Publication ethics


  • The editor-in-chief is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to Stanovništvo will be published. The editor-in-chief is guided by the publication ethics and constrained by legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism.
  • The editor-in-chief reserves the right to decide not to publish submitted manuscripts in case it is found that they do not meet the relevant standards concerning their content or format. The editorial staff will inform the authors whether the manuscript is accepted for publication within 90 days of its submission.
  • The editor-in-chief must have no conflicts of interest regarding the articles they consider for publication. If the editor-in-chief feels that there is likely to be a perceived conflict of interest in relation to their handling of a submission, the selection of reviewers and all decisions regarding that paper shall be made by the editorial board.
  • The editor-in-chief shall evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content free from any racial, gender, sexual, religious, ethnic, or political bias.
  • The editor-in-chief and the editorial staff must not use unpublished materials disclosed in submitted manuscripts without the express written consent of the authors.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 editor-in-chief and the editorial staff shall take all reasonable measures to ensure that reviewers remain anonymous to authors before, during, and after the evaluation process, and authors remain anonymous to reviewers until the end of the review procedure.


  • The Advisory Board is an advisory body that actively contributes to the development of the journal. The tasks and duties of the Advisory Board include: supporting the development of the journal, promoting the journal, encouraging experts in population studies to get involved in the journal as authors and/or reviewers, and writing editorials, reviews, and commentaries.


    • Authors warrant that their manuscript is their original work, has not been published before (in any language), 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 Stanovništvo.
    • Authors also warrant that the manuscript is not and will not be published elsewhere (after its publication in Stanovništvo) in any language without the consent of the publisher.
    • In case a submitted manuscript is the 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 or the conference where the work originated shall be provided in the Acknowledgements section prior to the list of references. A paper that has already been published in another journal cannot be reprinted in Stanovništvo.
    • It is the responsibility of each author to ensure that papers submitted to Stanovništvo are written in accordance with ethical standards. 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. The 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.
    • 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.


    • Authors must make sure that 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. If persons other than the 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 express written consent of the information source.


    • Plagiarism, where someone assumes another person's ideas, words, or other creative expressions as one's own is a clear violation of scientific ethics. Plagiarism may also involve a violation of copyright law and may be punishable by legal action.
    • Plagiarism includes the following:
      • Copying word for word – or almost word for word – or purposely paraphrasing portions of another author's work without clearly indicating the source or marking the copied fragment (for example, using quotation marks);
      • Copying equations, figures, or tables from someone else's paper without properly citing the source and/or without permission from the original author or the copyright holder.
    • Please note that all submissions are thoroughly checked for plagiarism. Any paper that shows obvious signs of plagiarism will be automatically rejected and its authors will be temporarily forbidden from publishing 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 in the retraction policy, and its authors will be temporarily forbidden from publishing in the journal.

Conflict of interest

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

Fundamental errors in published works

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


  • Reviewers are required to provide written, competent, and unbiased feedback in a timely manner on the scholarly merits and scientific value of the manuscript.
  • Reviewers assess manuscript for their compliance with the profile of the journal, the relevance of the investigated topic and applied methods, and the originality and scientific relevance of information presented in the manuscript, as well as presentation style and scholarly apparatus.
  • Reviewers should alert the editor-in-chief to any well-founded suspicions or knowledge of possible violations of ethical standards by the authors. Reviewers should recognise relevant published works that have not been cited by the authors and alert the editor-in-chief to 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-in-chief to a parallel submission of the same paper to another journal in the event they are aware of such.
  • Reviewers must not have conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authors, and/or funding sources of the research. If such conflicts exist, reviewers must report them to the editor-in-chief 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-in-chief 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 express 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.


    • Anyone may inform the editor-in-chief and/or editorial staff at any time of suspected unethical behaviour or any type of misconduct by providing the necessary information/evidence to start an investigation.


      • The editor-in-chief will consult with the editorial board on decisions regarding the initiation of an investigation.
      • During an investigation, any evidence should be treated as strictly confidential and only made available to those directly involved in investigating.
      • The accused will always be given the chance to respond to any charges made against them.
      • If it is adjudged at the end of the investigation that misconduct has occurred, then it will be classified as either minor or serious.

Minor misconduct

    • Minor misconduct will be addressed directly with those involved, without involving any other parties, e.g. by:
    • Communicating to authors/reviewers whenever a minor issue involving misunderstanding or misapplication of academic standards has occurred;
    • Sending a warning letter to an author or reviewer regarding minor misconduct.

Major misconduct

  • The editor-in-chief, in consultation with the editorial board and, when appropriate, further consultation with a small group of experts, should use all the evidence available to make any decision regarding the course of action to be taken. The possible outcomes are as follows (these can be applied separately or jointly):
    • 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;
    • The formal, announced retraction of publications from the journal in accordance with the retraction policy (see below);
    • A ban on submissions from an individual for a defined period;
    • Referring the case to a professional organisation or legal authority for further investigation and action.
  • When dealing with unethical behaviour, the editorial staff will rely on the guidelines and recommendations provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE):


  • 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 the retraction of an article. Occasionally, a retraction can also be used to correct errors in submission or publication. The main reason for withdrawal or retraction is to correct the mistake while preserving the integrity of science; it is not to punish the author.
  • Standards for dealing with retractions have been developed by many library and scholarly bodies, and this practice has been adopted for article retraction by Stanovništvo: in the electronic version of the retraction note, a link is made to the original article. In the electronic version of the original article, a link is made to the retraction note where it is clearly stated that the article has been retracted. The original article remains unchanged, save for a watermark on the PDF indicating on each page that it is “retracted”.


  • Stanovništvo is an open-access journal. All articles can be downloaded free of charge and distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 Licence.
  • You are free to
    • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material.   

      The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the licence terms.

    Under the following terms:
    • Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the licence, and indicate if changes have been made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

    • NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.

    • No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the licence permits.
  • The journal does not charge any fees for submission, reviewing, and production.


  • Stanovništvo allows authors to deposit the author's post-print (accepted) version and the publisher's version/PDF in institutional repositories and non-commercial subject-based repositories, or to publish it on the author's personal website (including social networking sites, such as ResearchGate,, etc.) and/or departmental website in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0, 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.


  • Once the manuscript is accepted for publication, the author(s) shall transfer the copyright to the publisher. If the submitted manuscript is not accepted for publication by the journal, all rights shall be retained by the author(s).
  • Authors grant to the publisher the following rights to the manuscript, including any supplemental material and any parts, extracts, or elements thereof:
    • the right to reproduce and distribute the manuscript in printed form, including print-on-demand;
    • the right to produce prepublications, reprints, and special editions of the manuscript;
    • the right to translate the manuscript into other languages;
    • the right to reproduce the manuscript using photomechanical or similar means including, but not limited to photocopy, and the right to distribute these reproductions;
    • the right to reproduce and distribute the manuscript electronically or optically on all data carriers or storage media – especially in machine-readable/digitised form on data carriers such as hard drive, CD-ROM, DVD, Blu-ray Disc (BD), MiniDisc, data tape – and the right to reproduce and distribute the article via these data carriers;
    • the right to store the manuscript in databases, including online databases, and the right of transmission of the manuscript in all technical systems and modes;
    • the right to make the manuscript available to the public or to closed user groups on individual demand, for use on monitors or other readers (including e-books), and in printable form for the user, either via the internet, other online services, or via internal or external networks.


  • The views expressed in the published works do not express the views of the editor-in-chief and editorial staff of Stanovništvo. Authors take legal and moral responsibility for the ideas expressed in their articles. The publisher shall have no liability should any claims for damages be issued. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.