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Author Guidelines

Before submitting a paper, please read the details on the journal’s focus and scope, peer-review process, publication frequency, history, and open-access policy. This information is available in the editorial policies.

1 Types of articles
Unsolicited or invited original research papers and review papers are accepted. papers and materials or sections of them should not have been previously published or under consideration for publication elsewhere. The papers should cover subjects of current interest within the journal’s scope.

2 Special issues
The journal also publishes special issues (thematic supplements). Special issues usually consist of invited papers and present a special topic, with an introduction by the (guest) editors. The introduction briefly presents the topic, summarizes the papers, and provides important implications.

3 The articles
Research papers must be prepared using the journal’s template and contain the following elements:
Title: this should be clear, short, and simple.
Information about author(s): submit names (without academic titles), institutions, and e-mail addresses through the online submission system.
Abstract: introduce the topic clearly so that readers can relate it to other work by presenting the background, why the topic was selected, how it was studied, and what was discovered. It should contain one or two sentences about each section (introduction, methods, results, discussion, and conclusions). The maximum length is 800 characters including spaces.
Key words: include up to seven informative key words. Start with the research field and end with the place and country.
Main text: limit the text of the paper to 25,000 characters including spaces and without the reference list, and tables. Do not use footnotes or endnotes. Divide the paper into sections with short, clear titles marked with numbers without final dots: 1 Section title. Use only one level of subsections: 1.1 Subsection title.
Research papers should have the following structure:

  • Introduction: present the background of the research problem (trends and new perspectives), state of the art (current international discussion in the field), research gap, motivation, aim, and research questions.
  • Methods: describe the study area, equipment, tools, models, programs, data collection, and analysis, define the variables, and justify the methods.
  • Results: follow the research questions as presented in the introduction and briefly present the results.
  • Discussion: interpret the results, generalize from them, and present related broader principles and relationships between the study and previous research. Critically assess the methods and their limitations, and discuss important implications of the results. Clarify unexpected results or lacking correlations.
  • Conclusion: present the main implications of the findings, your interpretations, and unresolved questions, offering a short take-home message.

Review papers (narratives, best-practice examples, systematic approaches, etc.) should have the following structure:

  • Introduction: include 1) the background; 2) the problem: trends, new perspectives, gaps, and conflicts; and 3) the motivation/justification.
  • Material and methods: provide information such as data sources (e.g., bibliographic databases), search terms and search strategies, selection criteria (inclusion/exclusion of studies), the number of studies screened and included, and statistical methods of meta-analysis.
  • Literature review: use subheadings to indicate the content of the various subsections. Possible structure: methodological approaches, models or theories, extent of support for a given thesis, studies that agree with one another versus studies that disagree, chronological order, and geographical location.
  • Conclusions: provide implications of the findings and your interpretations (separate from facts), identify unresolved questions, summarize, and draw conclusions.

Acknowledgement: use when relevant.
Reference list: see the guidelines below.

4 Article submission
4.1 Open journal system
Author(s) must submit their contributions through the Acta geographica Slovenica Open Journal System (OJS) using the Word document template.
Enter all necessary information into the OJS. Any addition, deletion, or rearrangement of names of the author(s) in the authorship list should be made and confirmed by all coauthors before the manuscript has been accepted, and is only possible if approved by the journal editor.
To make anonymous peer review possible, the paper text and figures should not include names of author(s).
Do not use contractions or excessive abbreviations. Use plain text, with sparing use of bold and italics. Do not use auto-formatting, such as section or list numbering and bullets.
If a text is unsatisfactory, the editorial board may return it to the author(s) for professional copyediting or reject the paper. See the section on the peer-review process for details. Author(s) may suggest reviewers when submitting a paper.

4.2 Language
Papers are published in English.
Papers are submitted in English or Slovenian and copyedited/translated after acceptance by a professional chosen by the editorial board.
The translation or copyediting costs are borne by the author(s) (translation €500, copyediting €200) and must be paid before layout editing.
All papers should have English and Slovenian abstracts.

4.3 Supplementary file submission
Supplementary files (figures) can be submitted to the OJS packed in one zip file not exceeding 50 MB.

4.4 Submission date
The journal publishes the submission date of papers. Please contact the editor, Blaž Komac, with any questions.

5 Citations
Examples for citing publications are given below. Using “gray literature” is highly discouraged.

5.1 Citing articles

  • Fridl, J., Urbanc, M., Pipan, P. 2009: The importance of teachers' perception of space in education. Acta geographica Slovenica 49-2. DOI:
  • Perko, D. 1998: The regionalization of Slovenia. Geografski zbornik 38.
  • Gams, I. 1994a: Types of contact karst. Geografia fisica e dinamica quaternaria 17.
  • Gams, I. 1994b: Changes of the Triglav glacier in the 1955-94 period in the light of climatic indicators. Geografski zbornik 34.
  • de Kerk, G. V., Manuel, A. R. 2008: A comprehensive index for a sustainable society: The SSI – the Sustainable Society Index. Ecological Economics 66-2,3. DOI:
  • van Hall, R. L., Cammeraat, L. H., Keesstra, S. D., Zorn, M. 2016: Impact of secondary vegetation succession on soil quality in a humid Mediterranean landscape. Catena, In press. DOI: (25. 11. 2016).

5.2 Citing books

  • Cohen, J. 1988: Statistical power analysis for the behavioral sciences. New York.
  • Nared, J., Razpotnik Visković, N. (eds.) 2014: Managing cultural heritage sites in Southeastern Europe. Ljubljana.
  • Fridl, J., Kladnik, D., Perko, D., Orožen Adamič, M. (eds.) 1998: Geografski atlas Slovenije. Ljubljana.
  • Luc, M., Somorowska, U., Szmańda, J. B. (eds.) 2015: Landscape analysis and planning, Springer Geography. Heidelberg. DOI:

5.3 Citing parts of books or proceedings

  • Zorn, M., Komac, B. 2013: Land degradation. Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards. Dordrecht. DOI:
  • Hrvatin, M., Perko, D., Komac, B., Zorn, M. 2006: Slovenia. Soil Erosion in Europe. Chichester. DOI:
  • Gams, I. 1987: A contribution to the knowledge of the pattern of walls in the Mediterranean karst: a case study on the N. island Hvar, Yugoslavia. Karst and man, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Human Influence in Karst. Ljubljana.
  • Komac, B., Zorn, M. 2010: Statistično modeliranje plazovitosti v državnem merilu. Od razumevanja do upravljanja, Naravne nesreče 1. Ljubljana.

5.4 Citing expert reports, theses, and dissertations

  • Breg Valjavec, M. 2012: Geoinformatic methods for the detection of former waste disposal sites in karstic and nonkarstic regions (case study of dolines and gravel pits). Ph.D. thesis, University of Nova Gorica. Nova Gorica.
  • Hrvatin, M. 2016: Morfometrične značilnosti površja na različnih kamninah v Sloveniji. Ph.D. thesis, Univerza na Primorskem. Koper.
  • Holmes, R. L., Adams, R. K., Fritts, H. C. 1986: Tree-ring chronologies of North America: California, Eastern Oregon and Northern Great Basin with procedures used in the chronology development work including user manual for computer program COFECHA and ARSTAN. Chronology Series 6. University of Arizona, Laboratory of tree-ring research. Tucson.
  • Šifrer, M. 1997: Površje v Sloveniji. Elaborat, Geografski inštitut Antona Melika ZRC SAZU. Ljubljana.

5.5 Citing online material with authors and titles

  • Bender, O., Borsdorf, A., Heinrich, K. 2010: The interactive alpine information system GALPIS. Challenges for mountain regions, Tackling complexity. Internet: (4. 8. 2014).

5.6 Citing online material without authors

  • Internet: (18. 11. 2016).
  • Internet 1: (22. 7. 2012).
  • Internet 2: (23. 7. 2012).

5.7 Citing sources without authors

  • WCED – World commission on environmental and development: Our common future – Brundtland report. Oxford, 1987.
  • Popis prebivalstva, gospodinjstev, stanovanj in kmečkih gospodarstev v Republiki Sloveniji, 1991 – končni podatki. Zavod Republike Slovenije za statistiko. Ljubljana, 1993.

5.8 Citing cartographic sources

  • Državna topografska karta Republike Slovenije 1 : 25.000, list Brežice. Geodetska uprava Republike Slovenije. Ljubljana, 1998.
  • Franciscejski kataster za Kranjsko, k. o. Sv. Agata, list A02. Arhiv Republike Slovenije. Ljubljana, 1823–1869.
  • Buser, S. 1986: Osnovna geološka karta SFRJ 1 : 100.000, list Tolmin in Videm (Udine). Savezni geološki zavod. Beograd.
  • The vegetation map of forest communities of Slovenia 1:400,000. Biološki inštitut Jovana Hadžija ZRC SAZU. Ljubljana, 2002.
  • Digitalni model višin 12,5. Geodetska uprava Republike Slovenije. Ljubljana, 2005.

5.9 Citing official gazettes

  • Zakon o kmetijskih zemljiščih. Uradni list Republike Slovenije 59/1996. Ljubljana.
  • Zakon o varstvu pred naravnimi in drugimi nesrečami. Uradni list Republike Slovenije 64/1994, 33/2000, 87/2001, 41/2004, 28/2006 in 51/2006. Ljubljana.
  • 1999/847/EC: Council Decision of 9 December 1999 establishing a Community action programme in the field of civil protection. Official Journal 327, 21.12.1999.

5.10 In-text citations
Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also in the reference list (and vice versa). In-text citations should state the last name of the author(s) and the year, separate individual citations with semicolons, order the quotes according to year, and separate the page information from the name of the author(s) and year information with a comma; for example: (Melik 1955), (Melik, Ilešič and Vrišer 1963; Kokole 1974, 7–8; Gams 1982a; Gams 1982b).
For sources with more than three authors, list only the first followed by et al.: (Melik et al. 1956). Cite page numbers only for direct citations: Perko (2016, 25) states: “Hotspots are ...” To cite online material with authors, cite the name: (Zorn 2010). To cite online material without authors, cite only Internet followed by a number: (Internet 2).

5.11 Works cited list
Arrange references alphabetically and then chronologically if necessary. Identify more than one reference by the same author(s) in the same year with the letters a, b, c, etc., after the year of publication: (1999a, 1999b). Use this format for indirect citations: (Gunn 2002, cited in Matei et al. 2014).
Include the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) in the reference if available. Format the DOI as follows: (for example:

6 Tables and figures
Number all tables in the paper uniformly with their own titles. The number and the text are separated by a colon, and the caption ends with a period. Example:

Table 1: Number of inhabitants of Ljubljana.

Table 2: Changes in average air temperature in Ljubljana (Velkavrh 2009).

Tables should contain no formatting and should not be too large; it is recommended that tables not exceed one page.
Upload figures to the OJS as separate supplementary files in digital form. If the graphic supplements prepared cannot be uploaded using these programs, consult the editorial board in advance.
Number all figures (maps, graphs, photographs) in the paper uniformly with their own titles. Example:

Figure 1: Location of measurement points along the glacier.

All graphic materials must be adapted to the journal’s format. Illustrations should be exactly 134 mm wide (one page) or 64 mm wide (half page, one column), and the height limit is 200 mm.

To make anonymous peer review possible, include the name of the author(s) with the title of the illustration in the supplementary file metadata, but not in the paper text.
Maps should be made in digital vector form with Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, or a similar program, especially if they contain text. They can exceptionally be produced in digital raster form with at least 300 dpi resolution, preferably in TIFF or JPG format. For maps made with CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator, two separate files should be prepared; the original file (.cdr or .ai format) and an image file (.jpg format).
For maps made with ArcGIS with raster layers used next to vector layers (e.g., .tif of relief, airborne or satellite image), three files should be submitted: the first with a vector image without transparency together with a legend and colophon (export in .ai format), the second with a raster background (export in .tif format), and the third with all of the content (vector and raster elements) together showing the final version of the map (export in .jpg format).
Do not print titles on maps; they should appear in a caption.
Save colors in CMYK, not in RGB or other formats.
Use Times New Roman for the legend (size 8) and colophon (size 6). List the author(s), scale, source, and copyright in the colophon. Write the colophon in English (and Slovenian, if applicable). Example:

Scale: 1:1,000,000
Content by: Drago Perko
Map by: Jerneja Fridl
Source: Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia 2002
© 2005, ZRC SAZU Anton Melik Geographical Institute

Graphs should be made in digital form using Excel on separate sheets and accompanied by data.
Photos must be in raster format with a resolution of 240 dots per cm or 600 dpi, preferably in .tif or .jpg formats; that is, about 3,200 dots per page width of the journal.
Figures containing a screenshot should be prepared at the highest possible screen resolution (Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Display\Screen Resolution). The figure is made using Print Screen, and the captured screen is pasted to the selected graphic program (e.g., Paint) and saved as .tif. The size of the image or its resolution must not be changed.

Examples of appropriate graphic data forms
: see the templates of maps in cdr and mxd files for a whole-page map in landscape view and an example of correct file structure for submitting a map made with ESRI ArcGIS.

Some common questions and answers are available here.


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.

  1. The journal policies have been reviewed.
  2. The submission has not been previously published and is not being considered for publication elsewhere (or an explanation has been provided in comments to the editor).
  3. The metadata (title, abstract, key words, full address, etc.) are provided in English.
  4. The submission is in Microsoft Word format and the document template was used (single-spaced text, 12-point font, no formatting except italics and bold).
  5. The paper has been checked for spelling and grammar.
  6. Figures are not embedded in the Word file and are provided as a supplementary file: cdr, .ai for maps and illustrations; .tif for photographs; xlsx for graphs. Figures are zipped in one zip file. The Word file includes only figure captions.

  7. Tables are placed in the text at the appropriate place.
  8. The reference list was prepared following the guidelines.
  9. All references in the reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa.
  10. Where available, URLs and DOI numbers for references are provided.
  11. Supplementary files are in one .zip file not exceeding 50 MB.
  12. I agree for this paper to be proofread and copyedited at my expense AFTER the paper is accepted for publication (see guidelines for details).
  13. Permission has been obtained for the use of copyrighted material from other sources, including online sources; see the copyright notice below.
  14. The instructions for ensuring a double-blind review have been followed.
  15. All authors have seen and approved the paper being submitted.

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