Authors can use the template (except for review papers), but are advised to read the instructions thoroughly beforehand. Papers should be written in Arial, font size 11 (for title use font size 13), spacing 1.5. For paper layout use paper size A4, margins set to normal, background must be white. Do not format text in multiple columns. Upload the manuscript to the online submission system in MS Word format (doc or docx).
Limit manuscript sections and subsections to maximum three heading levels, clearly indicated as follows: all headings (SUMMARY, INTRODUCTION, MATERIALS AND METHODS, RESULTS AND DISCUSSION, CONCLUSIONS, ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, FUNDING, CONFLICT OF INTEREST, SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL, ORCID ID and REFERENCES) must be written in capital letters and placed above the text (paragraph). Second and third order headings (subheadings) should be written with only first word beginning with capital letter, and only the second order headings mut be in italic. Subheadings may be used in Materials and Methods and Results and Discussion sections to simplify the presentation, and they should not be repeated. Second order headings should be placed above the text and written in italic. Third order headings should be written in normal font and placed above the text. Fourth order headings can be used only if necessary (in general, they should be avoided) and should be written in normal font in line with the text, separated with a full stop from the remaining text.
The use of nonstandard abbreviations (initialisms or acronyms) that are not widely accepted is not recommended. The use of too many abbreviations, which makes reading difficult, should also be avoided.
The cited references must be numbered consecutively throughout the text, including tables and figures if applicable (do not put references that appear in the figurs or tables at the end of the list). In the text, ordinal numbers of the references must be written in italic and in round brackets (brackets not in italic). Further instructions how to write the list of references are given under References.
The position of figures and tables should be marked in the text. If a figure consists of multiple panels, all panels should be mentioned in the text before the next figure or table is mentioned.
All research papers (original scientific papers, preliminary communications or scientific notes) should contain the following sections:
- Supplementary material
- Authors' contribution
- ORCID ID
(body of the text without references), not more than 6 figures and tables combined, and maximum 40 references.
(body of the text without references), not more than 4 figures and tables combined, and maximum 30 references.
The summary (abstract of the paper) should not be longer than 350 words. It should be divided in the following paragraphs: Research background, Experimental approach, Results and conclusions, and Novelty and scientific contribution (for (mini)reviews: do not use these subheadings). It should explain the aim of the paper and include the most relevant results and conclusions, emphasizing the importance and novelty of the work. Numerical data obtained should be avoided in the Summary unless indispensable for the comprehension of the research contribution of the paper. No abbreviations, equations, illustrations, figures, tables or references should appear in the Summary. The information in the Summary should agree with the rest of the text and all information in it should appear in the body of the paper. Summary must contain all key words.
Keywords must describe the main topic of the paper for indexing purposes, so it is not recommendable to use general and generic words. Maximum 6 words or phrases can be used, separated by a semicolon. Use of abbreviations as key words should be avoided, except for well-known and standard abbreviations (such as HPLC, PCR etc.). All keywords must be used in the Summary, and those that do not appear anywhere in the text should not be used.
The introductory part should clearly describe the aim of the research. Sufficient references to relevant previous publications along with a brief discussion and conclusions of past research should be given. A short section explaining the relevance of the presented research in that context should be included. It should be pointed out why the methodology used in the present study was chosen and why it will provide new insights.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Experimental part should be written clearly and in sufficient detail about the used protocol to allow the work to be repeated. Detailed description is required only for new techniques and procedures, while the known methods must be cited in the references with only a short description of the procedure. For all chemicals and equipment used, full data should be given, including the name of the product, company/manufacturer (do not cite suppliers, only manufacturers), city and country (state and country) of origin. For all equipment, model number should also be provided. Computer software, search tools and databases should be cited in the reference list. Information about the origin of samples (e.g. meat, plants, etc.) must be given in detail (manufacturer if applicable, city, state where applicable, and country of origin). Origin of the products purchased from local producers or markets must also be specified. Details on organism(s) studied (its origin, which collection (name, city and country of origin) it was taken from) and, when relevant, their pre-experiment handling and care should be given. For a field study, a description of the study site, including the significant physical and biological features, and the precise location should be included. The sampling design should be described (controls, number of samples, treatments, measured variables, replication, final form of data etc.). Statistical procedures and software used to analyze the results, including the probability level at which the significance was determined, should be described and cited. If citing more than one method of the same standards organization, each method must be cited separately. To see how to cite, go to References.
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
Results and Discussion should be written as one combined section in order to simplify the presentation. The body of the Results and Discussion section is a text-based presentation of the key findings which includes references to each of the tables and figures.
This section must not be merely the repetition of the content of the preceding sections. It cannot be omitted or merged with the previous section. Conclusion should concisely and clearly explain the significance and novelty of the results obtained in the presented work. References are not to be cited here.
Acknowledgements to colleagues, institutions or companies for support, donations or any other assistance (except for grants and projects) need to be put at the end of the manuscript, before references. Contributors mentioned here cannot be considered as authors of the manuscript.
FUNDING If the presented data are a result of a funded project or grant, details of all funding sources for the research should be written here. Authors should provide full official funding agency name(s) and grant number(s). If a project has a title, state it here as well. If needed, the relevant agency and grant number can be stated for each author, in which case only authors' initials should be written.
If the authors have a conflict of interest, for example if they are analysing a product of the company in which they work for or use a software or tool developed by their company, it needs to be clearly stated in the manuscript. If there is no conflict of interest present, then in this section the following statement needs to be given: The authors declare no conflict of interest.
Supplementary materials include images of illustrative nature, tables showing data about used materials or additional data that is not essential for clarity and relevance of the presented research; therefore, it is published only online. If the manuscript contains such materials, this chapter must be added with the following statement: Supplementary materials are available at: www.ftb.com.hr.
The Journal follows the guidelines for authorship and contributorship of ICMJE which are specified in the section Editorial Policy. Specify here the contribution of each author of your manuscript. Assign to each name the activity/activities in which they participated, e.g. conception or design of the work, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, performing the analysis, drafting the article, critical revision, final approval of the version to be published. Write full sentences, use active voice, not passive. Write initials of the first names and full surnames of each author.
Here write Orcid id numbers of authors as follows:
Initial(s). Surname https://orcid.org/0000-.....
Authors bear the responsibility for the accuracy of the references; therefore, each reference should be thoroughly checked. Examples how to cite according to the Journal's instructions are given here. References should be selective rather than extensive (with the exception of review articles). It is advisable to limit the number of references to 50 in original scientific paper, 40 in preliminary communication, 30 in scientific note, and 100-150 in minireview and review, respectively. Preferably references should include recent international publications, unless giving a review of the field, must reflect the topic of the manuscript and show the relevance to the Journal. They must all be written in English; references originally written in other languages must be translated into English and the language of origin must be written in brackets at the end of the reference. When citing databases, software, tools and other online services, authors are advised to use their recommendations how to cite them. If the original literature cited has not been available, the authors should quote the source used. Unpublished data should be mentioned only in the text like this: (data not shown), and not appear in the reference list.
All references appearing in the text must be listed in the list of Recommended style for writing references is according to