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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

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 all only 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.
  • Manuscripts are being pre-evaluated at the Editorial Office to check whether they meet the basic publishing requirements and quality standards. They are also screened for plagiarism.
  • Authors will be notified by email upon receiving their submission. 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.


  • Authors must follow the instructions for authors strictly, failing which the manuscripts would be rejected without review.
  • The manuscript should be written in Microsoft Word (2003 and above) in .doc or .docx format. The text formatting should be as simple as possible.
  • Here, you can download the Word template either in dotx or dot to easily prepare your manuscript. It contains predefined styles and author guidelines as well. 
  • In case you did not download the template, you can format the text manually using the following guidelines:
    The page layout should be the following: height 24cm, width 17cm; margins: top 2.54cm; bottom 2cm; left and right 2.2cm.
    The manuscript should be written in Times New Roman, 11pt, single spaced, justified. Using of italic, superscript, and subscript is encouraged as well as facilities of equation editors embedded in text processors.
    The two levels of subheadings are allowed: Title 1 – 12pt, upper case, left alignment; Title 2 – 11pt, bold, left alignment.
    Footnotes are numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals (9pt). References quoted in the text should not be included in the footnotes, but in the reference list.
  • The manuscript can be up to 8,000 words long not including a list of references and an extended summary. In specific cases, the Editorial Board could accept longer papers. In determining the length of the text, tables and illustrations (figures, cartograms, etc.) are counted as 400 words (whole page) or 200 words (half page).
  • The writing style and language competencies could be briefly commented upon in the process of peer review; the journal proofreader corrects minor glitches. However, manuscripts full of spelling and grammatical errors cannot be accepted for publication. Authors should use a gender-neutral language.

The manuscript should be divided into the following ordered sections: cover page, title, abstract, keywords, the text of the manuscript (introduction, methodology, results, discussion, and conclusion), references, list of tables and illustrations (if any), and extended summary. Figures should be submitted as separate files as well.

Author details and acknowledgements can only be found on the cover page. All authors of a manuscript should include their full name and affiliation on the cover page of the manuscript. Where available, please also include ORCIDs and social media handles (Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn). One author will need to be identified as the corresponding author, with her/his email address normally displayed in the article PDF and the online article. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after your paper is accepted.

Title describes manuscript and/or the main relations among variables; it should be clear, not too long but explanatory (no more than 10 words). Abbreviations should be avoided in the title if possible.

Abstract should be between 150 and 250 words long (10pt), concisely reflecting the structure of the manuscript (background, objective and aims, methods, results, conclusions and comments), so that its original text can be used in referential periodicals and data-bases. Do not include citations in the Abstract. Abstract should be provided in the same language as the manuscript.

Keywords (concepts, locations, results) are listed in a separate line (10pt) at the end of the abstract. Keywords should be relevant to the topic and content of the paper. An accurate list of keywords will ensure correct indexing of the paper in referential periodicals and databases. There should be five keywords provided in the same language as the manuscript.

The text of the manuscript should have the following sections: introduction, methods, results, discussion, and conclusions (not necessarily under these names). Depending on the type of the manuscript, it is possible to omit some of the sections. For example, in a review article, it is possible to omit sections on methods and results, while scientific criticism or polemics may include only sections on the motives of work, specific research problems and discussion.

  • The introduction should provide, in logic and critical manner, a clear, concise and informative overview of selected recent literature relevant to the topic of the manuscript, a description of the problem addressed in the manuscript and the aim of the work.
  • Methods section should demonstrate the procedures used to achieve the objectives stated in the manuscript; clearly describes the empirical research plan, the sampling procedure, data series, instruments, and procedures (the novel methods and procedures should be described in more detail); can start with hypothesis; can be divided into appropriate subsections.
  • Results section should present clearly and concisely the researchers’ findings; can be divided into subsections, each with a concise subheading, as appropriate. Data processing and statistical analysis should be clearly explained (especially in case of new or rarely used procedures). Results should be presented in a logical sequence; in addition to the numerical expression of statistical analysis, the authors should include a narrative explanation of the findings, while the interpretation should be left for the discussion.
  • Discussion section should provide an interpretation of the results, which should be in the context of models, theories, and findings presented in the introduction. This section can optionally be divided into appropriate subsections, each with a concise subheading. It should clearly specify which of the earlier studies were supported, opposed or promoted by the findings presented in the manuscript, and then, if possible, offer new models or frameworks for the findings; only logical arguments should be provided. Authors are urged to avoid overloading this section with excessive citations and lengthy reinterpretations of related literature and are urged to focus on their findings. Authors should avoid conclusions for which they have not provided sufficient research data. Exceptionally, the Results and Discussion of the manuscript can be combined in a single section labeled Results and Discussion.
  • Conclusion should provide a general, brief and appropriate summary of the presented findings not longer than two pages. This section must not merely repeat parts of the abstract. The Discussion along with the Conclusion may cover up to 30% of the article, but in any case, these two sections altogether should not be shorter than the Introduction.

References shall be cited in the language in which they were published (9pt font). The list of References shall only include papers that are cited in the text. Place them in alphabetical order, and do not number them. Include all names of authors. Most of the references should be published recently, thus demonstrating current scientific importance of the presented research. In case of citing more than one reference of the same author, the most recent work is listed first. If an article is submitted to a journal and publicly available as a pre-print, the pre-print may be cited. Authors should limit the number of cited references by referring to the most relevant papers. Whenever possible, indicate at the end of the reference the DOI or, if it is not available, the URL of the publication. Stanovništvo uses the APA style for the list of references.

Examples of Different Types of References:

    • Monographs, Books:
      Alho, J. M., & Spencer, B. D. (2005). Statistical Demography and Forecasting. NewYork: Springer.
    • Monographs, Books with More Editions:
      Todaro, M. P., & Smith, C.S. (2012). Economic Development (11th ed.). Boston: Mass Addison-Wesley.
    • Chapters in Edited Books/Monographs or Collection of Papers in Print:
      De Abreu, B.S. (2001). The role of media literacy education within social networking and the library. In D. E. Agosto & J. Abbas (Eds.), Teens, libraries, and social networking (pp. 39-48). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
    • Chapters in Edited Books/Monographs or Collection of Papers, found Online:
      Nikitović, V. (2018). The End of Demographic Transition in Kosovo: Does the Meaning of the Population Factor Change? In D. Proroković (Ed.), Kosovo: Sui Generis or Precedent in International Relations (pp. 299-320). https://www.diplomacy.bg.ac.rs/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018_Kosovo_Dusan_Prorokovic.pdf
    •  Journal Articles:
      Lutz, W., Sanderson, W., & Scherbov, S. (2001). The end of world population growth. Nature, 412(6846), 543–545. https://doi.org/10.1038/35087589
    • Conference paper or poster presentation:
      Rašević, M. (2006). Abortion problem in Serbia. Paper presented at EPC 2006 "Population Challenge sin Ageing Societies", Liverpool, UK, June 21-24. http://epc2006.princeton.edu/papers/60355 (accessed 25 June 2007).
    • Research Reports, Working Papers:
      Dudel, C., & Schmied, J. (2019). Pension adequacy standards: an empirical estimation strategy and results for the United States and Germany. Rostock: Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR Working Paper WP-2019-003). https://www.demogr.mpg.de/papers/working/wp-2019-003.pdf (accessed 25 Jan 2019).
    • Doctoral Dissertation found on a Database:
      English, L. S. (2014). The influences of community college library characteristics on institutional graduation rates: A national study (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from American Doctoral Dissertations (37CDD15DF659E63F).
    • Website Content:
      SORS (2018). Vital Events - Data from 2011. Statistical Database. Belgrade: Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia (SORS). http://data.stat.gov.rs/Home/Result/18030102?languageCode=en-US (accessed 25 December 2018).
    • Newspaper Articles in Print:
      Frost, L. (2006, September 14). First passengers ride monster jet. The Salt Lake Tribune, p. A2.
    • Newspaper Articles found Online:
      Cohen, P.N. (2013, November 23). How can we jump-start the struggle for gender
      equality? New York Times, SR9. https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/23/how-can-we-jump-start-the-struggle-for-gender-equality/?_r=0

      Reference citations within the text 
      should include the author's surname and the year of a publication as follows:
    • A direct citation of a reference: Lee (1998);
    • An indirect citation of a reference: (Rašević 2009; Stanić and Matković 2017).
    • References following direct quotations: “The conclusion is that improvements in education, rather than fertility declines, are the main driver of subsequent economic growth”. (Lutz 2014: 530).
    • In case of four or more authors: (Alkema et al. 2011).
    • When two or more papers by the same author are cited together: (McDonald 2002, 2006).
    • With more than one reference to an author in the same year: (Raftery et al. 2012a, 2012b).

Tables should not exceed one page and should not be overloaded with auxiliary lines; 9pt font should be used for letters and numbers presented in tables. Tables should have a clear, self-explanatory title. Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals in the order in which they are referred to in the text. Editorial staff need to have full control over the tables, that is, to be able to click inside the tables to edit the font of the words written inside the tables to match the journal style and correct the spelling. All tables should be incorporated in the text of the manuscript.

Figures, cartograms, pictures, drawings, and other illustrations should be also submitted as separate files of high resolution (JPEG or TIFF, min 300dpi). Authors are encouraged to submit color versions of their figures/cartograms/illustrations for the electronic issue. Yet, it should be born in mind that the printed issue is black and white. All illustrations should be labeled as “Figure” and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals in the order in which they are referred to in the text. 

The data and/or calculation used for producing graphical charts and tables should be separately submitted as well. For example, if charts/figures were generated in MS Excel, the access to the original data used for their producing should be allowed.

The title of a table should be placed above the table, and the title of a figure below the figure (10pt font, centred). The table/figure legends should provide information on the applied statistical procedures. The legend of a table/figure including data source(s) should be placed beneath the table/figure while notes, if exist, should follow in the next line (8pt font, left justified). Referencing to the figures/tables in the text of the manuscript should follow the numbering of the graphs/tables (for example, in Table 1) instead of the position in the text (for example, in the above table).

Please do not:

  • Supply files that are optimized for screen use (e.g., GIF, BMP, PICT, WPG); these typically have a low number of pixels and limited set of colors;
  • Supply files that are too low in resolution (below 300dpi); 
  • Submit graphics that are disproportionately large for the content.


Extended summary in English should follow the structure of the manuscript but it must be longer (2,000-3,000 characters without spaces), representing a short version of the paper; it should be placed after the list of references or a list of tables and figures (if exists). Editorial staff will translate the extended summary and keywords into Serbian upon the acceptance of the paper.

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