Instructions for Authors
- Publishing Policies
- Publication charges
- Peer review
- The length and type of publication
- Plagiarism check
- Style guidelines
- APA Style
- Repository policy and Archiving
Thesis is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to international standards for authors, as provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Articles must be original work and must not be in review to be published in any other journal. Submissions sent may be subject to controls to detect plagiarism cases. Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published before and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
There are no submission fees, publication fees or page charges for this Journal at any stage of the publishing process.
Peer review process
Thesis publishes only original work. Articles sent for publication on Thesis go through the following phases of review, within a bias period of approximately 8 weeks:
Phase 1: The article to be published is evaluated by the editor-in-chief to see if the paper meets the basic
criteria of the Journal, including: the harmony between the nature of the paper and the Aims and Scope
of the Journal; if it has the structure of an article; its length, correct use of APA style and if there is a
satisfactory bibliography (over 25 sources). In the event that the paper does not meet the criteria, the
rejection is immediate, without being sent to the subsequent stages of external reviewers. The
editor-in-chief responds to this phase within 20 days to check whether the work is rejected or sent to the
external reviewer stage (the following stages).
Phase 2: If the article meets the above-mentioned basic criteria, then it is sent for evaluation to external
reviewers. Reviewers may also be from the editorial board if the work concerns a board member,
international field experts, or other university experts who evaluate the article. The reviewers do not
know the identity of the author, nor does the author know who the reviewers of their articles are (blind
Phase 3: Reviewers evaluate the article and then provide the editor with one of these answers:
-the article is publishable without the need for revision and improvement;
-the article is conditionally publishable, i.e. the reviewer makes concrete recommendations on what
needs to be improved in order for the article to be published;
-the editorial office then informs the author on these recommendations; -the article is unpublishable (Rejected). If the editorial board receives a positive and a negative review
from the reviewers of a paper, then a third reviewer may be requested. But there are times when the
editor-in-chief decides to publish or not publish an article if one of the reviewers is more convincing and
resolute than the other in what he or she has evaluated. The final decision is made by the editor-in-chief
based on the recommendations and comments of the reviewers.
Phase 4: Informing the author of the review process. The review process usually takes 5-6 weeks, but sometimes, due to the number of papers, the complexity of the research presented, the delay of the reviewers, or the article completion / improvement phase, the whole process can take up to 4 months.
The length and type of publication
The length of an article should be between 5000-7000 words, including references, appendix and/or
Thesis Journal agrees to publish:
- Research articles: These are usually empirical papers that have a theoretical explanation, measurement,
interpretation and discussion of results, conclusions and implications. So these are new results that need
to be validated and disseminated to the specialized scientific community in the thematic field of the
- Review articles: These are scholarly articles that conduct up-to-date, critical and evaluative analyses
based on the study of specialized sources of information in the disciplinary field in which the study is
being conducted. These articles should include a comprehensive overview of the current main
bibliography. This bibliographic and interpretative review should include the most representative sources
of the issue being addressed, and be kept up-to-date. A review article may be longer than a research
article, but no more than 8,000 words.
- Reviews: These are texts that provide informative evaluations of recently published texts (no less than 3
years old). A review should be no longer than 1,500 words.
Thesis takes cases of plagiarism, self-plagiarism or misuse of an article that may have been partially
published very seriously. Thesis Journal has a policy of Zero Tolerance on Plagiarism. All articles will be
checked by Turnitin before being sent to the reviewers.
If plagiarism or duplication is detected, the article will be immediately rejected.
The manuscript text should in principle be structured as follows:
- First page should contain the title, first and last name of the author (title, affiliation), email.
- Abstract (100-150 words);
All submissions to Thesis must be sent as e-mail attachments (word doc or rtf format) to the Editorial
Office, email: [email protected]
Submission Preparation Checklist
The article has not been published before, nor has it been submitted to other journals which are in the
process of being reviewed or evaluated.
The article is in line with the Aims and Scope of the Journal;
The article completely adheres to the APA style references;
The length of the text (research article or review article) does not exceed 8,000 words, including
The article is written in English, with adequate scientific language, respects ethical norms and is in
accordance with the instructions for the author;
The manuscript is sent in word doc or rtf format.
The editorial board uses APA Style, 6th edition (www.apastyle.org). Please, do not use footnote, or avoid
endnote as much as possible.
In text citation/reference of a scientific source is as follows: Last name of the author, year of publishing
and page – if needed, e.g: (Bourdieu, 1997, p. 7).
Author in a sentence: Another study for this issue (Smith, 2016) emphasizes that...
Author at the beginning of the sentence: Smith (2016) emphasizes that... Wolton (2009, p. 53) says that
internet offers an ocean of information, but every day we choose to be on diet by choosing only the
information that is beneficial to us, not time-consuming. Wolton (2009) says that internet offers an
ocean of information, but every day we ask “how to interconnect communication ghettos who
communicate only vertically and not horizontally through other communication tools” (p. 53). In 1974
Zukowski invented the term Literacy information to describe...
Two authors in a book: Smith and Jonnes (2016) emphasize that...
Citation within a part of the sentence:
Another study for this issue (Smith, 2016) puts the main emphasis on the previous behavior in the
environment where the child lives, because “the environment presents the nest where the child gathers
information which later, he/she will imitate or apply in everyday behavior” (p. 6).
Different conflicts, terrorist attacks, insecurities etc., made citizens or even political actors, ask: “Why do
they hate us” (Arndt, 2006, p. xviii). This is very important, because “today’s hate brings tomorrow’s urge
of insecurity and instability not only within the country, but also for the global security” (p. 34).
Some authors for the same issue:
As the public diplomacy researchers point out (Nye, 2004; Gilboa, 2008; Anholt, 2004; Melissen, 2007),
having a positive image… If two authors have the same last name, the first letter of the name is also
written: Authors Smith J. and Smith F. (2016) highlight some key features ...
Three to five authors in one book:
If a work has three (3), four (4) or five (5) authors, cite all authors the first time and from then on include
only the last name of the first author followed by the words et al. (‘et al.’ is Latin for ‘and others’) E.g.
(Nye, Melissen, Szondi, Leonard, 2015). E.g. (Nye et al., 2015)
Over 6 authors in one work:
If a work has six (6) or more authors, cite only the last name of the first author followed by et al. each
time you refer to this work. In the bibliography all authors are written. For example: As noted in the
recent study of corruption and political nepotism in Kosovo (Plepi et al., 2015), in this case neither exist…
More work by one author in a year:
As Plepi (2015a) points out, economic growth and welfare also increase family harmony, but such a
phenomenon has been impossible to measure so far in Kosovo, or studies of this phenomenon are
"regretful" (Plepi, 2015b).
Entities and institutions as authors:
The full name of the institution should be indicated in the first citation, while the following citations may
be used if the name is particularly long. The international network of humanitarian aid associations has
increased considerably in recent years in Kosovo (the Active Learning Network for Accountability and
Performance in Humanitarian Action [ALNAP], 2010). Subsequent citations: (ALNAP, 2010)
When a source has up to seven (7) authors, include all names in the reference list by dividing authors by
A reference list is arranged alphabetically by author’s last name.
References should not be numbered.
If there is no date, the abbreviation n.d. may be used.
Each reference appears on a new line.
When source titles are not in English
When the titles of books/articles are in a language other than English, insert the English translation of
the title in parentheses, e.g.:
Diodato E. (2003). Introduzione alla comunicazione politica internacionale [Introduction to international
political communication]. Perugia: Guerra Edizioni.
Author, A. (Year of publication). Title of work. Location: Publisher.
Leonard, M. (2002). Public Diplomacy. London: The Foreign Policy Centre.
Tuch, H. N. (1990). Communicating with the world: U.S. public diplomacy overseas. Washington, D.C.:
Chapter or article within an edited book or summary:
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In A. A. Editor & B. B. Editor
(Eds.), Title of book (pages of chapter). Location: Publisher.
Melissen, J. (2011). Concluding reflections on soft power and public diplomacy in East Asia. In S. J. Lee &
J. Melissen (Eds). Public diplomacy and soft power in East Asia (247–262). Basingstoke: Palgrave
Last name of author, first letter of the name. (2013). Title of the paper. Title of the journal, Vol. no.,
(issue no.,), pp x-y. Doi (if available):
Waisbord, S. (2018). The elective affinity between post-truth communication and populist politics.
Communication Research and Practice, 4(1), 17-34. Doi:
Gilboa, E. (2008). Searching for a Theory of Public Diplomacy. The Annals of the American Academy of
Political and Social Science, 2(3), 55-77. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0002716207312142
Author(s) - last name, initial(s). (Year, month date). Article title. Newspaper title - italicized. Retrieved
Meeting the needs of counsellors. (2001, May 5). The Courier Mail, p. 22. Retrieved from
The author should state their exact name and surname immediately after the title of the work; their
affiliation (university name), email and ORCID number, if applicable. If you have previously published an
article, your ORCID identification number links the reader and the peer review, to other articles you have
previously published. If you do not yet have an ORCID identifier and would like to open one, please click here to create it.
Copyright is retained by the authors of the articles published in Thesis. Articles are licensed under an
open access Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license. This means that anyone may read and download the
paper for free. In addition, the article may be reused and quoted provided that the original published
version is cited. These conditions allow for maximum use and exposure of the work, while ensuring that
the authors receive proper credit.
Repository policy Archiving
The Journal and the publisher have registered a deposit policy with Sherpa Romeo.
The articles are also archived on the national portal of Croatian Scientific and Professional Journals
(HRCAK), supported by the Croatian Ministry of Research and Education. HRCAK offers, through the
OAI-PMH protocol, metadata about each journal and each article produced according to the Dublin Core
standard. Here, each Thesis article is stored with an ID and a URI that can be found and downloaded for
free at any time and stored for a long time.
Also, Thesis articles are archived in the Croatian Web Archive of the National and University Library in
Zagreb (Hrvatski Ariv Web-HAW). HAW is a collection of content downloaded from the web. It is
intended to download and permanently store publications from the web as part of Croatian cultural
heritage. Archived content can be searched by title, URL, keywords, and subject areas.