Croatica publishes research papers and, in accordance with academic standards (see Code of Ethics), conducts (an international) review procedure that has several steps.
Upon receiving a manuscript, the editorial board decides whether to accept it or not.
If the editorial board does not accept the manuscript, it returns it to the author with an explanation regarding the rejection.
If the editorial board assesses that the manuscript potentially carries relevance, it sends it to two reviewers but withholds any author information (double-blind peer review).
If one of the reviews is negative, the manuscript is sent to a third review.
Reviewers assess the manuscripts on a scale from 0 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent) according to the following criteria:
- clarity of structure and style, and the proportional distribution of the different sections in the manuscript
- adequacy of approach and methodology
- relevance of the manuscript and its possible implications
- originality of approach
- meeting formal criteria (whether the manuscript contains all necessary parts, a systematized Works Cited page, and whether its grammar and spelling meet the standardized lanugage)
- overall assessment.
Reviewers will provide a general recommendation for the publication of the manuscript, a suggestion to the manuscript’s categorization and comments in case the manuscript needs revision.
Manuscripts with the decision to publish and reviewer comments, as well as with possible editorial comments, are sent to authors within the given time-frame.
The authors should revise their manuscript and produce its final version in accordance with reviewer and editorial recommendations.
After receiving the final version of the manuscript, the manuscript is sent to formatting and proof-reading.