The journal Historical Thought was launched with the aim of providing an additional stimulus
to the development of historical science in Bosnia and Herzegovina and creating a new space for the
publication of research results in the field of historiography, both for established historians
and young researchers, postgraduate and doctoral students, professors of history, and other
experts of related sciences who can offer papers in accordance with the scientific and professional
standards of the journal.
The publishers launched the journal based on the awareness that historical science should be ensured a more favorable status in the scientific life of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in Bosnian society in general, including the need to affirm historical knowledge as an important prerequisite for the humanization of social relations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in the territories of the former Yugoslav state. The history of Bosnia and Herzegovina, regardless of the continuous development of historical science in Bosnia and Herzegovina, still offers a significant number of topics and questions from all periods of the past that are insufficiently or not at all addressed, which should be covered by quality scientific treatment and presentation of research results. Many questions require new perspectives and analyses. At the same time, there is a need to collect and publish historical sources, both because of their greater availability to historians and other experts, and because of incentives for greater protection and preservation of dispersed historical documentation of different provenance.
On the other hand, with the disintegration of the former Yugoslav state, insights into the wider course of historical events were reduced to a certain extent, especially when it comes to the twentieth century, and certain historical phenomena became the subject of a narrowed perception conditioned by the reality of national, research and psychological barriers.
It is the intention of the initiators of the journal to open its pages to all competent researchers whose topics, analyses and insights may be relevant for gaining a wide range of historical insights about particular and common aspects of the past. Historiography is legitimized by reliable and verifiable information about past processes, events and personalities, telling about the past in the language of facts, figures and relevant insights. However, there is no historical knowledge without the author's thought, without a conscious involvement in the subject matter and a relationship with the traces of the past. For the credibility of historical science, it is important that this thought determines the responsibility towards the legacy that enables knowledge about the past.
The main criteria for publishing works in the Historical Thought is their scientific and professional foundation and quality. The editors will be happy to publish articles from various historical fields, from political to intellectual history, from local topics to issues of national, regional and wider significance.
The structure of the journal will include articles, reviews, information about the activities of the founders of the journal, and as possible sections - material, teaching-pedagogical topics and presentations from scientific conferences, round tables, and similar events. The scope of the journal is determined by the number of accepted papers and articles positively reviewed by the editor-in-chief.
Contributions are published in Latin or Cyrillic script in the official languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as in English or German language. The journal is published once a year, usually at the end of the year.
The journal Historical Thought provides free and open access to all contents in full format.
The authors reserve the property rights. The right of first publication is retained by the journal, and then the authors get the right to publish the final version of their contributions. The journal does not retain any commercial rights.
Authors, i.e. reviewers, do not pay or receive any financial compensation for publishing or reviewing articles in the journal.
All contents in the journal are licensed as Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)
The journal Historical Thought applies the principle of double-blind peer review,
which implies hiding the identity of authors and reviewers during and after the peer review process.
After receiving the contribution, the editor-in-chief selects appropriate reviewers (at least two), who must not be from the same institution as the author. Reviewers must be experts in the field from which the work was submitted (archaeology, history and related sciences), and must have a doctorate degree.
The editor-in-chief does not reveal the author's identity to the reviewer. Also, during and after the review process, the editor-in-chief does not reveal the identities of the reviewers to the author.
In order for the paper to be published, it must receive two positive reviews. The reviewers evaluate the paper according to the categories: original scientific paper, overview paper, professional paper, previous announcement.
After completing the review process, the reviewer suggests: the text to be published in its original form; the text to be published after the proposed corrections; the text not to be published, because it does not meet the minimum scientific criteria. If the reviewer chooses the second option, he has the right to ask the editor-in-chief to inspect the work after the author's corrections.
If the evaluations of two reviewers do not differ to a great extent (e.g. one reviewer evaluates that the author has written a paper that corresponds to the original scientific paper in terms of categorization, while the other reviewer evaluates the work as a review paper, the Editorial Board will go in favor of the author and respect the greater rating.
If the evaluations of two reviewers differ significantly (e.g. one reviewer evaluates that the author has written a paper that corresponds to the original scientific paper in terms of categorization, while the other reviewer evaluated the work as a professional paper, the paper will be sent for a third anonymous review by an expert from the same field).
If the assessments of two reviewers differ significantly (e.g. one reviewer assesses that the author has written a paper that meets the criteria for publication in a scientific journal, while the other reviewer assesses that the paper does not meet the criteria for publication, the paper will be sent for a third anonymous review by an expert from the same area).
If both reviewers judge that the work does not meet the criteria for publication, the author will be informed that the work will not be published.
As a rule, reviewers submit a review within 15 to 30 days in a form provided by the editor-in-chief or the technical secretary of the Journal.
The journal Historical Thought strives for a high level of ethical scientific standards and principles.
Although the positions and opinions presented in the papers are only the positions of the authors,
the journal's editors will make maximum efforts to ensure compliance with the basic principles of
academic integrity, among which are:
The editorial board of the journal will also make maximum efforts to recognize and remove the biggest professional and moral violations in scientific work:
The editors will pay special attention to recognizing and eliminating plagiarism in all its forms. Plagiarism is the biggest professional and ethical offense in science. Plagiarism is understood as:
- presenting someone else's work as one's own
- copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
- verbatim citation without quotation marks
- giving incorrect information about the source of the quote
- changing the words but copying the sentence structure of the source without giving credit
- copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of one's work, whether one gives credit or not.
As plagiarism will also be considered self-plagiarism, i.e. publishing the same text several times using a different title or in a different journal without citing one's previous work (this also applies to the case of publishing the same article in different languages).
Given that every scientist and a scientific worker is responsible for what he or she writes and publishes, unwitting plagiarism will not constitute a mitigating circumstance.
In case of the subsequent discovery of any form of plagiarism, the editor-in-chief is obliged to request the withdrawal of the disputed work and a written apology from the author.
Papers for the journal Historical Thought should be submitted electronically to the editor-in-chief's
address (firstname.lastname@example.org), the journal's address (email@example.com),
or in soft copy to the address: Faculty of Philosophy, University of Tuzla, Tihomil Marković 1,
75 000 Tuzla (Kabinet 039A).
Authors are requested to submit the papers according to the instructions or to use the prepared template for writing the paper. As a rule, the deadline for submission of papers is August 31. A slight delay in submission (several days for instance) is not, in principle, an obstacle to accepting a paper for publication in a given calendar year.