Editorial Process

All contributions are evaluated according to the criteria of originality and quality of their scientific content. The manuscript needs to be prepared according to the Journal’s instructions and proofed by a native English speaker or someone proficient in English. Manuscripts which do not conform to these standards will be returned immediately. All papers should be submitted via Comet-FTB online submission system (at www.ftb.com.hr). Manuscripts sent by e-mail will not be considered for publication. If the upload is successful, the corresponding author will receive a confirmation e-mail with a reference number assigned to the paper, which he/she is asked to quote in all subsequent correspondence.

All manuscripts are first evaluated by the Editor-in-Chief and can be rejected without reviewing if considered not of sufficient interest or novelty, too preliminary or out of scope of the Journal. If the manuscript is considered suitable for further evaluation, it is first sent to the Field editor. Based on his/her opinion the paper is either rejected or evaluated further. Before reviewing, each manuscript is run through iThenticate plagiarism detection software to verify the originality and ensure the quality of the written work. Authors should take care not to exceed the limit of 20 % of overlapping (no more than 3 % with the individual source, which must be cited), and that should be even less in the Results and Discussion section. Papers with high degree of overlapping with previously published data (even in the case of self-plagiarism) will be rejected without reviewing. Papers which are suitable for reviewing process are sent to at least two impartial reviewers. The duration of the reviewing process mostly depends on the availability and speed of the Field editor and the reviewers. Although they are each expected to complete their tasks within a month, due to their numerous duties and obligations, this deadline may be prolonged. As soon as the reviews are uploaded to the system, the Editor brings a decision about the possible acceptance of the manuscript. The reviews are then sent to the authors via online submission system and if the reviews are positive, the authors are expected to submit the revised version within the timeframe given by the system. If authors cannot resubmit the revised manuscript within this period, they should contact the Editor at ftb@pbf.hr to discuss the possibility of extending the deadline for resubmission, or otherwise uploading it as a new manuscript after all the changes requested by reviewers have been made. Authors are obliged to submit a new cover letter with each revised version together with the reply to the reviewers. If during the revision a change in authorship (addition or removal of author) has occurred, authors are requested to clarify the reason for change, and all authors (including the removed/added ones) need to submit a written consent for the change.

The revised version is evaluated by the Field editor and/or reviewers and the Editor-in-Chief brings a decision as soon as possible about final acceptance based on their suggestions. If necessary, further revision can be asked for to fulfil all the requirements of the reviewers. When a manuscript is accepted for publication, each co-author is requested to sign Declaration of Authorship and Statement of Conflict of Interest forms and to provide all the requested details, including ORCID ID of each author (it can be obtained for free at https://orcid.org/), and then the corresponding author is obliged to send all signed forms to ftb@pbf.hr. After that an official letter of acceptance is sent to the corresponding author, the manuscript is assigned a doi number, posted online in an unedited version (in the category Advanced online publication of articles) and deposited in CrossRef with the assigned doi number. At that stage, changes of authors of the manuscript are not possible.

Before printing, a linguistic, metrological and technical revision is made, at which stage the authors are asked to make the final corrections in no more than a week. All the corrections suggested by the editors should be made. The final version is then sent to the printer’s office and the authors receive the galley proof for final check before printing. The authors are expected to correct only typographical errors on the proofs. Any changes in the text (additions etc.) at that stage will be made at author’s expense. The proofs have to be returned to the Editorial Office within 48 hours. After printing, all manuscripts are posted online as pdf files in the final form and indexed in databases.



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