How ST-OPEN gets manuscripts
There are three ways how ST-OPEN acquires manuscript submissions:
- Documents deposited in DABAR (e.g., graduation thesis), selected by the Editorial Board.
- Soliciting articles by the editors, recommendation from an expert source, and an offer of a DABAR document by its author(s).
- Direct submission of a manuscript to the ST-OPEN, in exceptional cases.
1. Editorial selection
Editors first select potentially interesting DABAR (or other offered or recommended) documents for consideration. In this phase of the work, the technical criteria are minor and the editors insist only that the work is original and interesting – that it has a potential to be transformed into a good scientific article.
The authors (e.g. student and supervisor) of the chosen work are then invited for cooperation in transforming the document into a scientific article. The process is done in Croatian for those who do not have good command of English language.
2. Intramural review
The original manuscript in Croatian is entered in the journal’s OJS program and sent for an official intramural review. The review is performed by the Editorial Board members or experts in the research field suggested by the Board members. The outcomes of this process are: acceptance for further external review, revision, and editorial rejection.
The authors of the works that are not rejected are expected to keep their submission with the ST-OPEN until the final decision of the editor. In other words, the withdrawal of the work or failure to answer editors’ requests (communication) will be considered as research misconduct.
The most important feature in this phase of the review is the readiness of the authors for cooperation with the editors. It is an educational phase and the editors offer necessary assistance in editing the manuscript, but expect responsible and diligent authors’ cooperation.
3. Extramural review
After the revision of the manuscript in the first peer review step, the article is translated into English (by ST-OPEN) and sent out for external peer review (external of the University and in most cases external to Croatia). The review process is blinded for the authors (single blinded) unless a reviewer indicates that he/she wants to be known to the authors. If the reviews are not unfavorable, the article is sent back to the authors for eventual revisions and accepted if the revised manuscript is acceptable.
After acceptance, the manuscript is deposited in DABAR and published in ST-OPEN (i.e. linked from ST-OPEN to DABAR) as the final published version of the article.
The review process is schematically shown below: