Focus and Scope

1.1. Publishing
“VANGUARD SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS IN MANAGEMENT” (ISSN 1314-0582) is an electronic journal, published on a compact disk and on the specially designed website http://vsim-journal.info. There is at least one volume published per year. Papers submitted for publication follow the procedure of blind peer review before publishing. Papers in the Journal are published in English and Bulgarian language only.
Only papers meeting the following requirements can be published in the journal: original scientific article based on own research, which contains all parts of a scientific article, OR (by exception) visual slide presentation of an original scientific idea.
All authors take full responsibility for the authorship and the originality of the work, as well as well as formal accuracy of the paper (including mistakes due to their fault). Authors retain all copyrights on their publications.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: In case of failure to follow or understand the instructions for authors, journal editors will reject the paper due to formal reasons and it will not be evaluated further until this is corrected. The author is notified about the result of the peer review by e-mail. The Editorial Board retain the right to reject any paper.
Papers presented at the conference “VANGUARD SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS IN MANAGEMENT” may be published as articles in a volume of the journal. Papers presented and discussed at the conference are accepted for publishing, only if the authors have reflected all questions, comments and ideas from the conference discussion. Papers not presented at the conference and ones which failed to reflect the feedback, follow the procedure of blind peer review before publishing.

1.2. Topical directions
The topical directions of the Journal fall into the wide understanding of management, cybernetics, governance, control, regulation, administration, etc (see the list below). We are also open to any thoughtful proposals.

Futurology, Longevity, Transhumanism, Exponential times
Business education for post- and trans-humanism
Emerging ethical, legal, sociological, technological issues
Disruptive technologies and entrepreneurship

Teaching in 21 century: active methods of teaching
New educational reality
The teacher: from systematization authority to motivational facilitator
The emerging teaching methods

Game-like approach in management
Importance of gaming in the new World
Gamification
Virtual worlds
The business of game development

Data science
Data processing and knowledge extraction
Methods for business analysis: a new reading
Business metrics

Business simulations and algorithms.
Fuzzy approaches
Chaos theory and fractals
Multi-stage selection
Evolutional algorithms
Neural Networks

Financial engineering solutions
Models of investors
Evaluating investment securities
Implementation of efficient investment solutions

Self-organization and cybernetics in management systems
Active and passive adaptivity
Automated decision making under risk and uncertainty
Holonization, catalaxy and virtual organizations
Business applications of cybernetic theory

Current topics in business management
Talent management
Leadership and emotional intelligence
Freedom – foundation for prosperity

1.3. Indexing Guidelines
“VANGUARD SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS IN MANAGEMENT” (ISSN 1314-0582) is indexed in EBSCO and Google Scholar. Indexing engines use automated software, known as "parsers", to identify bibliographic data of your papers, as well as references between the papers. Incorrect identification of bibliographic data or references will lead to poor indexing of your paper. Some papers may not be included at all, some may be included with incorrect author names or titles, and some may rank lower in the search results, because their (incorrect) bibliographic data would not match (correct) references to them from other papers. To avoid such problems, you need to provide bibliographic data and references in a way that automated "parser" software can process. This is why it is critically important to follow the technical requirements given here.

Peer Review Process

6.1. Technical review
In this phase, the paper is evaluated by the journal technical editor. The evaluation is primarily aimed at meeting the following criteria:
- Does the theme and the character of the paper correspond to the criteria for topical directions defined by the journal?
- Does the formal treatment of the paper meet the requirements of the prescribed formatting and the sequence of its individual parts (including language use and the style of the paper, citations and references, etc.)?
In case of failure to follow or understand the instructions for authors, journal editors will reject the paper due to formal reasons and it will not be evaluated further until this is corrected.

6.2. Blind review
(This phase is skipped if the paper was presented at the conference “VANGUARD SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS IN MANAGEMENT” and the authors have reflected all questions, comments and ideas from the conference discussion.)
In case your paper is going to be subject to blind review you should mandatory erase the names of the authors everywhere from the paper and only leave the word “Author” instead. You should also erase the name of the author from the Document Properties in the menu File of Adobe Acrobat.

Based on editor’s positive review, the paper proceeds to the peer review process. The publication of a paper must be recommended by at least two independent reviewers (external peer review).
If a reviewer has stated dissatisfaction with the paper and/or suggestions for improvements, the paper is returned to the authors for re-work. The newly submitted versions are reviewed again until the reviewers accept the text.
The Editorial Board decides about the acceptance of a paper. Editors have the right to reject papers that are not in accordance with the journal’s editorial purpose and do not meet the above criteria.

6.3. Final version
After notification for acceptance by the editorial board the paper shall be submitted in its final version and according the technical requirements with included names of the authors. This is also going to be the exact version of the paper published by the journal.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

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