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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.
  • I, the corresponding author, declare that this manuscript is original, and is therefore based on original research, done exclusively by the authors. All information and data used in the manuscript were prepared by the authors or the authors have properly acknowledged other sources of ideas, materials, methods, and results.
  • Authors confirm that they are the authors of the submitting article, which is under consideration to be published (print and online) in the journal Acta geographica Slovenica by Založba ZRC, ZRC SAZU.
  • All authors have seen and approved the article being submitted.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor it is under consideration in another journal (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor). Authors have disclosed any prior posting, publication or distribution of all or part of the manuscript to the Editor.
  • Upon publishing an article in a journal the authors agree to license non-exclusive copyrights to ZRC SAZU (Založba ZRC): they retain the copyright in the scope that enables them to continue to use their work, even by publishing it in one of the personal or institutional repositories before the publication of the article in the journal.
  • Authors consent to the publication of their works under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).
  • Permission has been obtained for the use (in printed and electronic format) of copyrighted material from other sources, including online sources. Restrictions on the transfer of copyright on this material have been clearly indicated.
  • All the necessary permits to work with people have been obtained in the research related to the article (in accordance with the applicable laws and institutional guidelines and approved by the relevant institutions).
  • The journal policies and guidelines have been reviewed and followed.
  • The metadata (title, abstract, key words, authors, affiliation, ORCiD, etc.) are provided in English (Slovenian authors must provide the metadata also in Slovenian language).
  • The list of authors is complete. Failure to do so may result in co-authors not being listed on the article at publication.
  • 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).
  • The article has been checked for spelling and grammar.
  • Figures are not embedded in the Word file and are provided as a graphic file: editable vector format (e.g., cdr, ai) for maps and illustrations; tif for photographs; xlsx for graphs. The Word file includes only figure captions.
  • Tables are placed in the Word file with text at the appropriate place.
  • The reference list was prepared following the guidelines.
  • All references in the reference list are cited in the text.
  • Where available, URLs and DOI numbers for references are provided.
  • Graphic files are in one .zip file.
  • Authors agree that any costs of English proofreading are borne by the author(s). No additional costs are associated with the submission.
  • The instructions for ensuring a double-blind review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Before submitting an article, please read the details on the journal’s focus and scope, publication frequency, privacy statement, history, peer-review process, open-access policy, duties of participants, and publication ethics. See also the latest version of the author guidelines online. All the materials are available at

1 Types of articles
Unsolicited or invited original research articles and review articles are accepted. Articles and materials or sections of them should not have been previously published or under consideration for publication elsewhere. The articles 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 articles and present a special topic, with an introduction by the (guest) editors. The introduction briefly presents the topic, summarizes the articles, and provides important implications.

3 The articles
Research articles 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), affiliations, ORCiDs, and e-mail addresses through the online submission system.
– Highlights: authors must provide 3–5 highlights. This section must not exceed 400 characters, including spaces.
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.
Keywords: include up to seven informative keywords. Start with the research field and end with the place and country.
Main text: The main text must not exceed 30,000 characters, including spaces (without the title, affiliation, abstract, keywords, highlights, reference list, and tables). Do not use footnotes or endnotes. Divide the article 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 articles 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 articles (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, the 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. In this section, authors can specify the contribution of each author.
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 article 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 (e.g. for non-English words). 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 article. See the section on the peer-review process for details. Author(s) may suggest reviewers when submitting an article.

4.2 Language

Articles are published in English.
Articles can be submitted in English or Slovenian.

Authors must take care of high-quality English text. In the case of poor language, the article is copyedited/translated after acceptance by a professional chosen by the editorial board. In such a case, the translation or copyediting costs are borne by the author(s) and must be paid before layout editing.

All articles should have English and Slovenian abstracts.

4.3 Graphic file submission
Graphic 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 articles. Please contact the editorial board ( with any questions.

5 Citations
Examples for citing publications are given below. Citing “grey literature” is strongly discouraged. In case there are more than seven authors, list the first seven followed by et al.

5.1 Citing articles

  • Bole, D. 2004: Daily mobility of workers in Slovenia. Acta geographica Slovenica 44-1. DOI:
  • Fridl, J., Urbanc, M., Pipan, P. 2009: The importance of teachers' perception of space in education. Acta geographica Slovenica 49-2. DOI:
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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:
  • Perko, D. 1998: The regionalization of Slovenia. Geografski zbornik 38.
  • Urry, J. 2004: The ‘system’ of automobility. Theory, Culture and Society 21-4,5. DOI:

5.2 Citing books


  • Cohen, J. 1988: Statistical power analysis for the behavioral sciences. New York.
  • Fridl, J., Kladnik, D., Perko, D., Orožen Adamič, M. (eds.) 1998: Geografski atlas Slovenije. Ljubljana.
  • Hall, T., Barrett, H. 2018: Urban geography. London. DOI:
  • Hall, C. M., Page, S. J. 2014: The geography of tourism and recreation: Environment, place and space. New York. DOI:
  • Luc, M., Somorowska, U., Szmańda, J. B. (eds.) 2015: Landscape analysis and planning. Springer Geography. Heidelberg. DOI:
  • Nared, J., Razpotnik Visković, N. (eds.) 2014: Managing cultural heritage sites in southeastern Europe. Ljubljana. DOI:

5.3 Citing chapters of books or proceedings

  • 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.
  • Hrvatin, M., Perko, D., Komac, B., Zorn, M. 2006: Slovenia. Soil Erosion in Europe. Chichester. DOI:
  • Komac, B., Zorn, M. 2010: Statistično modeliranje plazovitosti v državnem merilu. Od razumevanja do upravljanja. Naravne nesreče 1. Ljubljana.
  • Zorn, M., Komac, B. 2013: Land degradation. Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards. Dordrecht. DOI:

5.4 Citing expert reports, theses, dissertations and institutional reports

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hrvatin, M. 2016: Morfometrične značilnosti površja na različnih kamninah v Sloveniji. Ph.D. thesis, Univerza na Primorskem. Koper.
  • Šifrer, M. 1997: Površje v Sloveniji. Elaborat, Geografski inštitut Antona Melika ZRC SAZU. Ljubljana.
  • World commission on environment and development 1987: Our common future: Brundtland report. Oxford.

5.5 Citing online materials with authors

  • Tiran, J. 2021: Slovenija se je v celoti odela v modro. Metina lista. Internet: (3. 11. 2021).
  • Davies, G. 2017: The place of data papers: Producing data for geography and the geography of data production. Geo: Geography and Environment. Internet: (8. 11. 2021).

5.6 Citing websites without authors (e.g. websites of projects and institutions)

Use in-text citations only. It is not necessary to include a citation in the reference list. The in-text citation should include the URL.

5.7 Citing publicly archived data (e.g. statistical data)

Use in-text citations only. It is not necessary to include publicly archived datasets in the reference list. The in-text citation should include the name of the dataset, the institution providing the data and the time frame of the data used.

When the data you cited were published as a report, add it to the reference list and use the following format:

  • Popis prebivalstva, gospodinjstev, stanovanj in kmečkih gospodarstev v Republiki Sloveniji, 1991 – končni podatki. Zavod Republike Slovenije za statistiko. Ljubljana, 1993.
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishery statistics. 2020 edition. Publications Office of the European Union. Luxembourg, 2020.

5.8 Citing geospatial data and cartographic materials

Geospatial data used in maps should be cited in the colophon on the map (see the Table and Figures section of the Authors’ Guidelines). It is not necessary to include geospatial data in the reference list.

When cartographic materials are published as an independent monograph, add it to the reference list and use the following format:

  • Buser, S. 1986: Osnovna geološka karta SFRJ 1 : 100.000, list Tolmin in Videm (Udine). Savezni geološki zavod. Beograd.
  • 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.
  • The vegetation map of forest communities of Slovenia 1:400,000. Biološki inštitut Jovana Hadžija ZRC SAZU. Ljubljana, 2002.

5.9 Citing legal sources

Use in-text citation. It is not necessary to include a citation in the reference list. The in-text citation should include the title of legal document and the year.

5.10 In-text citation examples

All references in the reference list are cited in the text. In-text citations should include the last name of the author(s) or the name of the institution, and the year of publication. Separate individual citations by semicolons, arrange citations by year of publication, and separate the page information from author(s)’ names and years by a comma; for example: (Melik 1955), (Melik, Ilešič and Vrišer 1963; Gams 1982a; 1982b; World Commission on Environment and Development 1987). For references with more than three authors, cite only the first, followed by et al.: (Melik et al. 1956). Give page numbers only for direct quotations. Narrative citations: Perko (2016, 25) states: “Hotspots are ...” or parenthetical citation (Kokole 1974, 7–8).

When citing online materials without authors, such as project or institutional websites, the URL should be included, for example: “The aim of the LABELSCAPE project is to develop mechanisms for integrating sustainability labels into tourism policy (”

When citing publicly archived data, such as statistical data, inform the reader in the text with the name of dataset, the time frame, and the institution that provides the data: “The 2000–2020 population data used in the analysis were provided by the Eurostat”. If the statistical data were published as a report, cite the document, e.g. (Popis prebivalstva … 1993).

When citing legal sources such as legislative acts, white papers, etc., you should provide (short formal) title and the year, for example: “… The European Commission’s White paper on transport (2011) sets out ten strategic goals for a competitive and resource-efficient transport system: …“

5.11 Reference 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 article 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 and figures must be indicated in the main text in parentheses, for example “(Table 1)”, or as a part of the sentence, for example “... as can be seen in the Table 1”.

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 files in digital form. If the files prepared cannot be uploaded using these programs, consult the editorial board in advance.
Number all figures (maps, graphs, photographs) in the article 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 file metadata, but not in the article 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 300 dpi, preferably in .tif or .jpg formats.
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 formats
: see the templates of maps in cdr and mxd files for a full-page map in landscape layout and an example of the correct file structure for submitting a map created with ESRI ArcGIS.

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