Editorial and Ethical Policy


The Journal of Contemporary Economic and Business Issues  -  Authors can submit only original works, that have not been published before, and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Parallel submission of the same paper to another journal eliminates the manuscript from further consideration.

 For all parties involved in the act of publishing (the author, the journal editor(s), the peer reviewer and the publisher) it is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior.

 Editorial Board undertakes to ensure objective evaluation of the manuscript, solely on the basis of its academic qualities. The Board is strongly dedicated to provide the anonymous evaluation of the manuscript by the reviewers, as well as preserve the anonymity of reviewers. Members of the Editorial Board including the Editor-in-Chief must hold no conflict of interest with regard to the articles they consider for publication.

The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the Journal will be published. The decisions are solely based on the manuscript's evaluation respecting editorial policy and legal provisions relating to copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor should evaluate manuscripts for intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the author(s).

The Editorial Board is also responsible for processing possibly raised complaints related to unethical misconduct in the published /submitted) paper, that are submitted to the Editorial Board of the  Journal of Contemporary Economic and Business Issues. It will be also responsible to keep  the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed.

 The Authors by submitting their papers to the Editorial Team should confirm that it is their original work, and  commit themselves that in their contributions they will discuss the benefits of their research objectively, based on the publishing rules and guidelines of the Editorial Office. Before submitting the manuscript author declare that: the paper is an outcome of author and if works of other authors have been used, it is explicitly stated in the paper; The paper was not published elsewhere neither is considered for publication elsewhere. The submitted work was not previously pre-published (technical report, working paper, web pages, conference proceedings, etc.);  Paper is not an extension of some previously published work, and if so, the manuscript contains (on first page) reference(s) to previous paper(s).

 All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that might be construed to influence the results or their interpretation in the manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. 



Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and, through the editorial communication with the author, may also assist the author in improving the manuscript. The reviewer takes special care of the real contribution and originality of the manuscript. The reviewers assess manuscript for the compliance with the scope of the journal, the scientific relevance of the investigated topic and applied methods etc. 

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is unacceptable. Referees should express their views clearly with appropriate supporting arguments. The reviewers are expected to improve the quality of the manuscript through their suggestions.

The review has a standard format.

 Reviewers do not evaluate manuscripts if they have a conflict of interest resulting from competitive, cooperating or other relationship that they have with some of the authors of the assessed manuscript. Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents so Information or ideas obtained through evaluation of the manuscript are considered confidential and shall not be used for the benefit of reviewers.


Peer review

The reviewing process in The Journal of Contemporary Economic and Business Issues is double blind for all papers. The process takes from three to six months  and consists of three stages:

First stage - Manuscripts are sent for review only if they pass the initial evaluation (by the Editorial Board) regarding their form and thematic scope, having in mind the scope and focus of our Journal. Editor-in-Chief may require authors to provide additional information if they are necessary for the evaluation of the manuscript.

Second stage - Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two reviewers. The reviewers are previously selected according their relevant expertise for evaluating a manuscript, act independently and they are not aware of each other’s identities. Additional reviewers may also be assigned when reviewers’ decisions are incompatible to each other or there is a doubt about the objectivity or quality of review.

Third stage - The content of papers after anonymous review by assigned reviewers is additionally discussed by the Editorial Board of the journal. The author(s) are informed about the Board decision in written.


Publication Ethics

 The Editorial Board  is obliged to start an investigation if a complaint of suspected unethical behavior or any type of misconduct (accompanied by necessary reasoned  information/arguments ) is received. In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism the publisher, in close collaboration with the editors, will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question.

 The Journal of Contemporary Economic and Business Issues does not publish manuscripts where someone assumes another's ideas, words, or other creative expression as one's own, and there is  a clear violation of scientific ethics. Any manuscript which shows obvious signs of plagiarism will be automatically rejected or published manuscript will be immediately retracted.

 When dealing with unethical behavior, the Editorial Board will dominantly rely on the guidelines and recommendations issued by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) - https://publicationethics.org/guidance/Guidelines.


 Open access policy

Journal of Contemporary Economic and Business Issues is an open access journal and its content is available free of charge. All of the journal articles are free to access immediately from the date of publication. Readers/Authors could search, read, download, copy, print the full text of articles, without any additional permission by the author or publisher.

Journal of Contemporary Economic and Business Issues does not charge authors or any third party for publication. Both manuscript submission and processing services and article publishing services are completely free of charge.


Authors retain copyright of the published papers and grant to the publisher the non-exclusive right to publish the article, to be cited as its original publisher in case of reuse, and to distribute it in all forms and media.

Authors are permitted to deposit publisher's version (PDF) of their work in any repository, personal and institutional websites, but full bibliographic information (authors, titles, volume, issue etc.) about the original publication must be provided.



Journal of Contemporary Economic and Business Issues is published  by the oldest and most respected educational institution in the Republic of North Macedonia -  Faculty of Economics – Skopje,  Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, (http://www.eccf.ukim.edu.mk/Default.aspx).




Author Guidelines

Papers must be written in English and should not exceed 15 pages in length. They should be submitted in Microsoft Word format, using Arial font.
Although not limited to them, papers submitted for publication in the Journal of Contemporary Economic and Business Issues should include the following components: abstract, introduction, literature review, methodology, results and findings, conclusion and a list of references.
Papers should be arranged within the following guidelines:

Page setup:
Paper size: A4;
Margins: 3.0 cm on top and bottom, and 2.5 cm on left and right sides;
Indentation: Left: 0, Right: 0, Special: 0;
Alignment: Justified
(bold, 14 pt, all capital letters);

Autobiographical note:
Author’s full name (bold), title, affiliation and e-mail address;
Font size: 12 pt.

Up to 250 words, describing the research objectives and conclusions (italic, 10 pt);
Up to five keywords (italic, 10 pt);
Up to 6 JEL classification codes (italic, 10 pt). The available JEL codes may be accessed at: http://www.aeaweb.org/econlit/jelCodes.php

Headings must be clearly defined;
Two empty lines before headings and one empty line after;
Headings: bold, Sentence case, 12 pt, aligned left;
Subheadings: italic, Sentence case, 11 pt, aligned left.

Paragraphs in the main text:
Font size: 10 pt;
Style: normal;
Spacing: Before: 0, After: 0;
Line spacing: single;
One line space between paragraphs.

Tables, graphs and diagrams:
Tables must be made in Word or Word compatible format (tables should be transferred into Word format), font size: 9 pt;
Figures, graphs and pictures should be high-quality grayscale graphics;
Tables, graphs etc. should be placed in the text at the appropriate paragraph;
They should not be wider than the margins of the paper;
Each figure, graph or picture should also be sent in a separate file;
Tables, graphs etc. should be appropriately named and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals e.g.: Table 1. Title of table;
Title: above the table, graph etc.; Font 11 pt, centered;
Source: under the table, graph etc.; Font 9 pt.

Formulas should be created using Microsoft Equation Editor.

In-text references:
Any in-text reference should include the author’s surname and the year of the work. For works with more than three authors use First author’s surname et al.
Depending on the nature of the sentence/paragraph, references to sources may be cited in the following manners:

Author (year) or (Author, year)
When a direct quote is used: “Quotation” (Author, year, page number)

Reference list:
JCEBI uses Harvard referencing style. References should be arranged in alphabetic order of authors’ surname and chronologically for multiple works by the same author. References should not be numbered or bulleted. Please follow the following guidelines for referencing:


One author:
Surname, Initials. (year) Book title. Edition – if not the first. City of publication: Publisher.

Two or three authors:
Surname1, Initials.1, Surname2, Initials.2 and Surname3, Initials3. (year) Book title. Edition – if not the first. City of publication: Publisher.

Four or more authors:
Surname, Initials. et al. (year) Book title. Edition – if not the first. City of publication: Publisher.

It is a discretionary right of the authors whether to list all authors all use ‘et al.’

Edited book:
Surname, Initials. (ed.) (year) Book title. Edition – if not the first. City of publication: Publisher.

Chapter in a book:
Surname, Intitial. (year) “Chapter or article title” in Editor’s Surname, Initials. (ed). Book title. Edition – if not the first. City of publication: Publisher. page numbers.

Surname, Initials. (year) Book title. [online] Series title and volume if applicable. Edition – if not the first. City of publication: Publisher. Available at: URL. [Accessed: date]

Journal article

Surname, Initial. (year) “Article Title”. Journal Title, Volume (issue number if applicable). page numbers.

Surname, Initial. (year) “Article Title”. Journal Title. [Online] Name of Database the article is from if appropriate. Volume (issue number if applicable). page numbers. Available at: URL. [Accessed: date]

Forthcoming articles:
Surname, Initial. (forthcoming) “Article Title”. Journal Title. Volume (issue number if applicable).

Conference proceedings

Surname, Initials. (year) “Paper title”, in Surname, Initials. (ed.) Title of published proceedings. Place and date(s) held. Publisher. Place of publication. Page numbers.

Surname, Initials. (year) “Paper title”. Paper presented at Name of Conference, date of conference, place of conference. Available at: URL if freely available on the Internet. [Accessed: date].

Working Papers:
Surname, Initials. (year) “Article title”. Type of working paper (such as institution, working series title) and number. Place of organization. Date.

Lectures and Papers Presented at Meetings:
Surname, Initials. (year) “Title”. Paper presented at followed by Meeting name, place, and city where lecture/meeting took place.

Encyclopedia entries (with no author or editor)

Title of encyclopedia (year) “Title of entry”. Volume. Edition. Title of Encyclopedia. Publisher. Place of publication. Pages.

Newspaper/Magazine Articles

A) Authored Articles:
Surname, Initials. (year) “Article title”. Newspaper/Magazine. Month or date. Page number(s).

B) Non-authored Articles:
Nespaper/Magazine (year) “Article title,” Month or date. Page numbers.

Online Newpaper/Magazine Articles
Surname, Initials. (year) “Article title”. Newspaper/Magazine. [online] Name of Database the article is from if appropriate. Day and month of the article. page numbers. Available at: URL. [Accessed: date]

Author of website Surname, Initials. or Website name if no author is available. (year) Title of website. Any numbers if necessary or available if website is part of a series. [Online] Available at: URL. [Accessed: date]