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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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is 1.5-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.
  • Author(s) agree that they are entirely responsible for all statements and omissions in the published manuscripts.

Author Guidelines


All scientists interested in the area of disaster risk sciences are cordially invited to contribute; articles and brief communications presenting original scientific results may be submitted. Brief communications should contain new scientific information of primary importance. All articles that pass the first editorial control undergo the so-called double blind review in which both the identities of the author and the reviewer remain hidden. Articles undergo the procedure of a minimum of two independent reviews by national and/or international reviewers who assess whether the submitted manuscript will be 1/ accepted, 2/ accepted with minor changes, 3/ accepted with major changes, or 4/ will not be accepted for publication. After having received the reviews, the authors shall submit a new version of the manuscript to the Editorial Board together with an accompanying letter stating which proposals of the reviewers have been accepted and how, and which ones have not been accepted (with explanation and arguments). The approved reviewed version of the article shall be sent with additional payment in the amount of HRK 750 (EUR 100) per article.



All manuscripts must be written in English. Each article can contain a maximum of 16 pages of text (font: Times New Roman; font size: 12; spacing: 1.5; margins 2,5 cm) excluding title page, abstract, reference, tables and figures with all pages being numerated.



The first page of the paper should contain the Title written in capital letters, name and family name of the author, title and address of the institution at which the author is employed, city and country, and the author’s contact data (name and family name, name and address of the institution of employment, e-mail address and the phone number) (the Editorial Board shall delete these data before forwarding the manuscript to the reviewers).


Author’s name and family name1, ……………

1Employed at (University, Polytechnic, Faculty), city and country

The second page of the paper shall contain the Abstract  which should not exceed 250 words. The Abstract should refer to the aim of the paper, used methodology, the most important results and the conclusion. In a new line the authors shall indicate up to five Key words.

The contents should be clear and divided into clearly defined and numerated chapters (1., 1.1., 1.1.1., 1.1.2., 2., 2.1., 2.1.1. …..). Symbols and abbreviations are defined in the text when they appear for the first time, and later only abbreviations are used: SAD, WMO, FAO, UNESCO, UN, EU. One should avoid using abbreviations at the beginning of the sentences.

All illustrations and figures are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. When referring to the figure  in the text one should use the form Figure 1., Figure 2. The caption of the figure is placed below the figure.

All tables e placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end, and numerated in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. The caption of the table is placed above the table. When referring to the table in the text one should use the form Table 1., Table 2.,….

In text references and literature should be formatted in accordance to the American Psychological Association citation style (APA 6th edition).

REFERENCES IN THE TEXT. Quoted parts of the text shall be indicated in the text and not in the references. They are placed within brackets and contain the family name of the author and year of publication, e.g. (Toth, 2003), and in case of citation the page number is also indicated (Toth, 2003:150). Each reference is indicated, always the same as for the first time. If there are two authors: (Toth and Kešetović, 2012), and if there are several authors then only the first author is indicated: (Toth et al., 2003). Each reference shall be indicated in the list of literature.

LITERATURE shall contain all the used sources and full data on the papers mentioned in the references. The list of literature is written without the number of the chapter and is provided at the end of the paper (following the Conclusion). The literature is not numerated. It is listed in alphabetical order of the authors and chronologically for the papers by the same author.

Literature is quoted according to the examples for books, journals, and other sources:

Booksfamily name, initials (year), Title, place of publication: publisher’s name; If there are two or three authors, their family names and initials (year) should be indicated consecutively, Title, place of publishing: publisher’s name. If there are more authors (four or more), the family name of the first author is indicated followed by et al.

Book example:*

Blankenship, B. (1998). Baker roll 1924: Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina. Cherokee, NC: Cherokee Roots.

Ickes, W. (Ed.). (1998). Empathic accuracy. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Herrmann, R. K., & Finkle, F. (2002). Linking theory to evidence in international relations. In W. Carlsnaes, T. Risse, & B. A. Simmons (Eds.), Handbook of international relations (pp. 119-136). London, England: Sage.

Journalsfamily name, initials, (year). “Title of the paper”. Title of the journal in which it was published, Issue, Volume, pages. If there are more papers of the same author published in the same year, symbols “a, b, c” are used next to the year (e.g. 2011a, 2011b, etc.)

Journals example:*

Harlow, H. F. (1983). Fundamentals for preparing psychology journal articles. Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology, 55, 893-896.

Sillick, T. J., & Schutte,, N. S. (2006). Emotional intelligence and self-esteem mediate between perceived early parental love and adult happiness. E-Journal of Applied Psychology, 22(2), 38-48. Retrieved from

Conference proceedings: family name, initials, (year). “Title of the paper”. In name of editor(s), Title of the proceedings, pages.  Place of publishing, name of publisher. 

Conference proceedings example:

Nađ, I. i Rukavina, F. (2017). Procjena rizika u zaštiti kritične infrastrukture: Mogući problemi u provedbi. In Nađ, I. (Ed.), 10. International conference Crisis Management Days – Book of papers (pp. 187-206). Velika Gorica, Croatia: University of Applied Sciences Velika Gorica.

Sources taken from the Internetfamily name of the author/editor, name initials, (year), “Title of the paper”, Title of the Journal, date of publication, year, issue, pages, Internet address (date of the first downloading of the text from the Internet).

Internet sources example:*

Clay, R. (2008, June). Science vs. ideology: Psychologists fight back about the misuse of research. Monitor on Psychology, 39(6). Retrieved from

Theses and dissertations: the name of the author (year) title of the dissertation, and the institution where the doctoral dissertation was defended.

Distertation example:*

Considine, M. (1986). Australian insurance politics in the 1970s: Two case studies. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.

Official publicationsname of publication/organization/institution, (year), Title, Place of publication: publisher.

Official publication example:*

Federal Aviation Administration (2004). Seaplane, skiplane, and float/ski equipped helicopter operations handbook (FAA-H-8083-23). Washington, D.C: U.S. G.P.O.

 *Examples of reference formatting were taken from 


Once the paper has been accepted the author is under obligation not to publish the same paper anywhere else. The authors guarantee that their paper is original contribution and that the publishing of their paper does not violate any copyrights.

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