About the Journal

Caryologia. International Journal of Cytology, Cytosystematics, and Cytogenetics

Caryologia is devoted to the publication of original papers, and occasionally of reviews, about plant, animal, and human karyological, cytological, cytogenetic, embryological, and ultrastructural studies. Articles about the structure, the organization, and the biological events relating to DNA and chromatin organization in eukaryotic cells are considered. Caryologia has a strong tradition in plant and animal cytosystematics and in cytotoxicology. Bioinformatics articles may be considered, but only if they have an emphasis on the relationship between the nucleus and cytoplasm and/or the structural organization of the eukaryotic cell. Articles about other aspects of molecular genetics might be considered if related to the concepts of species boundary, delimitations, and phylogenetic position. 


Each submission to Caryologia is an international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes high-quality, original research contributions to scientific knowledge. All manuscript submissions are subject to initial appraisal by the Editors, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees.
All peer review is single blind and submission is online.


Caryologia provides immediate open access to its content. Our publisher, Firenze University Press at the University of Florence, complies with the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of Open Access: By “open access” , we mean the free availability on the public internet, the permission for all users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of the articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain is to guarantee the original authors with control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited. We support a greater global exchange of knowledge by making the research published in our journal open to the public and reusable under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC-BY-4.0). Furthermore, we encourage authors to post their pre-publication manuscript in institutional repositories or on their websites prior to and during the submission process and to post the Publisher’s final formatted PDF version after publication without embargo. These practices benefit authors with productive exchanges as well as earlier and greater citations of published work.


Papers will be published online as soon as they are accepted, and tagged with a DOI code. The final full bibliographic record for each article (initial-final page) will be released with the hard copies of Caryologia. Manuscripts are accepted at any time through the online submission system. 


Authors who publish with Caryologia agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain the copyright and publication rights without restrictions, granting the journal the right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC-BY-4.0) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in Caryologia.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


Open access publishing is not without costs. Caryologia, therefore, levies an Article-Processing Charge (APC) of € 150.00 for each article accepted for publication, plus VAT or local taxes where applicable. No Article Submission Charges (ASC) are applied.
We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process.


The responsibilities of Caryologia's editors, reviewers, and authors concerning publication ethics and publication malpractice are described in Caryologia’s Guidelines on Publication Ethics.   


In accordance with the generally accepted standards of scholarly publishing, Caryologia does not alter articles after publication: "Articles that have been published should remain extant, exact, and unaltered to the maximum extent possible".
In cases of serious errors or (suspected) misconduct Caryologia publishes corrections and retractions (expressions of concern).

In cases of serious errors that affect or significantly impair the reader’s understanding or evaluation of the article, Caryologia publishes a correction note that is linked to the published article. The published article will be left unchanged.
In accordance with the "Retraction Guidelines" by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Substantia will retract a published article if 
  • there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation)
  • the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper crossreferencing, permission or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication)
  • it turns out to be an act of plagiarism
  • it reports unethical research.
An article is retracted by publishing a retraction notice that is linked to or replaces the retracted article. Caryologia will make any effort to clearly identify a retracted article as such.
If an investigation is underway that might result in the retraction of an article Substantia may choose to alert readers by publishing an expression of concern.


Please ensure that all research reported in submitted papers has been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner, and is in full compliance with all relevant codes of experimentation and legislation. All papers that report in vivo experiments or clinical trials on humans or animals must include a written statement in the Methods section. This should explain that all work was conducted with the formal approval of the local human subject or animal care committees (institutional and national), and that clinical trials have been registered as legislation requires. Authors who do not have formal ethics review committees should include a statement that their study follows the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki


Caryologia and Firenze University Press are experimenting with a National legal deposition and long-term digital preservation service.