Editorial Policies

1. Focus and Scope

POF is the journal of the University of Sarajevo - Oriental Institute, which is published once a year. The journal publishes works in the fields of Ottoman studies, oriental philology, oriental-Islamic literature and art.

Authors whose works are accepted for publication will sign a statement on the originality of the work, as well as consent that their work, if the Editorial Board so decides, will be published online on the journal's website.

The journal retains copyright and publishing rights.

2. Opinions and Statements

Opinions and statements published in the articles of "Contributions to Oriental Philology" (POF) journal are solely the personal views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the journal Editorial Board.

3.  Peer review process

"Contributions to Oriental Philology" (POF) journal uses double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. 

To facilitate this, authors need to ensure that their manuscripts are prepared in a way that does not give away their identity.  

Information to help prepare the Title Page

This should include the title, authors' names and affiliations, and a complete address for the corresponding author including telephone and e-mail address.

  • Submit the Title Page containing the Authors details and Blinded Manuscript with no author details as 2 separate files.
Information to help prepare the Blinded Manuscript

Besides the obvious need to remove names and affiliations under the title within the manuscript, there are other steps that need to be taken to ensure the manuscript is correctly prepared for double-blind peer review. To assist with this process the key items that need to be observed are as follows:

  • Use the third person to refer to work the Authors have previously undertaken, e.g. replace any phrases like “as we have shown before” with “… has been shown before [Anonymous, 2007]” .
  • Make sure figures do not contain any affiliation related identifier
  • Do not eliminate essential self-references or other references but limit self-references only to papers that are relevant for those reviewing the submitted paper.
  • Cite papers published by the Author in the text as follows:  ‘[Anonymous, 2007]’.
  • For blinding in the reference list:  ‘[Anonymous 2007] Details omitted for double-blind reviewing.’
  • Remove references to funding sources
  • Do not include acknowledgments
  • Remove any identifying information, including author names, from file names and ensure document properties are also anonymized.

If the Editor receives conflicting recommendations from reviewers, third opinion will be requested. All reviews are done by peer reviewers.

 4.  Open Access Policy

This journal provides free access to its content for the purpose of free public access, and this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

5.    Article Submission and Processing Charges
Article submission charges

There is no article submission charges.

Article Processing Charges

There is no article processing charges.

DOI for Online Articles

There is no charge for authors.

Publishing Charges

There is no charge for authors.

6. Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism occurs if someone intentionally copies others work or someone copies content without providing the appropriate references.


University of Sarajevo - Oriental Institute will judge any case of plagiarism on its limits. If plagiarism is detected by the editorial board member, reviewer, editor etc., in any stage of article process- before or after acceptance, during editing or at a page proof stage. We will alert the same to the author(s) and will ask them to rewrite the content or the to cite the references from where the content has been taken. If more than 25% of the paper is plagiarized - the article may be rejected and the same is notified to the author.


The manuscripts in which the plagiarism is detected are handled based on the extent of the plagiarism.

<5% Plagiarism: The manuscript will be given an ID and the manuscript is sent to author for content revision.

5-30% Plagiarism: The manuscript will not be given an ID and the manuscript is sent back to author for content revision.

>30% Plagiarism: The manuscript will be rejected without the review. The authors are advised to revise the manuscript and resubmit the manuscript.


If the plagiarism is detected more than 30%, it is found that the authors are very unlikely to revise the manuscript and submit the revised version. However, authors are welcome to do the required revisions and submit the manuscript as a new submission.


If you come across a case of plagiarism, please do inform the editorial office, giving the title of manuscripts, name of authors, volume number, issue number, year of publication and any other information that you have. The editorial office will handle the cases as per their policy.


If plagiarism is detected after publication, the Journal will conduct an investigation. If plagiarism is found, the journal editorial office will contact the author's institute and funding agencies. The paper containing the plagiarism will be marked on each page of the PDF. Depending on the extent of the plagiarism, the paper may also be formally retracted.


By submitting Author(s) manuscript to the journal it is understood that it is an original manuscript and is unpublished work and is not under consideration elsewhere. Plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the author's own work, in whole or in part without proper citation is not tolerated by the journal. Manuscripts submitted to the journal may be checked for originality using anti-plagiarism software.

Plagiarism misrepresents ideas, words, and other creative expression as one's own. Plagiarism represents the violation of copyright law. Plagiarism appears in various forms.

Copying the exact content from the other source. Purposely using portions of another author's paper.

Copying elements of another author's paper, such as figures, tables, equations or illustrations that are not common knowledge, or copying or purposely using sentences without citing the source.

Using text downloaded from the internet

Copying or downloading figures, photographs, pictures or diagrams without acknowledging your sources.


Self-plagiarism is a related issue. In this document we define self-plagiarism as the verbatim or near-verbatim reuse of significant portions of one's own copyrighted work without citing the original source. Note that self-plagiarism does not apply to publications based on the author's own previously copyrighted work (e.g., appearing in a conference proceedings) where an explicit reference is made to the prior publication. Such reuse does not require quotation marks to delineate the reused text but does require that the source be cited.


One may not even know that they are plagiarizing. It is the author(s) whose responsibility is to make certain that they understand the difference between quoting and paraphrasing, as well as the proper way to cite material.


Here, author(s) are well aware that they are plagiarizing. Purposefully using someone else's ideas or work without proper acknowledgment is plagiarism. This includes turning in borrowed or bought research papers as one's own.


Turning in the same term paper (or substantially the same paper) for two courses without getting permission from one's instructor is plagiarism.