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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.
  • Authors confirm that they are the authors of the submitting article, which is under is under consideration to be published (print and online) in journal Acta Carsologica by Založba ZRC, ZRC SAZU
  • All authors have seen and approved the manuscript 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).
  • 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 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 will be 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 submission file is in PDF fromat. If you cannot convert your original file to PDF, MS Word, RTF or comparable format is acceptable.

  • All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points  together with their captions.

Author Guidelines


The official language of the journal is English. Use either American English or British English, but stay consistent.  Authors using a language other than their own are requested to have their manuscripts checked for linguistic correctness before submission.


  1. Submission of the manuscript (author)
  2. Review process (Editor – Section Editor –Reviewers – Authors)
  3. Submission of the revised manuscript & revision notes
  4. Copyediting (Section Editor – Author)
  5. Layout preparation (Layout editor)
  6. Final proofreading (Editor – Author)
  7. Final layout (Layout editor)
  8. Web publishing & Printing

Submission, communication and editorial procedure is maintained through the OJS site.


To submit, you must log in to the Acta Carsologica OJS site. If you are not a user, first register to the site:

Choose Submit manuscript on the main page or choose Submissions/Newe submission on your User dashboard.

A submission must include:

Original manuscript in a PDF format with all figures, tables and captions embedded in the text at relevant positions (SEE DETAILS BELLOW). 

Cover letter with manuscript's highlights, list of potential reviewers and other notes to the editor.



The manuscript should include the following units:

- Title page
- Abstract+ Keywords
- Main Text with figures, tables and captions at relevant positions.
- References

Each unit should start on a new page.

Title page

The title page should include the title of the paper, the name(s) of the author(s) without academic titles, their affiliations, fax and e-mail addresses. The title should be short, yet illustrative. If it includes a local regional name this must be accompanied by a name of a wider region for better understanding.

Abstract and keywords
The abstract should have up to 300 words. Authors should provide 4 to 6 keywords. Guidance may be obtained from the most recent American Geological Institute GeoRef Thesaurus. Keywords should be placed beneath the abstract.

Text + Figures

The length of the text is limited to 5000 words. Contact the editor if you consider publishing a longer paper prior to submission of the manuscript. References in the text consist of the surname(s) of the author(s), followed by the year of publication in parentheses. All references cited in the text should be given in the reference list and vice versa.

Citing figures, tables and equations: Abbreviate "Figure #" as "Fig. #"  and Table # as Tab. # when in the middle of a sentence or in parenthesis. When starting the sentence, use full word. Example: "Figure 1 presents data  listed in Tab. 1."

Figure and table captions

Figure and Table captions should be added to each figure and table. Use Fig. #: Caption or Tab. #: Caption. # is the figure/table number. Number figures and tables continuously.

Please begin your figure caption with a brief title sentence for the whole figure and continue with a short description of what is shown in each panel. 

Line numbering

All line numbers should be placed on the left margin of the page, and each and every line should be numbered. Please number all pages continuously and do not restart the line numbering on each page.


The headings of all sections, including introduction, results, discussions or summary must be numbered. Three levels of sectioning are allowed, e.g. 3, 3.1, and 3.1.1. 


See Citations and references Section.



If a revision is required, prepare and submit a revised manuscript addressing all the comments of the reviewers and editors if given.

Along with a Revised manuscript prepare a Revision notes, listing all the comments and your actions to them.

Submit a revised version in the same form as the original manuscript (PDF or MS Word with figures included) and Revision notes.Upload the revised version in the review section of the submission.You can either combine Revised version and Revision notes into 1 file and submitt them together or submitt Revision notes using Add a Supplemetary file in submission's Summary section.



The accepted version of manuscripšt is transfered to Copyediting. 

Accepted manuscripts are sent to the CopyEditing, which is finally made by the Section Editor and the Author. In this stage the improvement the formatting, style, and accuracy of text is done.


Initial copyediting is done by the Editor. When completed, the Editor sends e-mail to the author which includes instructions for editing.

Author downloads the initial file, uses Track change & Comments to suggest the last changes.

Final copyedit is done and uploaded by the Editor. This becomes a layout version.

Instructions for the original manuscripts are valid also for the final version. This should have the same structure with the same properties as given above.

At thiws point  all pictures and figures should be submitted also as supplementary files during submission of the final manuscript. We recommend to archive all figures into a single ZIP file and upload it as a supplementary file. Figures should be in the text (low-medium resolution) as well as submitted separately in high resolution for the print.

The figures should be hi-resolution raster files or vector files following these rules:

  • Each figure should be a separate file (either as a standalone supplementary file or part of a ZIP archive). Name figure files so that one can see the figure number in it (e.g Fig1.jpg, Fig2.eps etc.)
  • Vector graphics are accepted only in eps (Encapsulated Postscript) format with “text as curves” option. Do not send any other vector format.
  • Raster figures and photos should be in one of the common types (e.g. tiff, jpg, bmp). A resolution must be at least 300 dpi considering the size in the publication. Raster files of line drawings should have resolution of 600 dpi.
  • Use colours only if necessary, i.e. when substantial information is lost in the case if grey-scale figure is used. Otherwise use greyscale. It is the Editor’s right to change the colours to greyscale when he/she considers that no information is lost.


The final Copy-Edited  version and figure files are sent to production when PDF galleys are made.  Editor uploads the PDF and invites Authors to submit corrections. Follow the instructions given in PROOFING INSTRUCTIONS to submit corrections.


There are no page charges. It’s the author’s responsibility to obtain written permission where necessary from copyright holders to reproduce all material submitted to publication. Scientific Research Centre SAZU holds copyright for papers published in AC. If you have any problems or doubts the editor will advise you with pleasure. If authors are in doubt whether their paper is suitable for AC , they should consult the editor before sending the manuscript.



NEW: For all electronic references authors should add DOI NUMBER at the end of Reference entry.


Gabrovšek, F. & J. Turk, 2010: Observations of stage and temperature dynamics in the epiphreatic 501 caves within the catchment area of the Ljubljanica River (Slovenia). Geologica Croatica 63/2, 187-502 193.



  • All references cited in the manuscript must be listed in the References Cited.
  • Unpublished references must be cited as personal communications (i.e.,  Slabe, 2012, personal communication) and should not be listed in the Reference list.
  • Articles or books that have  two authors or editors should be cited as 
  • Articles or books that have three or more authors or editors should be cited with the first author’s name plus “et al.” (i.e.,   Kranjc et al., 1999).
  • Works should be cited chronologically first, then alphabetically (i.e., Kranjc et al., 1989, 1992; Mihevc, 1990; Zupan et al., 1990, 2000; Slabe et al., 1993; Knez, 1994; Travassos, 2002).
  • A page number should be given when a direct quote is used (i.e., Šebela, 1991, p. 1492).

• Author/editor and the year of publication, separated with comma 
Example: A recent study investigated the spatial heterogeneity of epikarst copepods (Pipan, 2005). Or Pipan (2005) has investigated the spatial heterogeneity of epikarst copepods.

• Several works cited in the same time are separated by semicolon.
Example: Several authors (e.g. Shuster & White 1971; Bakalowicz 1979) used interpretation of karst spring hydrographs and chemographs to conclude on the characteristics of carbonate aquifers.

• If the work has two authors/editors, both are used and separated with an “&” sign only in the parenthesis!
Example: Carbonate rocks occupy about 12% of the planet's dry, ice-free land (Ford & Williams 2007). But Ford and Williams (2007) estimate that carbonate rocks occupy about 12% of the planet's dry, ice-free land.

• If the work has three or more authors/editors the abbreviation ‘et al.’ – in italics – should be used after the first author’s name.
Example: Karst aquifers heterogeneity makes them extremely difficult to model (Gabrovšek et al. 2004).

• When citing works by the same author written in the same year a lower case letter after the date must be used to differentiate between the two. The works are separated by a comma!
Example: Complex analyses of karren morphology are the basis for their classification (Veress 2000a, b).

• When citing from books that contain chapters written by different authors, the author who wrote the chapter should be cited, not the editor of the book.

• Secondary references are used when referenced to another author’s work and the primary source is not available. When citing such work the author of the primary source and the author of the work it was cited in should be used.
Example:According to Gonzalez and Lohmann  (1988) as cited by Gillieson (1996) in Carlsbad Caverns evaporation played a significant role in aragonite precipitation.

 N.B. You are advised that secondary referencing should be avoided wherever possible and you should always try to find the original work!



• The list should be in alphabetical order by author/editor;

• When using more than one piece of work by the same author, in the reference list the works in date order should be listed, beginning with the oldest published work.

• In case of one author the surname should be followed by a comma and the given name’s initial letter with full stop and a comma.
Example: Bakalowicz, M., 2005: Karst groundwater: a challenge for new resources.- Hydrogeology Journal, 13, 1, 148- 160.

• In case of two or more author the first author’s surname should be followed by a comma and the given name’s initial letter with full stop that is followed by a comma. Before the last author the names should be separated with an “&” sign followed by the last author’s given name’s initial letter with a full stop and a surname.
Examples: Dreybrodt, W. & G. Kaufmann, 2007: Physics and Chemistry of dissolution on subaerialy exposed soluble rocks by flowing water films.- Acta carsologica, 36, 3, 357-367.
Poljak, M., Živčić, M. & P. Zupančič, 2000: The Seismotectonic Characteristics of Slovenia.- Pure and Applied Geophysics, 157, 37-55.

Author/Editor (if it is an editor always put (ed.) after the name),
Year of publication:
Title (this should be in italics).-
Series title and number (if part of a series),
Number of pages (use ‘pp.’),
Place of publication (if there is more than one place listed, use the first named).
Example: Ford, D.C. & P.W. Williams, 1989: Karst Geomorphology and Hydrology.- Academic Division of Unwin Hyman Ltd, pp. 601, London.


Chapter in an edited book

Author of the chapter,
Year of publication:
Title of chapter followed by .- In:
Editor (always put (ed.) after the name)
Title (this should be in italics).
Series title and number (if part of a series),
Page numbers (use ‘p.’ before a single page number and ‘pp.’ where there are multiple pages),
Place of publication (if there is more than one place listed, use the first named).
Example: Chartzoulakis, K. & M. Bertaki, 2006: Water use in agriculture on Mediterranean islands: present situation and future perspective.- In: Koundouri, P. et al. (eds.) Water management in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions. Edward Elgar, pp. 136-157, Cheltenham.

Journal articles
Year of publication:
Title of journal article.-
Title of journal,
Volume number,
Issue number,
Page numbers of the article (do not use ‘p’. before the page numbers).
Example: Raeisi, E., Groves, C. & J. Meiman, 2006: Effects of partial and full pipe flow on hydro chemographs of Logsdon river, Mammoth Cave Kentucky USA.- Journal of Hydrology, 337, 1-10.
Conference proceedings
Year of publication:
Title of conference paper followed by .- In:
Editor/Organisation (if it is an editor always put (ed.) after the name)
Title of conference proceeding (this should be in italics).
Time and place of the conference.
Page numbers of the conference paper (do not use ‘p’. before the page numbers),
Place of publication.
Example: Milanović, S., 2005: Hydrogeological characteristics of some deep siphonal springs in Serbia and Montenegro.- In: Stevanović, Z. & P. Milanović (eds.) Water resources and environmental problems in karst, Proceedings of the international conference and field seminars, 13th-19th September 2005, Belgrade, Kotor. ZUHRA, 451-458, Belgrade.

Theses (Final written work by PhD and postgraduate students, dissertations, project reports, discourses and essays by any student.)
Year of publication:
Title (this should be in italics).-
Type of thesis,
Academic institution,
Number of pages (use ‘pp.’).
Example:Leckenby, R.J., 2005: Dynamic characterisation and fluid flow modelling of fractured reservoirs.- PhD thesis. Imperial College London, pp. 245.

Author/Editor (if it is an editor always put (ed.) after the name),
Year of publication:
Title (this should be in italics).-
Report number: followed by the number of the report

Author (or the organisation responsible for publishing the map),
Year of publication:
Title and scale (this should be in italics).-
Series title and number (if part of a series),
Place of publication.
Example: British Geological Survey, 1998: South London, 270. 1: 50 000.- London.
In the text (British Geological Survey 1998).


2.8 Web pages and websites

Author/Editor, (use the corporate author if no individual author or editor is named)
Year of publication: (if available; if there is no date, use the
abbreviation n.d.)
Available from: URL
[Date of access] .
Example: European Space Agency, 2008: ESA: Missions, Earth Observation: ENVISAT.- [Online] Available from: [Accessed 3rd July 2008].
In the text (European Space Agency 2008).

Presentations/lectures: online version
Name of presenter/lecturer,
Year of presentation/lecture:
Title of presentation/lecture.-
Presented at the conference/meeting title (this should be in italics).
Conference/meeting time and location.
Available from: URL
[Date of access]


KWI Carbons & Boundaries

This section includes works presented at  Karst Waters Institute Symposium on Carbon and Boundaries in Karst, Carlsbad, New Mexico, US, January 2013.

Guest editor: David C. CUlver

Special Issue 60th anniversary

A collection of invited review articles dedicated to the 60th anniversary of Acta Carsologica.


This is section reserved for papers submitted for the issue dedicated to UNESCO IGCP 598 program.

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