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The University Thought - Publication in Natural Sciences

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines     Types of contributions

Authors are requested to send original papers of 4-8 pages (or more, in agreement with the editors), short communications of 2-4 pages and reviews of 12-15 pages.

Manuscript preparation

Paper submitted for publication must be prepared following the instruction given below or using the template document. Manuscripts should be written in good English. All papers will not be submitted to any further extensive technical editing.
Manuscripts should be typed in MS-Word by using common system fonts (Times New Roman and Greek letters in the character font Symbol), should be typed in Times New Roman and Greek letters in the character font Symbol, font size 10, with 1.15 spacing. The text should be in double-column format. All pages of the manuscript must be numbered continuously. (Style Main text: 10 pt; paragraph format: justified alignment, left and right indent 0 pt, space before and after 0 pt, first line indent 0.5 cm, 1.2 line spacing).. All pages of the manuscript must be numbered continuously. The abstract should be self-contained, free of citations and abbreviations, and limited to 250 words. (Style Abstract: 9 pt, italic, pt, justified). The abstract should be self-contained, free of citations and abbreviations, and limited to 250 words.

Tables, figures and/or schemes must be embedded in the main text of the manuscript and should follow the paragraph in which they are mentioned for the first time. All tables should be submitted as editable text and not as images. Tables must be prepared with the aid of the WORD table function, without vertical lines. The minimum size of the font in the tables should be 9 pt. Table columns must not be formatted using multiple spaces. Ensure that each table and illustration has a caption. Supply captions separately, not attached to the figure. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Table caption must be placed above corresponding Table, while Captions of the Illustrations (Figs. Schemes...) must follow the corresponding item. The captions, either for Tables or Illustrations, should make the items comprehensible without reading of the main text (but clearly referenced in), must follow numerical order (Roman for Tables, Arabic for Illustrations), and should not be provided on separate sheets or as separate files. Figures should be supplied in either vector art formats (Illustrator, EPS, WMF, FreeHand, CorelDraw, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) or bitmap formats (Photoshop, TIFF, GIF, JPEG, etc.).

Units of measurement should be presented simply and concisely, using the International System of Units (SI). The use of litres (l) and Celsius degree (oC) is acceptable.
Abbreviations should be specified, in parentheses, when first mentioned.
Formulae and equations must be written with great care using corresponding formula/equation editor. Equations should be numbered (1), (2), etc., with the number placed in parentheses at the right margin. Reference to equations should use the form "Eq. (2)" or simply (2). Math equations should be submitted as editable text and not as images. Variables are to be presented in italics. Number consecutively any equations that have to be displayed separately from the text.
For Plants, animals and microorganisms should be given full binominal Latin name, in italic, in the title, abstract, headings and legends of tables and figures, and at the first mention in the text. If the list of spices in considered, then it goes with the author’s name and year of description, i. e., Maja squinado (Herbst, 1788), and the belonging to the system species is indicated in the title (Crustacea, Decapoda, Bracbyura). A collection number, strain number or name should be quoted, e.g. Escherichia coli (АТCC 8739), Maja squinado. Thereafter abbreviate them in the text, e.g. E. coli, M. squinado. Latin words , as well as the names of species, should be in italic, as for example: i.e., e.g., in vivo, Candida albicans, etc. The branching of organic compound should also be indicated in italic, for example, n-butanol, tert-butanol, etc.

Conclusion (optionally)

Optionally, it should indicate the significant contribution of the manuscript with its applications.

Acknowledgments. Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the reference list. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.


Used references must be complete and accurate. Use Hardvare citation style for references. The reference list should appear at the end of your work on a separate page. Only include references you have cited in your work. References should be listed in alphabetical order. All references should have a hanging indent. That is, all lines of a reference subsequent to the first should be indented.

  • List authors’ last names, followed by initials.
  • If your reference list contains more than one item by the same author(s), list works in chronological order (oldest first) and add a lower case letter (a, b, c, etc...) after the year.
    1. Gaynor, K. (2006a). Librarianship for dummies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    2. Gaynor, K. (2006b). Imagining Italy. Victoria: Trafford Press.
  • Do not capitalize every word in the title. Only the first letter of the first word of the title and subtitle should be capitalized.
  • No URLs are required for citations to articles accessed online that provide a DOI. Give URL of the journal,
  • Retrieved Date is only required for online sources that may change (ie. Wikis or blogs)

(Samples for Book, Serial, Proceeding, Thesis - Style Reference)

  1. Author/Editor Last name, Initials. (Year) Title. Edition. Place of publication: Publisher.
  2. McDonagh, S. (2001) Why are we Deaf to the Cry of the Earth? Dublin: Veritas.
  3. Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year of publication). Title of Book. Place of publisher: Publisher.
  4. McGeady, T.A., Quinn, P.J., Fitzpatrick, E.S. and Ryan, M.T. (2006) Veterinary embryology. Oxford: Blackwell.
  5. Tovey, H. (2002) 'Risk, Morality, and the Sociology of Animals - Reflections of the Foot and Mouth Outbreak in Ireland', Irish Journal of Sociology, 11 (1), pp. 23-42.
  6. Janssen, C, Vanhamme, J, Lindgreen, A, and Lefebvre, C. (2014) 'The Catch-22 of Responsible Luxury: Effects of Luxury Product Characteristics on Consumers' Perception of Fit with Corporate Social Responsibility', Journal Of Business Ethics, 119(1), pp. 45-57
  7. Author(s) Last Name, Initials (Year) ‘Title of paper’, Title of conference: subtitle. Location and date of conference. Place of publication: Publisher, Pages numbers.
  8. O’Connor, J (2009) ‘Towards a greener Ireland’, Discovering our natural sustainable resources: future proofing. University College Dublin, 15 – 16 March. Dublin: Irish Environmental Institute, pp. 65 – 69.
  9. Author (Year of submission) Title of thesis. Degree statement. Degree-awarding body.
  10. Website author. (Year published/Last updated) Title of Internet Site. Available at: URL [Accessed Day Month Year].
Authors from Serbia should prepare an abstract in Serbian including the title, names and affiliations of the authors, which are given at the end of the text.

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 submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. Illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end; references are written in a separate section at the end of the paper (even when they are written in footnotes).
  8. If the paper was written within a project financed by the Serbian Ministry of Science, both the title and ID of the project is stated in the paper under Acknowledgements.
  9. Abstracts and keywords are written in two languages (a) Serbian, (b) English; exceptionally in some other world language if it is widely used within particular field of science.

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