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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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, DOIs or URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

 Fees

There is no submission fee but the accepted papers are required to pay a publication fee of 80 Euros.

 

Manuscript preparation

 1. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

 Each author could publish one publication in one volume, alone or in co-authorship.

The manuscripts are submitted by e-mail to the Editorial board, email: leadership_series@nbu.bg. The manuscripts must be in .DOC(x) format, formatted according to the present Guidelines for sending manuscripts and using the template provided. (download pdf)

 1.1. Schedule of publication and deadlines:

 For handing over the manuscripts to the Editorial Board: according to the deadline of each issue.

  • Review period - up to 2 weeks.
  • After receiving the remarks and the editor's notes and their removal, the author sends the corrected manuscript to the editorial board within 2 weeks to the above mentioned e-mail.

 Each volume of the “Leadership, Society, Strategic Visions” Series (LSSV_Series) is published annually in the period September - December of the current calendar year.

 1.2. Reprint

 The published manuscript includes a full bibliographic description of the source - title of the publication, e-mail address, ISSN, year, volume, start and end pages. This allows the author to use the article in pdf format as a complete reprint.

 1.3. Status of manuscripts

 For each published manuscript, the movement of the manuscript is recorded - date of receipt, date of acceptance for publication.

 1.4. Conditions for accepting manuscripts

 (a) Manuscripts that are not designed according to these requirements or do not have the necessary qualities of reasonably well-documented research will not be published for which the authors will be notified.

  1. b) Manuscripts, which copy published articles with small changes or which have insufficiently substantiated claims or that are unreadable will not be published.
  2. c) The use of a structure “subject – methodology - critical analysis/discussion – conclusions” is recommended in the design of the manuscripts (the absence of such a scheme can significantly influence the reviewers' assessment).

It is recommended that the author, based on a critical review of the literature on the topic chosen, identify and point out the existing problems, requiring further research on the subject. Based on the critical analysis of the literature on the chosen topic, on the background of the existing one, the new one can be highlighted, which is related to the author's name. Cursory scan of the Internet is not recommended.

 1.5. Author's statement

 By sending a manuscript, the authors declare that:

  • the manuscript has not been published previously or made available for publication in other journals or forums;
  • are familiar with the publication requirements and the manuscript is prepared according to the Review Policy of the publication (link);
  • agree with the Copyright Terms stated in the Editorial Policy of the publication.

 1.6. Reviewing manuscripts

 In order to evaluate the content of the manuscripts, a Board of Reviewers has been set up. It is periodically updated through a Call for Reviewers distributed among the experts deemed appropriate (at least with a PhD). Candidates for Reviewers outline the limits of their scientific competence within selected scientific areas in their Application Forms.

The manuscripts are reviewed through both a double-blind review process, which ensures the anonymity of the reviewers and authors, and an open peer review system in which reviewers opt for either anonymous or open review which is publically available together with the published work.

The manuscripts are submitted for review without information about the author(s).

Each reviewer chooses one of the possible recommendations:

  • To be published without change;
  • To be published after revision - the reviewer presents specific and detailed recommendations;
  • Not to be published – low quality of the paper or not in the scope of the Series.

 2. SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

 2.1. Rules for manuscript preparation

 It is recommended that the Manuscript Template be used (download pdf). The structure of manuscripts should be as follows:

  • Title of the article and author's names (co-authors);
  • Abstract;
  • Keywords;
  • Main text with built-in graphic materials (figures, charts, pictures, etc.), tables and formulas (if any); references (citations);
  • Conclusion on the results obtained and relevant contributions;
  • References;
  • Acknowledgements (credits) - if any;
  • Funding information (if any);
  • Appendices (if any)
  • Contact information for each co-author.

 Title. The title should summarize the paper’s main idea and identify the variables under discussion and the relationship between them. Avoid long titles.

Abstract. Concise and factual abstracts of 100 to 300 words are required for all manuscripts submitted. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. References, literature citations and abbreviations should be avoided.

Keywords. Following the abstract, provide a maximum of 8 keywords, avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). Keyword terms may differ from the actual text used in the title and abstract, but should accurately reflect what the article is about.

Section headings. Section headings should be concise. Don’t leave them at the bottom of the page.

Abbreviations. Abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and defined upon first use in the text. Non-standard abbreviations should not be used unless they appear at least three times in the text.

 2.2. Blinded manuscript preparation guidelines

 Due to the double anonymous review process, the co-authors must present two versions of the manuscript:

  • a manuscript submitted for publication (file „Manuscript.doc(x)“),
  • a manuscript submitted for review (file „BlindedManuscript.doc(x)“).

 As part of the blind peer review process, authors will need to upload a blinded manuscript without a title page (no author details), as well as to remove names or other identifying information from the whole text. Blinded manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: full article title; abstract; keywords; main text with tables and embedded figures; references; appendices (as appropriate).

 2.3. Language and style

 “LSSV_Series publishes articles in Bulgarian, Russian or English languages.

For Manuscripts in Bulgarian and Russian only, the name, authors, abstract, keywords and contact details must also be in English (according to the formatting instructions and the Manuscript Template).

Cyrillic sources (which do not have English translation in the original edition) should also be presented transliterated in Latin (immediately after the original source in the list without their own number).

Transliteration from Cyrillic to Latin is done according to the Transliteration Law (March 2009) at https://slovored.com/transliteration/ only for transliteration in Bulgarian and for transliteration from different texts in Cyrillic (Russian, etc.), https://www.translitteration.com/transliteration/en (ISO-9 standard) can be used.

Authors should run a final spell-check and review the manuscript carefully for grammatical errors before submitting. Manuscripts submitted in poor English will be returned without review. The same applies to manuscripts in Bulgarian or Russian.

 2.4. Length of paper

 Manuscripts should be between 4-9 pages, 1800 characters per page, including intervals.

 2.5. Formatting

 Pages not numbered. The formatting parameters are:

  • Page size: А4 (210/297 mm), Portrait, one column.
  • Font Size: 12 pt Times New Roman, Normal, Justified, Style Body A.
  • Margins are as follows: Top 25mm, Bottom 20 mm, Inside 25 mm, Outside 20 mm; when the Mirror margin is highlighted and in the Layout section: Different odd and even is highlighted.
  • Spacing: Single; Before = 0; After = 0.
  • Alignment: Justified.
  • First line indent just for the text: 12.5 mm (do not use tab). The names of the sections are without indentation.
  • Bullets: bullet position 12.5 mm, text indent 0 mm, tab stop at 17 mm.

 The Manuscript Template is formatted with these parameters.

 2.6. Formatting of graphic materials (figures, charts, graphs, etc.), tables and formulas:

 Please provide the highest quality figure format possible. Please be sure that all imported scanned material is scanned at the appropriate resolution: 1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for color.

Files should be saved as one of the following formats: PNG or JPG.

 Figures should be embedded in the manuscript file. Figures and diagrams can also be represented in color.

Graphic materials must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the manuscript (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2, ...). In figures of several parts, each part must be marked (for example, Fig 1 (a), Fig 1 (b), ...).

Figure 1. An inscription under a figure briefly describes what is on the image. (12 pt Times New Roman, Centered, Normal)

The figures and captions below are centered.

 Table 1. A caption over a table, a brief description of what's in it. (12 pt Times New Roman, Normal, Justified, Style Table). In the table itself (10 pt Times New Roman, Normal)

 Formulas - aligned to the left and numbered on the left side of the formulas without indentation (with a space after number), with Arabic numerals in brackets and with the text size corresponding to the font of the main text.

 The captions are not allowed to be separate from the relevant figures or tables on different pages, and only the title of the tab is at the bottom of the page;

 2.7. Citation and bibliographic description of literary sources in the Literature / Sources List

a) The Literature list is presented in APA Style.

b) Reference literature sources should be quoted in Arabic numerals in square brackets (for example, [5 p. 10]) in the order in which they appear in the text. In the same order they should appear in the main literature list with their full bibliographic data.

Sources of borrowed (non-proprietary) materials (figures, charts, graphics, images, tables, etc.) to be listed as part of the list of literary sources.

The literary sources of the Cyrillic alphabet (which do not have English translation) should also be transliterated in Latin. Transliteration from Bulgarian to Latin letters.

c) The use of another system (or blending with another system) to present literary sources as well as an incomplete bibliographic data of the cited sources is not allowed.

d) Sources other than the main literature, internet sources and author's explanations, which are not part of the main text and are not related to it, may be included as footnote.

Examples:

Books

  • Rickards, J. (2016). The Road to Ruin The Global Elites Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis, Portfolio/Penguin, 20-26.
  • Bogdanov, B. (2015). Epiktet Diatribi. Sofia: Nov balgarski universitet, 13-19. [Богданов, Б. (2015). Епиктет дитирамби. София: Нов български университет, стр. 13-19]

Chapters

  • Hartley, J. T. (1980). Contemporary issues and new directions in adult development of learning and memory. In L.W. Poon (Ed.), Aging in the 1980s: Psychological issues (pp. 239-252). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Journal Articles

  • Pаnayotov D. (2016). Cross-cultural management and organizational behavior. Management and Leadership, 7(1), 135-162. Sofia: NBU
  • Ramcheva, R., Ivanov, P., Petrov, I. & Georgiev, P. (2007). Cultural differences and application of methodology for study. Annual of Economics and Business Administration, Vol. 2, 110 -121. Sofia: NBU

Collective Autor

  • European Commission. (2011). What’s new in education. Luxemburg: EU Publishing house

E-book

  • Peterson, G. M. (2008). Team players and team work: How to built successful collaboration (2nd ed.). Retrieved from <посочва се линк>

Other electronic resources

  • Wallace, N. (2019). What’s on the horizon for Horizon Europe. Retrieved from: <https://sciencebusiness.net/framework-programmes/news/whats-horizon-horizon-europe>
    Note: Key fields to include with a web page are author (often an organisation), date (where available - otherwise put n.d.), title and URL.

 2.8. Reproduction of copyright material

 If authors wish to include any material in your manuscript in which they do not hold copyright, they must obtain written permission from the copyright owner, prior to submission. Such material may be in the form of text, data, table, illustration, photograph, line drawing, audio clip, video clip, film still, and screenshot, and any supplemental material that authors propose to include. This applies to direct (verbatim or facsimile) reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (where authors have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source).

Authors must ensure appropriate acknowledgement is given to the permission granted to them for reuse by the copyright holder in each figure or table caption. Authors are solely responsible for any fees which the copyright holder may charge for reuse.

The reproduction of short extracts of text, excluding poetry and song lyrics, for the purposes of criticism may be possible without formal permission on the basis that the quotation is reproduced accurately and full attribution is given.

Last revision: 13 May 2019

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