanations to them. In the text the tables should be marked as “Table”, and are numbered in the order of reference.

Figures are transmitted in a separate file(s). Mark their place in the manuscript and give headings and explanations to them (these are placed under the figures). These must be in TIFF (minimum 300 dpi) or vector format. In the text the figures should be designated as “Fig.”, and numbered in the order of reference.

Bibliographic sources in the text must be cited in one of the following ways: Josifov (1980); (Josifov, 1981, 1998, 2000); Josifov & Kerzhner (1995); (Josifov & Kerzhner, 1995); Golemansky et al. (1998); (Golemansky et al., 1998); (Beshovski, 1995, 2000; Golemansky, 2002; Mitov et al., 2012; Beron, 2016). In case of 3 or more authors use “et al.” after the first one.

The bibliographic list includes only sources cited in the text of the article and arranged in alphabetical order. If a source is written in Cyrillic, use the abstract’s title. If there is no abstract, the title should be translated. The source in which the cited article is published should be given transliterated if it does not have a title in Roman script. Journal names should be quoted without abbreviations.

Papers in journals:
Beschovski V. 1977 Investigations on the chloropid flies (Diptera, Chloropidae) of Southwestern Bulgaria. Acta zoologica bulgarica 6: 40-49.
Joakimov D. 1909 Po faunata na Hemiptera v Bulgaria. Sbornik za narodni umotvorenia nauka i knizhnina 25: 1-34. (In Bulgarian)

Electronic journal articles:
Fuss J., Spassov N., Begun D.R., Böhme M. 2017 Potential hominin affinities of Graecopithecus from the Late Miocene of Europe. PLoS ONE 12 (5): e0177127. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0177127

Book chapters:
Josifov M. 1997 Heteroptera. In: Sakalian V. (ed.) Endemic and Relict Insects in the Pirin National Park, Bulgaria. Pensoft Publishers, Sofia—Moscow, 31-42.

Books:
Beron P. 2015 Cave Fauna of Bulgaria. East-West & National Museum of Natural History, Sofia, 434 pp.

Submitting a manuscript to Historia naturalis bulgarica, the authors certify that:
All authors agree to its submission and the corresponding author has been authorised by co-authors.
The work described has not been published before and is not being considered for publication elsewhere.
They secure the right to reproduce any material that has already been published or copyrighted elsewhere. The work does not violate any copyright or other personal proprietary right of any person or entity and it contains no abusive, defamatory, obscene or fraudulent statements, nor any other statements that are unlawful in any way.
They agree to the following license and copyright agreement: Authors grant Historia naturalis bulgarica a license to publish the article and identify itself as the original publisher. The article and any associated published material is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License.