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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).
  • Integral text of the contribution is prepared according to the Article Template in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • Paper is professionally edited (preferably by a native speaker).
  • By submitting the manuscripts I agree to routine disclosure of similarity with existing literature (plagiarism and self-plagiarism) through the PlagScan program.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, personal information about the author noted in the file title and file properties are removed.
  • The manuscript submitted under the category of an original scientific paper, preliminary communication or scientific subject review was anonymized, and the Comments to the Editor include the information about conflict of interest, the ethics approval and other required information.

Author Guidelines

All manuscripts must be submitted online using Open Journal Systems. The whole manuscript should be prepared according to Article Template. The cover page and figures or tables should be submitted as separate files.

Title 
It presents the topic of the contribution in the strictest sense. It should be clear, comprehensive, specific, short, and unambiguous. The title should focus on the topic and content of your paper. The possible case study can be a subtitle but avoid use the word “case” in your title because case study papers are downloaded and cited much less than other papers. Avoid words with little or no meaning.

Use the subtitle only if needed. A subtitle that determines the topic more closely can be added.

Keywords 
Up to five keywords, alphabetically ordered. Each keyword should comprise one or two words.

Abstract 
Maximum 1200 characters with spaces. It should be written in the third person singular. The abstract contains a brief description of the aim of the article, methods of work and results. It should contain
no comments and recommendations. The abstract should be in a single paragraph. There should be no references to tables, figures or bibliography. 

Main text
The main text's recommended size should not exceed 28800 characters with spaces. The text should be logically and clearly structured, divided into entitled chapters. All pages should be numbered. The entire text, including titles, subtitles, and keywords, should be written in lower case letters, with no exclusive use of capital letters. It is highly recommended to have the text proofread before submitting it to the Editorial Board.

Figures (drawings, photographs), tables, graphs, and other graphic contributions should be inserted within the text. Their exact position in the text should be marked (Fig. 1; Table I; Graph I, etc.).

Conclusion
Texts should end with a short conclusion presenting the research results and mentioning the research's possible contribution. The conclusion should not repeat parts of the main text nor contain any figures or notes. Authors should indicate potential limitations of the described research as well as the possibility and area of its application.

Reference guide
References must be incorporated into the text (not in endnote format) and must follow the Harvard Style of Referencing. References should be cited in the text as follows: (author, year: page). An alphabetical reference section (Bibliography) should follow the text. If there are more references by the same author published in the same year, letters should be added to the citation: a, b, c, etc. (e.g., 2020a; 2020b). When citing a source with two or three authors, state all surnames like so: (Mitchell, Smith and Thomson, 2017: 189), and when citing four or more authors the first author’s surname should be stated followed by ‘et al’: (Mitchell et al, 2017: 189). When citing multiple works in one parenthesis, list the in-text citations in the normal way but with semicolons between different reference: (Mitchell, 2017: 189; Andrews, 1989: 165-176). When citing a secondary source, state the reference you used first followed by ‘cited in’ and the original author: (Smith, 2000, cited in Mitchell, 2017: 189).It is essential to add the DOI number for each reference that has it. Check them on: DOI Crossref.

Footnotes should be used instead of endnotes. Cited texts that are three lines or less should be integrated into the text. Cited text of four or more lines should be separated from the main text using a left indentation (only) and a font size of 10. They should not exceed ¼ of the primary text size. Formulations such as 'ibid.', 'op. cit.' "see note 1" and the like should be avoided.

Bibliography
A list of bibliographic references comprises detailed references of all the used and cited source materials (an extensive list of bibliographic units that are not referred to in the text or notes is not acceptable). Bibliographic units are listed alphabetically according to the surname of the (first) author. If a particular text is written by several authors, their names are listed in the same way as they are printed in the original publication.

Book

Author surname(s), initial(s). (Year Published) Title. Edition. Place of publication: publisher.

Mitchell, J.A. and Thomson, M. (2017) A guide to citation. 3rd ed. London: London Publishing.

 

Edited Book

Edited books are collations of chapters written by different authors.

Editor surname(s), initial(s). (ed(s).) (Year Published). Title. Edition. Place of publication: publisher.

William, S.T. (eds.) (2015) Referencing: a guide to citation rules. New York: My Publisher.

 

Chapter in an Edited Book

Author surname(s), initial(s). (Year Published) ’Title of Chapter’ in Editor surname(s), initial(s). (ed(s).) Title of book. Edition. Place of publication: publisher, page numbers.

Troy B.N. (2015) ‘Harvard citation rules’ in Williams, S.T. (ed.) A guide to citation rules. New York: NY Publishers, pp. 34-89.

Note: p. refers to a single page, pp. refers to a range of pages

 

E-Book

Author surname(s), initial(s). (Year) Title. Edition. Name of e-book collection or format [online or e-book reader]. Available at URL or DOI [Accessed: Day Month Year].

Mitchell, J.A., Thomson, M. and Coyne, R.P. (2017) A guide to citation. E-book library [online]. Available at: https://www.mendeley.com/reference-management/reference-manager [Accessed: 10 September 2016].

 

Journal Article

Author surname(s), initial(s). (Year Published) ‘Title of Article’, Title of Journal, volume(issue), page numbers.

Mitchell, J.A. ‘How citation changed the research world’, The Mendeley, 62(9), pp. 70-81.

 

Journal Article Online

Author surname(s), initial(s). (Year) ‘Title of article’, Title of journal, volume(issue) [online]. Available at: URL or DOI [Accessed: Day Month Year].

Mitchell, J.A. ‘How citation changed the research world’, The Mendeley, 62(9) [online]. Available at:  https://www.mendeley.com/reference-management/reference-manager [Accessed: 15 November 2016].

 

Article in a Periodical

Author surname(s), initial(s). (Year Published) ‘Article Title’, Newspaper Title (edition), day, month, page number(s).

Note: edition is used only where applicable.

Mitchell, J.A. (2017) ‘Changes to citation formats shake the research world’, The Mendeley Telegraph (Weekend edition), 6 July, pp. 9-12.

 

Article in a Periodical online

Author surname(s), initial(s). (Year) ‘Article Title’, Newspaper Title (edition), day month [online]. Available at: URL or DOI [Accessed: Day Month Year].

Mitchell, J.A. (2017) ‘Changes to citation formats shake the research world’, The Mendeley Telegraph (Weekend edition), 6 July [online]. Available at:  https://www.mendeley.com/reference-management/reference-manager [Accessed: 15 November 2017].

 

Conference Proceedings

Author surname(s), initial(s). (Year Published) Title of Paper or Proceedings. In: Name or Title of Conference. City: Publisher of the Proceedings, pages.

 

Conference Proceedings online

Author surname(s), initial(s). (Year) Title of Paper or Proceedings. In: Name or Title of Conference. [online] City: Publisher of the Proceedings, pages. Available at: URL [Accessed: Day Month Year].

 

Dissertation

Author surname, initial. (Year published). Dissertation title. Academic Level of the Author. Name of University, College, or Institution.

 

Archive Material

Author surname(s), initial(s). (Year published) Title of the material. [format] Name of the university, library, organization, collection name, code, or number. City.

 

Artwork

Author surname(s), initial(s). (Year created). Title. [Medium]. City that the artwork is/was displayed in: Gallery or Museum.

 

Online Image or Video

Author surname(s), initial(s). OR Corporate Author. (Year published). Title/description. [format] Available at: URL [Accessed Day Mo. Year].

 

Presentation and Lecture

Author surname(s), initial(s). (Year) Presentation Title.

 

Patent

Author surname(s), initial(s). OR Corporate Author (Year published). Title or Description of Patent. Patent number.

It should be noted that even if the information is found online, no online information needs to be included.

 

Dictionary Entry

Author surname(s), initial(s). (Year published) Entry title. In: Dictionary Title, Edition. City: Publisher, page.

 

Dictionary Entry online

Author surname(s), initial(s). (Year published) Entry title. In: Dictionary Title, Edition. City: Publisher, page. Available at: URL [Accessed: Day Month Year].

Note: If no author/editor/or contributor is given, omit it from the citation, use *** instead.

Note: If the publishing year is unavailable, use the abbreviation n.d., which stands for no date

 

Encyclopedia Article

Author surname(s), initial(s). (Year published) Article title. In: Encyclopaedia title, Edition. City published: Publisher, page(s).

 

Report

Corporate Author OR Government Agency OR Author surname(s), initial(s). (Year published) Title of Document or Article. City published: Publisher, Page(s).

 

Report online

Corporate Author OR Government Agency OR Author surname(s), initial(s). (Year published) Title of Document or Article. [online] City published: Publisher, Page(s). Available at: URL [Accessed: Day Month Year].

 

Web site

Author surname(s), initial(s). (Year of publishing) Title of page/site [online]. Available at: URL [Accessed: Day Month Year].

Mitchell, J.A. (2017) How and when to reference [Online]. Available at: https://www.howandwhentoreference.com/ [Accessed: 27 May 2017].

 

Email

Sender’s Last name, First initial. (Year published). Subject Line of Email. [email].

 

Interview

Last name of Interviewer, First initial. and Last name of Interviewee, First initial. (Year of Interview) Title or Description of Interview.

Figures and tables
You must have full copyright permission to include figures or tables that have been previously published. In general, it is highly recommended that you avoid using anything that requires copyright permission. Entries should contain the origin of the figure, and follow the Harvard citing style. The author(s) should possess the permission to publish all visual contributions that accompany the text.

The number of figures should not exceed 10. In the selection of figures, preference is given to authentic figures made by the authors. They are expected to be of a high visual and technical quality and suitable for black and white reproduction (jpeg or tiff, min 300dpi, min 10x15 cm, max 16Mpx). They should contain all necessary denotations (graphic scale, north orientation mark, lettering or numerical elements of keys, etc.).

All figures and tables should be placed in the text, where most suitable. Be sure that each table and figure is cited in the text (Table I, Figure 1). Figures and tables, including their captions, must be easily readable and self-explanatory. Figures are marked by Arabic numerals and tables by Roman numerals (Fig.1; Table I). Each figure should be accompanied by a short caption. The introductory figure (Fig. 1) following the author's suggestion should be high-quality and attractive since it is printed in a bigger format at the beginning of the paper.

Original Scientific Paper

The original scientific paper contains theoretical and practical results of the fundamental or applied research; it presents the original scientific research results for the first time; It is an integral and in-depth presentation of an entirely completed research or its completed phases which are not expected to yield some further important results; the research can be repeated and its results tested.

Preliminary Communication

The preliminary communication is the first short article describing scientific research results which, due to their topical interest, should be published rapidly; it contains one or more new research information without an integral overview of the topic; it is primarily published in order to secure copyright in the name of the author for his partial research results; it does not provide the conditions for repeated research or testing its results.

Scientific Subject Review

The scientific subject review presents an integral overview of an area or a problem with a critical review or assessment; it is based on some earlier published results but also contains new analyses and syntheses, new relationships and/or new hypotheses for further research; the cited literature should be comprehensive enough to provide insight into the researched area; its systematicity, evaluation, commentaries, conclusions and presentations of someone else's or one's own research results give it a clear instructional purpose.

Book Review

Book review presents international and Croatian publications issued within the last two years. These short papers by esteemed authors are not peer-reviewed or categorized. Papers must be pre-approved by the journal's book review editor.

Conference Review

Conference review presents international and Croatian conferences issued within the last two years and with published scientific conference proceedings or book of abstracts. These short papers by esteemed authors are not peer-reviewed or categorized. Papers must be pre-approved by the journal's book review editor.

Review of Doctoral Dissertation

Review of Doctoral Dissertation defended in the current year should be equipped with the title, mentor and committee in charge.  These short papers by PhD authors are not peer-reviewed or categorized. Papers must be pre-approved by the journal's book review editor.

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