Economic Annals Policy

The journal Economic Annals publishes original scientific articles that have not been previously published elsewhere. Economic Annals is an Open Access journal. Contributions to journal should be submitted in English language through the journal’s ScholarOne electronic portal. The Journal is issued quarterly (4 times a year).

The journal publishes research in all areas of economics and business. It publishes high-quality research articles of both theoretical and empirical character. The journal especially welcomes contributions that explore economic issues in comparative perspective with a focus on Southeast Europe and the wider European neighbourhood. All submitted papers undergo a double-blind refereeing process. Authors are expected to follow standard publication procedures, to recognise the values of the international academic community, and to respect the journal’s Policy as set out in this document.

Editorial Responsibilities

The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to Economic Annals will be published. The Editor-in-Chief is guided by advice from the journal’s Associate Editors and Editorial Board and constrained by legal requirements in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The Editor-in-Chief may delegate editorial responsibility for managing the editorial process of submitted articles to one of the journal’s Associate Editors, according to their scientific expertise in relation to the subject matter of the article. If the Editor-in-Chief or any Associate Editor has a conflict of interest in relation to submitted articles, the editorial management of the article will be handled by another member of the Editorial Team, including potentially a member of the Editorial Board.

Authors’ responsibilities

Authors warrant in their covering letter to the Editor-in-Chief that their manuscript is their original work that has not been published before and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors also warrant that the manuscript is not and will not be published elsewhere (after publication in Economic Annals) in any language without the consent of the copyright holder. By submitting their article to the journal, authors take full responsibility for the integrity and accuracy of the research reported in the article and for adherence to the journal’s ethical standards.

Authors wishing to include figures or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright holder, and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their articles. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

The corresponding author is responsible for communicating with co-authors. He/she is responsible for handling revisions of a manuscript, manuscript correction and proofreading, and for re-submission. The corresponding author is also responsible for acting on behalf of all co-authors in responding to queries post-publication, including questions relating to publishing ethics, reuse of content, or the availability of data, materials, and resources.

Authors must make sure that only contributors who have significantly contributed to the submission are listed as authors and, conversely, that all contributors who have significantly participated in preparing the submission are listed as authors. In the case of more than three authors, the level of the contribution of each author to the submitted text must be stated in the cover letter accompanying the submission of an article to the journal. The affiliation of authors should be listed as the place the author(s) was based at time of submission.

Authors must refrain from unnecessary self-citation and must ensure that all references are cited in the text and that all citations are fully listed in the reference section. The journal adheres to the Harvard referencing model and the APA referencing style.

Authors warrant that the rights of third parties will not be violated, and that the publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.

Peer review

Submitted articles are subject to a double-blind peer review process. The journal requires a minimum of two independent peer reviewers to peer review manuscripts for consideration in the journal. The double-blind peer review means that the identities of both the peer reviewers and the authors are kept hidden from each other.

The purpose of peer review is to assist the Editor-in-Chief to make editorial decisions. Through editorial communications with the author, the peer review process may also assist authors to improve their articles. The review process lasts for approximately 2-3 months.

The choice of reviewers is at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief and the Associate Editors. The reviewers must be knowledgeable about the subject area of the manuscript. They must not be affiliated to the authors’ own institution, and they should not have recent joint publications with any of the authors. Reviewers must be free of conflicts of interest, and in such a case must inform the Editor-in-Chief who will appoint another reviewer.

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents.

In the main review phase, the Editor-in-Chief or Associate Editors send submitted articles to experts in the field. The reviewers’ evaluation form contains a checklist to help them cover all aspects that can contribute to a decision on a submission. In the final section of the evaluation form, the reviewers must include observations and suggestions aimed at improving the submitted manuscript; these are sent to authors, without the names of the reviewers.

All of the reviewers of an article act independently and 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 may adjudicate the decision or else assign additional reviewers.

The Editorial Team 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.

Peer reviewers will be acknowledged on the final page of the journal each year. Reviewers may submit details of their review to Publons, with which Economic Annals is registered.


Plagiarism occurs when someone assumes another’s ideas, words or other creative expression as one’s own. It is a violation of scientific ethics. Plagiarism may also involve a violation of copyright law, punishable by legal action. Plagiarism may constitute 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 article 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 article which shows obvious signs of plagiarism will be automatically rejected and the authors will be permanently forbidden to publish articles in this journal. The ban on plagiarism also includes self-plagiarism or unjustified text recycling. If an attempt at plagiarism is found in a published article, the authors will be required to send a written apology to the authors of the original article.

Retraction Policy

Articles that have been published shall remain extant, exact and unaltered as long as possible. However, circumstances may arise where an article is published that must later be retracted. The main reason for withdrawal or retraction is to correct a mistake while preserving the integrity of the scientific content of the article; it is not to punish the author. Legal limitations of the publisher, copyright holder or author(s), infringements of professional ethical codes such as multiple submissions, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, text recycling, fraudulent use of data or the like require retraction of an article.

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 Economic Annals: in the electronic version of the retraction note, a link is made to the original article. In the electronic version of the original article, a link is made to the retraction note where it is clearly stated that the article has been retracted. The original article is retained unchanged; save for a watermark on the PDF indicating on each page that it is “retracted.”


In line with the usual practice for international refereed academic journals, commentaries on articles that have been published in Economic Annals are processed in the following way:

1) Commentaries are short articles which outline an observation on a published article. A commentary that is submitted to the journal is subject to peer review. If the commentary is rejected by reviewers, the commentator is notified, and the commentary is not published.

2) If the commentary is passed by the reviewers, it is shared with the author(s) of the published article who is invited to submit a response.

3) The response of the author(s) is shared with the commentator(s), who is invited to submit a rejoinder; the rejoinder is shared with the author(s) of the published article.

The editor may decide to reject the correspondence at any point before the commentary, response and rejoinder are finalised. If accepted for publication, the commentary, author response and rejoinder are published simultaneously in the journal and no further correspondence is considered for publication.

Publishing Ethics

The journal adheres to the publishing ethics guidelines issued by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE): https://publicationethics.org. Authors are requested to read the journal’s statement of publishing ethics.

Open Access Policy

Economic Annals is an Open Access Journal. All articles can be downloaded free of charge 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/deed.en

There is no Article Processing Charge.

Self-archiving Policy

The journal Economic Annals allows authors to deposit Author’s Post-print (accepted version) and Publisher’s version/PDF 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.) and/or departmental website.

Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged and a link must be made to the article’s DOI.


Once the manuscript is accepted for publication, authors shall transfer the copyright to the Publisher. If the submitted manuscript is not accepted for publication by the journal, all rights shall be retained by the author(s).

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/digitalised form – and the right to reproduce and distribute the Article 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