For authors

Social Science Forum is a peer reviewed journal which publishes papers and book reviews. Contributions are invited in fields of sociology, media studies, political science, cultural studies and other studies which are close to these fields. The published contributions should display high level of research originality and address the themes which seem relevant to the scientific communities in which the journal is grounded. Both in theoretical and methodological respects the journal stands for pluralism.


  1. Submissions for Scientific Papers should be sent to the following e-mail address:; Submissions for Book Reviews should be sent to: Papers can be written in either the Slovenian or English language.
  2. Papers should be double spaced with Times New Roman letter font size 12 and aligned to the left-hand margin. The pages should be numbered consecutively.
  3. Articles can be submitted in short and standard form. Short scientific articles (see guidelines below) should not be longer than 4,000 words, and should be structured like standard articles. Standard articles should range from 5,000 to 8,000 words in length, including notes, a list of references and a list of graphic images; the length of book reviews/presentations should be between 1,000 and 1,200 words. Graphic images should also be included in the word count – see instruction 12 below.
  4. The Editorial Board reserves the right not to commence the review procedure of a paper which fails to meet the standards of formal written language. British English is requested (with e.g. -ise, -sation and -yse spellings, no Oxford comma) is requested.
  5. An author will be informed about the results of the reviewing procedure within 2 months of submitting a paper. Unpublished papers will not be returned to the authors. Book reviews and revisions will not be double-blind reviewed.
  6. Any past or simultaneous publication of a submitted paper in another journal should be explicitly noted.
  7. The author’s name and surname, academic title and/or professional title, e-mail address and phone number, along with the title of the scientific paper should appear on a separate sheet. Authors should suggest the classification of their paper in one of three categories: original scientific article, review scientific article or short scientific contribution.
  8. The first page of the paper should only contain the title or a possible subtitle of the paper without any designation of authorship.
  9. Subtitles should not exceed two levels of numbers, use decimal numbering and be aligned to the left-hand side. The introduction should be numbered as the first chapter.
  10. Papers should include an abstract written in both Slovenian and English that should include four elements: aim of the article, methods, findings, and conclusions of the paper. The abstract should not include comments and proposals, and should appear on a separate page before the Introduction. The total length of both versions of the abstract should not exceed 250 words (i.e. the length of each abstract should not exceed 125 words). Five key words should be added in Slovenian as well as English. The English title of the article must be added to the English abstract. When an article is written in English, the Slovenian title of the article should be added to the Slovenian abstract. Authors who do not speak Slovenian may ask the journal’s editors for assistance to prepare an abstract and a title in Slovenian.
  11. Papers written in Slovenian should also have an English summary attached, ranging from 600 to 800 words. The summary should include a description of the aim of the article, the methods and summarise the analysis or interpretation of the results. It should only contain information that is included in the article. An author must take care of the linguistic appropriateness of the summary. British English (with e.g. -ise, -sation and -yse spellings, no Oxford comma) is requested. The Summary should be placed after the “Conclusion” and before “References and sources”.
  12. An author should mark the most convenient spaces for graphic images (tables, figures, diagrams etc.) following this example: [Table 1 approx. here]. The final form of the manuscript should have graphic images added at the end of the text. The title of a table or a graph should be written above the graphic image. Titles of tables, graphs and other graphic images should end with a full-stop. The space occupied by graphic images in the article should be added to the length of the paper, either equal to 250 words (half a page) or 500 words (a full page). The Editorial Board reserves the right to place graphic images in the text according to the most appropriate page break in the text. An article should not include more than 8 graphic images.
  13. The number and length of notes should be kept to a minimum. They should be written in the text as footnotes and listed consecutively. The final version of the paper may include a short acknowledgement, to appear at the end of the paper before the Bibliography.
  14. References to sources in the text should follow this example: (Sztompka 1993). The page of the cited text should be stated after a colon (Wallace 1988: 577). If there are two authors, both should be stated (Adorno and Horkheimer 1990), if there are more than two authors, give the surname of the first author followed by et al. (Stankovič et al. 1999). If two or more references by the same author published in the same year are cited, distinguish them by adding lower-case letters consecutively (a, b, c etc.) and right after the year of publication (Bourdieu 1996a). Cite works from different authors referring to the same content alphabetically and separate them with a semi-colon (D’Andrade 1995; DiMaggio 1997; Zerubavel 1997).
  15. Books, articles, scientific materials, research reports or databases used in the paper should be listed alphabetically at the end, under the heading “Bibliography and Sources”. When providing the webpage, write the date of access in brackets. DOI links should be written with the prefix and listed in the same way as webpages. Each unit in this list should end with a full-stop. The units should be presented as follows:
    • Rus, Veljko (1999): Vrednote zaposlenih do dela in do družbe. Družboslovne razprave, XV (30–31): 113–133.
    • D’Andrade, Roy (1995): A Folk Model of the Mind. In D. Holland and N. Quinn (eds.): Cultural Models in Language and Thought: 112–151. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    • Lamont, Michele, and Fournier, Marcel (eds.) (1992): Cultivating Differences: Symbolic Boundaries and the Making of Inequality. Chicago, London: The University of Chicago Press.
    • Le Goff, Jacques (1999): Medieval Civilization. Oxford, Cambridge: Blackwell.
    • Garton, Luis, et al. (1997): Studying Online Social Networks. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 3 (1). Available from: (Accessed 20.5.2001).
    • Laurenti, Jeffery (1998): The New U. N. Assessment Scale and Analysis of the Rate Revisions Adopted by the 52nd United Nations General Assembly. Available from: (Accessed 9.12.2004).
    • United Nations peacekeeping. Available from: (Accessed 28.2.2006).
    • Colbert, Stephen (2005): The Word – Truthiness. The Colbert Report. Comedy Central, 17.10.2005. Available from:—truthiness (Accessed 13.10.2020).
    • McAuliffe, Cameron (2015): Graffiti Sessions: The Art and Justice of Sociable Cities. Graffiti Dialogues. YouTube, 15.1.2015. Available from: (Accessed 13.10.2020).
    • If a reference has more than two authors, only the first author is mentioned in the text, e.g. (Stankovič et al. 1999). In the section “Bibliography and Sources”, list all authors if the work has up to and including 5 authors. If the work has more than 5 authors, state only the first one, e.g.:
    • Hlebec, Valentina, et al. (2012): Medgeneracijska solidarnost v Sloveniji. Ljubljana: FDV.
  1. Authors should explicitly state whether their paper is based on research or archival data.
  2. When writing in English and citing, use “double quotation marks” (not “these”, not »these«, not „these”), and ‘single quotation marks’ when there is a quote within a quote or a ‘scare’ quote.
  3. Longer quotations (more than 40 words) should be written in a separate indented paragraph in a smaller size font and without quotation marks.
  4. The author should obtain permission to use any copyright materials in the article. The permission should be properly acknowledged in the article.
  5. Published papers become the material copyright of the Journal’s publisher.
  6. The author does not have to pay for the publishing of accepted articles. Upon publishing, each author and each reviewer receive one copy of the Social Science Forum. No fee is paid for papers; a fee for translations and reviews is paid if previously agreed.

Please read also: Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

Guidelines for short scientific articles

Short scientific articles are original scientific articles, in which some of the elements of the IMRAD scheme may be omitted. They briefly summarises the findings of a completed original research work or a research work in progress. Also included in this category are mini reviews and preliminary publications, if they have the characteristics of a scientific article.

Data articles that do comply with the criteria to be classified into type 1.01 or 1.02 are classified into this type. A data article is the first publication of original research data in such a form that a research can be repeated and findings checked. The description of the research is published in a journal, whereas data is available at a permalink. It must be published in a scientific journal with a peer-review system.

Also editorials in topical issues of journals are classified into this type if they have a clearly distinguishable discussion, conclusion or review part, summarize and define a topic or research problem in detail, contain a short analysis of research achievements of articles published in a special issue or a topical part, include a notes and bibliography system and are peer-reviewed in the same way as scientific articles.

Conference contributions, even if published in a scientific journal, are not classified into this type, with the exception of articles, written after the conference upon the journal’s editorial board’s invitation for a regular issue of the journal, and accepted for publication according to the same peer-review rules and procedures as other articles published in the regular issue of the journal, that comply with the definition of short scientific article.

Short conference contributions, even if published in a scientific journal, are not classified into this type, nor are  commentaries to articles (e.g. in the form of a letter to the editor), except in cases when they also contain the author’s own research findings and comply with the definition of schort scientific article.

Social Science Forum welcomes short scientific articles, which should be between 2.500 and 4.000 words in length.


Research Data

Open access to research data adds to the transparency of findings and makes them easier to verify. Open data principles also make it possible for the data collected to be considered as a scientific output. Finally, such access gives researchers the possibility of reusing data generated by previous projects for new research.

Social Science Forum follows the principles of open access to data and supports the following practices:

  • Authors are encouraged to provide open access to research data arising from their research and used in papers published in Social Science Forum.
  • We encourage authors to publish their research data in data repositories, centres or archives according to relevant legislation and professional ethical criteria.
  • Authors are advised to choose a trusted discipline-specific repository for the publication of their research data; the repository should offer varying access regimes for different types of (non-)sensitive data. These include, for example, open access, access upon registration, access for research purposes, access under secure conditions (via a secure connection or in a secure room).
  • Authors are advised to make the data they are referring to available to editors and reviewers when submitting an article for review, and to the public upon publication of their article in Social Science Forum.

In line with the Slovenian open access policy, we recommend publishing in the following repositories: the Social Science Data Archive, the University of Ljubljana’s Repository, a foreign repository according to the funder’s requirements, or Zenodo. Should these be found unsuitable, you can use the Register of Research Data Repositories to find an appropriate repository.

Authors who use existing data sources in their papers should always cite such sources appropriately in line with Social Science Forum’s Instructions for Authors, and the citation information for open access research data provided by the repository or archive where the data are available.

In the double-blind peer-review process, reviewers will only be provided links to research data if the specific repository ensures anonymous or blind access.

In case of further questions, authors are encouraged to contact the Social Science Data Archive (, which is also the initiator of the above guidelines aimed at establishing, implementing and maintaining the FAIR data management principles.