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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 document file format.
  • Where available, 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.
  • Manuscript is from 5,000 to 7,000 words long, including the abstract and reference list. It is written in UK English.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Publishing in the Journal is free of charges.


Manuscripts should be from 5,000 to 7,000 words long, including the abstract and reference list. They should be written in UK English. Submissions should be no more than 20 pages in length, and should be original and unpublished work not currently under review by another journal or publisher.

Review Process

Manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors and only those meeting the aims and scope of the CEPS journal will be sent for blind review. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, but the review process usually takes up to three/four months.
The CEPS Journal has an online-based review system via the Open Journal System. All submissions should be made via the OJS - http://ojs.cepsj.si/.

Submission of the manuscript and complementary document(s)

Your manuscript should be submitted via the Open Journal System, which is available at http://ojs.cepsj.si/.

Instructions for Authors 

  1. Please register using this link: http://ojs.cepsj.si/index.php/cepsj/user/register.

Enter all of the required information (fields with required information are indicated with an asterisk: *).

  1. Once you have registered, use this link to login: http://ojs.cepsj.si/index.php/cepsj/login. Enter your username and password.
  2. Click on “New Submission” on the right side of the web page. Please go through all of the five steps and enter the required information, following the instructions at the Open Journal System (OJS).

Do not forget to submit title page (and cover letter) - see more detailed information below.

 IMPORTANT NOTE: When submitting a file, please do not forget to delete your personal data (your name) from the uploaded file (follow the instructions for “Ensuring a blind review”).

  1. When entering the Submission’s Metadata (Step 3, “Enter Metadata”), please make sure that the entered metadata is correct and that all of the required fields (indicated with an asterisk: *) are filled in.

NOTE: Please do not forget to enter References and Keywords.

  1. Before completing your submission (Step 4, Confirmation), please make sure that all of the data is correct and entered appropriately.
  2. When you have finished, you can check your submission by clicking on “Submissions”, where you can follow your paper.

Cover Letter

A cover letter is not mandatory, but it may be supplied at the author’s discretion. A cover letter is intended for the Editor-in-Chief and should explain why the manustript is appropriate for consideration for publication in CEPSj and how complements the work already published in CEPSj.

Title page

To facilitate blind reviewing, the title page should NOT form part of the manuscript file, but all metadata (title, abstract, references, authors) should be entered in the OJS.

A single separate file (e.g., Title Page) should also be uploaded. The Title Page is not forwarded for review. The Title Page of the manuscript must give the title of the manuscript, author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s), and the e-mail address of the corresponding author designated to receive correspondence from the editorial office. The name of the author(s) should appear at the beginning immediately under the title of the manuscript.

Format of Manuscripts

Manuscripts should be typed on in 12-point font Times New Roman, single-spaced throughout.
All text should be ragged-right.

All types of papers send to CEPS Journal should comprise an Abstract, Keywords, the body of the manuscript, Acknowledgment (if applicable) and References. It can also include an Appendix if necessary.

The body of the manuscripts reporting empirical research should be presented in IMRaD format (Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion and Conclusions).

The Introduction comprises a review of the relevant literature with theoretical background ending with a research problem and research questions addressed, or hypothesis stated.

The Method section of the manuscript should describe the participants or other materials used in the research, the instruments for gathering data, and the research design.

The Results section reports what was found in the study.

The Discussion section explains the meaning and significance of the results and provides answers to research questions.

The Conclusions should, rather than just repeating results, state well-articulated outcomes of the study, its limitations and briefly suggest future lines of research based on findings reported in the manuscript, including the application of conclusions in practice.

The structure of review and theoretical papers should comprise brief Introduction where the clear aim of the paper is presented following the argumentation, and finishing with the Conclusions.


Abstract and Key Words
Abstract should not exceed 250 words.

Please provide 3 to 5 key words or short phrases in alphabetical order after the abstract.



Acknowledgements of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the References.



Supplementary material should be submitted as a supplementary file.


Figures, tables and illustrations

Figures and Tables should be incorporated into the adequate place in the manuscript text.

All photographs, graphs and diagrams should be referred to as a Figure and they should be numbered as Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. Complete and descriptive titles of the figures should be put bellow the figure.

Each table should be numbered as Table 1, Table 2, etc. Complete and descriptive titles of the tables should be put before the table. Tables and figures must be referred to in the text and numbered in order of their appearance.


Citations in text

References should follow the 6th edition of APA standards (American Psychological Association) in alphabetical order. References should be cited in the text first alphabetically, then by date (e.g., Devetak, 2009; Tašner & Gaber, 2017; Vogrinc & Valenčič Zuljan, 2010) and listed in alphabetical order in the reference section at the end of the manuscript.

If there are three, four or five authors, all authors should be cited at the first mention. If the cited paper has more than five authors, it should be cited as the first author + et al., and the first six authors should be also listed in the reference list. Use a comma between two references by the same author (e.g., Vogrinc, 2000, 2002).

When authors are mentioned in the text, i.e., not in parentheses, do not use an ampersand (e.g., As suggested by Devetak and Vogrinc (2003), but NOT As has been shown by Brown & Green (2004)).

In the case of a literal quote of up to 40 words, state the page on which the quote is given in the original source (e.g., Vogrinc, 2008, p. 5) and put quotation marks around the quote.

Examples of acceptable forms of references in the reference list are:

The titles of sources that are not originally in English must be translated into English so that the English translation follows the original title in square brackets.

Journal paper

Tašner, V., & Gaber, S. (2016). The age of studies and reports: Selected elements concerning the background of encounters defining the power of education. Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 6(2), 61–78.


McNamee, S. J., & Miller, R. K. (2009). The meritocracy myth. Lanhman, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Book Chapter

Brown, P., Halsey, A. H., Lauder, H., & Stuart Wells, A. (1997). The transformation of education and society: An introduction. In A. H. Halsey, H. Lauder, P. Brown, & A. S. Wells (Eds.), Education: Culture, economy, and society (pp. 1–44). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Electronic source when publication date is known

Clarke, A. C. (2007). Remembering Sputnik: Sir Arthur C. Clarke. Retrieved from http://spectrum.ieee.org/aerospace/space-flight/remembering-sputnik-sir-arthur-c-clarke

Conference Proceeding

Schnase, J. L., & Cunnius, E. L. (Eds.). (1995). Proceedings from CSCL '95: The first international conference on computer support for collaborative learning. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.