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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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

SPATIUM  International Review
Instructions to Authors

Submission of manuscripts
Manuscripts must be submitted in English, and must be original, unpublished work, not under consideration for publication elsewhere. This journal has a web-based online submission and peer review system powered by the Public Knowledge Project – Open Journal Systems. Please refer to www.spatium.rs for more detailed information on how to submit your manuscript. The journal’s principal contact email address is: spatiumed@iaus.ac.rs. The technical support contact is: spatiumts@iaus.ac.rs.

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Manuscripts submitted to the journal are normally 4000–8000 words in length. Submissions that exceed this word limit may be returned for reduction prior to review. This word limit includes all text in the manuscript (title, names and affiliation of all authors, abstract, keywords, body of the text, captions, acknowledgements, references, and any appendices – abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words, and up to 5 keywords should be provided). Please use Cambria font, 12pt throughout your manuscript. Your paper should be typed in single column format with single line spacing and justified alignment throughout the whole text, as shown in this manuscript template. The use of footnotes and endnotes in manuscripts is not welcome. Only in cases of absolute necessity, the maximum number of footnotes/endnotes tolerated per manuscript is 5. Either British or American spelling is acceptable but should be consistent throughout the manuscript. Manuscripts should be submitted as a Word document (.doc or .docx file). Please use template for preparing the manuscript.

Please use an absolute maximum of 10 illustrations (tables, maps, images, or figures) within the manuscript you submit.

Illustrations, pictures and graphs, should be of the highest quality and in an electronic format that helps us to publish your article in the best way possible. Each illustration/picture/graph should be followed by its caption, and source given in brackets. It is necessary that you clearly refer in the text of your manuscript to the illustration/s you provide. Please follow the guidelines below to enable us to prepare your artwork for the printed issue as well as the online version.

  • Format: TIFF and JPEG are common formats for pictures (containing no text or graphs).
    EPS is the preferred format for graphs and line art (it retains quality when enlarging/zooming in).
  • Placement: Figures/charts and tables created in MS Word should be included in the main text rather than at the end of the document.
    Figures and other files created outside Word (i.e. Excel, PowerPoint, JPG, TIFF, EPS, and PDF) should be submitted separately. Please add a placeholder note in the running text (i.e. “[insert Figure 1]”).
  • Resolution: Rasterized files (i.e. with .tiff or .jpeg extensions) require a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). Line art should be supplied with a minimum resolution of 800 dpi.
  • Colour: Please note that images supplied in colour will be published in colour online, and black and white in print (unless otherwise arranged). Therefore, it is important that you supply images that are comprehensible in black and white as well (i.e. by using colour with a distinctive pattern or dotted lines). The captions should reflect this by not using words indicating colour.
  • Dimension: Check that the artworks supplied match or exceed the dimensions of the journal. Images cannot be scaled up after origination.

Fonts: The lettering used in the artwork should not vary too much in size and type (please use Cambria font as a default). The font used for labelling should be no smaller than 8 points.

All measurements should be in metric units, or state metric equivalents. Abbreviations should be defined in brackets after their first mention in the text in accordance with internationally agreed rules.

Copyright: Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing those illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere via any medium of communication. Credit the source and copyright of photographs or figures in the accompanying captions. No manuscript will be accepted which has been published elsewhere. Papers and contributions published in the journal become the copyright of the publisher, unless otherwise agreed. Prior to publishing of the paper which is accepted by Spatium, the first author of the paper in the name of all co-authors ought to complete and sign the Copyright Transfer Agreement form and send it as a .pdf following the instructions of the Journal Editor.

Acknowledgements: Acknowledgements (e.g. affiliation to a research project, etc.) should be added at the end of the paper. Other acknowledgements can be added in a special section, also at the end of the paper.

References: Papers should be supported by references where appropriate and set out generally in accordance with the APA style. It is the authors’ responsibility to check the accuracy of references. References in the text should be cited as follows:
- in-text citation (paraphrase) for one author: Lang (1994) or (Lang, 1994), in-text citation (quotation) for one author: Lang (1994, p. 165) or (Lang, 1994, p. 165)
- in-text citation (paraphrase) for two authors: Smith and Brown (1993) or (Smith and Brown, 1993), in-text citation (quotation) for two authors: Smith and Brown (1993, p. 76) or (Smith and Brown, 1993, p. 76)
- in-text citation (paraphrase) for three or more authors: Lee et al. (1991) or (Lee et al., 1991), in-text citation (quotation) for three or more authors: Lee et al. (1991, p. 102) or (Lee et al., 1991, p. 102)

Papers by the same author(s) in the same year should be distinguished by the letters a, b, etc. References should be listed at the end of the paper in alphabetical order according to the first author’s surname, giving the year of publication, title of the paper, journal title in full, volume and issue number, and first and last page numbers. References to books should include their edition, editor(s), publisher and place of publication.

When authors refer to laws and other legal acts, references in the text should be cited as follows:
- (Službeni glasnik RS, 129/2007, 83/2014 - dr. zakon, 101/2016 - dr. zakon i 47/2018)

When referencing foreign language material where the information is written in non-Latin characters e.g. Cyrillic, Greek, Arabic, etc. (not including Chinese, Japanese or Thai), you should transliterate (not translate) the details into the English alphabet. For example:
- Petovar, K. (2003). Naši gradovi između države i građanina (in Serbian). Beograd: Cicero.

For other examples of referencing, please look at the Template for manuscripts available at www.spatium.rs

The manuscript will be subject to double-blind evaluation by reviewer(s). Revisions may be required before a decision is made to accept or reject the paper. Please ensure that all queries on the PDF proof of your manuscript by the Production Editor are carefully considered and responded to clearly. The category of the paper is proposed by the reviewers, but the final decision on its category is decided by the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

There are no article submission charges or article processing charges.

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