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Instructions for authors

Instructions for authors

Calendar of issues

Journal ‘Aktuelnosti’ issued by Banja Luka College is a scientific journal that is being issued periodically, i.e. quarterly, having its autumn, winter, spring and summer issue. The calendar of issues with the time limits for submitting papers is defined as follows. Autumn edition is being published up to the end of September, the time-limit for papers being the end of June, winter edition is being published up to the end of December, the time-limit for papers being the end of September, spring edition is being published up to the end of March, the time-limit for papers being the end of December and summer edition is being published up to the end of June, the time-limit for papers being the end of March.

Categories of papers

Papers must present original unpublished work which has not been submitted for publication elsewhere.

Papers are to be categorized regarding their structure and content according to following principles:

1)      Original scientific paper contains introduction, methods, results and discussion (the IMRAD scheme) and it presents for the first time text on results of author’s own research obtained through scientific methods, which can be double-checked.

2)      Overview paper is a paper that presents new synthesis made on the grounds of overview of the new issues on certain area, which contains original, detailed and critical overview of a certain research problem, where the author has made a certain contribution.

3)      Short or preliminary report is an original scientific paper, but of limited size or preliminary by character where certain elements of IMRAD may be omitted, and which contains a concise presentation of results of completed original paper or a paper which is underway.

4)      Scientific critique, or discussion is debate on certain scientific issue, based solely on scientific argumentation, where an author proves viability of a certain point of its opinion, i.e. confirms or rejects other authors’ findings.

5)       Expert paper is such a paper containing experiences useful for improvement of professional praxis, which are not necessarily based on scientific methodology, but on the possibility to use results of original scientific examination and on knowledge dissemination.

6)      Information contribution is a presentation, commentary, and alike.

7)      Reviews of books, instruments, software, cases, scientific events and alike is a contribution where author gives his/her evaluation and proves viability/non viability of a certain scientific or expert paper, criteria, thesis or starting point, with a special emphasis on the quality of the edition at issue.

Categorization is being done by editorial board of the journal. Every scientific paper is peer reviewed by at least two reviewers, who are not aware of the identity of author, and the author is not aware of the identity of reviewers.

Publishing ethics

Authors must respect ethical rules in publishing, which are available on the web page of the journal.

Conflict of interest

Conflict of interest may appear when an author of an institution where the author is employed, is financially or otherwise connected to other persons or organizations that could improperly impact the work of the author. The conflict of interests may be real or potential. Therefore authors must disclose to the Journal every such connection or relation. The Journal shall decide whether to publish such paper or not.

Submission of papers

Papers may be submitted only through e-mail Papers  may be submitted in two copies, one of which contains no author’s name. Authors should enclose their CVs. It is recommended that papers are no longer then 12 pages, but exceptions can be made.

Review proceedings

The Journal keeps the list of reviewers and a register of reviews. Each papers shall be subject to two independent reviews. The reviewers shall not be aware of the authors’ names, and authors shall not be aware of reviewers’ names.

Originality clause

Upon being informed of the acceptance of the paper for publication, author shall sign a clause, stating that the paper is author’s original work, that it has not been published before, and that it has not been submitted for publication in other scientific, or expert journal or internet portal, and that it shall not be so in the future, as well as that the solemn right to publication lies with the journal ‘Aktuelnosti’.


Division of paper

Divide the paper into clearly defined sections. The heading of each section should be written in capital letters Times New Roman bold, 11 pt. Each subsection has a short heading. The heading of subsection should be written in Times New Roman bold, 11 pt, not capital letters. Each heading should be in separate line. Subsections should be referred to in the text. For example, do not cite ‘as before mentioned’ or ‘ above cited’ but as referred to in ‘heading of subsection’.

The front page

The front page must contain: heading of paper, names of authors and their position, address and contact, abstract and keywords.

Heading of paper. Heading of paper is to be placed at the mid top, in capital letters, Times New Roman bold, 14 pt, two lines at the most. The heading of the papers should clearly reflect the content of the paper, and if that is not possible, then the heading should be followed by subheading.

Name and the position of the author/s. Below the heading, name and family name of the author should be placed and it should attach a footnote referring to information on scientific degree and the institution where author is employed, as well as his e-mail address.

Abstract. A short abstract in English language contains between 100 and 250 words. The abstract should refer to: aims of research, methods, results and findings. Abstract should be written in Times New Roman italic 11 pt.

Keywords. Below the abstract, up to 10 keywords should be listed. Do not refer to abbreviations. Keywords shall be used for indexing purposes. Keywords should be written in Times New Roman italic 11 pt.

Text of the paper

Text of the paper begins from the following page. Text should be written in Times New Roman 11 pt, line spacing: Single, spacing between paragraphs: 6 pt. Size of the page is A4. Margins 2 cm top and bottom, 2.5 cm left and right, no header and no footer.


Please avoid the use of abbreviations in the heading and abstract. First mention in the text should refer to full wording and then in parenthesis (hereinafter referred to as ‘’the abbreviation’’).


Number your tables/pictures/schemes by order of appearance in text. Footnotes on tables/pictures/schemes should appear just bellow the table, horizontally. Please take care that information from the tables/pictures/schemes is not repeated elsewhere in the paper.


Bibliography. Make references by a number exponent in the text by order of appearance of the reference. For example: State1 is… Reference to bibliography  should contain last name and the initial first name of the author, heading of the publication in italic letters, editor, place and year of edition, page cited, for example Fairhurst H., Law of the European union, Pearson Education Limited, Essex, 2010, p. 372.

Sources. Reference to sources should contain the heading of the source, official gazette (or if it is not possible then internet page) where the source has been published, number of official gazette, place and year of edition, article, paragraph, point. For example: Treaty on the Functioning of the European union, Official Journal of the European Union, 13 December 2007, 2008/C 115/01

Web references. Please avoid the use of ‘online’ references if possible. If it is still necessary to use such references, than the reference to internet page should contain the web address, as well as the date and time of access to that address, for example accessed on 14.9.2012. at 12.00. Please take care on the credibility and the permanent accessibility of web addresses.

If you use the reference which is protected by ‘copyright’, then you must possess a permit for use of such material from other sources (including internet pages).

References as explanation of the text should, in principle, be avoided. All references should be written in Times New Roman, pt 10.

At the end of the paper author shall make a list of bibliography and any other used references with last names of authors extracted, in Times New Roman, pt 10, for example:

Colgan, F., Ledwith S.: Diversity and Trade Unions: International Perspectives, Routledge, 2002;

Harcourt, M., Wood, G.:Trade Unions And Democracy: Strategies And Perspectives, Transaction Publishers, New Brunsvick,New Jersey, 2006;

Jacobi, O., Jessop, B., Kastendiek, H., Regini, M.: Economic Crisis, Trade Unions and the State, Biddles Ltd, Guldford and King’s Lynn, 1986.


Each author shall receive his/her paper upon its publishing, by e-mail in PDF formate with the watermark of the Journal. Authors can receive printed versions of thier paper upon payment.

Editorial board

Editorial board of the scientific journal keeps: register of received papers, register and CVs of authors, instruction for refiewers, list of reviewers and register of reviews that is confidential, as well as other documents submitted by authors, as a permanent archive.

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