About the Journal

Journal's Publisher

Natural Resources and Technology (NRT) is an official publication of the Faculty of Natural and Technical Sciences, Goce Delcev University, Stip, Republic of North Macedonia. It is part of the Open Journal System, a system with open access policy that is operated by the Goce Delchev University, Republic of North Macedonia (link to the UGD Publishing platform UGD Publishing System). The University is the publisher of the journal (link to the publisher's homepage Goce Delcev University (ugd.edu.mk).

Scope of the Journal

Natural Resources and Technology is an International Journal, published online, twice a year (June and December) in English language.

The journal existing since 2007. From 2007 to 2011, it was published in the Macedonian language in printed form, and since 2011 it has been published online. It will be released in both Macedonian and English starting in 2019, then only in English starting in 2022.

The journal publishes original scientific papers, short communications and reviews from all fields of Mining, Geology, Environmental Protection, Industrial Logistics, Occupational Safety and Health and Interior and Exterior Design.

Original scientific papers report unpublished results of completed original scientific research. Experimental data should be presented in a way that enables the reproduction and verification of analyses and deductions on which the conclusions are based. Manuscripts should normally not exceed 6000 words.

Short communications should also contain completed but briefly presented results of original scientific research. Manuscripts should normally not exceed 2000 words.

Reviews are submitted at the invitation of the Editorial Board. They should be critical surveys of an area in which the author himself is active i.e. has a significant publication record. The reviews can be longer than typical research articles but should generally be limited to 10000 words including references, tables and figures.

Journal's Peer Review Policy

All papers submitted and suggested for publication in the Natural Resources and Technology are subject to peer review. This journal operates a double-blind review process, which means the identities of the authors are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa. Papers deemed suitable are sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers. Although authors are invited to suggest reviewers who are competent to examine their manuscript, the Editorial Board is not limited to such suggestions. Identities of the reviewers will not be released to the authors and vice versa. The review process is expected to be complete within 3 months from the day of submission of the paper, but conflicting recommendations, difficulties finding peer reviewers and other unpredictable events may cause some delay.

A peer review template is filled by the reviewers and it consists of rating scales the editor deems most useful for determining scientific merit, originality, and scope of the work, indicating ways to improve it and recommending acceptance or rejection.

The comments and recommendations of the reviewers and the Editorial Board are sent to the authors for further action. The authors are allowed 30 days to undertake revisions and return the corrected text to the Editorial Board. The final decision on acceptance or rejection is made by the Editorial Board. This decision, together with any relevant reasons, will be send to the corresponding author.

The reviewing process is presented in chronological order:

All submissions are subject to the following reviewing process that is presented in chronological order:

  1. Initial screening of the paperis conducted by the editors of the Journal. Please be advised that 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
  1. A full peer review processthat 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 Editorial Board are responsible for the decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The editors’ decision is final and it is based on the reviews from all reviewers and the journal's policy at the given time.
  2. All accepted submissions are subject to English proofreading by an authorized proofreader.

Editors' Aims

The editors of the journal are committed to:

  • making fair and unbiased decisions independent from commercial consideration and ensuring  a fair and appropriate peer review process
  • adopting editorial policies that encourage maximum transparency and complete, honest reporting
  • guarding the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct
  • pursuing reviewer and editorial misconduct
  • having appropriate policies in place for handling editorial conflict of interest.

Publications ethics and malpractice statement (PEMS)

Please find the journal's Publications ethics and malpractice statement (PEMS) on http://js.ugd.edu.mk/public/nrt-1 

Call for Papers

For Call for Papers you can get additional information on http://js.ugd.edu.mk/index.php/NRT/announcement

Author guidelines

For Author guidelines propositions you can find additional information on http://js.ugd.edu.mk/public/dokumenti/NRT


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