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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF format.
  • The Author’s Statement has been completed and will be uploaded as a supplementary file.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 11-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.

Author Guidelines


The NBP – Journal of Criminalistics and Law publishes only the original academic papers and high quality review articles written in English. Manuscripts (Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion) should not exceed 30.000 characters with spaces, not including the Title page, References, and Acknowledgements. The journal uses an online registration system SCIndeks Assistant online (https://aseestant.ceon.rs/index.php/nabepo/login) for article submission. If you already have an account in the system, go directly to Login. As a new user, please register first. Upon completing the registration process, the user is taken directly to User Home. Selecting the role of “Author” will take users to the manuscript submissions page. Together with the article, authors are required to submit a completed and signed Author’s Statement http://www.kpu.edu.rs/en/data/AUTHOR-S-STATEMENT.pdf as a separate file.

Manuscript preparation

  • The Manuscript should be prepared using Microsoft Word. Margins should be 2.5 cm for the top and bottom, and 2 cm for the sides, font should be Times New Roman, 11 pt. normal, Single spaced with one extra spacing above and below the subtitles and between paragraphs, and with no tab to indent the first line of a paragraph. We highly recommend using of the Template provided at the journal’s web page (https://kpu.edu.rs/cms/data/akademija/nbp/ NBP_Submission%20file.docx).
  • The Manuscript needs to be submitted as one file containing the First title page, The Second title page, and The Main body of the text followed by the references.
  • The First title page contains the Title, Name(s) and Surname(s) of the (co)author(s), Affiliation(s), Corresponding author’s name and email address. Each proper noun of the Title should be in capital letters, left aligned, bold, 14 pt. Name(s) and surname(s) of the (co)author(s) should be left aligned, bold, 11 pt. If there are several authors, they should be listed one after another. Affiliation(s) should be left aligned and italicized, 11 pt. Indicate each author's affiliationwith a number superscript immediately after the author's name and in front of appropriate organisation name.
  • The second title page contains the Title and the Abstract of up to 250 words and Keywords (4–6 words). Abstract and Keywords should be justified, 11 pt.
  • The Main body should be 11 pt., justified and structured as follows:
  • Introduction. Background of about 4-6 paragraphs. Subject and objectives/hypotheses of the research should be clearly stated.
  • Materials and Methods. Experimental approach if there was one, Participants or Sample Characteristics, Measurements and/or Procedures, Statistics. In “Participants or Sample Characteristics” section include the Institutional Review Board or Ethics Committee approval and the appropriate statement that the informed consent has been gained. In “Measurements and Procedures” include the statement on the validity and reliability of measurement tools and devices or testing protocols. In “Statistics”, include the effect size analyses whenever possible.
  • Results. Report the most important results in tables and/or figures. Other informative results should be reported in text. Use this section to report the results rather than to discuss them.  
  • Discussion. Discuss only your results in about 4-6 paragraphs. Do not overreach in this part and do not speculate on what has not been covered by results or analysis.
  • Conclusion with practical application statement. Clearly state the implications of the study. Add 2-3 sentences on what it means for the agencies or government and how practitioners in that particular field could implement the results.
  • Acknowledgments. In this part of the paper the conflict of interest information MUST BE included. In this section you can also place the information related to identification of funding sources and/or gratitude to other people involved with the conduct of the experiment.
  • References. Not more than 40 except for the Review studies. If more references are needed, please explain it in the cover letter. Try to use the most recent references (i.e., majority of references [80%] is not more than 5-10 years old) and most of them should be from scientific journals. Self-citation is discouraged. Therefore, self-referencing is limited to maximum 10%. The reference list should be given without numbering and listed in alphabetical order by author’s last name, with justified alignment, 11 pt. The reference list should include journal articles, books, documents, legal sources, magazines, web and other sources. For electronic sources, break long URL’s after a slash or before a period. Use of the DOI is highly recommended for articles.
  • Section headings should be written without numbering, but left aligned (the first word and proper nouns take capitals). Subheadings of the 1st level should be bold italic and left aligned, while subheadings of the 2nd level should be italic normal, left aligned.  
  • Captions for figures and graphs should be italicized and centred below the figures, 11 pt.
  • Captions for tables should be italicized and centred above the tables, 11 pt.
  • Each table, graph and figure should have the associated number in the caption (for example: Table 1, Figure 3). It is highly recommended to use TIF or JPG original file formats with 300 dpi, or CDR or EPS vector format.
  • The Figures should include only the words needed to clearly understand the Figure’s content (i.e., units of measurement with their dimensions, a brief explanation of curves, etc.). The abbreviations used for the figure should be explained in the Figure caption.
  • Equations should be written using Equation (from Insert menu) in Word. At the right end of the line in which the equation is written, the number of the equation should be indicated in round brackets, starting from 1. The text following an equation need not be a new paragraph. Please punctuate equations as regular text. It is important that the equation is clear and understandable, while style is of author’s preference.
  • Always use internationally accepted signs and symbols for units (SI units).
  • References in the Reference list should be given without numbering and listed in alphabetical order by author’s last name, with justified alignment, and each reference should be formatted without a hanging indent, 11 pt. It should include the full details of all your in-text references (excluding personal communications), arranged alphabetically A-Z by author surname, see Sample Reference List below.

Periodical – Journal paginated by volume: Author’s last name, First initial. Middle initial. (Year of publication). Title of the article. Title of Periodical, Volume(Issue), pages of the article. DOI if available, and formatted the same as URL.

Strobl, R., Klemm, J., & Wurtz, S. (2005). Preventing Hate Crime: Experiences from two East-German Towns. British Journal of Criminology, 45(5), 634–646.

Ellis, R. (2020). Redemption and reproach: Religion and carceral control in action among women in prison. Criminology, 58(4), 747–772. https://doi.org/10.1111/1745-9125.12258

Book: Author’s last name, First initial. Middle initial. (Year of publication). Title of the book. Publisher. Ignjatović, Đ. (1998). Kriminologija. Nomos.

Chapter in an edited book: Author’s last name, First initial. Middle initial. (Year of publication). Title of the article. In editor’s name (Ed.), Title of the book (pages of the article). Publisher.

Emerson, L., & Manalo, E. (2007). Essays. In L. Emerson (Ed.), Writing guidelines for education students (2nd ed., pp. 42–49). Thomson.

PhD thesis: Author’s last name, First initial. Middle initial. (Year of publication). Title of the PhD thesis [PhD thesis, name of institution awarding degree]. Name of archive of site. URL if available.

Lipovac, M. (2016). Nacionalna bezbednost Republike Srbije u regionalnom bezbednosnom potkompleksu Zapadni Balkan [PhD thesis, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Security Studies].

Internet sources: Authority (Year of publication). Title of the cited text. URL without “Retrieved from”, unless a retrieval date is needed.

Legal act: The title of the act (ABBREVIATION), followed by the article (Art.) and paragraph (Para.), Title of the publication, number and year of publication.

Zakon o izvršnom postupku (ZIP), Art. 5, Para. 2, Službeni glasnik Republike Srbije, 125/2004.

Court decision: Citation of a court decision should be as precise as possible (the name and number of the decision, the date the decision took place, and possibly the title of the publication in which the decision was published).

Conference paper: Author’s last name, First initial. Middle initial. (Year of publication). Title of the paper. In editor’s name (Ed.), Title of the proceedings (pages of the article). Publisher. DOI or URL if relevant.

Stănilă, L. M. (2018). Artificial intelligence: A challenge for criminal law. In D. Simović (Ed.), International scientific conference “Archibald Reiss Days” (Vol. 1, pp. 158–168). Academy of Criminalistic and Police Studies.

Articles in Periodicals – Magazines: Author’s last name, First initial. Middle initial. (Year, date of publication). Title of the article. Periodical or Magazine Title, Volume(Issue), pages of the article. URL of magazine home page [if viewed online).                

Davidov-Kesar, D. (2019, February 3). Duvan svake godine odnese 15.000 života u Srbiji. Politika. 116. http://www.politika.rs/scc/clanak/421887/Duvan-svake-govine-odnese-15-000-zivota -u-Srbiji

Submission checklist

  1. Author’s statement is signed by all authors.
  2. The manuscript is one Word file with the 1st title page, 2nd title page, and the body of the text.
  3. All names and affiliations are correct at the first title page.
  4. The 2nd title page includes the title, abstract of 250 words, and 4-6 keywords.
  5. Informed consent and ethical approval are included in the “Participants” section.
  6. The manuscript has no more than 40 references unless it is a review article and all citated references are listed in the reference list.
  7. Conflict of interest statement is included in the “Acknowledgments” section.

Author’s statement

Author’s statement can be found using the following link: http://www.kpu.edu.rs/en/data/AUTHOR-S-STATEMENT.pdf

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