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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • All persons who meet authorship criteria are listed as authors, and all authors certify that they have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content, including participation in the concept, design, analysis, writing, or revision of the manuscript.
  • The corresponding author will receive an edited paper for checking before it is published. Authors should keep in mind that proofreading is their responsibility. Corrections should therefore be clear and unambiguous. The main aim of proofreading is to correct errors and not to modify the content of the paper.

Author Guidelines

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The online submission system is available at the web address: 

Uploading instructions are available at:

Step-by-step process:

1. Prepare the Manuscript on the template without author information
​BSR Paper Template (docx) 
2. Prepare the Open Access Licence (pdf)
3. Prepare the Title Page document on the template 
BSR Title Page Template (docx)
4. Register at the system:
5. Upload the Manuscript, Title Page and the Open Access Licence to the system:

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The processing fee is 250 EUR.

The processing fee is used only for covering the costs of the journal since it is published by the non-profit research non-government organization Society for advancing research and innovation in the economy – IRENET.

Authors who do not have the access to the funds for paying the processing fee may request a waiver after acceptance of the paper.

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Review Process

Editor reviews each paper and, if it is judged suitable for publication in Business Systems Research Journal, the paper is sent to at least two independent reviewers for blind peer review. After the consultation with the relevant members of the Editorial Board, taking into account the reviewer's recommendations, the editor decides whether the paper will be accepted as is, revised or rejected.

Manuscript Requirements

BSR paper template should be used for preparing the paper. The maximum length of the paper is 10.000 words. Maximum title length is 10 words. 

  • Abstract (max 200 words) should consist of the following parts (formatted in Bold) described with one or two sentences: Background; Objectives; Method; Results and Conclusion.

The abstract should be no longer than 200 words. It should consist of the following elements (include also the words Background and others in the abstract text):
Background: Background of the research should be explained in a few sentences.
Objectives: Objectives of the paper should be clearly stated in 1-2 sentences.
Method/Approach: Statistical methods or other research approaches used in the paper should be explained in 1-2 sentences.
Results/Findings: Results of the research should be presented in 1-2 sentences.
Conclusion: Main conclusions should be debriefed in 1-2 sentences.

The introduction should describe the nature of the problem and current state of knowledge; state the purpose, scope and general methods, and present hypothesis and/or research goals. The paper should demonstrate an adequate understanding of the relevant literature in the field and cite an appropriate range of literature sources. Any significant work should not be ignored. The introduction should state clearly the objective of the paper as well as the context of the investigation. The literature review should be limited to the articles, books and other items that are relevant to specific research questions addressed. The theoretical framework of the research may contain a full section explaining the motives of the research, identifying a gap in the existing literature of the research, and potential usefulness of the proposed theoretical basis.

The empirical section should provide appropriate citations to the methodology used. Paper's argument should be built on an appropriate base of theory, concepts, or other ideas. The research or equivalent intellectual work on which the paper is based should be well designed. Methods employed should be appropriate.

Full details of the analyses and results must be included in the paper itself. Results should be presented clearly and analysed appropriately. Conclusions should adequately tie together the other elements of the paper.

Authors should provide a brief discussion. The research question should be answered. Authors should note the limitations of the study. Results should clearly express its case, measured against the technical language of the field and the expected knowledge of the journal's readership. Attention has to be paid to the clarity of expression and readability, such as sentence structure, jargon use, acronyms, etc.

Authors should note the limitations of the study. The conclusion should be based on answering research questions and/or should include results of hypothesis investigation. Further research directions should be proposed.

Paper structure

Authors are suggested to use the IMRAD paper structure.

At the end of the paper, a reference list in alphabetical order should be supplied. Use the Harvard style for reference (link). References should not be numbered or bulleted. Use Times New Roman, 11 pt for reference. Citation not older than the last decade should be used as much as possible.

1. Books
Surname, Initials. (year), Title of the book. Edition. (only include this if not the first edition), Publisher, Place of publication (this must be a town or city, not a country).
e.g. Scheer, A. W. (1998), Business Process Engineering Study Edition: Reference Models for Industrial Enterprises, Springer, New York.

2. Book chapters
Surname, Initials (year), "Chapter title", Editor's Surname, Initials, Title of Book, Publisher, Place of publication, pages.
e.g. Pejic-Bach, M., Draganic, M. (2009), „Some Aspects of Implementing Always-On It-Solutions and Standards in Banking Sector: The Case of Croatia“, in Bajgariæ, N. (Ed.), Always-On Enterprise Information Systems for Business Continuance, Hershey, IGI Global, pp.149-175.

3. Journals
Surname, Initials (year), "Title of article", Journal Name, Vol. XX No. XX, pages.
e.g. Al-Mashari, M. (2003), „A process change-oriented model for ERP application“, International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, Vol. 16 No.1, pp. 39-55.
If the original version of a non-English article is cited in References, please give the original title and put the English translation in the bracket

4. Published conference proceedings
Surname, Initials (year), "Title of paper", in Surname, Initials (Ed.), Title of published proceeding which may include place and date(s) held, Publisher, Place of publication, Page numbers.

5. Conference proceedings available on the internet
Surname, Initials (year), "Title of paper", paper presented at Name of Conference, date of conference, place of conference, available at URL / (accessed date)

6. Working papers
Surname, Initials (year), "Title of article", working paper [number if available], Institution or organization, Place of organization, date.

7. Encyclopedia entries (with no author or editor)
Title of Encyclopedia (year), "Title of entry", volume, edition, Title of Encyclopedia, Publisher, Place of publication, pages.
(For authored entries please refer to book chapter guidelines above)

8. Newspaper articles (authored)
Surname, Initials (year), "Article title", Newspaper, date, pages.

9. Newspaper articles (non-authored)
Newspaper (year), "Article title", date, pages.

10. Internet sources
Surname, Initials (year), „Title of article“, available at (accessed date)
e.g. Kulkarni, U., St. Louis, R. (2003), „Organizational Self Assessment of Knowledge Management Maturity“, available at / (12 November 2012)

Before you upload

Before you upload the paper, please check the following:

  • Is body text shorter than 10,000 words?
  • Does the paper follow the IMRAD structure, when applicable?
  • Is abstract shorter than 200 words? Did you follow the structure for the abstract as suggested in these instructions?
  • Is the number of keywords limited to 10?
  • Did you prepare the tables and figures according to the BSR Paper template?
  • Did you prepare the references according to these instructions?
  • Did you prepare the Open Access Licence?
  • Did you prepare the BSR Title Page?
  • Did you sufficiently elaborate the paper theoretical contributions in the introduction (approximately one paragraph), discussion (1-2 pages) and conclusion (approximately two paragraphs)?


In case of any questions, please send an email to Editor in Chief:
Mirjana Pejic-Bach, Full professor
Faculty of Economics & Business - Zagreb

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