Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal Bulletin of the Serbian Geographical Society is dedicated to Geography and its related disciplines. It was founded by Jovan Cvijić in Belgrade in 1912, and it was printed under this name until 1914 and the outbreak of the First World War. It was renewed in 1921 as the Bulletin of the Geographical Society, and since 1948 it has been published under the original name again.

The Journal Bulletin of the Serbian Geographical society publishes original papers that have not been published previously: original scientific and review articles, book reviews, biographies of prominent scientists, reports on the Serbian Geographical Society, etc.  

Bulletin of the Serbian geographical society is an Open Access journal.

Articles are written in Serbian and English.

The Journal is issued twice a year, and special editions and thematic volumes are published occasionally. As parts of regular volumes, smaller contributions of a scientific nature, and comments of scientific papers can be published.

Bulletin of the Serbian Geographical Society publishes papers from a wide range of disciplines whose subjects are the nature (physical geography, geology, soil science, ecology, geochemical processes, etc.), man and his activities (social geography, environment, cartography, tourism, urban planning, didactics, etc.).

 

Section Policies

Articles

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Submissions

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Peer Review Process

The submitted manuscripts are subject to a peer review process. The purpose of peer review is to assists the Editor in making editorial decisions. It may also assist the author in improving the paper through the editorial communications with him/her. 

Identity of reviewers must remain unknown to authors before, during and after the review process. Since the identity of author(s) is unavailable to reviewers, authors are advised to remove all personal and other data from the manuscript that might reveal his/her identity. 

Each article is reviewed by two reviewers who are required to submit reviews within one month. Reviewers do not receive fees.

The choice of reviewers is at the Editor’s discretion. Reviewers must have knowledge about the subject area of the manuscript; they must not be from the author’s own institution and they should not have recent joint publications with any of the authors. 

All reviewers of a paper act independently and they are not aware of each other’s identities. If decisions of two reviewers are not the same (accept/reject), the Editor may assign additional reviewers.

During the review process Editor may require authors to provide additional information (including raw data) if they are necessary for the evaluation of the scholarly merit of the manuscript. These materials shall be kept confidential and must not be used for personal gain.

The Editorial team shall ensure quality control of the reviews. In case authors have serious and valid objections to reviews, the Editorial Board will check whether the reviews are objective and in accordance with academic standards. When there is doubt with regard to the objectivity of reviews or their quality, additional reviewers will be assigned.

Reviewers' responsibilities

Reviewers are required to provide written, competent and unbiased feedback in a timely manner on the scholarly merits and the scientific value of the manuscript.

Reviewers assess a manuscript for the compliance with the profile of the journal, the relevance of the investigated topic and applied methods, the originality and scientific relevance of information presented in the manuscript, the presentation style and scholarly apparatus.

Reviewers should alert the Editor to any well-founded suspicions or the knowledge of possible violations of ethical standards by the authors. Reviewers should recognize relevant published papers that have not been cited by the authors and warn the Editor about substantial similarities between a reviewed manuscript and any manuscript published or under consideration for publication elsewhere, in the event they are aware of such. Reviewers should also alert the Editor to a parallel submission of the same paper to another journal, in the event they are aware of such.

Reviewers must not have conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the funding sources for the research. If such conflicts exist, reviewers must report them to the Editor without delay.

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the Editor without delay.

Reviews must be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Reviewers must not use unpublished materials disclosed in submitted manuscripts without the explicit written consent of the authors. Information and ideas presented in submitted manuscripts shall be kept confidential and must not be used for personal gain.

 

 

Open Access Policy

Bulletin of the Serbian Geographical Society is an Open Access Journal. Articles published in the journal can be downloaded free of charge from the website of the journal and used under the Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No-Derivatives 3.0 Serbia license (CC BY NC ND).

 

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...

 

Editorial Responsibilities

The Editor and the Editorial Board are responsible for deciding which articles submitted to Bulletin of the Serbian Geographical Society will be published. The Editor and Editorial Board are guided by the Editorial Policy and constrained by legal requirements in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.

The Editor and the Editorial Board reserve the right to decide not to publish submitted manuscripts in case it is found that they do not meet relevant standards concerning the content and formal aspects. The Editorial Board will inform the authors whether the manuscript is accepted for publication within one month from the date of submission.

The Editor and the Editorial Board must hold no conflict of interest with regard to the articles they consider for publication. In case one or more members of the Editorial Board hold a conflict of interest regarding a submitted manuscript, these members of the Editorial Board shall withdraw from the selection of reviewers and all decisions related to the manuscript. The Editor and Editorial Board are required to promptly report existing conflict of interest.

The Editor and the Editorial Board shall evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content free from any racial, gender, sexual, religious, ethnic, or political bias.

The Editor and the Editorial Board must not use unpublished materials disclosed in submitted manuscripts without the explicit written consent of the authors. The information and ideas presented in submitted manuscripts shall be kept confidential and must not be used for personal gain.

The Editors and the Editorial Board shall take all reasonable measures to ensure that the reviewers remain anonymous to authors before, during and after the evaluation process and the authors remain anonymous to reviewers until the end of the review procedure.

 

 

Authors’ responsibilities

Authors guarantee that their manuscript is their original work, that it has not been published before and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Parallel submission of the same paper to another journal constitutes misconduct and eliminates the manuscript from consideration by The Bulletin of the Serbian Geographical Society.

The Authors also guarantee that the manuscript is not and will not be published elsewhere (after the publication in The Bulletin of the Serbian Geographical Society) in any other language without the consent of the Editor.

In case a submitted manuscript is a result of a research project, or its previous version has been presented at a conference in the form of an oral presentation (under the same or similar title), detailed information about the project, the conference, etc. shall be provided in the Acknowledgement section before a list of References. A paper that has already been published in another journal cannot be reprinted in The Bulletin of the Serbian Geographical Society.

It is the responsibility of each author to ensure that papers submitted to the Bulletin of the Serbian Geographical Society are written with ethical standards in mind. Authors affirm that the article contains no unfounded or unlawful statements and does not violate the rights of third parties. The Publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.

Reporting standards

A submitted manuscript should contain sufficient detail and references to permit reviewers and, subsequently, readers to verify the claims presented in it. Deliberate presentation of false claims is a violation of ethical standards.

Authors are exclusively responsible for the contents of their submissions and must make sure that they have permission from all involved parties to make the data public. The authors can be asked in the process of submission to send a signed statement that they have obtained such consent.

Authors wishing to include figures, tables or other materials that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright holder(s). Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors. Later, if there is any dispute (e.g. a complaint by copyright holders that some material has been posted without their consent), the Journal will publish a correction or withdrawal of the paper and make it clear that the error was the fault of the author(s).

Authorship

Authors must make sure that only contributors who have significantly contributed to the manuscript are listed as authors. If persons other than authors were involved in important aspects of the research project and the preparation of the manuscript, their contribution should be acknowledged in a footnote or the Acknowledgments section. 

Acknowledgment of Sources

Authors are required to properly cite sources that have significantly influenced their research and their manuscript. Information received in a private conversation or correspondence with third parties, in reviewing project applications, manuscripts and similar materials must not be used without the explicit written consent of the information source.

By submitting a manuscript the authors agree to abide by the Bulletin of the Serbian Geographical Society`s Editorial Policies.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published paper, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal Editor or publisher and cooperate with the Editor to retract or correct the paper.

By submitting a manuscript the authors agree to abide by the Bulletin of the Serbian Geographical Society`s Editorial Policies.

 

Conflict of interest

Authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might have influenced the presented results or their interpretation.

 

Plagiarism

Plagiarism, (when someone copies ideas, words, or other forms of creative expression of others as one's own) is a clear violation of scientific ethics. Plagiarism may also involve a violation of copyright law, punishable by legal action.

Plagiarism includes the following:

  • Word for word, or almost word for word copying, or purposely paraphrasing parts of another author's work without clearly indicating the source or marking the copied fragment (for example, by using quotation marks);
  • Copying equations, figures or tables from someone else's paper without properly citing the source and/or without the permission from the original author or the copyright holder.

Any paper that shows obvious signs of plagiarism will be automatically rejected and authors will be permanently or temporarily forbidden to publish in the journal.

In case plagiarism is discovered in a paper that has already been published by the journal, it will be retracted in accordance with the procedure described below under the Retraction policy.

 

Retraction policy

Legal limitations of the publisher, copyright holder or author(s), infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submissions, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or any major misconduct require retraction of an article. Occasionally a retraction can be used to correct errors in submission or publication. The main reason for withdrawal or retraction is to correct the mistake and keep the integrity of science; it is not to punish the author.

Standards for dealing with retractions have been developed by a number of library and scholarly bodies, and this practice has been adopted for article retraction by Bulletin of the Serbian Geographical Society: in the electronic version of the original paper (retracted paper), a link is made (HTML link) to the retraction note where it is clearly stated that the article has been retracted. The original article is retained unchanged, but a PDF document is marked with a watermark that indicates on each page that the article “has been retracted.”

 

Self-archiving Policy

The journal Bulletin of the Serbian Geographical Society allows authors to deposit Post-print (accepted version) and Publisher's version/PDF in an institutional repository and non-commercial subject-based repositories, or to publish it on Author's personal website (including social networking sites, such as ResearchGate, Academia.edu, etc.) and/or departmental website, at any time after publication. Full bibliographic information (authors, article title, journal title, volume, issue, pages) about the original publication must be provided and a link must be made to the article's DOI.

 

Payment fee

The journal does not charge any fees at submission, reviewing, and production stages. 

 

Procedures for dealing with unethical behaviour

Every individual or institution may inform the Editor(s) and/or Editorial Board anytime of suspected unethical behaviour or any type of misconduct by providing necessary information/evidence.

Investigation of arguments and evidence

  • The Editor and the Editorial Board will agree on the procedure aimed at checking the arguments and evidence
  • During an investigation, any evidence should be treated as strictly confidential and only made available to those involved in investigation.
  • Persons who are suspected to have violated ethical standards will be given the opportunity to respond to allegations made against them
  • If it is found that irregularities indeed occurred, an assessment whether they should be treated as minor or major violation of ethical standards will be made.

Minor misconduct

Minor misconduct will be dealt directly with those involved without involving any other parties, e.g.:

  • Communicating to authors/reviewers that a minor misconduct occurred in terms of misunderstanding or misapplication of academic standards.
  • A warning letter to an author or reviewer who was engaged in minor misconduct.

Major misconduct

After consulting the Editorial Board and when necessary a small group of experts, the Editor should make a decision regarding the course of action to be taken using the evidence available. The possible measures  are as follows (these can be used separately or simultaneously):

  • Publication of a formal announcement or editorial describing the misconduct.
  • Informing the author's (or reviewer's) head of department or employer of any misconduct by means of a formal letter.
  • Retraction of the published paper from the journal in accordance with the Retraction Policy (see below).
  • A ban on submissions from the same author(s) for a defined period.
  • Referring a case to a professional organization or legal authority for further investigation and action. 

When dealing with unethical behaviour, the Editorial Board will rely on the guidelines and recommendations provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE): http://publicationethics.org/resources/