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Author Guidelines

Instructions for Authors

Language: The language of the journal is English.

Submission of manuscripts:

  • Manuscripts should preferably be sent electronically (in PDF) directly to a member of the Editorial Board whose field of interest is judged to be the closest to the subject of the paper. In case of hesitation authors are encouraged to consult the Editorial Office at the address Manuscripts may also be submitted to the Editorial Office.
  • Upon acceptance an editable version of the paper, prepared by TeX/LaTeX or (if the text contains no scientific formulae) Word ot OpenOffice/LibreOffice, must be sent to the Editorial Office. An example paper template can be downloaded here in PDF and TeX (DOCX, ODT) format.

Anonymous Reviewing Process

  • Every paper submitted from Bulgaria or abroad is reviewed by two narrow experts in the corresponding field.
  • A third reviewer may be appointed in some cases.
  • Reviewing is anonymous.
  • The process usually takes between one and several months.
  • The authors are informed of the editorial board’s decision by an official letter, sent electronically.

Guidelines for authors:

  • Each author’s full name, affiliation, postal address and email address (if any) must be indicated, as well as the name, address and telephone number of a contact person with whom the Editorial Board shall discuss all matters related to the submission.
  • A self-contained abstract of no more than 150 words should be included at the beginning, stating the purposes of the study, procedures, findings and conclusions. After the abstract a list of index terms (a total of five to ten key words and phrases) should be given. The author(s) should also provide a classification according to the ACM Computing Classification System (1998) which can be found at
  • Footnotes should be numbered consecutively and placed at the bottom of the page where they have to appear. The footnotes related to the title and author’s names must not be numbered.
  • All references should be listed and numbered at the end of the paper, either (preferably) alphabetically by author(s)’ last names, and then by the year if the same author has several papers, or by order of citation in the text, in the following format: a) to books - author, title, location, year of publication; b) to articles in periodicals or collections - author, title of the article, title of the periodical (collection), volume, year, page numbers; c) to Web sites - author, title, address, date when consulted.
  • The references should be cited in the text by the corresponding number enclosed in square brackets. All entries in the reference list must correspond to citations in the text.


Galley proofs are sent to the specified address for correspondence.

  • The authors will be charged for corrections in the galley proofs exceeding 10% of the text.
  • Authors will receive a free copy of the journal and a PDF file with the article as published.

Publishing ethics

Submission of an article to SJC for review entails a guarantee that it has not been copyrighted, has not been published in or submitted to another refereed publication. Substantially extended versions of conference papers are acceptable as submissions, but in such cases the paper must state clearly how the work reported in it goes beyond the work previously reported, so that both reviewers and readers can easily establish the novelty. If any version of the paper has appeared, or will appear, in any other publication, the details must be made known to the Editors at the time of submission. If a submission is found to contravene these requirements, it will be rejected without review, and the authors will be blacklisted.

Authors must seek permission for all copyrighted material that they seek to use in their work. Authors are responsible for observing copyright laws when quoting or reproducing material. Every work quoted from or mentioned in the text must be included in the References section.

The submitted manuscript must be available for peer review without restriction.

The copyright of articles published in SJC is held by the publishers. Permission for the author to use the article elsewhere is granted by the publisher provided full acknowledgement is given to the source.


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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


ISSN 1314-7897 - Online
ISSN 1312-6555 - Print