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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 submitted before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • REJECTION CONDITION - I understand that, as the corresponding author, I am obligated to enter the names of all other authors, their e-mails, affiliation, bio-statement, country and scientific interests during step 3. Enter Metadata of this form. Failure to do so will result in an IMMEDIATE REJECTION of the submission.

Author Guidelines

The submission of a paper is considered as author's guarantee that the paper had not been published before and that its publishing does not violate the copyright laws. Any paper that had been presented at a symposium or a conference and published in full in the Proceedings in printed or electronic form are regarded as published papers. The author(s) must indicate if their paper has been posted on a "working paper" website other than their own. On acceptance, the text, or any link to full text, must be removed from the "working paper" website other than the author's own website.

The papers shall be accepted for publishing only after the author has modified the paper in compliance with the reviewers' and editorial's remarks. The author shall be responsible for all the data presented in the published paper.

The paper shall be submitted at http://traffic.fpz.hr. The paper shall be uploaded in English, leaving out the data about the author(s). Author information (metadata) should be entered during paper submission. If another author becomes involved while the paper review process is ongoing, the original authors can acknowledge him or her in the appropriate section of the paper (Acknowledgements).

After the paper is accepted for publishing, the author(s) shall be asked to submit author information (name, level of education, e.g. B.Sc./M.Sc./Ph.D., affiliation and address), the title, abstract and key words in the native tongue of the first author which will be included in the published version. When we started publishing our journal in English, we thought that this little detail was very interesting in order to visually highlight the internationality of the journal as well as to contribute to preserving the diversity of languages in the world.

Starting from January 1st, 2020, the publishing fee will be EUR 480 plus VAT 25%, totalling EUR 600 (HRK 3,200 plus VAT 25%, totalling HRK 4,000). If the payer is a company or institution then the invoice will be issued to the amount of EUR 480 (taxable legal entities are subject to a reverse-charge). All Croatian based payers must cover the VAT cost. Feel free to contact the publishing office for more information.

Preparation of the paper

Paper template (docx)



The abstract shall contain up to 200 words in a single paragraph. It shall provide the reader with brief information on the background, purpose and objective of the research, methodology, achieved results and conclusions. No figure numbers, table numbers, references or mathematical expressions should be included. Do not use symbols or special characters. Uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential, they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.


keyword 1; keyword 2; keyword 3; …; keyword 6.


The text shall be grammatically correct, free of spelling mistakes, and divided into clearly defined and numbered sections (introduction, methodology, results, discussion and conclusion). The Abstract, Acknowledgement and References are not included in section numbering.

Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. Do not use cross-reference fields.

To avoid unnecessary errors, you are strongly advised to use the ‘spell-check’ and ‘grammar-check’ functions.

The text shall be written in a single column with 2.5 cm margins and single line spacing, in Times New Roman font, size 12 pt for body text, 16 pt for paper title, 14 pt for numbered section titles, 10 pt for figure and table captions and table text. All body text paragraphs shall be indented. Use a blank row to separate titles and body text, rather than before and after line spacing.

The manuscript (including figures, tables and references) shall be limited to 15 pages. Do not change the font sizes or line spacing to squeeze more text into a limited number of pages. The pages must be numbered.

Use italics for emphasis; do not use underline or bold. Use a dash for bulleted lists. Use the dot as a multiplication sign except in the Cartesian/vector/tensor product or in presenting geometric dimensions.

A note for those authors who are not native English speakers: years are not followed by a period; thousands, millions, etc. are separated by a comma (2,340,532); milliards are designated as bn (billion); decimal numbers are written with a period (1.45).



The title shall be concise and informative and describe, in as few words as possible, the content of the paper. It shall be understandable for subsequent processing of the paper in indexes and abstracts, where the title is the basis for the classification into scientific areas and fields.

Avoid abbreviations and equations.

Avoid using phrases such as “Investigation of …”; “Study of …”; Analysis of …”; …


The abstract is a concise preview of the entire paper in a single paragraph. It shall provide the reader with brief information on the background, purpose and objective of the research, methodology, achieved results and conclusions.


Provide a maximum of 6 keywords, avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, ‘and’, ‘of’). Keywords shall not contain abbreviations unless they are abbreviations that are firmly established in the field.

Keywords shall provide the reader with an at-a-glance identification of the research purpose and subject and will be used for indexing purposes.


The introduction shall contain clearly described research objectives and provide an adequate background. It should provide the reader with the possibility of understanding and evaluating the author’s ideas, procedures, and results. Through a concise overview of general research, the author shall introduce the reader to the studied subject.


Provide sufficient details so that the work can be reproduced by an independent researcher. Already published methods should be summarized and indicated by a reference.


The research results should be clear and concise, supported by tables, figures, and other illustrations relevant to the field of research.


Through discussion, the author elaborates and comments on the values of the obtained results and their significance. The discussion 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.


In the conclusion, the author presents briefly and clearly the scientific claims regarding the studied subject and makes recommendations for possible further research.


This is a place to thank someone for their help, be it financial, technical, or any other form of official support. It is not intended for expressing gratitude to reviewers or editorial staff.


Every reference cited in the text shall be present in the reference list. Make your references current and relevant. Unpublished results and personal correspondence are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. Citing a reference as ‘in press’ implies that the item has been accepted for publication.


3.1 Numbered headings

Section headings (1st level headings) shall be written in all capital and bold letters, size 14 pt, numbered with Arabic numerals and placed in a separate line at the left-hand margin. Use as few words as possible. There must always be at least two sentences between headers of different levels.

Subsection headings (2nd level headings) shall be written in bold letters, size 12 pt, numbered with Arabic numerals and placed in a separate line at the left-hand margin. Keep it short and concise. Capitalize only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns, which include the names of brands, products, and services.

If there is a need for a 3rd level heading, use italics, size 12 pt, no numeration, and place it in a separate line. Keep it short and concise.

3.2 Figures

Figures shall be placed centered, next to the relevant text in the manuscript. They must be accompanied by a caption and numbered. The figure caption shall be placed below the figure. Keep it short and concise.

Figure 1 – Example of figure caption

Color figures must be understandable and clear if reproduced in black-and-white (grayscale). Internet contributions should be avoided because of poor print quality.

Preferred formats are .tiff and .jpeg with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

Do not put borders around the outside of figures.

Reference to a figure in the text shall be written in italics, size 10, using the following formats: Figure 1, Figures 2 and 3, Figures 4-6, Figure 7a, Figures 8a and 8b, Figures 9a-9c.

3.3 Tables

Tables shall be placed next to the relevant text in the manuscript and aligned left. They must be accompanied by a caption and numbered. The table caption shall be placed above the table. Keep it short and concise.

Table 1 – Example of table caption

Use font size 10 pt in tables. Apply a single line for all borders (inside and outside). Please avoid using shading in table cells. Use italics for emphasis rather than bold.

Any table notes shall be placed below the table body in italics, size 10.

Tables shall be submitted as editable text, not as images. Do not split tables into separate parts.

Reference to a table in the text shall be written in italics, size 10, using the following formats: Table 1, Tables 2 and 3, Tables 4-6.

3.4 Math equations

Math equations shall be submitted as editable text, not as images. Use the MS Word equation editor to create the equation.

Number equations with numbers in parentheses, e.g., (1). Do not use punctuation after numbered equations.

Symbols are to be presented in italics and defined immediately after the equation. For vectors, lowercase bold letters are allowed. Do not duplicate the symbol description when it is used repeatedly in two or more equations.

Use the dot as a multiplication sign.

Reference to an equation in the text shall be written in italics, size 10, using the following formats: Equation 1, Equations 2 and 3, Equations 4-6.

3.5 Units

The use of SI units and their standard symbols and abbreviations is encouraged. Put unit symbols in figures, tables, and descriptions of equation symbols into square brackets, i.e., [m/s]. A space should always be inserted between a number and the unit, except for the degree symbol.

Do not mix full spellings and abbreviations of units. Be consistent in using unit symbols throughout your paper.

To avoid confusion with math symbols, do not italicize unit symbols.

3.6 References

Make your references current and relevant. Your literature review should take into consideration the current state of the literature.

References shall be listed in the order in which they appear in the text, at the end of the paper, and numbered with numerals in square brackets.

Capitalize only the first word in a paper/book/report/thesis/website title, except for proper nouns and element symbols. Capitalize all words in the journal title.

In sentences, refer to the reference number, e.g., [1], [2, 3, 6, 12], [7-11].

When copying references, please be careful as they may already contain errors.

The use of the DOI is highly encouraged.

Punctuation and spacing in the reference list are very important, please follow them strictly.

More details on how to write your reference list and bibliography can be found at:


Examples of most used forms of references

Journal Article: Print

[1] Batarlienė N, Šakalys R. Criteria impacting synchronization of transport flows along international transport corridor. Promet – Traffic&Transportation. 2020;32(3): 399-08.

Journal Article: online / electronic

[2] Wang F, Maidment G, Missenden J, Tozer R. The novel use of phase change materials in refrigeration plant. Part 1: Experimental investigation. Applied Thermal Engineering. 2007;27(17-18): 2893-2901. Available from: DOI:10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2005.06.011

Conference Proceeding

[3] Wittke M. Design, construction, supervision and long-term behaviour of tunnels in swelling rock. In: Van Cotthem A, Charlier R, Thimus J-F, Tshibangu J-P. (eds.) Eurock 2006: Multiphysics coupling and long term behaviour in rock mechanics: Proceedings of the International Symposium of the International Society for Rock Mechanics, EUROCK 2006, 9-12 May 2006, Liège, Belgium. London: Taylor & Francis; 2006. p. 211-216.

Book: print

[4] Simons NE, Menzies B, Matthews M. A short course in soil and rock slope engineering. London: Thomas Telford Publishing; 2001.

Book: online / electronic

[5] Simons NE, Menzies B, Matthews M. A short course in soil and rock slope engineering. London, UK: Thomas Telford Publishing; 2001. Available from: http://www.myilibrary.com?ID=93941 [Accessed 18th June 2015].

Chapter in an Edited Book

[6] Partridge H, Hallam G. Evidence-based practice and information literacy. In: Lipu S, Williamson K, Lloyd A. (eds.) Exploring methods in information literacy research. Wagga Wagga, Australia: Centre for Information Studies; 2007. p. 149-170.


[7] Leckenby RJ. Dynamic characterisation and fluid flow modelling of fractured reservoirs. PhD thesis. Imperial College London; 2005.


[8] Leatherwood S. Whales, dolphins, and porpoises of the western North Atlantic. U.S. Dept. of Commerce. Report number: 63, 2001.

Annual Report

[9] Chevron Corporation. Annual Report. 2006. Available from: http://www.chevron.com/documents/pdf/annualreport/Chevron2006AnnualReport_full.pdf [Accessed: May 12th 2012].

Acts of Parliament

[10] Great Britain. Climate Change Act 2008: Elizabeth II. Chapter 27. London: The Stationery Office; 2008.

Non-English Reference / Translated Works

[11] Matišić A, Granić R. [Distribution costs of transportation of passengers in urban and suburban traffic]. Ekonomika prometa. 2012;25(4): 296-302. Croatian

Re: A title written in square brackets indicates that it is not listed in the original language.

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