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Submission and Guide for Authors

The journal publishes original scientific papers, short communications, review papers and reviews of new books in the fields of science including environmental sciences, fire sciences and safety sciences.

1.  The manuscript should be submitted electronically via e-mail to the editor at [email protected].The manuscript should be prepared by Microsoft Word or OpenOffice Writer.

2.  The issues are published on 31st May and 30th November in a calendar year. Deadlines for paper submissions are on 31st March and on 30th September in a calendar year.   

3.  After receipt of the manuscript, it will be sent to two reviewers. The results of review can be one of four options: acceptance, acceptance after minor revision (repeated review is not necessary), acceptance after major revision (repeat review is necessary) or rejection of manuscript. Both reviewers should approve of the paper and their decision regarding acceptance will be final and binding.

4.  The manuscript should be only in English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these).

5.  The manuscript should be typed in Times New Roman Front size – 12 point.

6.  The length of the papers should be as follows: original scientific papers up to 20 pages, short communications up to 8 pages, review papers up to 40 pages and reviews of new books up to 4 pages. The manuscript should be typed in double-space in A4 format.

7.  Original scientific papers and short communications should be divided as follows: title, author´s name and affiliation with institutional address and e-mail, abstract, keywords, introduction, theory/calculation (optional), material and methods, results and discussion, conclusion, acknowledgements (optional) and references. 

8.  Review papers and review of new books should be divided as follows: title, author´s name and affiliation with institutional address and e-mail, abstract, keywords, introduction, main text (divided into subheadings), conclusion, acknowledgements (optional) and references. 

9.  The title page is mandatory for each manuscript. The title page is separated page before the text. The title page should include the following information:

a)      Title (should be brief and accurate).

b)      Author´s name (family name first in bold) and affiliations (address of institution and e-mail). 

c)      Abstract (maximum length of the abstract is 250 words). The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the materials and methods, the principal results and major conclusion. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.

d)     Keywords (please provide a maximum of six keywords).

e)      Identification of papers type (original scientific paper, short communication, review paper or review of a new book).

10.  Main chapters headings (introduction, theory/calculation (optional), materials and methods, results and discussion and conclusion) should be typed in Times New Roman Font size – 14 point, in bold. Main chapter headings should be numbered 1, 2, 3, etc.

11.  Headings of acknowledgements and references should be typed in Times New Roman Font size – 14 point, in bold.

12.  Subchapter headings should be typed in Times New Roman Font size – 12 point, in bold. Subchapter headings should be numbered e.g. 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, etc.

13.  Each Figure should have a caption. A caption should comprise a brief title and a description of the illustration. Figures should be submitted either in TIFF, GIF or JPG format.

14.  Tables should be as comprehensive as possible without reference to the next.

15.  Equations should be numbered as it follows in the text and be referenced to the text. Equations should be typed separately in the line and be centred. Please type the equations by MS Equation Editor or by OpenOffice Math.

16.  Nomenclature. Authors should use systematic names similar to those used by IUPAC.

17.  Units of measurements and abbreviations should follow the International System of Units (SI).

18.  Reference citations in the text should be identified by number(s) is square brackets. The actual authors can be referred too, but the reference number(s) must always be given. Example… according to Balog [11] heat flux…

19.  The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Number the references (numbers in square brackets) in the list in the order in which they appear in the text.

20.  Examples:

a)      Reference to a journal article: Hansen R, Ingason H. Heat release rates of multiple objects at varying distances. Fire Saf J 2012;52(1):300-320. (note: always use the standard abbreviation of a journal’s name according to the ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations:, e.g. the abbreviated title of Fire Safety Journal is Fire Saf J).

b)      Reference to a journal online first article: Martinka J, Kačíková D, Hroncová E, Ladomerský J. Experimental determination of the effect of temperature and oxygen concentration on the production of birch wood main fire emissions. J Therm Anal Calorim. Forthcoming 2012; doi: 10.1007/s10973-012-2261-2.   

c)      Reference to a book:  Murphy JJ, Shadix CR. Combustion Chemistry. 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science; 2006. 400 p.

d)     Reference to a book chapter: Pehrson R. Fire Behaviour. In: Cote AE, Pehrson R, editors. Fundamentals of Fire Protection. Massachusetts: National Fire Protection Association; 2004. p. 101-33.

e)      Reference to a conference proceedings paper: Osvald A, Fanfárová A. Fire retardants. In: Zachar M, Dúbravská K, editors. Advances in Fire Engineering. 1st International Scientific Conference on Advances in Fire Engineering; 2012 Nov 15-16; Zvolen, Slovakia. Zvolen: Technical University in Zvolen; 2012. p. 197-210.

f)       Reference to a standard: British Standards Institutions. BS 5950-8:2003. Structural use of steelwork in building: code of practice for fire resistant design. London: BSI; 2003.

g)      Reference to a patent: Reference to a patent: Servatius J, Fehr RT, inventors; 3M Innovative Properties Company, assignee. Multidirectional single surface optically shaped film. United States patent US 6,700,712. 2004 Mar 2.