Instructions for Authors

  • Journal information
  • Publishing Policies
  • Publication charges
  • Peer review
  • The length and type of publication
  • Plagiarism check
  • Structure
  • Style guidelines
  • APA Style
  • Copyright
  • Archiving

    • Publishing Policies

      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.

      Publication charges

      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 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 basic criteria above, 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 article are (blind peer review).
      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. 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 4000-7000 words, including references, appendix and/or other notes.
      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 journal.
      - Review articles: This is a scholarly article that conducts an up-to-date, critical and evaluative analysis 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 kept up-to-date. It may be longer than a research article, but no more than 8,000 words.
      - Reviews: text that provides an informative evaluation of a recently published text (no less than 3 years old) and no longer than 1,000 words.

      Plagiarism check

      Thesis takes cases of plagiarism, self-plagiarism or misuse of an article that may have been partially published very seriously. Articles sent for publication in Thesis are double-checked to make sure the work is original in its entirety and does not contain any plagiarised content. In the event that any omission occurs, the editorial in the following issue publishes an erratum or corrigendum explaining the author's dishonesty and the editorial omissions, removing the article from the publication and in some cases, even follow up with appropriate legal action.


      The manuscript text should be structured in principle as follows:
      - First page should contain the title, first and last name of the author, (title, affiliation), email.
      - Abstract (100-150 words);
      Keywords: 5
      - Introduction
      - Heading...
      - Bibliography.

      Style guidelines

      The editorial board uses APA Style, 6th edition ( Please, do not use footnote, or avoid endnote as much as possible.

      APA Style

      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 wherethe 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’) Eg. (Nye, Melissen, Szondi, Leonard, 2015).Eg. (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 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)

      General rules When a source has up to seven (7) authors, include all names in the reference list by dividing authors by commas. In case of books without an author, place the title of the book in the first position instead of the author. Write the full name of institutions or associations (see example at the bottom).

      Date of book publication:
      The date comes after the author, separated by a full stop and is inserted between the round brackets. In case of documents without a date, use the abbreviation "n.d." in brackets (no date).

      Translated books:
      In case of foreign translated books, indicate the name of the translator.

      Examples of references:
      Wolton, D. (2009). Informer n’est pas communiquer. Paris: CNRS Editions.
      Tuch, H. N. (1990). Communicating with the world: U.S. public diplomacy overseas. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University.
      Chapter or article within an edited book or summary: Melissen, J. (2011). Concluding reflections on soft power and public diplomacy in East Asia. Në: S.J. Lee & J. Melissen (ed). Public diplomacy and soft power in East Asia (247–262). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

      Gilboa, E. (2008). Searching for a Theory of Public Diplomacy. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Los Angeles: Sage, n.2. Vol3, (55-77).
      Journal from website: Last name of author, first letter of the name. (2013). Online title. Title of the online journal. Place: Publishing house. The link or doi, eg.:
      Gilboa, E. (2008). Searching for a Theory of Public Diplomacy. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science . Los Angeles: Sage. doi: xyuu222iooeeeee./e45
      Piaget, J. (1969). The psychology of the child . New York, NY: Sage. (translated in Albanian by Filan Fisteku, Psikologjia e fëmijës). In text: (Piaget, 1969)


      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 mean 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.


      Thesis utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

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