Guidelines for Authors

Author Guidelines 

Ethical policy

The ethics statements for Vallis Aurea (Journal of Sustainable Development and Innovation)  are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Submission of a manuscript implies that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, and by the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – at the institution where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any compensation claims.

Types of papers

The journal publishes reviewed papers (scholarly articles), research reports, academic debates and reviews. Within the peer review process, papers published in the journal are categorised into one of the following categories: original scientific papers, preliminary communications, and review papers. Articles must be in English.


Submissions should be published on time or be considered for publication elsewhere. The papers should be submitted electronically to the Open Journal System. 

Manuscripts submitted to the Vallis Aurea (Journal of Sustainable Development and Innovation) should be written in English using the

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The authors are responsible for language editing. The author must ensure it is complete, grammatically correct and without spelling or typographical errors. The paper should have between 4500 and 6500 words(including references).

The title of the paper should be concise and informative.

The abstract, comprising up to 200 words, should be set out under six sub-headings: purpose, design, methodology, approach, findings, and originality of the research. The abstract should contain 4-6 keywords pertinent to the paper’s main topics, suitable for indexing and online search purposes.

References to other publications must be made in the Harvard style and carefully checked for completeness, accuracy and consistency. In the text, references must be included using the Harvard “author-date” system of citation, e.g. (Kotler, 2004: 176) or (Bovee and Thill, 2005: 26). A reference list in alphabetical order should be supplied at the end of the paper. The reference in another language must be translated to English (only titles).


  • Book: Surname, Initials (year) Title of Book. Place of publication:  Publisher.

e.g. Sosic, I. (2001) Statistics. 2nd ed. Zagreb: Skolska knjiga.

  • Journal article: Surname, Initials (year) Title of article. Journal Name, volume, number, pages. DOI number

e.g. Capizzi, M.T.; Ferguson, R. (2005) Loyalty trends for the twenty-first century. Journal of Consumer Marketing, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 72-80. DOI:

Authors can use AI (Artificial Intelligence) tools in the scientific writing process, but they must disclose the use of AI in their article, including a description of the tool and the reason for its use. Authors are not permitted to use AI to create images or videos (unless this is part of the research design, in which case a statement is required explaining what was created or altered, with what tools, how, and for what reason).

The Authors are invited to cite articles from Vallis Aurea. All articles can be seen at this link: 

Copyright Notice

After the paper is accepted, authors automatically transfer their copyright to the journal. The journal reserves the copyright of all papers published in it. Transfer of author right means:

  • The article has not been published before in the form of submitted to the Vallis Aurea (Journal of Sustainable Development and Innovation) 
  • It is not under consideration for publication in any other journal, nor will it be submitted for publication elsewhere before being accepted/rejected by the journal
  • Copyright to the above-cited manuscript is transferred in full from the author(s) to the publisher’s journal after it has been accepted for publication.
  • The author(s) shall request the permission of the journal’s Executive editor if they wish to publish the article in another journal or elsewhere.
  • Author charge for correspondence transfers the exclusive copyright interests (also on behalf of all co-authors, if any) to the publisher of this journal. It certifies that the submitted manuscript is their original work and that all co-authors, if any, own the copyright and take responsibility for publishing this material in their name and on behalf of all co-authors, if any.

The copyright transfer covers the exclusive right to publish, reproduce, and disseminate the paper under the Creative Common Licence. ( CC-BY-NC-ND).

This is copyright agreement: