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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).  
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Each manuscript proposal MUST include:


• The full name and email address of EVERY author on the article.
•  Job title/position and institution.
• An abstract of approximately 150-300 words. The abstract should state clearly the thesis of the paper and the argument(s) made in support of the thesis.
• Keyword

Body of the text


Language: Authors should send their papers in English language only



- Basic informations of the Autor of the review

- Informations about the book which is under review (Autor, Year of publishing. Title. Place of publishing: Publisher.), number of pages est.

- The Book can be published on one of the Balkan languages or some of the world languages (English, German, French, Russian est.)

- The Book should refer or reflect the region of the Balkans and be based in some of Social Science disciplines (Political Sciences, Law, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology est.)

- The publishing date of the book should not be more then five years old

- We strongly encourage young researchers, PhD or MA students to take part in Book review section


Language: Authors should send their book reviews in the English language only.


Referencing and style

In Balkan Social Science Review you should use APA citation style:

For Example:

The nation’s genesis becomes a fundamental element in its strengthening. Even if there is a fictive past, it must be real. This is the reason why the cultural continuity is contingent and inessential (Gellner, 1999).

Specific parts of a source-If you are refereeing to certain page(s):
The nation’s genesis becomes a fundamental element in its strengthening. Even if there is a fictive past, it must be real. This is the reason why culturale continuity is contingent and inessential (Gellner, 1999, p. 34).

Works by multiple authors
Altogether, the problems are united around not recognizing the Macedonian national identity as separate and independent (Stojanovski, Ananiev and Denkova, 2014, p. 74).

Two or more works in the same parenthetical citation
Several studies (Jones & Powell, 1993; Peterson, 1995, 1998; Smith, 1990) suggest that...

Works by no identified author
The site seemed to indicate support for homeopathic drugs (“Medical Miracles,” 2009).
The brochure argues for homeschooling (Education Reform, 2007).

For Authors in Cyrillic, Greek, Arabic ect. You should use Latin script   

Brown, K. (2003). The Past in Question, Modern Macedonia and Uncertainties of Nation. New Jersey: Princeton University Press.

Strunk, W., Jr., & White, E. B. (1979). The guide to everything and then some more stuff. New York, NY: Macmillan.

Chapter of a Book:
Bergquist, J. M. (1992). German Americans. In J. D. Buenker & L. A. Ratner (Eds.), Multiculturalism in the United States: A comparative guide to acculturation and ethnicity (pp. 53-76). New York, NY: Greenwood.

Journal Article with DOI:
Paivio, A. (1975). Perceptual comparisons through the mind's eye. Memory & Cognition, 3, 635-647. doi:10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225

Journal Article without DOI (when DOI is not available):

Becker, L. J., & Seligman, C. (1981). Welcome to the energy crisis. Journal of Social Issues, 37(2), 1-7.

Hamfi, A. G. (1981). The funny nature of dogs. E-journal of Applied Psychology, 2(2), 38-48. Retrieved from

Online Newspaper Articles

Becker, E. (2001, August 27). Prairie farmers reap conservation's rewards. The New York Times. Retrieved from

Encyclopedia Articles:

Brislin, R. W. (1984). Cross-cultural psychology. In R. J. Corsini (Ed.), Encyclopedia of psychology (Vol. 1, pp. 319-327). New York, NY: Wiley.

Developmental genetics. (2005). In Cambridge encyclopedia of child development. Retrieved from  

Technical and Research Reports (often with corporate authors)

Hershey Foods Corporation. (2001, March 15). 2001 Annual Report. Retrieved from  

Book Reviews:

Dent-Read, C., & Zukow-Goldring, P. (2001). Is modeling knowing? [Review of the book Models of cognitive development, by K. Richardson]. American Journal of Psychology, 114, 126-133.

Data Sets:

Simmons Market Research Bureau. (2000). Simmons national consumer survey [Data file]. New York, NY: Author.

Blog post:
Lincoln, D. S. (2009, January 23). The likeness and sameness of the ones in the middle. [Web log post]. Retrieved from

Website with no author or date of publication:

Census data revisited. (n.d.). Retrieved March 9, 2009, from Harvard, Psychology of Population website,

For Books and Articles in Cyrillic, Greek, Arabic ect. You should use Latin script:   
Todorovski, G. (2000). Demografskite procesi i promeni vo Makedonija od krajot na XIV vek do Balkanskite vojni [Demographic processes and shanges in Macedonia from the end of 14th century to the Balkan wars]. Skopje: INI.
Jezernik, B. (2002). Makedoncite, prepoznatlivi spored svoeto nepostoenje [The Macedonians, known by their non-existence]. In Etno-Antropo Zum, 3 (1), 15-27  

More for APA style you can see at:
APA 2020 7th Ed.pdf (


The ideal manuscript length is a minimum of 6,000 words and a maximum of 8,500 words of text, without the reference list (bibliography). 

The book review should be approximately 1,500 words of text.



All submissions based on the active call for papers are subject to the following reviewing process that is presented in chronological order:

1. Initial screening of the paper is conducted by the editors of the Journal. Please be advised that the paper may be rejected by the editors before sending the paper for full peer review due to one or several of the following reasons:

  • It fails the technical screening which includes elements that are suspected to be plagiarized, the manuscript is not complete, the figures are not complete or clear enough, the article does not conform to the Author’s Guideline of the Journal
  • the paper does not fall within the aims and scope of the Journal
  • the procedure and / or the analysis of the data is seen to be defective
  • it is incomprehensive in terms of language, structure, figures
  • the paper is not of interest to the readers of the Journal
  • the paper lacks usage of relevant literature
  • the submission is not consistent with the journal's policy
  • priority is given to authors that are new and haven't published in the previous issue or issues of the journal                                                                       

2. Proofreading review of the paper which is provided by a native English speaker who also has the competencies to evaluate the paper from a methodological aspect and suggest improvements for our authors. Based on the opinions of the proofreading reviewer, the editors may decide to reject the paper in this phase of the reviewing process, due to the following reason: the English language does not meet the criteria of the journal.

3. A full peer review process that involves two independent reviewers who have expertise in the field of the subject of the paper. The Journal uses a double-blind reviewing process. The evaluation of the paper provided by the reviewers is given in a form available in our published PEMS. Based on the two reviews, the editors are responsible for the decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The editors’ decision is final.




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