Polemos publishes original scientific, review and other theoretical, research and methodological papers from the fields of sociology, military science, political science, philosophy, history and psychology regarding all the questions dealing with the effects of war on society and people, relationship between armed forces and society, security and defense studies, Croatian Homeland war and military history, as well as reviews of domestic and foreign books and magazines which deal with those and related topics. Polemos also publishes other contributions in those topics areas (statements, translations, reviews, notifications etc.). Only papers which have not been previously published elsewhere are considered. Every paper submitted for consideration undergoes a double-blind peer-review process. The results of review process are conveyed to authors in six weeks from the date of article submission at the longest. When choosing reviewers the Editorial Board requires that reviewers have no conflict of interest. Members of the Armed Forces, other security organizations and institutions, and Croatian state administration publish papers in accordance with the law and special regulations. Editorial Board considers that submission of papers and the copyrights are the sole responsibility of the authors.

Publication ethics

In regulation of the standards of ethical conduct and relations of all parties involved in the publication process (authors, editors, reviewers, and the publisher), Polemos adheres to the Committee on Publication Ethics’s (COPE) Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and The Publishing Ethics Resource Kit (PERK).

Submission of papers

Papers should be submitted by e-mail to the address: polemos@ffzg.hr or to the e-mail address of the Editor-in-Chief. They may also be sent by email to the address: Polemos, Filozofski fakultet, I. Lučića 3, 10000 Zagreb. Written contributions should be made in Word (*.doc) on Windows 2000, XP or its earlier versions. In case the written contribution is not originally processed in Word, before submitting it to the Editorial Board, it should be saved in the Rich Text format (*.rtf).

Simple graphic contributions, such as charts and diagrams, may be made in Word or taken from Excel. More complex graphic contributions (pictures, drawings, sketches, maps etc.) can be drawn in one of the graphic programs (Corel Draw, Adobe Photoshop etc.), saved in standard formats (*.cdr, *.tiff, *.jpg etc.) and submitted printed on paper (largest format A4, that is 297x210mm). Only maps, schemes, plans and sketches (for example schedule or activities of military units) can be made in color, if it is necessary for reasons of visibility. Inside the text it is necessary to clearly indicate the positioning of each graphic contribution. For all graphic contributions, their origin and copyrights should be clearly stated.

Papers should be accompanied by summaries in Croatian and one other foreign language (either English, French, German, Spanish or Russian) of up to 200 words, and by the list of not more than seven key words (in Croatian and the second language of the summary). Papers should be written in standard Croatian language and have to be edited. Papers, including summary, literature and graphic contributions, should not exceed 8000 words altogether.

First page of the manuscript should indicate scientific degree, first and last name of the author, profession, name, postal address, phone and fax number of the affiliation or home address and e-mail address. On the same page the author should state the organization, institution or company where he/she works, his/hers position and the most recent published works (books or articles).

Specifying sources and references

References to other authors’ publications should be included within the text, not in the footnotes. If other authors’ ideas, information, results, hypotheses are paraphrased, the source has to be mentioned in brackets with the author’s last name; if literature list contains more than one author of the same last name, name initials are added, ex. (M. Ogorec, 1994), that is (T. N. Dupuy, 1994). If a publication has two authors, both last names are indicated, ex. (Bešker and Kugler, 1992). If there are three or more authors, after the name of the first author abbreviation “et al.” has to be placed, meaning that in this case other authors are not indicated in the brackets, ex. (Tetlock et al., 1991). If the literature list has more publications of the same author that were published in the same year, they are differentiated with letters (a,b,c etc.) placed behind the year (Giddens, 1989b). If the publications of other authors are being cited, behind the year of the publication, a colon and page number have to be inserted, ex. (Clausewitz, 1989:722). If anonymous publications are mentioned, characteristic words from the title should be used, usually the first or the first two (in italics) as well as the publication year, ex. (Službovnik, 1992:6) or (Pravilo brigada, 1984). Alternatively, instead of author’s name, three stars may be put, followed by the first or first two words from the title and the year, ex. (*** Obrednik, 1992) or (*** “Food Shortage”, 1994). 

References and quotations from daily, weekly and similar printed media, intended for general audience, can be stated in two ways. If news, published documents or information are being cited, that is, the articles in which the author is unknown, the title of the newspaper and day of publication should be in italics, ex. (Vjesnik, 1995) or (New York Times, 1991). If the publications and theses from known authors are used (ex. comments, columns etc.), information regarding the source should be cited in the literature, in the same way as other articles, ex. (Višnar, 1993). References from webpages are being cited in the same way as publication from printed media. 

Footnotes containing further explanation, comments or digressions, are being marked in the text by Arabic numerals, and should be placed under the bottom page line (notes under the line, footnotes). 

Bibliography consists of all publications cited in the text, based on the last names of authors in alphabetic order (that is, according to their names if there are more authors with the same last name). Publications of the same author should be arranged chronologically. If there are more publications from the same author published in the same year, they should be differentiated with letters behind the year of publication (Weber 1918a, Weber 1918b etc.). Book, journal or periodic newspaper titles are written in italics, and article titles in periodicals have to be in quotation marks. Materials from the Internet should be listed in the bibliography in the same way as written publications (author, year, title), but at the end the web page (available at URL http://…), and if possible, the date of access, should be indicated.

Bibliography should be written in the following form:

a) Journal article:

Kaysen, Carl (1990) “Is War Obsolete?” International Security 14 (4): 42-64.(The first number after the title indicates the year, the number in parentheses the number within the volume and numbers after the colon the page.)

(b) Chapter in edited book:

Fanuko, Nenad (1992) “Dedifferentiation and war.” In: Čaldarović, Ognjen – Milan Mesić – Alexander Štulhofer (edit.): Sociology and war. Zagreb: Croatian Sociological Association. Page 51-62.

(c) Book:

Bauer, Ernest (1991) Shine and tragic of croatian weapons. Zagreb: Publishing Institute of Matice Hrvatske.

(d) Anonymous publications (they are being stated in the bibliography based on the first word in the title, or, if they are marked with three stars instead of the author’s name, on the top of the list):

Rule handheld rocket launcher 90 mm M79. Zagreb: Command Operative Zone Zagreb. 1992; Or:

*** (1994) “Status of Public Health in Bosnia and Herzegovina, August – September 1993” JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 271 (12): 100-103.

(e) Websites:

Fernandez, Lilia (1999) “The Rights of Refugees: One in every 50 is Uprooted People!” New World Outlook, September-October. Available at URL http://gbgm-umc.org/nwo/99so/refugees.html (also URL http://gbgm-umc.org/nwo/).


Publications to be reviewed, both Croatian and foreign, should not be older than three years. Book reviews have to have name and last name of the author whose publication is being reviewed, complete title, place and year of publication, publisher’s name, number of pages as well as other relevant information (ex. first and last name of the translator). At the end of the text, author of the review should sign his/her first and last name.

Authors are advised to use both pronouns “she“ and “he“, that is, gender sensitive language.

Categorization of articles

Original scientific paper is comprised of original theoretical and practical results.

Preliminary report is comprised of one or more new pieces of scientific information, but not enough to enable verification as with original scientific papers. Preliminary reports can provide the results of experimental research, that is, excerpts from current research whose results, due to their actuality, deserve rapid publication.

Scientific review paper contains a comprehensive overview of the state and tendencies of the development of a certain theory, technology or application. Publications from this category have the character of a critical review including assessment. Stated literature has to be sufficiently comprehensive to enable thorough insight and inclusion in the demonstrated area.

Other category includes all other works (reviews, news) which cannot be categorized.


There is no article processing fee for article submission, processing, or publication. All processing and publishing related expenses are covered by the publisher. The author (or authors) is the copyright holder and retains all publishing rights. Prior to publication, authors are obliged to transfer the right of first publication in print and in electronic format to the journal.

* Note: The extended version of the Instructions for authors with submission guidance, publication ethics and malpractice statements is available in Croatian in verified document: The Statute of Work and Organization of Journal Polemos. The document is committed to upholding the integrity of academic record and fully complies with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).