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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.
  • The text is 1.15-spaced; uses a 11-point font; 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.
  • Permission are obtained for the material borrowed from another source such as (Figures, Tables, Photographs, etc.) and the original source is cited properly.
  • The author(s) are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes
  • Please enter Names and E-mails of three potential reviewers in the box "Comments for the Editor" below.
  • By uploading my work to this journal, I am aware that the Authors retain copyright and grant the journal the right of first publication.

Author Guidelines

The template with basic instructions and guidelines for preparing the manuscript for Defense and Security Studies can be downloaded from the following link after logging in: Template and Instructions for Authors.

A title should be the fewest possible words that accurately describe the content of the paper (Center, Bold, 16pt)


First Author1*, Second Author2, Third Author1 (11 pt)

1 Department, University #1 (9 pt)

2 Department, University #2 (9 pt)


*Corresponding author:

© The Author


Published by



These instructions give you basic guidelines for preparing papers for DSS journal. A concise and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results, and major conclusions. The style and basic layout of your paper should look something like this document. The text of the abstract and whole manuscript should be in Times New Roman font style, 11-pt.


Keywords: First keyword; Second keyword; Third keyword; Fourth keyword; Fifth keyword

Preparation (11 PT)

Use of word-processing software

It is important that the file is saved in the native format of the word processor used. The text should be in single-column format. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. To avoid unnecessary errors, you are strongly advised to use the 'spell-check' and 'grammar-check' functions of your word processor. Prepare your paper in A4 format, use the A4 settings.

Times New Roman 11-pt, is the preferred font with 1.15 spacing.

Margins: top = 1 inch, bottom = 1 inch, sides = 0.75 inch, single column.

Author names and affiliations

Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.

Online submission

Online submission is required, thus authors should be registered in the OJS publishing system.

Text heading (11 PT)

The primary text heading should be numbered by 1., 2., ... and should be in 11-pt., bold, flush left with margin. The spacing from text to the next heading is one line.

Subdivision - numbered sections

Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc. and should be in 11-pt., bold, upper and lower case letters. The heading is flush left with margin. (the abstract is not included in section numbering). Use this numbering also for internal cross-referencing: do not just refer to 'the text'. Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.

Article structure (11 PT)


State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.

Material and methods

Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described.


A Theory section should extend, not repeat, the background to the article already dealt with in the Introduction and lay the foundation for further work. In contrast, a Calculation section represents a practical development from a theoretical basis.


The results should be clear and concise.


This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.


The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of a Discussion or Results and Discussion section.


If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc.

Figures, Tables, Equations, etc. (11 PT)

All figures, tables, and photos must be clear and sharp. The examples of figure and table numbering and titling are given below.

Figure 1. This is Times new roman font, 11-pt

Table captions place above the table.

Table 1. Times new roman font, 11-pt


Speed (rpm)

Power (kW)










Position figures and tables at the tops and bottoms of columns.  Avoid placing them in the middle of the columns. Large figures and tables may span across both columns. Figure captions should be center-aligned below the figures; table captions should be center-aligned above the table. Avoid placing figures and tables before their first mention in the text. Use the abbreviation “Fig. 1,” even at the beginning of a sentence.

Figure axis labels are often a source of confusion. Use words rather than symbols.


Number equations consecutively with equation numbers in parentheses flush with the right margin, as in (1). To make your equations more compact, you may use the solidus ( / ), the exp function, or appropriate exponents. Punctuate equations with commas or periods when they are part of a sentence, as in

                                                                a + b = c                                                                  (1)

Symbols in your equation should be defined before the equation appears or immediately following. Use “(1),” not “Eq. (1)” or “equation (1),” except at the beginning of a sentence: “Equation (1) is …”


The reference list should be in 11-pt., Times New Roman font normal. The IEEE citation style is preferred. Number the citations consecutively in square brackets [1]. Punctuation follows the bracket, or for more references or by [1], [2], [5]. Refer simply to the reference number, as in [3].  Use “Ref. [3]” or “Reference [3]” at the beginning of a sentence: “Reference [3] was the first …”

Number footnotes separately in superscripts.  Place the actual footnote at the bottom of the column in which it was cited.  Do not put footnotes in the reference list.

Papers that have not been published, even if they have been submitted for publication, should be cited as “unpublished” [4]. Papers that have been accepted for publication should be cited as “in the press” [5]. In a paper title, capitalize the first word and all other words except for conjunctions, prepositions less than seven letters, and prepositional phrases.

For papers published in translated journals, first, give the English citation, then the original foreign-language citation [6].

Abbreviations and acronyms

Define abbreviations and acronyms the first time they are used in the text, even if they have been defined in the abstract. Abbreviations such as IEEE, SI, MKS, CGS, ac, dc, and rms do not have to be defined. Do not use abbreviations in the title unless they are unavoidable.

Acknowledgements (11 PT) (Optional)

Collate acknowledgments in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research.

References (11 PT)

The main references are international journals and proceedings. All references should be to the most pertinent and up-to-date sources. References are written in the IEE style. Please use a consistent format for references – see examples below (11 pt):

Journal article examples

[1] B. Duraković and S. Mešetović, "Thermal Performances of Glazed Energy Storage Systems with Various Storage Materials: An Experimental study," Sustainable Cities and Society, vol. 45, no. February, pp. 422-430, 2019.

[2] B. Durakovic and M. Torlak, "Experimental and numerical study of a PCM window model as a thermal energy storage unit," International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies, vol. 12, no. 3, p. 272–280, 2017.

[3] B. Durakovic, "Design of Experiments Application, Concepts, Examples: State of the Art," Periodicals of Engineering and Natural Sconces, vol. 5, no. 3, p. 421‒439, 2017.

[4] B. Durakovic and H. Basic, "Continuous Quality Improvement in Textile Processing by Statistical Process Control Tools: A Case Study of Medium-Sized Company," Periodicals of Engineering and Natural Sciences, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 39-46, 2013.

[5] B. Durakovic, "Design for Additive Manufacturing: Benefits, Trends and Challenges," Periodicals of Engineering and Natural Sciences, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 179-191, 2018.

[6] B. Durakovic and M. Torlak, "Simulation and experimental validation of phase change material and water used as heat storage medium in window applications,". J. of Mater. and Environ Sci., vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 1837-1746, 2017.

[7] B. Durakovic, R. Demir, K. Abat and C. Emek, "Lean Manufacturing: Trends and Implementation Issues," Periodicals of Engineering and Natural Sciences, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 130-143, 2018.

[8] R. Palalic and B. Durakovic, "Does Transformational Leadership Matters in Gazelles and Mice: Evidence from Bosnia and Herzegovina?," International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 289-308, 2018.

[9] R. Palalic, B. Durakovic, A. Brankovic, and O. Ridic, "Students' Entrepreneurial Orientation Intention, Business Environment, and Networking: Insights from Bosnia and Herzegovina," International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 240-255, 2016.

Article in press

[10] Benjamin Durakovic, Gokhan Yildiz, Mohamed E. Yahia, "Comparative performance evaluation of conventional and renewable thermal insulation materials used in building envelops, "Tehnički vjesnik -Technical Gazette, (in press).

Proceedings example

[11] B. Durakovic, H. Basic and H. Muhic, "The Interrelationships between Quality Management Practices and Their Effects on Innovation Performances," in Trends in The Development of Machinery and Associated Technology TMT 2014, Budapest, 2014.

Book example

[12] B. Durakovic, PCM-Based Building Envelope Systems: Innovative Energy Solutions for Passive Design, Cham: Springer Nature Switzerland AG, 2020.


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