Thematic issues

Thematic issues

The journal Društvena istraživanja (Journal of General Social Issues) occasionally publishes special/thematic issues. The aim of thematic issues is to bring out/produce collections of articles on a particular theme in order to enable new insights into theoretical and empirical scientific knowledge of contemporary, socially and scientifically relevant topics.

Articles for special/thematic issues are collected by public call.  A public call is open to everyone.

The public call is published by the Editorial Board of the journal in collaboration with the guest editor.

Proposals for thematic/special issues should be sent to the address of the Editorial Office They contain the proposal for a public call for the submission of articles which should include:

  1. Title of the thematic issue;
  2. Information about the guest editor (name and surname, institution, contact);
  3. Description and explanation of the proposed thematic issue:  Abstracts of up to 500 words on the purpose of the proposed theme, its scientific and social relevance and a list of sub-topics which are relevant for applicants and submission of manuscripts);
  4. Date of call opening;
  5. Date of call closing.

The Editor in Chief may request revision or amendment proposals based on comments and suggestions received from the Editorial Board. The final decision on the Thematic Issue proposal will be made by the Editor in Chief based on received comments from the Editorial Board. When discussing proposals, the Editorial Board will take into account the journal publishing policy, the scientific relevance of the proposed topic, the anticipated contents of the manuscripts and approaches to the topic.

Guest editors are invited, when designing thematic issues, to pursue a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to the subject, to include theoretical and empirical works, authors from various Croatian and foreign institutions, and works in English.

It is recommended that authors and/or co-authors from the same institution do not account for more than one third of all authors, and that manuscripts are in the same language - in Croatian or English.

After accepting the proposal for the thematic issue, the Editorial Board publishes a public call on the website of the journal in collaboration with guest editors.

The public call needs to clearly state the following:

- That all manuscripts received for the thematic issue are subject to the usual procedure of double anonymous review. An invitation to submit a paper to a special/thematic issue does not imply automatic acceptance for publication. Some submissions are likely to be rejected;

- The link to the website of the journal for the peer review process and preparation of manuscripts according to the rules of the journal.


The Guest Editor uses a public call and its link to collect manuscripts by email or by other means.

Thematic/special issues contain at least 4 and a maximum of 7 articles.

One author or co-author in a thematic issue can be represented by a maximum of two articles including guest editors.

 The responsibilities of the Guest Editor are:

The Guest Editor invites potential authors and encourages the timely submission of manuscripts. All manuscripts first undergo an initial review of Guest Editor and are then sent to the Editorial Board for further processing. All manuscripts for the special issue should be submitted to the Editorial Board no later than seven months before the planned date of publishing.

The Guest Editor, in agreement with the Editorial Board, may suggest reviewers of the manuscript.

After the completion of the review process, the final decision on accepting or rejecting the manuscript is made by the Editor-in-Chief after consultation with the Guest Editor.

The Guest Editor prepares the editorial of the thematic/special issue.

The editorial may be a brief overview of the importance and purpose of the thematic issue and summary of the articles to be published. The editorial may be a review article if 75% or more of its content is devoted to the general theme and theory rather than to the discussion of specific articles.

Guest Editors should avoid conflicts of interest when deciding on the possible authors and reviewers of the manuscript for the special issue.

Guest Editors are not paid for their work.


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