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Instructions to Authors

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The journal Zastita materijala/Materials protection publishes original papers that have not been published previously: scientific papers, preliminary communications and review articles.

Contributing authors from countries other than Serbia should submit their manuscripts in English only. The Journal is issued four times a year. A special issue of the journal, with a particular theme and guest editor, may be published during the year.

The papers should cover topics in one of the following areas: corrosion and protection of materials, environmental protection, applications in environmental engineering and technologies, chemical engineering, applied chemistry and technology, management, sustainable development, education for sustainability.


Manuscript submission

By submitting a manuscript authors warrant that their contribution to the Journal is submitted content is their original work that has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review or thesis); that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; and that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities at the institution where the work was carried out.

Original articles, review papers, suggestions and commercials (advertising) should be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief at one (only one) of the following e-mail addresses:  or    or

Manuscripts are be pre-evaluated at the Editorial Office (as a preliminary condition for acceptance) in order to check whether they meet the basic publishing requirements and quality standards. They are also screened for plagiarism.

The author(s) is responsible for the accuracy of the paper and references. Authors will be notified by email upon receiving their submission. Only those contributions which conform to the following instructions can be accepted for peer-review. Otherwise, the manuscripts shall be returned to the authors with observations, comments and annotations.


Peer review

The submitted papers are subject to a peer review process. The reviewers’ identities are not disclosed to the authors (single-blind procedure).

When submitting a paper, authors shall also propose potential reviewers.

A minimum of two suitable potential reviewers should be provided by the authors. Please provide their name, e-mail address and institutional affiliation. When compiling the list of potential reviewers please consider the following important criteria: they must be knowledgeable about the subject area of the manuscript; they must not be from the authors’ own institution; they should not have recent joint publications with any of the authors. However, the final choice of reviewers is at the editors’ discretion.

In the main review phase, the Editor-in-Chief sends submitted papers to two experts in the field. The reviewers’ evaluation form contains a checklist in order to help referees cover all aspects that can decide the fate of a submission. In the final section of the evaluation form, the reviewers must include observations and suggestions aimed at improving the submitted manuscript; these are sent to authors, without the names of the reviewers.

All of the reviewers of a paper remain anonymous to the authors and act independently before, during and after the evaluation process. They have different affiliations, are usually located in different countries, and are not aware of each other’s identities. If the decisions of the two reviewers are not the same (accept/reject), the Editor-in-Chief may assign additional reviewers.


Legal requirements and Ethics in publishing

The author(s) guarantee(s) that the manuscript is/will not be published elsewhere in any language without the consent of the copyright holders, that the rights of third parties will not be violated, and that the publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.

Authors wishing to include figures or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright holder(s) and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

The authors are exclusively responsible for the contents of their submissions, the validity of the experimental results and must make sure that they have permission from all involved parties to make the data public.

It is the responsibility of each author to ensure that papers submitted to the journal Materials Protection are written with ethical standards in mind, concerning plagiarism.

Please note that all submissions are thoroughly checked for plagiarism. If an attempt at plagiarism is found in a published paper, the authors will be asked to issue a written apology to the authors of the original material. Any paper which shows obvious signs of plagiarism will be automatically rejected and will be banned for a duration publishing in the journal Materials Protection. The authors will receive proper notification if such a situation arises.

Plagiarism, where someone assumes another’s ideas, words, or other creative expression as one’s own, is a clear violation of scientific ethics. Plagiarism may also involve a violation of copyright law, punishable by legal action.

Plagiarism may constitute the following:

  • Word for word, or almost word for word copying, or purposely paraphrasing portions of another author’s work without clearly indicating the source or marking the copied fragment (for example, using quotation marks);
  • Copying equations, figures or tables from someone else’s paper without properly citing the source and/or without permission from the original author or the copyright holder.
  • Publication of the results of another author’s as well as personal.


The Editorial Board of the journal Materials Protection will place any plagiarism-related investigation at high priority and will take appropriate action as needed. Any manuscript with detected plagiarism and self-plagiarism will be rejected, without any right of reply or negotiation.


Article Retraction

The editor is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal will be published. The editor is guided by the policies of the journal’s editorial board and constrained by legal requirements in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. Articles that have been published shall remain extant, exact and unaltered as long as it is possible. However, very occasionally, circumstances may arise where an article is published that must later be retracted. The main reason for withdrawal or retraction is to correct the mistake while preserving the integrity of science; it is not to punish the author.

Legal limitations of the publisher, copyright holder or author(s), infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submissions, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like require retraction of an article. Occasionally a retraction can be used to correct errors in submission or publication. Standards for dealing with retractions have been developed by a number of library and scholarly bodies, and this practice has been adopted for article retraction by Materials Protection: In the electronic version of the retraction note, a link is made to the original article. In the electronic version of the original article, a link is made to the retraction note where it is clearly stated that the article has been retracted. The original article is retained unchanged; save for a watermark on the PDF indicating on each page that it is “retracted.”


Self-archiving Policy

The journal Materials Protection allows authors to deposit Author’s Post-print (accepted version) and Publisher’s version/PDF in an institutional repository and non-commercial subject-based repositories, such as PubMed Central, Europe PMC or arXiv, or to publish it on Author’s personal website and departmental website, at any time after publication. Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged and a link must be made to the article’s DOI.



Articles published in the journal Materials Protection will be Open-Access articles distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 Serbia (


Manuscript preparation

Authors must follow the instructions for authors strictly, failing which the manuscripts would be rejected without review. Editor reserves the right to adjust the formatting style to conform to the standards of the journal. The text layout should be in single-column format. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. Most formatting codes will be removed and replaced on processing the manuscript. However, do use bold face, italics, subscripts, superscripts etc. The manuscript should be written in Microsoft Word format.doc, font Arial with 1.5 spacing. On the pages of the manuscript size A4 margins should be: top and bottom 3 cm, left and right 2.2 cm.  Add the line numbering and page numbers.

The complete manuscript should contain the title, abstract, keywords, introduction, experimental part, results, discussion, conclusion, references, drawings, tables and pictures. Mark the position of figures and tables in the text. Each figure must have a title below the figure and each table must have a title above the table. Figure and table captions should be listed at the end of the manuscript.

To avoid unnecessary errors, it is strongly advised to use the “spell-check” and “grammar-check” functions of your word processor.

Title should be clear, not too long but explanatory (no more than 15 words; Arial bold, all caps, 14 points). The full name(s) of the author(s) (first name, then last name, in Arial bold 12 points) should be written below the title. The affiliation(s) and complete postal address(es) of the author(s) should be provided immediately after the full name of the authors and written with Arial 11 points. When the paper has more than one author, their names should be followed by a mark (Arabic numeral) as superscript; for the corresponding author, an asterisk symbol should be added using Word_Insert_Reference_Footnote_Symbol sequence. Also, the full and e-mail addresses of the corresponding author should be provided in the footer of the first page.

Abstract, not exceeding 250 words (10-15 lines), written in Arial, 11 points, italic, should contain a short review of the method and the most important results of work, so that its original text can be used in referential periodicals and databases. Do not include citations in the Abstract.

Keywords (concepts, locations, results) written with Arial 11 points, italic, are listed in a separate line at the end of the abstract. Keywords should be relevant to the topic and content of the paper. An accurate list of keywords will ensure correct indexing of the paper in referential periodicals and databases.

Introduction, written in Arial, 12 points, should include the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.

Experimental, written in Arial, 12 points – 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.

Results and Discussion written in Arial, 12 points, should not contain what has been already explained by tables and figures. Results should be clear and concise. Discussion should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.

Conclusion written in Arial 12 points should contain only essential contributions made to science. The main conclusions drawn from results should be presented. Do not include citations in this section.

Formulae, symbols and abbreviations. Formulae will be typeset in Italics (preferably with the Equation Editor of Microsoft Office 2003) and should be written or marked as such in the manuscript, unless they require a different styling. The formulae should be numbered on the right side, between brackets:

a3 = 3M / 4N                                                                                           (1)

Always refer in the text to the Equations as (Eq. 1), Eqs. (1-4) etc.
Complex Chemical Formulae should be presented as Figures.

Abbreviations should be defined when first mentioned in the abstract and in the main body of the text and ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article.

Tables and figures should essentially contribute to better understanding and interpretation of the results. Photos, drawings and other illustrations should be clear and of good quality. The acceptable image formats include:

  • TIFF (or JPEG): Color or grayscale photographs (halftones), keep to a minimum of 300 dpi.
  • TIFF (or JPEG): Bitmapped (pure black & white pixels) line drawings, keep to a minimum of 1000 dpi.
  • TIFF (or JPEG): Combinations bitmapped line/half-tone (color or grayscale), keep to a minimum of 500 dpi.


Please do not:

  •   Supply files that are optimized for screen use (e.g., GIF, BMP, PICT, WPG);     these typically have a low number of pixels and limited set of colors;
  •   Supply files that are too low in resolution;
  •   Submit graphics that are disproportionately large for the content.

Table and Figure titles, should accompany the manuscript and should not be inserted in the text. Illustrations should be labeled “Fig.”, (Fig.1), and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals in the order in which they are referred to in the text.

Places for tables and figures should be clearly indicated in the manuscript.

Each figure must have a title below the figure and each table must have a title above the table. Figure and table captions should be listed at the end of the manuscript.

Acknowledgements. Include acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references.

References. The list of References should only include works that are cited in the text. References are listed in the order in which they appear in the text. Citation in the text is done by specifying the number of references in square brackets, in the original language. Papers which have been accepted for publication should be included in the list of references with the name of the journal and the specification “in press”.

Examples of citations are given below:

Journal papers: [1]  I.Ilić, M.Sokić, N.Vučković, V.Matković (2005) Electrochemical process of obtaining glucose, Tehnika, 56(3), 9-14.

Nonscientific Magazines and Newspapers: [1] S. Petrović, The Washington Post,Oct 4, 2005, p. 6

Books: [1] M.Jaić, R.Živanović-Trbojević (2000) Wood finishing, Technical Press, Belgrade.

Recommended formats for CD-ROM and DVD books: [1] M.Petrović (2002) General Chemistry [CD-ROM];  Nolit, Belgrade.

[2] G.Jakšić (2002)  Analytical Chemistry [DVD];  Nolit, Belgrade.

Chapter in the Books: [1] M.Stojanovic, C.Lacnjevac, Z.Lopičic (2012) Corrosion and Corrosion Behavior of depleted uranium, book Corrosion and Protection of Materials,  ITNMS, Belgrade, p. 223-281.

Symposium/Congress: [1] M.Petrović, M.Stojanović, M.Mihajlović (2013) 16. YUCORR, june 12-16, Tara, Serbia, proceedings, p.235-242.

[1] M.Pavić, K.Stojanović, M.Mihić (2013) 16. YUCORR, june 12.-16, Tara, Serbia [CD-ROM];

Theses: [1] S. Petrović, Modelling transport polluting substances into alluvial sediments of the Danube River, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Novi Sad, june 2011.

Patents: [1] P.Wait (1989), Device for Elementary Analyses. USA Patent, No. 123456.

Text from the Web site: [1] M.Arslanagić, S.Kandic – Maglajlić (2011) Manual for the source of scientific papers ( /manual_economic_web.pdf, 01.12.2013.)

[1] International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, ( April 24, 2005).

Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa).




  • Review and publications are free of charge.
  • The authors will be provided with a .pdf file containing the paper, via e-mail, free of charge. A hard copy of the journal issue is sent to the corresponding author for free.
  • Copies of papers available on the website of the journal can be used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 Serbia (


Editorial Board




Copyright Transfer Agreement

– Zastita materijala / Materials Protection-

ISSN 0351-9465; E-ISSN 2466-2585


The copyright to  (Manuscript title): …………………………………………..…………………………………….…………………..


(hence forward referred to as the Manuscript)


By the author(s):  ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….


(hence forward referred  to as the Author(s))


including all tables, illustrations and other materials that are part of the manuscript, to be published in the journal ”Materials Protection”, that the ink is distributed in all forms and media, and to state the name of the journal Materials Protection as a place where manuscript published for the first time in the event of re-use.

Authors retain copyright in connection with the manuscript and the journal are not transferred rights relating to patents, trademarks or other forms of intellectual property. The paper will be distributed in accordance with the license Creative Commons Autorstvo 4.0 International (CC BY).

User rights

The publisher will apply the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY) to the Article where it publishes the Article in the journal on its online platforms on Open Access basis and the printed version.

It is permitted to copy and distribute the work in all media and formats to be processed, changes and upgrades for any purpose, including commercial, provided it is properly cited by the journal ”Materials Protection ” as the place where the work originally published for the first time, citing his original authors, put a link to the original license and indicate whether the work has changed. Detailed information about the license:


Copyright Notice

The publisher shall publish and distribute the Article with the appropriate copyright notice.

Upon receiving the proofs, the Author(s) agree to promptly check the proofs carefully, correct any typographical errors, and authorize the publication of the corrected proofs.

The Corresponding author agrees to inform his/her co-authors, of any of the above terms.


Signature Date



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