About the Journal

ST-OPEN is an overlay+ journal of the University of Split primarily based on the University’s repositories [1]. The “ST” in the title stands for “students” but is also the abbreviation for the city of Split. “Plus” is added because ST-OPEN significantly modifies graduation theses into research articles and translates them from Croatian to English, in order to increase transparency and widen the outreach of research results [2].

ST-OPEN is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary e-journal – an “interjournal”, with the diamond model of open access. This means that we do not charge article publication fees to authors or a subscription fee to readers and that all content is freely available without charge to the user or their institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the authors, provided that full credit to the journal (reference) is given.

Moreover, we provide free translations from Croatian to English for all accepted articles.

ST-OPEN is a multidisciplinary journal, so our Editorial Board is large, including at least one member from each university school or department. However, since there are approximately 150 study programs, “satellite” Academic Editorial Boards exist at each University location. We encourage multidisciplinarity and view it as an advantage, particularly in the time when individual journals are not the primary sources of information for researchers, but rather bibliographic databases and web searchers [3].

We hope that ST-OPEN’s multidisciplinary approach will bring researchers from different research fields and provide them with ideas for interdisciplinary collaboration – within the university and with other Croatian and international research groups. ST-OPEN offers the opportunity to present national cultural and social heritage (in this case relating to Croatia) to the global community.

Peer review
ST-OPEN applies the highest standards of peer review criteria and publication ethics and aims to preserve the integrity of the published record. All research articles are submitted to external peer review and reviewed by at least two reviewers. Editorials are internally reviewed by our Editorial team or researchers from the University of Split. More information on editorial policies is also available here.

Publication schedule
The journal operates under a continuous publication schedule where articles are published online immediately after the production process in a fully citable form with a universal digital object identifier (DOI). Published articles are free to view and download for all.

Open access and licenses
The full text of all articles published in the ST-OPEN is immediately published in open access and available to the public. We are committed to keeping articles freely available, licensed under a Creative Commons licence and with the full text deposited in the Dabar repository (Digital Academic Archives and Repositories). Also, ST-OPEN permits and encourages authors to post items submitted to the journal on personal websites or institutional repositories both prior to and after publication, while providing bibliographic details that credit its publication in this journal. In this way, ST-OPEN articles are in the open domain, making research results available to researchers, policy-makers and other stakeholders in the scientific community. ST-OPEN articles can be shared, copied and redistributed in any medium or format, adapted, remixed and built up for any purpose, provided that the full ST-OPEN reference is given. Authors or their employers retain the copyright.
ST-OPEN is indexed in Sherpa Romeo – an online resource that aggregates and analyses publishers’ open access policies and provides summaries of publishers’ copyright and open access archiving policies on a journal-by-journal basis.

Types of articles
ST-OPEN publishes the following types of articles:
- Research articles (Externally peer-reviewed)
- Editorials (Internally reviewed).

Scientific fields
As a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary journal, ST-OPEN publishes articles in all scientific fields and subfields, the articles include but are not limited to the following:
- Natural sciences
- Engineering and technology
- Medical and health sciences
- Agricultural sciences
- Social sciences
- Humanities.

Electronic backup and preservation of the journal content
All content of ST-OPEN is uploaded to the central portal of Croatian scientific journals Hrčak, which offers access to the Croatian journals following the Open Access Initiative. ST-OPEN is also using the PKP PN plugin to deposit our published content into the PKP Preservation Network for preservation.

Aims and Scope

ST-OPEN was created as a new type of overlay journals that has a broad, multidisciplinary scope, with the aim of promoting interdisciplinary collaboration across university schools and departments. ST-OPEN focuses on graduate student research (for example, from masters and doctoral programs), selecting the best student-supervisor research work for publication. ST-OPEN is open to students and teachers who deposit their research in university repositories at the University of Split, as well as to students and teachers from all other universities in Croatia and globally [4].

ST-OPEN aims to actively support the publication of students’ research. For that cause, our Editorial office helps in all phases and specificities of scientific writing and offers a free translation of articles from Croatian to English. The scope of ST-OPEN is theoretical, empirical, review and other works from all fields of science and all institutional and geographical sources. Our focus (albeit not a priority) is on works co-authored by students, particularly students’ articles based on master’s and doctoral theses. We are specifically interested in works done in the city of Split, and we actively scan the repository of the University of Split for promising research, but we welcome articles from other sources.

The primary aim of ST-OPEN is practical training of students in scientific publishing [5]. This will prepare future researchers for their research/academic careers by training them in standards and practices of scientific publishing. The second aim is to increase scientific production and global visibility for the scholarly research of the University of Split.

ST-OPEN does not aim to publish “cutting-edge” research or to achieve a high research impact. It serves as a platform for research education and training of university students as well as providing greater visibility of a small university within the broad scientific community.

ISSN: 2718-3734

DOI: https://doi.org/10.48188/so 

University of Split
Poljička cesta 35
21000 Split


[1] Marušić M. ST-OPEN is an overlay+ journal. ST-OPEN. 2020;1:e2020.1919.1.

[2] Wager E. ST-OPEN: Innovation based on ancient traditions. ST-OPEN. 2020;1:e2020.1919.2.

[3] Marušić A, Marušić M. Teaching students how to read and write science: a mandatory course on scientific research and communication in medicine. Acad Med. 2003;78:1235-9.

[4] Marušić M, Tomić V, Gudelj D, Wager E, Marušić A. University repository overlay journal – increasing the quality and visibility of student research at the University of Split, Croatia. European Science Editing. 2019;45(2):39-41.

[5] Nicholas D, Boukacem-Zeghmouri C, Rodríguez-Bravo B, Xu J, Watkinson A, Abrizah A, et al. Where and how early career researchers find scholarly Information. Learned Publishing. 2017;30:19-29.