INSTRUCTION FOR AUTHORS

Journal of Articles of the Faculty of Education in Užice is a scientific journal that publishes theoretical, review and original research papers from the field of education, with the aim of improving, developing and innovating this area of knowledge. The aim of the journal is to enable readers (researchers, education   practitioners, as well as students) to access such research papers. Journal of Articles publishes the following types of scientific papers: original scientific paper containing previously unpublished results of the author’s own research and following a general structure (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion); review scientific paper containing original and critical views of a specific research problem from the field to which the author has already made a considerable contribution (based on the number of self-citations); short scientific paper summarizing the results of an original research paper or paper that has not been finished yet; professional paper in which already known results are presented, as well as the results of some original research papers for the purpose of their dissemination or practical implementation. Book reviews as well as translations of papers that are significant for the field of education are published in the Journal, though to a lesser extent.

The Journal comes out annually. The deadline for the submission of papers is April 30th of the current year.

Papers which are not prepared according to the Instruction for Authors will not be considered.

Language. – Papers are published in Serbian or English. Each paper should have a summary in Serbian or English.

Length. – Papers should be maximum 30,000 characters in length (with spaces), excepting review papers which may be maximum 50,000 in length (with spaces). The editorial board reserves the right to publish longer papers in those cases where a clear and concise presentation of the scientific content requires a greater length or more space.

Peer review process. – Each paper is reviewed by two reviewers who are specialists in the field. All papers are submitted to a double-blind peer review process. The information about the author of the paper, including acknowledgements and affiliation, should be provided exclusively on the first page of the paper, and all those elements that may reveal the identity of the author (e.g. self-citations such as “In our previous work…”) should be removed from the text of the paper. Reviewers use a review form, evaluate different aspects of the paper, make suggestions for its improvement, and suggest the category of the paper. Authors must inform, in written form, the Editorial board about all the changes they have made in the text of the reviewed paper, in accordance with the reviewers’ remarks and recommendations. The editorial decision as to whether to publish the paper or not is then sent to the author.

Paper submission. – All papers should be submitted exclusively by e-mail to the following e-mail address: zbornik@pfu.kg.ac.rs.

Papers are submitted as Word files. Formatting is as follows: Times New Roman, 12, Line spacing 1,5, Margins Office 2003 Default (see Page Layout). Tables, charts, images and photos are submitted as JPG or PNG files. All pages must be numbered (bottom left corner). If the paper is written in the Serbian language, use Serbian, Cyrillic. Papers may also be written in English. If authors want their paper to be published in a foreign language, they must translate the paper in the language of their choice. The editorial board reserves the right to proofread submitted papers, as well as to make changes related to the technical preparation of texts. Papers should be submitted together with a signed and scanned Authorship Statement (the form can be downloaded from the following website http://www.zbornik
radova.pfu.kg.ac.rs/).

Elements of the paper. – The author’s first name, middle initial, last name, affiliation, and the title of the paper are provided on the first page of the paper. Contact address (e-mail address) and the year of birth should be provided in a separate footnote, attached to the author’s last name by an asterisk. If the paper is written as part of a project, the title and number of the project should be provided in a separate footnote, attached to the title of the paper by an asterisk. If the paper was presented at a conference (under the same or a similar title), the information about this should also be provided in a footnote linked to the title of the paper.

Submitted papers must cite at least one paper published in the Journal of Articles of the Faculty of Education in Užice.

Abstract. – Abstract should be maximum 1,400 characters in length (with spaces). Formatting is as follows: Times New Roman, 10. It may be written in one of the following two languages – Serbian or English, and is submitted as follows: (1) at the beginning of the paper in the language of the paper and (2) as a separate file, translated into English. If the paper is written in English, the abstract should be submitted in Serbian. The title of the paper as well as the authorʼs first name and last name should also be provided. The abstract should contain the following six elements: the significance and context of the research problem, aims, research sample, methods, research results, conclusions and pedagogical implications. Abstracts of theoretical papers and reviews should include basic research hypotheses, methodological framework and research results. Key words (up to five) should be given in the language of the paper, and, preferably, in English, using  Times New Roman typeset, character size 10.

Summary. Summary may be 3,000 to 4,500 characters in length (with spaces). It contains the theoretical framework of a research problem, aims, the significance of the research, methodlogical approach, the most valuable results, conclusions and implications. Summary is written in English and is published in the electronic version of the Journal for the purpose of increasing paper citation counts in international journals.

Paper structure. – Papers must have an introductory, central (main) and final part, in which concluding remarks are provided, and the list of references (following the IMRAD structure, in case of research papers).

Titles and subtitles. – The main title of the paper is written in block letters (bolded). Titles of sections may be given as the most general title in block letters (normal and centered). Subtitles are written in italics/bold and in a “sentence” format (initial capital letter). Subtitles may be given above the paragraph (centered) or indented within the paragraph (in italics, in a “sentence” format). If there are three levels of title in the paper, the first title is written in block letters (normal), the first subtitle is bolded, and the second subtitle is italicized.

Quotations should be given in double quotation marks (in a paper written in Serbian as „…”, in papers written in other languages, quotation marks should be given as required by the punctuation rules of the language of the paper), and quotations within quotations should be given in single quotation marks (ʼ…’). Quotations longer than three lines  should be given as a separate paragraph (character size 10). Text is emphasized by using italics (not bold).

Graphical representations. – Graphical representations should be black and white. Numbers and titles of tables, legends or explanations accompanying graphical representations should be given above the representation, whereas numbers and titles of charts and pictures should be given below the representation. The resolution of digital images must be at least 300 dpi. The results of a statistical analysis should be given in brackets (F = 27.35, df = 12, p < .01).

Tables. – For the data in tables please use 1,5 line spacing. Titles of tables should be numbered and italicized. Titles of tables should be clear, short and precise. Tables must be integrated in the text of the paper and given in a Word format or in a format that is compatible with Word. Tables from statistical packages should be “converted” to Word format. Columns and rows of tables should not be separated by vertical and horizontal lines, except for the header of the table which should be separated by a horizontal line from the data. For example:



* The Instruction for Authors will be applied starting from Issue 25 (2023).

References. – For the list of references please use single line spacing. The names of Serbian authors are given in Cyrillic in the text of the paper. In parenthesis and in the list of references the names of Serbian authors should be given in the script of the sources (i.e. books and journals) they are originally published in. The names of foreign authors in the text should be given in the original script or in Serbian transcription – using the phonetic transcription of authors’ last names. If authors’ last names are transcribed, please provide their original script in brackets, for example: Tomas (Thomas, 2000). The names of two or more authors who are referred to in the same parenthesis are listed in alphabetical order. If there are two authors, both of them are given in parenthesis (Jovanović & Đuric, 2015). The names of authors listed in the references and in parenthesis are given in the same way throughout the paper.

If there are two authors, both of them are given in parenthesis (Pavlović & Šefer, 1995) or (Kupersmidt & Coie, 1990), in case of foreign authors. If an in-text citation  contains more than three and fewer than six authors, cite all authors the first time. In subsequent citations, include only the last name of the first author followed by the abbreviation – i sar. (for the authors from the Serbian speaking countries) or et al. (for foreign authors). For example, instead of (Vujačić, Pavlović, Stanković, Džinović, Đerić, 2011), use (Vujačić i sar., 2011), and instead of (Mori, Ming, Mobd Nor, Suppiah, Imm, 2011), use (Mori et al., 2011).

If an author is cited in the text, the last name(s) of the author(s), year of publication and page(s) from which the citation was taken are given in brackets: (Nikolić i Đurović, 2012: 565).

The list of references is provided at the end of the paper. References should include only sources referred to in the text of the paper, and not all sources used for writing the paper. To cite sources, please use APA style (American Psychological Association). For the papers in the Serbian language, the references are given in Cyrillic alphabet order by the last names of the authors, or in Latin alphabet order if the paper is written in the English language. References should not be numbered.

Book references should include the last and the initial letter of the authorʼs first name, year of publication, title of the book (in italics), place of publication and publisher:

Maksić, S. (1998). A Gifted Child at School. Belgrade: Institute for Pedagogical Research.

Fletcher, J., Lyon, F. & Marcia, B. (2006). Learning Disabilities: From Identification to Intervention. New York: Guilford.

b)  Book chapter is referred to as follows: Author, A. A. (year). Title of the chapter. In А. Editor & B. Editor (eds.): Book title (pp. xxx-xxx). Place of publication: Publisher.

Marušić, M. (2010). The Course of Changes in the System of Professional Teacher Training and Development. In Н. Polovina & J. Pavlović (eds.): The Theory and Practice of Professional Teacher Development (41–62). Belgrade: Institute for Pedagogical Research.

c)  Journal article should contain the last names and first name initials of all authors, year of publication in brackets, article title, full name of the journal (in italics), volume and page numbers:

Nikolić, V. & Đurović, Lj. (2012). Goals and Tasks of Ecological Education through the Prism of Bloomʼs Operationalization. Themes, 36(2), 561–579.

Cobb, P., Zhao, Q. & Visnovska, J. (2008). Learning from and Adapting the Theory of Realistic Mathematics Education. Education et didactique, 2(1), 105–124.

If available, DOI numbers should be included at the end of the reference, after page numbers.

d) Conferences.
References related to the papers printed in full are given as follows: Author, A. A., Author, B. B., Author, C. C. & Author, D. D. (year). Title of the contribution. In А. Editor, B. Editor & C. Editor (eds.), Title of the scientific conference, paper printed in full, time of the conference, city (pp. xxx-xxx). City: Name of the institution organizing the conference.

Maksimović, J. (2013). The Role of Teachers in Improving Educational Practice through Action Research. In N. Hrvatić, A. Lukenda, S. Pavlović, V. Spajić-Vrkas & M. Vasilj (eds.), Pedagogy, Education, Teaching. The paper printed in full, 21–23. March 2013, Mostar (76–82). Mostar: Faculty of Natural Sciences and Education, University of Mostar.

e) Web document. – The reference should contain the name of the author, year, document name (in italics), the access date, the websiteʼs address.

Seikkula-Leino, J., Ruskovaara, E., Ikavalko, Markku, M. & Rytkola, T. (2010). Teachersʼ Reflections on Entrepreneurship Education. Retrieved May 12, 2017 from the World Wide Web http://www.utbildningsstyrelsen.fi/ download/116383_EARLI2009_Hollanti.pdf.

f) Official documents. – The reference should include the title of the document (in italics), the year of publication, the name of the document and number.

The Rulebook on Standards of Quality of the Institutionʼs Work (2018). Educational Gazette, Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia, no. 14/2018.

g) Doctoral dissertations and master’s theses. – The reference should include the name of the author, year, the name of the thesis (in italics), note: doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis (if it is not published, state it in brackets: (unpublished doctoral dissertation). Place of publication: Institution.

Đurović, Lj. (2015). Didactic-Methodical Determinants of Textbooks of Nature and Society. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Užice: Faculty of Teacher-training.

If the same author is referred to several times, their works should be listed in chronological order. If several works by the same author are published in the same year, these works should be marked with letters a, b, c (e.g. 2000a, 2000b).

Attachments.– Attachments should include only those descriptions of materials that may help readers understand, evaluate or replicate research.

Footnotes and abbreviations. – Footnotes and abbreviations should be avoided. Footnotes should only be used for additional information (comments), and not for bibliographic information. All abbreviations listed in the tables and graphical representations should be explained in detail. Explanations (legends) should be given below tables or images.

Permission to cite. – Authors must obtain written permission from copyright holders to publish long citation (over 350 characters), illustrations, etc. for which they do not have copyright.&