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Instruction for authors

 1.    Suitability for publishing

Strategos will publish any contribution if it falls within the scope of the journal and if it satisfies the necessary criteria for acceptance, as verified by the review process. The final decision is made by the Editor-in-Chief, taking into account the advice of the Editorial Board.

The Editor-in-Chief of Strategos makes his/her own independent decisions about publication, has full responsibility for the content, and is ultimately responsible for the quality of all contributions. A rejection based on the outcome of a review process will be backed up by the actual reviews, and a motivation by the Editor-in-Chief.

The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to refuse any article, whether invited or otherwise, and to make suggestions and/or modifications before publication, particularly to ensure readability standards of the journal.

Contributions that have already been published, as well as those being considered for publication elsewhere, will not be taken into consideration for publishing in Strategos. If a manuscript contains, either in whole or in substantial part, already published information or a reprint of a previously published work, the author(s) need to acknowledge that fact in a cover letter to the Editorial Board and explain the reasons for such a duplication of text. If the Editorial Board discovers a case of overlapping or dual publication without a previous acknowledgment on the part of the author(s), the Editorial Board will require the author(s) to provide a detailed explanation in written form. If such an explanation is not provided, or if the Editorial Board find it inadequate, the manuscript will be rejected.

1.1.    Review process

All submitted manuscripts will undergo an initial check conducted by the Editorial Board. Those deemed suitable, and assessed as likely to meet the criteria for original scientific articles, review articles, professional articles or preliminary communications, will be subject to at least two double-blind peer reviews. Other types of contributions, such as book reviews, perspectives, comments and replies, symposium pieces, interviews, annotated bibliographies and others, will undergo Editorial Board review only. Author(s) will be notified of review results within eight weeks.

1.2.    Readability

Strategos is an international interdisciplinary journal publishing contributions in English and Croatian. Contributions written in Croatian should have the abstract written in both Croatian and English. Contributions should be written clearly and simply so that they are accessible to readers in different disciplines and to readers for whom English is not their first language. Essential but specialized terms should be explained concisely but not didactically.

Strategos’ Editorial Board may suggest revising titles and adjusting the abstracts of articles so the conclusions are accessible to a broad reading audience. The Editorial Board subeditors (copyeditors) ensure overall clarity of text, figures, figure legends and captions.

The Editorial Board shall provide authors of accepted articles with proofs for the correction of printing errors. The proofs shall be returned within 14 days of submittal. The Editorial Board shall not be held responsible for errors which are the result of authors’ oversights.

2.    Manuscript Submission Guidelines
2.1.        Manuscript Formatting Guide

You may download the Manuscript Formatting Guide from this link Manuscript Formatting Guide.  When preparing the manuscript, it can be most easily formatted by typing the text directly into the Manuscript Formatting Guide.

2.2.        Submission

Manuscripts prepared in accordance with the Manuscript Formatting Guide should be submitted via e-mail (editor.strategos@morh.hr). In case this is not possible, manuscripts may also be submitted by regular mail, in electronic format, on CD or DVD.

Forms and declarations:

During submission, authors are required to agree to the Statement of Compliance, confirming that the work as submitted has not been published or accepted for publication, nor is being considered for publication elsewhere, either in whole or substantial part; the work is original and all necessary acknowledgements have been made; all authors and relevant institutions have read the submitted version of the manuscript and approve its submission; all persons entitled to authorship have been so included; the work does not violate any copyright or other proprietary right; the authors have strictly respected scientific methodology regarding citations and quoting sources of other copyright owners; all work conforms to the legal requirements of the country in which it was carried out, and to the ethical requirements of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE); and the authors have ensured that the submitted manuscript does not contain (except on the title page) any information that could reveal the identity of the author(s) and compromise the anonymity of the review process. The Statement of Compliance is included within the Manuscript Formatting Guide.

When the manuscript is accepted for publishing in Strategos, authors are required to sign the Copyright Assignment Form. The form has to be downloaded and signed prior to publication.

3.    Ethical codex 

The opinions and views set out in the articles are those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect the official opinions and views of any institution. The Editorial Board shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. In no case shall the journal or its Editorial Board encourage such misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place. In the event that the Editorial Board is made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published article, the Editorial Board shall follow Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines [1] in dealing with allegations. The Editor-in-Chief, members of the Editorial Bord and reviewers of Strategos oblige themselves to keep the content of received manuscripts confidential. A detailed Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement can be found here:  Strategos Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement.

4. Journal Open Access Statement

Strategos is committed to real and immediate open access for academic work. All of the journal articles are free to access immediately from the date of publication. There are no author charges prior to publication, and no charge for any reader to download articles and reviews for their own scholarly use. To facilitate this, Strategos depends upon the financial underwriting provided by the Ministry of Defence of Republic of Croatia and the goodwill of its editorial team and International Advisory Board, and the continuing support of its network of peer reviewers. Copyright of the layout and design of Strategos articles remains with the publisher and cannot be used in other publications. Licence terms Strategos provides CC-BY licence. This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon published work, even commercially, as long as they credit the author of the original creation. The legal code of the licence can be found at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode

 __________________________________________________________________________  [1] Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), „Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors“, accessible at http://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors_Mar11.pdf