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Author Guidelines

By submitting a manuscript, authors warrant that their contribution to the Journal is their original work, that it has not been published before, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities at the institution where the work was carried out.

Authors are exclusively responsible for the contents of their submissions, the validity of the experimental results and must make sure that they have permission from all involved parties to make the data public.

Authors wishing to include figures or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright holder(s) and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

Authors must make sure that only the contributors who have significantly contributed to the submission are listed as authors and, conversely, that all contributors who have significantly contributed to the submission are listed as authors.

In order to create/register an account for submitting a paper, first time authors are to contact the Computer Support at stating your first name, last name, affiliation with the link, and your email. We will then send you back an email with your login parameters. Once you receive your parameters from us you will then be able to log in and begin article submission.

Electronic submission -We are unable to process files sent by E-mail. It is mandatory to submit your original work using our online manuscript submission system (Open Journal Systems), via the Journal's home page: First, you have to register as the author. You have to make "New Submission", and then follow the procedure in 5 determined steps. In step 2 upload your paper by using the online interface. It is mandatory to enter all the needed metadata in the step 3, including the basic data on the author and all the co-authors of the paper. In the step 4, as supplementary files, you have to upload filled-in, signed and scanned Author's Statements and Copyright Transfer Agreement (in the .pdf format) and eventualy the supplementary material.

The Author Statements may be downloaded from the link:

The Copyright Transfer Agreement may be downloaded from the link:

All subsequent versions should be uploaded by using the same paper ID and your defined password. We will do the final formatting and all necessary format conversions of your paper.

Manuscripts are pre-evaluated at the Editorial Office in order to check whether they meet the basic publishing requirements and quality standards. They are also screened for plagiarism with iThenticate software.

Only those contributions which conform to the following instructions can be accepted for peer-review. Otherwise, the manuscripts shall be returned to the authors with observations, comments and annotations.

Manuscript Preparation

Authors must strictly follow the instructions for authors.

Paper submitted for publication may be written preferably in English. The manuscript should be written in MS Word for Windows format (formats .docx or .doc). Template for preparing the manuscript are available on web address: Research papers should not exceed 37 000 characters, and reviews should not be longer than 8 000 characters, including all of their parts.

Parts of the manuscript are: Title page, Abstract, Key words, Text of manuscript; Acknowledgements (to the authors’ desire), References, Appendixes. On the title page, the manuscript should contain manuscript title, full name(s) of author(s) and affiliations (when the paper has more than one author, their names and affiliations should be marked using superscript Arabic numerals). Official and e-mail addresses and phone number of the corresponding author should be provided in the footnote of the first page. Abstract and keywords should be placed before the main text of manuscript. Acknowledgments shall be provided at the end of the article before the references. Tables and Figures should be placed at logical points in the text (i.e. not all at the end).

Manuscript title (maximum 20 words) should be informative, relevant, and concise.

Abstract, not exceeding 250 words, should contain a short review of the method and the most important results of work, so that its original text can be used in referential periodicals and databases. Do not include citations in the Abstract.

Keywords should be relevant to the topic and the content of the paper. An accurate list of keywords will ensure correct indexing of the paper in referential periodicals and databases.

The manuscript title, abstract and keywords should be written in English and Serbian (translation will be organized by the Editorial Board for non-Serbian speaking authors).

Units of Measure/ Abbreviations-The metric system is preferred for expressing units of measure. Abbreviations may be used for terms. The full term for each abbreviation should appear at its first use in the text, unless the abbreviation is a standard unit of measure.

Equations should be typewritten using MathType add-on ( For equations in your paper (Insert | Object | Create New | or MathType Equation), and, with the number, placed in parentheses at the right margin. Reference to equations should use the form "Eq. (2)" or simply (2). Each formula should occupy one line.

Tables should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals and must be cited in the main text in numerical order. Each table should have an appropriate title at its head. Tables should be in Word format and placed in the main text where the table is first cited. Regarding the formatting, all tables must contain horizontal borders separating the header, body and conclusion, and must be open laterally. Do not use shading in tables. Tables in Excel should be copied and pasted into the manuscript Word file. Abbreviations used in a table must be explained below the table. Maximal table width is 12,75 cm.

Figures -All figures (Photos, drawings, graphs and other illustrations) should be numbered with consecutive Arabic numbers, should have descriptive captions, be mentioned in the text, and placed in the main text where the figure is first cited. Figures should be planned in advance, so as to allow reduction to 12,75 cm in column width and should be of good quality, minimum resolution 300 dpi. The acceptable image formats are TIFF and JPEG. Graphs generated in MS Excel or similar programs must be converted in an acceptable image format. Line drawings should be prepared in electronic form, but the use of text boxes and shapes as elements from MS Office, not converted in an acceptable image format, are not allowed. Acknowledgements should be included in a separate section at the end of the main text of manuscript - before the references.


Authors are responsible for the accuracy of cited references and these should be checked before the manuscript is submitted.

In-Text Citations

References must be numbered alphabetically including the author(s) surname(s) and the year of publication. Whenever referring to a source (monograph, article, statistical source), the author should cite the source in the text, using the author-date system (Surname, year of publication, pages referred to, all in brackets).

The original spelling of the author's name should be provided in brackets when the author is mentioned for the first time, especially in texts using the Cyrillic alphabet: e.g. „Пијаже (Piaget)...“.

When referring to several works by the same author, provide all the years of publication chronologically after the author's name. If there are several works by the same author published the same year, provide further specification using letters (a, b,...) after the year of publication: "...confirming this hypothesis (Wuthnow, 1987а, p. 32)...".  When referring to several works by different authors, provide the authors' names in brackets following the alphabetical order, separating authors by semi-colon: "... Recent studies were central to this question (O’Meara, 2011; Janka, 2008; Stoeckelmayr, Tesar and Hofmann, 2011)."

If there is no author, use the title (or a short form of the title, if it is lengthy) and the year.

If the work has more than 5 authors and repeated quotation, use this form: Andrews et al., 1999, 63 or Andrews et al. (1999, 63).

When an original quotation is used, always state the author, the year and the page where the quotation can be found in the given text, and in the reference summary state a full quotation by the source. For example, Andrews, 1999, 63 or Andrews (1999, 63), Davis & Cox (2002, 25), Kocsis, Kiss, & Knoll (1999, 12). Direct quotations can be included in the text if not longer than 20 words. Longer quotations should be given as separate paragraphs, spaced-out from the previous and following text.

Manuscripts which are still in the press (forthcoming) should be marked as "in press".

References shall be cited in English. If original reference is not in English, it will be cited in the language in which it was written.

Reference list

reference list consists of all sources cited in the text of a paper, listed alphabetically by author’s surname. Only papers published or in press should be included in the reference list. Personal communications or unpublished data must be cited in parentheses in the text with the name(s) of the source(s) and the year. Authors should request permission from the source to cite unpublished data. Publication titles in other language than English are cited in the original

In the reference list, the references should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically, if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters 'a', 'b', 'c', etc., placed after the year of publication. Where possible, for every reference DOI should be provided.

All in-text citations and references must be listed in the References, and the References must not contain sources not referred to or cited in the text.

Reference style

Journal use APA (see: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Edition, 2020; see also: referencing style (see example below).

Example references

Articles in Periodicals (Regularly published journals, magazines etc.):

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages. – IN PRINT JOURNAL

Lastname, F. M., & Lastname, F. M. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, Vol.(Issue), page numbers. DOI – ONLINE PERIODICAL WITH DOI ASSIGNED

Lastname, F. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical. Retrieved Month Day, Year, from URL – ONLINE PERIODICAL WITH NO DOI ASSIGNED


Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Publisher Name. DOI (if available) – BASIC FORMAT

Author, A. A. (Year). Title of book. Publisher. URL – ELECTRONIC BOOKS

Editor, E. E. (Ed.). (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Publisher. DOI (if available) – EDITED BOOK WITH AN AUTHOR OR AUTHORS

Editor, E. E. (Ed.). (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Publisher. DOI (if available) – EDITED BOOK, NO AUTHOR

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle (T. Translator, Trans.). Publisher. (Original work published YEAR) DOI (if available) – A TRANSLATION

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle (# edition). Publisher. DOI (if available) – EDITION OTHER THAN THE FIRST

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In E. E. Editor & F. F. Editor (Eds.), Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle (pp. pages of chapter). Publisher. DOI (if available) – ARTICLE OR CHAPTER IN AN EDITED BOOK 

Article from the proceedings of a conference, congress or symposium:

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year of publication). Name of the article. In A. Editor, B. Editor & C. Editor (Eds.), Name of a conference, congress or symposium (pp. xxx-xxx). Place: Publisher. 

Entry in a dictionary, thesaurus, or encyclopedia:

Institution or organization name. (Year). Title of entry. In Title of reference work (edition, page numbers). Publisher name. – WITH A GROUP AUTHOR

Institution or organization name. (Year). Title of entry. In Title of reference work. URL – ONLINE WITH A GROUP AUTHOR

Lastname, F. M. (Year). Title of entry. In F. M. Lastname (ed.), Title of reference work (edition, page numbers). Publisher. – WITH AN INDIVIDUAL AUTHOR 

Lastname, F. M. (Year). Title of entry. In F. M. Lastname (ed.), Title of reference work (edition). Publisher. URL or DOI – ONLINE WITH AN INDIVIDUAL AUTHOR 

Dissertation or master’s thesis:

Lastname, F. M. (Year). Title of dissertation/thesis (Publication No.) [Doctoral dissertation/Master’s thesis, Name of Institution Awarding the Degree]. Database or Archive Name. – PUBLISHED

Lastname, F. M. (Year). Title of dissertation/thesis [Unpublished doctoral dissertation/master’s thesis]. Name of Institution Awarding the Degree.  – UNPUBLISHED

Lastname, F. M. (Year). Title of dissertation or thesis (Publication No.) [Doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis, Name of Institution Awarding Degree]. Database Name. – FROM A DATABASE

Federal or state statute:

Name of Act, Public Law No. (Year). URL

Report by a government agency or other organization:

Organization Name. (Year). Title of report. URL

Report by individual authors at government agency or other organization:

Lastname, F. M., & Lastname, F. M. (Year). Title of report. Organization Name. URL

Webpage or piece of online content:

Lastname, F. M. (Year, Month Date). Title of page. Site name. URL – IF THE PAGE NAMES AN INDIVIDUAL AUTHOR

Group name. (Year, Month Date). Title of page. Site name. URL – IF THE RESOURCE WAS WRITTEN BY A GROUP OR ORGANIZATION

Title of page. (Year, Month Date). Site name. Retrieved Month Date, Year, from URL – IF THE PAGE'S AUTHOR IS NOT LISTED

Author or Group name. (n.d.). Title of page. Site name (if applicable). URL – IF THE DATE OF PUBLICATION IS NOT LISTED

Wikipedia article:

Title of article. (Year, Month Date). In Wikipedia. URL of archived version of page

Unpublished works:

Lastname, F. M., & Lastname, F. M. (Year). Title of manuscript [Unpublished manuscript]. Publisher (Organization) Name. – UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT

Lastname, F. M., & Lastname, F. M. (Year). Title of manuscript  [Manuscript in preparation]. Publisher (Organization) Name. – MANUSCRIPT IN PREPARATION

Lastname, F. M., & Lastname, F. M. (Year). Title of manuscript  [Manuscript submitted for publication]. Publisher (Organization) Name. – MANUSCRIPT SUBMITTED FOR PUBLICATION


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. An FU Teach Learn Teach Ed Author's Statements and Copyright Transfer Agreement (in the .pdf format) and eventualy the supplementary material will have to accompany your submission. Authors are responsible for obtaining any security clearances. All authors have to sign the copyright transfer form. The signed copyright form has to be scanned and uploaded by using the corresponding Supplementary files upload interface on the website.

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