Editorial policy of the academic journal Temida

The journal Temida is academic journal on victimization, gender and human rights.

Temida is an Open Access journal.

Temida publishes original, previously unpublished articles: original scientific articles, review articles, professional articles, conference, book and project reviews that have not been published before, neither are, in whole or in parts, under consideration for publication in other journal.

The journal publishes scientific and professional articles and reviews of domestic and foreign authors devoted to problems of victims of crime, war, human rights’ violation and other forms of suffering (particularly focusing on problems of women, children, minorities, disabled persons and other categories of vulnerable victims), fear of crime, violation of human rights in prison and during criminal procedure, prevention of victimization, etc. Special emphasis is on all forms of gender based violence, as well as on other aspects of gender equality. Every issue is thematic, but the journal publishes articles not specifically dedicated to specified themes as well.

Temida is published three times a year. Each issue of the journal Temida contains the following sections: “Theme of the issue” in which scientific, review and professional articles dedicated to the theme of the issue are published; “Other themes” in which articles not specifically dedicated to the theme of the issue are published; “Conference reviews”, “Project reviews” and “Book reviews”.

Теmidа publishes articles in Serbian or English, with summaries in Serbian and English.

Теmidа is a peer reviewed journal, which uses double blind (anonymous) review.

Temida is indexed in the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), EBSCO research database and has been accepted for coverage in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), a new edition of journals that extend the content of the Web of Science and makes it possible searching, finding and quotation of journals that are included in this edition.

Digital copies of the journal are archived in the Digital Repository of the National Library of Serbia.


Guidelines for the editorial policy of the journal Теmidа are established by the Advisory Board of the journal, while publishing activities are conducted by the Editorial Board.

Members of the Advisory Board are prominent scientists and professionals from Serbia and abroad. The number of the Advisory Board members is not limited. Editorial Board has nine members, who are assigned by the Executive Board of the Victimology Society of Serbia for a period of two years.

According to Article 9 of the Rulebook on Publishing of the Victimology Society of Serbia, activities related to the journal editing are conducted by the Editor-in-Chief and Deputy editor-in-chief, who are assisted by the Secretary of the Editorial Board and the Technical Editor.

The Editor-in-Chief of the journal Temida selects manuscripts for publishing, gives and obtains professional opinion, and is responsible for published publication. For each original scientific, review and professional article Editor-in-Chief is required to obtain professional opinion of two competent experts from Serbia or abroad.

The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for deciding which manuscripts will be published. The Editor-in-Chief is guided by the Editorial Policy and constrained by legal requirements in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.

The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to decide not to publish submitted manuscripts in case it is found that they do not meet relevant standards concerning the content and formal aspects. In regular circumstances, the Editorial Board informs the author whether the manuscript is accepted for publication within three months from the date of the manuscript submission.

The Editor-in-Chief must hold no conflict of interest with regard to the manuscripts he/she considers for publication. If an Editor-in-Chief feels that there is likely to be a perception of a conflict of interest in relation to his/her handling of a submission, the selection of reviewers and all decisions on the manuscript shall be made by the members of the Editorial Board. In case one or more members of the Editorial Board hold a conflict of interest regarding a submitted manuscript, these members shall withdraw from the selection of reviewers and all decisions related to the manuscript. Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board members are obligated to promptly report existance of a conflict of interest.

The Editor-in-Chief shall evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content free from any racial, gender, sexual, religious, ethnic, or political bias.

Editors and the Editorial Board members must not use unpublished materials disclosed in submitted manuscripts without the express written consent of the authors, and information and ideas presented in submitted manuscripts shall be kept confidential and must not be used for personal gain.

Editors and members of the Editorial Board shall take all reasonable measures to ensure that the reviewers remain anonymous to the authors before, during and after the evaluation process and the authors remain anonymous to reviewers until the end of the review procedure.


Authors warrant that their manuscript is their original work, that it has not been published before and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Parallel submission of the same manuscript to another journal constitutes misconduct and eliminates the manuscript from further consideration by Temida.

Authors completely transfer rights to the publisher. Every duplication or reprinting without permission of the publisher is forbidden. The authors also warrant that, after the publication in the journal Temida, the manuscript will not be published elsewhere in any language without the consent of the publisher of the academic journal Temida.

In case a submitted manuscript is a result of a research project, or its previous version has been presented at a conference in the form of an oral presentation (under the same or similar title), detailed information about the project, the conference, etc., shall be provided in the footnote, at the first page of the manuscript, right after the title. A paper that has already been published in another journal cannot be reprinted in the journal Temida.

It is the responsibility of each author to ensure that manuscripts submitted to Temida are written with ethical standards in mind. Authors affirm that the article contains no unfounded or unlawful statements and does not violate the rights of the third parties. The Publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.

Content of the manuscript
A submitted manuscript should contain sufficient detail and references to permit reviewers and, subsequently, readers to verify the claims presented in it. The deliberate presentation of false claims is a violation of ethical standards. Reviews and professional papers should be accurate and they should present an objective perspective.

Authors are exclusively responsible for the contents of the submitted manuscripts and must make sure that, if it is necessary, before publishing, to have permission from all involved parties or institutions directly involved in the research presented in the manuscript.

Authors wishing to include figures, tables or other materials that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright holder(s). Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors. In case of any dispute later (e.g. objection of the copyright holders that some material has been published without their permission), the journal publishes a correction or withdrawal of the manuscript and makes it clear that author(s) are responsible for mistake.

Authors must make sure that only contributors who have significantly contributed to the manuscript are listed as authors and, conversely, that all contributors who have significantly contributed to the content of the manuscript are listed as authors. If persons other than authors were involved in important aspects of the research project and the preparation of the manuscript, their contribution should be acknowledged in a footnote or the Acknowledgments section.

Acknowledgment of sources
Authors are required to properly cite sources that have significantly influenced their research and their manuscript. Information received in a private conversation or correspondence with third parties, in reviewing project applications, manuscripts and similar materials must not be used without the express written consent of the information source.

Plagiarism, where someone assumes another’s ideas, words, or other creative expression as one’s own, is a clear violation of scientific ethics. Plagiarism may also involve a violation of copyright law, punishable by legal action.

Plagiarism includes the following:

  • Word for word, or almost word for word copying, or purposely paraphrasing portions of another author’s work without clearly indicating the source or marking the copied fragment (for example, using quotation marks);

  • Copying equations, figures or tables from someone else’s paper without properly citing the source and/or without permission from the original author or the copyright holder.

Please note that all submissions are thoroughly checked for plagiarism.

Any manuscript which shows obvious signs of plagiarism will be automatically rejected and authors will be permanently or temporary forbidden to publish in the journal Temida.

In case plagiarism is discovered in the manuscript that has already been published by the journal, it will be retracted in accordance with the procedure described below under Retraction policy, and authors will be permanently or temporary forbidden to publish in the journal.

Conflict of interest
Authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might have influenced the presented results or their interpretation.

Fundamental errors in published articles
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published article, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify Editor-in-Chief or publisher of the journal and cooperate with them to retract or correct the paper.

By submitting a manuscript to the Editorial Board the authors agree to abide by the journal Temida’s Editorial Policies.


Reviewers are required to provide written, competent and unbiased feedback in a timely manner on the scholarly merits and the scientific value of the manuscript.

The reviewers assess manuscript for the compliance with the profile of the journal, the relevance of the investigated topic and applied methods, the originality and scientific relevance of information presented in the manuscript, the presentation style and scholarly apparatus.

Reviewer should alert the Editor-in-Chief to any well-founded suspicions or the knowledge of possible violations of ethical standards by the authors. Reviewer should recognize relevant published works that have not been cited by the authors. He/she should alert the Editor-in-Chief to substantial similarities between a reviewed manuscript and any manuscript published or under consideration for publication elsewhere, in the event they are aware of such. Reviewers should also alert the Editor-in-Chief to a parallel submission of the same paper to another journal, in the event they are aware of such.

Reviewer must not have conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the funding sources for the research. If such conflicts exist, the reviewer must report them to the Editor-in-Chief without delay.

Reviewer who feels unqualified for the topic or scientific field of the manuscript should notify the Editor-in-Chief without delay.

Reviews must be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Reviewers must not use unpublished materials disclosed in submitted manuscripts without the express written consent of the authors. The information and ideas presented in submitted manuscripts shall be kept confidential and must not be used for personal gain.


The submitted manuscripts are subject to a peer review process. The purpose of the peer review is to assist the Editor-in-Chief in making editorial decisions whether to accept or refuse the manuscript, and throughout the editorial communications with the authors it may also assist the author in improving the manuscript. Теmidа uses double blind (аnоnymous) review. Reviewers have 20 days to review the manuscript. Only in special occasions the time framework may be extended, and the author of the manuscript shall be informed. Reviewers are not paid for the review process.

Selection of reviewers is at the Editor-in-Chiefs’ discretion. Editor-in-Chief may entrust some editorial tasks (the selection of articles and reviewers) to the editor of a journals’ single (thematic) issue. The reviewers must be knowledgeable about the subject area of the manuscript; they must not be from the authors’ own institution and they should not have recent joint publications with any of the authors (as co-authors).

In the main review phase, the Editor-in-Chief, throughout the Secretary of the Editorial Board, sends submitted manuscripts to two experts in the field. The Review form contains a checklist in order to help reviewers to cover all aspects that can decide the fate of the manuscript. In the final section of the Review form, the reviewers must include observations and suggestions aimed at improving the submitted manuscript. All of the reviewers of a manuscript remain anonymous to the authors before, during and after the evaluation process. Authors are suggested that, during the process of manuscript writing, avoid any formulations that may uncover their identity. Editor-in-Chief guaranties that all authors’ personal information (name and affiliation) will be removed from the manuscript before sending to the reviewers, and that he/she will perform all reasonable measures that the identity of the author remains unknown to reviewers till the end of the review process.

All of the reviewers of a paper act independently and they are not aware of each other’s identities. If the decisions of the two reviewers are not the same (accept/reject), the Editor-in-Chief asks for the opinion of the third reviewer.

During the review process Editor-in-Chief may require authors to provide additional information (including raw data) if they are necessary for the evaluation of the scholarly merit of the manuscript. These materials shall be kept confidential and must not be used for personal gain.

The Editorial Board shall ensure reasonable quality control for the reviews. With respect to reviewers whose reviews are convincingly questioned by authors, special attention will be paid to ensure that the reviews are objective and high in academic standard. When there is any doubt with regard to the objectivity of the reviews or quality of the review, additional reviewers will be assigned.


Anyone (individual or institution) may inform the Editor-in-Chief and/or Editorial Board at any time of suspected unethical behaviour or any type of misconduct by giving necessary information/evidence to start an investigation.


  • Editor-in-Chief will consult with the Editorial Board on decisions regarding the initiation of an investigation.

  • During investigation, any evidence should be treated as strictly confidential and only made available to those strictly involved in investigating.

  • The accused will always be given the chance to respond to any charges made against them.

  • If it is judged at the end of the investigation that misconduct has occurred, then it will be classified as either minor or serious violation of ethical standards.

Minor misconduct
Minor misconduct will be dealt directly with those involved without involving third parties:

  • Communicating to authors/reviewers that a minor issue involving misunderstanding or misapplication of academic standards has occurred and warning of an author or reviewer on unlawfulness of that kind of behaviour.

Major misconduct
The Editor-in-Chief, in consultation with the Editorial Board, and, when appropriate, further consultation with a small group of experts should make any decision regarding major misconduct.
In the case of major misconduct, one or more of the following measures will be applied:

  • Publication of a formal announcement describing the misconduct.

  • Informing the author’s (or reviewer’s) head of department or employer of any misconduct by means of a formal letter.

  • The formal, announced retraction of the published article in accordance with the Retraction Policy (see below).

  • A ban on submissions from the authors for a defined period.

  • Referring a case to a professional organization or legal authority for further investigation and action.

When dealing with unethical behaviour, the Editorial Board will rely on the guidelines and recommendations provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE): https://publicationethics.org/resources/.


Legal limitations of the publisher, copyright holder or author(s), infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submissions at the same time, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or any major misconduct require retraction of a manuscript Occasionally already published manuscript may be withdrawn in order to correct errors in submission or publication.

Standards for dealing with retractions have been developed by a number of library and scholarly bodies, and this practice has been adopted for article retraction by the journal Temida: in the electronic version of the original article (the one that is withdrawn) a link (HTML link) is made to the retraction note where it is clearly stated that the article has been retracted. The withdrawn article is saved in original form; with a watermark on the PDF, on each page that indicates the article has been withdrawn (RETRACTED). In printed version a retraction note is published in the first following issue, as an article (paginated and assigned a DOI).


Temida is an Open Access Journal. All articles can be downloaded free of charge from from the website of the Victimology Society of Serbia (https://www.vds.org.rs/TemidaMenuEng.htm) and used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Serbia (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 RS) (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/rs/).

The journal Temida does not charge APCs (Article Processing Charges) and submission, reviewing, and publication of articles are free of charge.


The journal Temida allows authors to deposit the final, published PDF version of the manuscript in an institutional repository and non-commercial subject-based repositories, or to publish it on Author’s personal website (including social networking sites, such as ResearchGate, Academia.edu, etc.) or on the website of the institution where the Author works, at any time after publication. Basic bibliographic information regarding published article must be given (аuthors, title of the article, title of the journal, volume, number, pagination), as well as the identification of digital object – DOI of published article in a form of HTML link.


Authors transfer copyright to the journal. Once the manuscript is accepted for publication, authors shall transfer the copyright to the publisher.

Authors grant to the publisher the following rights to the manuscript, including any supplemental material, and any parts, extracts or elements thereof:

  • the right to reproduce and distribute the manuscript in printed form, including print-on-demand;

  • the right to produce prepublications, reprints, and special editions of the manuscript;

  • the right to translate the manuscript into other languages;

  • the right to reproduce the manuscript using photomechanical or similar means including, but not limited to photocopy, and the right to distribute these reproductions;

  • the right to reproduce and distribute the manuscript electronically or optically on any and all data carriers or storage media – especially in machine readable/digitalized form on data carriers such as hard drive, CD-Rom, DVD, Blu-ray Disc (BD), Mini-Disk, data tape – and the right to reproduce and distribute the manuscript via these data carriers;

  • the right to store the manuscript in databases, including online databases, and the right of transmission of the manuscript in all technical systems and modes;

  • the right to make the manuscript available to the public or to closed user groups on individual demand, for use on monitors or other readers (including e-books), and in printable form for the user, either via the internet, other online services, or via internal or external networks.


The views expressed in the published manuscripts do not express the views of the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board of Temida. The authors take legal and moral responsibility for the ideas expressed in the manuscripts. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.


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