Instructions to Authors


 

General Instructions to Authors

The journal will represent the results of professional work, teaching and scientific research, which, by using creativity and abstract thinking, culminate in a continuous flow of experiential learning about spatial values and the related processes. Different types of manuscripts will be published, i.e. peer-reviewed scientific papers, presentations of research and professional projects, presentations of workshops, scientific and professional meetings, field visits and scientific conferences, book reviews and similar.

Content-wise, the manuscripts will cover different social and technical sciences and fields, showcasing the creativity gained through spatial research during workshops, competitions, professional and scientific projects and other activities related to spatial studies and the study of built form.

In the journal, different types of submissions will be published:

Original scientific and profesional articles: Manuscript registration form 1 manuscript instructions 2 and template 3
Presentations of research and professional projects: Manuscript registration form 1 common instructions 4 and template 5
Presentations of workshops: Manuscript registration form 1 common instructions 4 and template 6
Presentations of scientific and profesional meetings: Manuscript registration form 1 common instructions 4 and template 7
Presentations of conferences and other current events: Manuscript registration form 1 common instructions 4 and template 8
Presentation of graduate and postgraduate theses: Manuscript registration form 1 common instructions 4 and template 9

Review procedure and language editing

All submitted manuscripts will be subject to peer review; the review procedure is, as a rule, anonymous. Reviewers are appointed by the Editorship of the journal. During the review procedure and preparation for printing, confidentiality of the manuscript contents is assured, except when the reviewer agrees to discuss the contents of comments and revisions with the author. Only articles with positive reviews shall be published. Reviewed articles will be returned to the authors for revision (if necessary). It is a condition for publication that the revisions are made.

The review procedure shall be applied to submissions in both Slovenian and English, based on theoretical and practical experience from the areas of architecture, civil engineering, urban design, spatial planning, landscape architecture, sociology and from other areas of social and technical sciences relevant to these subject matters. In the selection of the manuscripts for publications, the editors shall place emphasis on originality and currency related to the trends in the scientific community. Theoretically and methodologically, the journal is pluralistic, with special emphasis on the consolidation of Slovenian terminology in the fields related to spatial studies and the study of built form. The journal shall consider only original, not yet published scientific articles and articles not yet submitted for publication to any other scientific journal or monograph.

The Slovenian authors are encouraged to publish their manuscripts in English, too. Irrespective of the language of the manuscript (i.e. Slovenian or English), the authors themselves are responsible for translation and language editing of the manuscripts. During the submission or prior to the publication at the latest, the authors shall submit a statement that the manuscript was edited (proofread by qualified translator). Non-Slovenian authors should consult the Editorship regarding the translation (of the Abstract) from English into Slovenian.

If the language of the submission is poor, the Editor can return the manuscript to the author who must arrange that the text is professionally edited.

The author receives a test printout of the article; only printer's errors or any errors relating to the meaning may be corrected. If the proofs are not returned by the date requested or at the latest within three days, it shall be considered that the article needs no corrections and shall be published as such.

The submitted material is not returned to the authors.

Submission and publication of manuscripts

The Editorship accepts the submissions to the journal on an ongoing year-round basis.owever, only the manuscripts submitted by no later than 20th June , and with correction of proofs by the author by no later than 10th September , will appear in the current electronic issue (see Important Dates).Scientific and professional manuscripts will be published on an on-going, year-round basis.

Important dates

Notice about manuscript submission (for articles only): until 1st May
Submission deadline: until 20th June
Return of editor’s comments (corrections): until 30th July
Final submission deadline: until 10th September
Author corrections of proofs: until 10th October
Publication of e-journal: until 30th October
The submissions received outside the timeframe will be considered for the next issue.

Access to the journal is free of charge.

The journal IGRA USTVARJALNOSTI (IU) – teorija in praksa urejanja prostora / CREATIVITY GAME (CG) – Theory and Practice of Spatial Planning is published in electronic form as online e-publication. Irrespective of the language of the manuscript (i.e. Slovenian or English), the authors themselves are responsible for translation and language editing of the manuscripts. During the submission or prior to the publication at the latest, the authors shall submit a statement that the manuscript was edited. Non-Slovenian authors should consult the Editorship regarding the translation (of the Abstract) from English into Slovenian.

Copyright

The author retains all moral rights to the copyright work published in IGRA USTVARJALNOSTI (IU) – teorija in praksa urejanja prostora / CREATIVITY GAME (CG) – Theory and Practice of Spatial Planning. The author transfers the economic right to reproduction and distribution in the Republic of Slovenia and abroad to the publishers free of charge, without time limit, for all cases and in an unlimited number of copies, and for all media. The transfer to the publishers is non-exclusive.

The publishers shall make sure that all accepted manuscripts are published in IGRA USTVARJALNOSTI (IU) – teorija in praksa urejanja prostora / CREATIVITY GAME (CG) – Theory and Practice of Spatial Planning, generally in the order of date of submission and in line with a balanced distribution of articles across the various sections of the journal. Nevertheless, scientific and professional articles will be published on the journal website immediately after their acceptance based on peer-review.

It is the authors responsibility to seek written permission for any work in copyright (either illustrations, photographs, images, plans etc.), and also to settle any relevant fees. In the first instance, applications should be made directly to the original publisher rather than to the author of the piece. Acknowledgement of source, author and publisher is essential. All illustrations must be supplied with the following permissions cleared: 1. that of the copyright owner of the work. (This may incur a copyright fee.) 2. that of the gallery or institution that owns the work being reproduced. (You may be required to pay a reproduction fee and accompany the illustration with a credit line.) 3. that of the photographer/photographic library. (This may incur a copyright and a reproduction fee.)

Also take note that screen images from the internet are not necessarily in the public domain, so you should always check their status. Images that do not correspond to all previous conditions will be removed from article by Editorship.

Preparation of Manuscripts (Articles)

Authors should send along with the manuscript a completed 1 manuscript registration form.

For submission of a scientific or professional manuscript we have prepared; listed bellow 2 manuscript instructions and 3 a manuscript template.

For submission of other manuscripts we have prepared; listed bellow 4 common instructions and 5 - 9 templates for other types of manucripts..

Authors are requested to submit only original, not yet published articles and articles not yet submitted elsewhere. The copyright of the published manuscripts is transferred to the journal; the content of the manuscript is the sole responsibility of the author.

Preparation of scientific and professional mnuscripts (articles)

The Editorship accepts the submissions to the journal on an ongoing year-round basis. However, only the manuscripts submitted by no later than 20th June, and with correction of proofs by the author by no later than 10th September, will appear in the current electronic issue ( see Important Dates). Nevertheless, scientific and professional articles will be published on the journal website immediately after their acceptance based on peer-review.

Irrespective of the language of the manuscript (i.e. Slovenian or English), the authors themselves are responsible for translation and language editing of the manuscripts. During the submission or prior to the publication at the latest, the authors shall submit a statement that the manuscript was edited. Non-Slovenian authors should consult the Editorship regarding the translation (of the Abstract) from English into Slovenian.

Authors are requested to submit only original, not yet published articles and articles not yet submitted elsewhere. The copyright of the published manuscripts is transferred to the journal; the content of the manuscript is the sole responsibility of the author.

Authors should send the manuscript no later than 20th June to the journal's e-mail address: revijaiu(at)fa.uni-lj.si.

Detailed instructions and a template for scientific and professional manuscripts
SUBMISSION OF SCIENTIFIC AND PROFESSIONAL MANUSCRIPTS
The manuscripts shall be submitted to the Editor in digital form, i.e. texts in the Microsoft Word format, the figures should be sent as separate attachments or files in digital formats with .tiff, .jpg or .eps extension.

1 MANUSCRIPT REGISTRATION FORM   .docx Word file

2 MANUSCRIPT INSTRUCTIONS IN PDF FORM   PDF file
3 TEMPLATE FOR SCIENTIFIC AND PROFESSIONAL MANUSCRIPTS   .doc Word file - 0,5 MB / .odt file - 0,5 MB

Detailed instructions for other types of submissions

To help in preparation separate templates for each type of manuscript are available below. Submissions on research and professional projects, competitions, workshops, conferences and other current scientific and professional events have common instructions for preparation of manuscripts.

Irrespective of the language of the manuscript (i.e. Slovenian or English), the authors themselves are responsible for translation and language editing of the manuscripts. During the submission or prior to the publication at the latest, the authors shall submit a statement that the manuscript was edited. Non-Slovenian authors should consult the Editorship regarding the translation (of the Abstract) from English into Slovenian.

We want to draw attention to book reviews and critiques (COBISS designation 1.19), where the title of the contribution may be arbitrary; however, at the beginning, the author must provide information on the work presented (extract from COBISS). In a separate document, the author must submit a figure attachment, i.e. the image of the cover page of the work evaluated.

Authors are requested to submit only original, not yet published articles and articles not yet submitted elsewhere. The copyright of the published manuscripts is transferred to the journal; the content of the manuscript is the sole responsibility of the author.

Authors should send the manuscript no later than 20th June to the journal's e-mail address: revijaiu(at)fa.uni-lj.si.

Common instructions and template for other types of submissions
SUBMISSION OF OTHER MANUSCRIPTS
The manuscripts shall be submitted to the Editor in digital form, i.e. texts in the Microsoft Word format, the figures should be sent as separate attachments or files in digital formats with .tiff or .jpg extension.

Each manuscript should stay within the number of characters allowed for in the relevant template. It should contain the elements discussed below; these elements may differ according to the type of manuscript. If necessary, authors are allowed to make additions and omissions of individual elements.

1 MANUSCRIPT REGISTRATION FORM   .docx Word file - 60 kb
4 COMMON INSTRUCTIONS IN PDF FORM   PDF file - 26 kB
5 TEMPLATE FOR PRESENTATION OF A PROJECT   .doc file - 36 kb / .odt file - 17 kb
6 TEMPLATE FOR PRESENTATION OF A COMPETITION   .doc file - 34 kb / .odt file - 16 kb
7 TEMPLATE FOR PRESENTATION OF A WORKSHOP   .doc file - 34 kb / .odt file - 16 kb
8 TEMPLATE FOR PRESENTATION OF A CONGRESS   .doc file - 32 kb / .odt file - 15 kb
9 TEMPLATE FOR GRADUATE AND POSTGRADUATE THESES   .doc file - 39 kb / .odt file - 9 kb

Typology of documents/works in COBISS

Authors may propose the type of their manuscript by considering the Typology of documents/works for bibliography management in COBISS (http://cobiss.izum.si/ bibliographies of researchers – introductory comments); however, the Editorship reserves the right to classify the manuscripts based on reviews.

Typology of documents/works for bibliography management in COBISS:
1.01 Original Scientific Article
An original scientific article is only the first-time publication of original research results in a way that allows the research to be repeated, and the findings checked. As a rule, it follows the IMRAD (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion) scheme for experimental research, or it is organised in a descriptive way for descriptive scientific areas. The article must be published in a scientific journal with a peer-review system of accepting articles and must be peer-reviewed. The peer-review system must be evident from the instructions for authors.

1.02 Review Article
A review article is an overview of the latest works in a specific subject area, the works of an individual researcher or a group of researchers with the purpose of summarising, analysing, evaluating or synthesising the information that has already been published. A review article brings new syntheses, which also include the results of the author's own research. The review article must be published in a scientific journal with a peer-review system of accepting articles and must be peer-reviewed. The peer-review system must be evident from the instructions for authors.

1.03 Short Scientific Article
A short scientific article is an original scientific article, in which some of the elements of the IMRAD scheme may be omitted. It briefly summarises the findings of a completed original research work or a research work in progress. Also included in this category are mini reviews and preliminary publications, if they have the characteristics of a short scientific article.

1.04 Professional Article
A professional article is the presentation of what is already known, with the emphasis on the applicability of original research results and the dissemination of knowledge, while the complexity of the text is adapted to the needs of the users and readers of the professional or scientific journal, in which the said article is published.

1.19 Review
A contribution in a scientific or professional publication, in which the author evaluates or proves the correctness/incorrectness of a scientific or professional work, criterion, opinion or finding and/or disputes/supports/assesses the findings, works or opinions of other authors. The display of an expert opinion, a critique of a scientific, professional or artistic work, particularly in terms of its quality.