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The Proceedings of the Islamic Pedagogical Faculty in Zenica, launched in 2003, is an international double blind peer-reviewed journal aiming to develop knowledge, promote and facilitate academic exchange in various areas of interest within humanities and social sciences, among which the most common have been: social research, religious sciences, Islamic thought and civilization, language and literature, early education theory and practice and religious education. The Proceedings publishes one issue per year, in December.

This journal publishes only original contributions and those that are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Theoretical, empirical and review articles of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of the Proceedings are considered for publication. Furthermore, book reviews are also published in the Proceedings.

All manuscripts should follow the journal author guidelines, and they are sent only in electronic form (Microsoft word) at: ipfzbornik@gmail.com

Manuscripts might be rejected without review should the Editorial Board deem them not suitable for publication in the Proceedings. Otherwise, they are reviewed by two peers of the same field, who eventually propose their classification into: original research papers, preliminary notes, review articles and professional papers.

The Proceedings does not charge a publication fee. Printing of the Proceedings is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Science through the support for scientific research at the University of Zenica.

The journal supports an open access approach, i.e. all its contents are freely available free of charge. Users are allowed to read, upload, copy, distribute, print, search and share links to full article texts without requesting an explicit permission either from the author or the publisher, with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.


The Articles published in the Proceedings of the Islamic Pedagogical Faculty in Zenica are abstracted and indexed in:




Prof. dr. Izet Pehlić, University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina



Religious sciences: prof. dr. Zuhdija Adilović, University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Islamic thought and civilization: prof. dr. Sedad Dizdarević, University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Religious education: prof. dr. Izet Pehlić, University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Social research: prof. dr. Edina Vejo, University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Early education theory and practice: prof. dr. Almira Isić-Imamović, University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Language and literature: doc. dr. Amina Pehlić, University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Editorial board

Prof. dr. Almira Isić-Imamović, University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Prof. dr. Anela Hasanagić, University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Prof. dr. Edina Vejo, University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Prof. dr. Lidija Vujičić, University of Rijeka, Croatia

Prof. dr. Mladen Vilotijević, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Prof. dr. Omer Spahić, International Islamic University, Malaysia

Prof. dr. Safet Bektović, Oslo University, Norway

Prof. dr. Sedad Dizdarević, University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Prof. dr. Vedad Spahić, University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Prof. dr. Zuhdija Adilović, University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Doc. dr. Amina Pehlić, University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Secretary of Editorial board

Eniz Patković, University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Advisory board

Academician Adila Pašalić-Kreso, Academy of Sciences and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina,

Academician Ferid Muhić, European Academy of Sciences, Macedonia,

Prof. dr. Ahmet Temel, Istanbul University, Turkey,

Prof. dr. Ali Afrooz, University of Teheran, Iran,

Prof. dr. Edgar Almen, Linköping University, Sweden

Prof. dr. Edita Slunjski, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Prof. dr. Emina Kopas-Vukašinović, University of Kragujevac, Serbia

Prof. dr. Izet Pajević, University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Prof. dr. Kamar Oniah Kamaruzaman, International Islamic University, Malaysia,

Prof. dr. Khosrow Bagheri Noaparast, University of Teheran, Iran

Prof. dr. Lino Veljak, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Prof. dr. Mejra Softić, University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Prof. dr. Mirko Blagojević, Institute of Social Research in Belgrade, Serbia

Prof. dr. Nusret Isanović, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Prof. dr. Oddbjørn Birger Leirvik, Oslo University, Norwey

Prof. dr. Safvet Hallilović, University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Prof. dr. Šefik Kurdić, University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Prof. dr. Šukrija Ramić, University of Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina



Islamic Pedagogical Faculty, University of Zenica

Juraja Neidharta 15

72 000 Zenica

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Email: ipfzbornik@gmail.com

Web: http://www.ipf.unze.ba/


ISSN 2637-1480 (Online)
ISSN 1840-4448 (Print)

Author guidelines


Proceedings of the Islamic Pedagogical Faculty in Zenica publishes papers in the fields of humanities and social sciences such as sociology, pedagogy, psychology, linguistics, religious sciences, etc. Contributions might be in Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian or English. They should be written in Word, Times New Roman 12, line spacing 1.5, normal margins, with the length of the papers ranging from 10 to 16 pages, but not exceeding 5 000 words or 30 000 characters.


The name and surname of the author(s) should be written in the upper left corner of the first page. Below it, the name of the institution where the author(s) work(s) and his/their email address(es) should be mentioned. The title should be centered, written in bold capital letters, Times New Roman 14, and it should be clear and relevant to the topic covered.


The title is followed by an abstract 500 to 750 characters long. The abstract as well as the title should be clear, and indicate the aim of the paper, theoretical and methodological framework, basic results and conclusions. After the abstract up to six key words, referring to the topic covered in the manuscript, should be specified. 


When different sections and subsections are made, they should be marked using three level headings, while the following font types should be used for section titles at different levels:


Times New Roman 12, Bold

Times New Roman 12, Number in bold, but the title in bold italic

Times New Roman 12, Number in regular but the title in italic


The list of references, pictures, tables and graphs are integral parts of the manuscripts. Pictures, tables and graphs should be numbered and include the title, while the source should be specified if they are taken from somebody else.


Formatting references in the text and reference list


APA style (http://www.apastyle.org/) is used to format references in the text and reference list. The sources should be named in the text, and not in the footnotes.  The reference should be in parentheses, and it should contain the author's surname, the year of publication, e.g. (Slatina, 2005) and the page number in case of direct citation, e.g. (Slatina, 2005, p. 188). If the reference was written by two authors, both of them should be named, e.g. (Hasanagić & Pehlić, 2000). When there are more than two and less than six authors, all the authors’ surnames are listed in parentheses after the first citation. In repeated citations the form “et al.” is used. In case a reference has six or more authors the form “et al.“ is used from the first citation. References are included every time like the first one, i.e. no expressions like “ibid“, “op. cit.”, “loc. cit.”  or similar are used. Authors are advised to use footnotes only to add a comment or to further elaborate on what is referred to in the text.


The list of references at the end of the article should be provided including full references for all the works mentioned in the text. It should be arranged alphabetically by authors’ surnames, and chronologically in case of more works by the same author. If more than one reference by the same author published in the same year is used, in order to differentiate between them, letter suffixes should be assigned to the year (a, b, c, etc.).  If there are several authors, in the reference list all authors are named, and the expression “et al.” is not used. When an article or a bibliographical record has a DOI number, it is included in the reference list. DOI numbers might be looked up at:  http://www.crossref.org/SimpleTextQuery/


The list of references should be arranged following the examples:

Book: Last name, initial(s). (Year). Title. Place: Publisher

e.g. Gudjons, H. (1994). Pedagogija – temeljna znanja. Zagreb: Educa.


Article in a journal: Last name, initial(s)., & Last name, initial(s). (Year). Article title. Journal title, Volume Number (issue or part number if needed), page numbers. Doi number if available.

e.g. Šućur, Z. (2000). Romi kao marginalna skupinaDruštvena istraživanja, 9 (2-3), 197-210.


Chapter in an edited book: author(s), (year), chapter title (not in italics), book editors, book title (in italics), page number range of the chapter, place of publication, publisher name.

e.g. Poljak, V. (1996). Kreiranje inovacijske škole. In H. Fainstein (Ed.), Pedagogija i hrvatsko školstvo (pp. 62-68). Zagreb: HPKZ.


Online sources: author(s), year of publication, page title (in italics), URL address.

e.g. Pašalić Kreso, A. (1999). Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Minority Inclusion and Majority Rules, The system of education in BiH as a paradigm of political violence on education, retrieved from http://www.tc.edu/cice/Issues/02.01/PDFs/21pasalickreso.pdf


Unpublished doctoral dissertation: Surname, X. (Year). Title of dissertation. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Name of institution, Location.


Published conference paper: Author of Paper, A., & Author of Paper, B. (Year, Month date). Title of paper. In A. Editor, B. Editor, & C. Editor, Title of published proceedings. Paper presented at Title of Conference: Subtitle of Conference, Location (inclusive page numbers). Place of publication: Publisher.


Other examples might be found at http://www.apastyle.org/


If the paper is written in Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian, the translation of the title, abstract and key words into English should be provided after the list of references. Similarly, if the paper is written in English, the translation of the title, abstract and key words into Bosnian, Serbian, or Croatian should be included.


To give emphasis to a word or phrase in the text, italics should be used, and not bolding or underlining. Bullets or dashes are used for listing. All pages should be numbered.


Since all papers undergo double blind review, authors are expected to exclude from the text and the reference list all information that might reveal their identity. In those references instead of their name they should write the following (Author, the year of publication), and if there are more authors (Author & Coauthor, the year of publication). If more than one paper by the author is published in the same year, letters should be added after the year of publication to differentiate between them. At the beginning of the reference list the same incomplete references are included, and they are completed later on, once the paper is accepted for publication.


All manuscripts have to be proofread by a native speaker or a professional proofreader to avoid mistakes related to spelling, grammar and writing style. The Editorial Board might also make some changes to adjust the papers to the rules of the Proceedings and the standards of the language in which the paper is written.


The papers prepared in accordance with these guidelines should be sent in electronic form (Microsoft Word) at: ipfzbornik@gmail.com. If not prepared following the guidelines, the papers are not taken into consideration and sent for review.



Book reviews

The length of book reviews should not exceed 2000 words. Local and foreign publications that were published less than two years ago (counting up to the day when the review is received) might be reviewed in the Proceedings. The first page should be formatted in the following way:


The name of the review's author (Times New Roman 12, bold, centered)

The institution where the author works

Email address (Times New Roman, 12, regular, centered)




  (Times New Roman 12, bold, centered, capital letters)


Authors conform to the regulations and standards stated in the Rulebook on Publication Ethics and Prevention of Malpractice in the Proceedings. A pdf version of the Rulebook is available HERE.



All manuscripts have to pass initial editorial checkout, i.e. once it is decided that they comply with the scientific standards of the Proceedings and fit in the objectives and themes of the Proceedings, they undergo double blind review.


After receiving reviewers’ reports, authors are obliged to submit not only a revised version of the manuscript, but also a cover letter, naming the changes they have made following the reviewers’ suggestions. Moreover, if some of the proposals are not accepted, the authors are expected to provide an adequate explanation.


Reviewers have maxumum 30 days to sumbit the review, and they are obliged to inform the Editorial Board if there is anything that might prevent them from being purely objective while reviewing the paper. They are expected to treat the manuscript as a confidential document.


Reviewers are supposed to present the good sides of the manuscripts, the observed weaknesses and suggestions for further quality improvement. In addition to a general opinion about the paper, reviewers evaluate on a scale from 1 to 5 the following characteristics:


  1. The appropriateness of the content:

– title refers to the content and aim of the paper

– key words refer to the essence of the paper (up to six key words)

– abstract is relevant and concise

– the aim of the paper is clearly defined

– providing suitable theoretical framework and satisfactory review of previous knowledge, authors introduce the topic they deal with in the manuscript

– methodology is clearly defined

– authors provide comprehensive literature review (supported by reference to relevant literature), in the light of which authors interpret their results.

– paper is original and it makes scientific contribution to the field.

– presented results are consistent with the methodology, conclusions and suggestions

– conclusions comprise clearly stated scientific facts, open issues and suggestions for further research


  1. Organization of the paper:

– paper is technically well prepared and it follows the guidelines of the Proceedings

– the length of the paper is appropriate

– tables, graphs and images are used appropriately

– references are appropriate and organized following APA style

– paper is easy to read, the language is correct and the style is suitable


After evaluating paper characteristics, reviewers make the final proposal choosing one of the options:



Finally, reviewers write their general comment and suggestions for quality improvement of the manuscript. Both reviewers need to give positive opinion in order for the paper to be published, i.e. if one of them rejects it, the manuscript is not published in the Proceedings.


Reviewers are also asked to suggest the paper categorization, but the final decision is made by the Editorial Board. Papers might be categorized as follows:


Original scientific paper

contains original and previously unpublished findings. It is considered original if it makes a significant contribution to a specific scientific issue, its understanding and when it describes novel research findings. It is written in such a way so that any expert from the same field might repeat the research relying on the data provided and obtain similar results or reach similar conclusions.


Preliminary note

is a scientific article containing yet unpublished results of an original research project, but in the preliminary format. These articles present new results, but without enough details which would enable a reader to verify the results obtained, as is the case with original scientific articles.


Review article

presents an original, concise and critical overview of a specific theory or research within the author’s scope. The author’s critical contribution to the field in respect to the already published works needs to be emphasized in this kind of article. Thus, a review article presents a complete overview of a specific theory or its application. In these papers authors present their own critical approach and evaluation, naming all the papers they used as a starting point for their article.


Professional paper

contains useful data relevant to a specific field, but it does not present original research findings.


Conference paper

A conference presentation might be published as a full paper in the Proceedings only if it has not been already published in the proceedings of the conference where it has been presented.


Book review

A book review should be written as a critical review.

Book reviews do not go through a peer review process, but the Editorial Board decides upon their publication.


Reviewers conform to the regulations and standards stated in the Rulebook on Publication Ethics and Prevention of Malpractice in the Proceedings. A pdf version of the Rulebook is available HERE.


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