Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

1. Scope of the journal

Društvena istraživanja embraces thematic and disciplinary openness and therefore publishes works from various social and humanistic disciplines: sociology, psychology, politics, history, law, economics, demography, linguistics and other disciplines.

The journal publishes theoretical, empirical and review articles, and given the wide range of readers, priority is given to articles that are of wider social and international interest, in particular empirical research and international comparative research that are not locally specific and thematically narrowly specialized.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Društvena istraživanja will be reviewed

 

Section Policies

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Editorial

Uz temu

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Peer Review Policy

All manuscripts undergo initial editorial check in order to assess whether the manuscript comply with the scientific and editorial standards of the journal, and if it fits in the objectives and themes of the journal.

Those manuscripts that pass this initial scrutiny are sent to a double blind review that does not reveal the identity of either the author or the reviewer. Therefore, the authors are asked to remove from the text and list of references, as well as from the properties of the electronic document, all the information that can reveal their identity (name, project information, acknowledgments).

All manuscripts submitted in English language require prior proofreading and editing by native speaker or professional editor to eliminate grammatical or spelling errors and possibly in writing style.

After receiving the reviewers’ reports, the authors, in addition to the new version of the manuscript, submit to the Editorial board a cover letter stating which reviewers’ proposals were accepted and in what way, and which were not (with explanation and argumentation.

Compliant policy

Authors can write an appeal letter regarding the review process or the decision on the manuscript to the Editor in chief. In case of repeated appeal, the Editor decides on the basis of a discussion at a meeting of the Editorial board or upon recommendation of an independent adjudicator.

Plagiarism Check

All received manuscripts are subject to routine disclosure of similarity with exiting literature (plagiarism and self-plagiarism) through iThenticate Similarity Check program: https://www.crossref.org/services/similarity-check/)

In the case of suspected plagiarism and redundancy, the editorial board will act in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE): (https://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts).

 

Publication Frequency

The journal is published four times a year. 

 

Open Access Policy

The journal supports open access. The full content of the journal is immediately and permanently free for everyone to read, download, disseminate or use in any other legal way without requesting explicit permission from the author or publisher.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Abstracting and Indexing Information

Published papers are indexed in:

Social Sciences Citation Index, Current Contents - Social & Behavioral Sciences (Thomson Reuters);

SocINDEX with Full Text (EBSCO);

Scopus (Elsevier);

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences - IBSS, Social Services Abstract, Sociological Abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (ProQuest-CSA);

Gale - Cengage Learning databases;

ERIH PLUS Norwegian Centre for Research Data

Hrčak - Portal of Scientific Journals of Croatia

 

Publication Ethics

Author's responsibility

Authors are responsible for the originality and authorship of their manuscripts and should behave in accordance with the ethical principles and rules of scientific honesty for the authors of the European Association of Scientific Editors (EASE): http://www.ease.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/EASE-Guidelines-2017-English.pdf

If they use other knowledge or their own previously published knowledge, this should be properly referred and cited. The description of the research process should contain all the information relevant for judging the ethics of research implementation. Editorial board may also request confirmation that the research has been approved by the ethics committee of the competent institution. Authors are required to obtain permission to print pictures, documents and other materials from the appropriate copyright holders. Authors should list the organizations, scientific projects or institutions that have supported research, which are published in the article.

In case of suspicion of unethical scientific conduct (plagiarism, self-plagiarism, manipulation of data, redundant manuscripts, changes in authorship etc.) the Editorial board will act in accordance with the guidelines of the international association - "Committee on Publication Ethics" (COPE): http://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts).

Changes to authorship

According to the guidelines for authors of the European Association of Scientific Editors (EASE) http://ease.org.uk/publications/author-guidelines, authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal editorial board. To request such a change, the editorial board must receive the following from the corresponding author: (a) the reason for the change in author list and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors that they agree with the changes. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed. Only in exceptional circumstances will the Editorial board consider the addition, deletion or rearrangement of authors after the manuscript has been accepted. If the manuscript has already been published in an online issue, any requests approved by the Editor will result in a corrigendum.

Responsibility of reviewers

Reviewers are required to handle each manuscript as confidential, and to protect the integrity of the author and manuscript.

Reviewers should consider the received manuscript in a highly responsible, constructive and objective way and warn the editors if they are not sufficiently qualified for the topic of work.

Reviewers are required to disclose potential conflicts of interest regarding the manuscript that they review, and in case of conflicts of interest, are excluded from the review procedure. It is equally valid for members of the Editorial boards who are excluded from the editorial process if they are in conflict of interest (co-operation or other form of relationship with the authors).

Reviewer guidelines are available here: http://www.pilar.hr/drustvena-istrazivanja/index.php/drustvena-istrazivanja/pages/view/reviewer

 

Revenue Sources

The journal is funded by the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia, by subscription to the print edition and funds from the publisher Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar.

 

Publishing Fee and Funding

The authors are not charged by the journal for the cost of receiving, reviewing and publishing papers. The journal is funded by the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia, by subscription to the print edition and funds from the publisher.

 

Plagiarism Check

All received manuscripts are subject to routine disclosure of similarity with exiting literature (plagiarism and self-plagiarism) through iThenticate Similarity Check program: https://www.crossref.org/services/similarity-check/)

In the case of suspected plagiarism and redundancy, the editorial board will act in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE): (https://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts).