Čitalište: The Scientific Journal on Theory and Practice of Librarianship is dedicated to the development and fostering of scholarly research in the areas such as library history, cultural, communicational and educational functions of librarianship, sociology of books and reading, information literacy, knowledge organization, bibliography, library management, management of library information systems, as well as information and media technologies in the context of library development.
Čitalište publishes original papers that have not been published previously: original scientific papers, reviews, technical papers, articles on scientific and professional meetings, as well as peer reviews and reviews of new and recently published books and periodicals related to library and information science. Čitalište is an open access journal.
Čitalište publishes contributions in Serbian (Ser/Cro/Bos) and English, with abstracts or summaries in English. If necessary, a summary may also be given in another foreign language besides English.
Čitalište is published semi-annually, in May and November. Digital copies of the journal are archived in the Digital Repository of the National Library of Serbia.
Responsibilities of Editors and Editorial Board
Editorial responsibilities in Čitalište are shared among its editor-in-chief, managing editor, section editors and members of the editorial board. The editor-in-chief and the managing editor are responsible for deciding which of the manuscripts submitted to Čitalište will be published. In this process, they shall be guided by legal requirements and ethical standards.
The editor-in-chief and the managing editor must hold no conflict of interest arising from competition, cooperation, or other relationships or connections with the authors of submitted manuscripts. If there is a conflict of interest, the selection of reviewers and all the decisions about the fate of the manuscript shall be made by the editorial board. In case one or more members of the editorial board hold a conflict of interest regarding a submitted manuscript, they shall be excluded from the process of selecting reviewers and all the decisions related to the fate of the manuscript. The editor and the members of the editorial board shall report a conflict of interest in a timely manner.
The editor-in-chief and the managing editor shall evaluate manuscripts based on their intellectual content free from any racial, gender, sexual, religious, ethnic, or political bias.
The editors and editorial staff must not use unpublished materials disclosed in submitted manuscripts without the explicit written permission of their authors. The information and ideas presented in submitted manuscripts shall be kept confidential and must not be used for personal gain. The editors and members of the editorial board shall take all the reasonable measures to ensure that the reviewers remain anonymous to the authors before, during and after the evaluation process and the authors remain anonymous to the reviewers until the end of the review procedure.
Submitted manuscripts will not be returned to the authors. The editorial board will inform the authors whether their manuscripts are accepted within a term no longer than six months from the date of their receipt.
The editorial board is committed to open access to information and publication of texts of various types, in which authors express their ideas freely. It does not carry out censorship, ideological or any other, but distances itself from the views of its associates. It is considered the authors’ obligation to defend their own positions, while the duty of the editorial board is to provide expert evaluation, as well as sporadic linguistic, stylistic and formal interventions in the texts.
The authors guarantee their manuscripts are their original works that have not been published before and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Parallel submission of the same paper to more than one journal is a violation of ethical standards. Manuscripts published in Čitalište must not be published in other publications, in any language, without the consent of the editor-in-chief and the managing editor.
A notice that a manuscript is a result of a research project, or that it was translated or taken from another source, that its previous version was presented at a conference as an oral presentation (under the same or similar title), detailed authorship information and the like, shall be cited in footnote number 1, after the first sentence of the main text, at the bottom of the first page. A paper that has already been published in another journal cannot be published in Čitalište.
It is the responsibility of each author to ensure that papers submitted to Čitalište are written with ethical standards in mind. The authors guarantee their articles contain no unfounded or unlawful statements and do not violate the rights of third parties. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.
Content of Works
Submitted manuscripts should contain sufficient details and references to permit reviewers and, subsequently, readers to verify the claims presented in them. Intentional presentation of false claims is a violation of ethical standards. Book reviews and technical papers should be accurate and objective.
Authors are exclusively responsible for the content of their submissions and must make sure they have obtained permission from all the persons or institutions directly involved in the research presented in the manuscript to make the data public.
Authors wishing to include figures, tables or other materials that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright holder(s) and present it when submitting the manuscript. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.
Only persons who have contributed significantly to the content of the manuscript are listed as the authors. If persons other than the authors were involved in important aspects of the research project and the preparation of the manuscript, their contribution should be mentioned in a footnote or the acknowledgments section.
Acknowledgment of Sources
Authors are required to cite properly the sources that have significantly influenced their research and their manuscripts. Information received in a private conversation or correspondence with third parties, or while reviewing project applications, manuscripts and similar materials, must not be used without the explicit written consent of the information source.
Plagiarism, where someone assumes another’s ideas, words, or other creative expression as one’s own, is a clear violation of scientific and publishing ethics. Plagiarism may also involve a violation of copyright law, punishable by legal action.
Plagiarism includes the following:
- Copying parts of another author’s work verbatim or almost verbatim, or purposely paraphrasing it (in order to conceal plagiarism) without clearly indicating the source or marking the copied fragments (for example, using quotation marks);
- Copying figures or tables from someone else’s paper without properly citing the source and/or without permission from the original author or the copyright holder.
Any paper which shows obvious signs of plagiarism will be automatically rejected and authors will be temporarily (five years) banned from publishing in Čitalište.
In case plagiarism is discovered in a paper that has already been published in the journal, it will be retracted in accordance with the procedure described below under the Retraction Policy.
Conflict of Interest
In their manuscripts, the authors are obliged to point to financial or any other conflict of interest that might affect the presented results and interpretations.
Errors in Published Works
In case the author discovers a significant error in his/her own published work, it is his/her obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with them to retract or correct the paper.
By submitting their manuscripts to the editorial board of Čitalište, the authors agree to abide by the listed responsibilities.
Submitted manuscripts are subject to a peer review process. The purpose of peer review is to assists the editors in deciding whether a work should be accepted or not and to improve the quality of manuscripts through the process of communication with their authors.
All the submitted manuscripts are subject to a preliminarily review by the section editors, and the editor-in-chief decides which of them are to be sent to external reviewing. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees in a double-blind procedure, which means that authors remain unknown to reviewers and vice versa. The reviewers remain unknown to the authors before, during and after the evaluation process. The authors are advised to avoid phrasing that might reveal their identity. The editors shall ensure that before sending a manuscript for review all the personal details of the authors (primarily names and affiliations) are removed and shall take all reasonable measures to ensure that the authors remain unknown to the reviewers until the end of the review procedure.
The reviewers assess manuscripts for compliance with the profile of the journal, the relevance of the investigated topic, the scholarly apparatus and the organization of the text. The review process should not take longer than two months.
The choice of reviewers is at the editor-in-chief’s discretion. The reviewers must have a relevant knowledge related to the subject area of the manuscript.
The reviewers must not have conflict of interest with respect to the authors or the funding sources for the research. If such conflicts exist, the reviewers must report them to the editors without delay and withdraw from the review procedure.
A selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript should notify the editor-in-chief and withdraw from the review procedure.
Reviews must be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is considered inappropriate. The reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
The reviewers should recognize relevant published works that have not been cited by the authors and alert the editors to substantial similarities between the reviewed manuscript and any manuscript published elsewhere, if they are aware of such.
All manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. The reviewers must not use the unpublished materials disclosed in submitted manuscripts without the explicit written consent of their authors. The information and ideas presented in them shall be kept confidential and must not be used for personal gain.
The editorial board shall ensure quality control for the reviews. In case a review is convincingly questioned by the author(s) of the reviewed manuscript, the editorial board shall check whether it is objective and whether it meets academic standards. When there is any doubt with regard to the objectivity or quality of the review, additional reviewers will be assigned by the editor-in-chief.
Violation of the rights of publishers, copyright holder(s) or author(s), infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submissions, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or any major misconduct, require retraction of a published article. In some cases, the published work may be retracted in order to correct the errors noted.
Standards for dealing with retractions of published articles have been developed by a number of library and scholarly bodies, and this practice has also been adopted for article retraction by Čitalište: in the electronic version of the original article a link is made to the retraction note. The retained article is kept in its original form, with a watermark on the PDF indicating on each page that it is retracted.
Čitalište will support authors whose copyright has been violated, as well as those who are victims of plagiarism. When dealing with unethical behaviour, Čitalište will rely on the guidelines and recommendations provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE): http://publicationethics.org/.
Open Access Policy
Čitalište is an open access journal. All the articles can be downloaded free of charge from the journal’s website and used in compliance with the Creative Commons Attribution–NonCommercial–NoDerivs 3.0 Serbia.
The journal does not charge any fees at submission, reviewing, and production stages.
Čitalište allows authors to deposit the author’s post-print (accepted version of the manuscript) and the publisher’s version/PDF in an institutional repository and/or non-commercial repositories, or to publish it on their personal websites, social networks for scientists (ResearchGate, Academia.edu, etc.), and/or on the websites of the institutions in which they work, under the Creative Commons Attribution–NonCommercial–NoDerivs 3.0 Serbia license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/rs/), immediately after the publication in the the journal. In doing so, the full bibliographic data of the basic text must be provided (authors, article title, journal title, volume, issue, pages, DOI of the article in the form of an interactive link).
Copyright on articles and other contributions is considered to be transferred to the publisher once they are accepted for publication. Copyright also covers publishing the contributions in electronic form, as well as using abstracts and excerpts from papers submitted. The published articles are released under the Creative Commons Attribution–NonCommercial–NoDerivs 3.0 Serbia license.
Authors grant to the publisher the following rights to the manuscript, including additional materials and all parts, extracts or elements of the manuscript:
- 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 all data carriers or storage media – especially in machine readable/digitalized form on data carriers such as hard drive, CD-Rom, DVD, Blu-ray Disc (BD), Mini-Disk, data tape – and the right to reproduce and distribute the manuscript from 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 users, either via the internet, other online services, or via internal or external networks.