Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnography SASA



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УДК 39(05)
ISSN 0350-0861 (print edition)
ISSN 2334-8259 (online)


    • Chief editor:  prof. dr. Dragana Radojičić, Institute of Ethnography SASA, Belgrade, Serbia

    • Editor: dr. Srdjan Radović, Institute of Ethnography SASA, Belgrade, Serbia

    • International editorial board:

      Dr. Milica Bakić-Hayden, University of Pittsburgh, United States
      Dr. Ana Dragojlović, University of Melbourne, Australia
      Prof. Peter Finke, University of Zurich, Switzerland
      Prof. Karl Kaser, Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria
      Dr. Gabriela Kilianova, Institute of Ethnology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
      Prof. Kjell Magnusson, University of Uppsala, Sweden
      Prof. Marina Martynova, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, Russia
      Dr. Ivanka Petrova, IEFSEM – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
      Dr. Tatiana Podolinska, Institute of Ethnology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
      Dr. Jana Pospišilova, Institute of Ethnology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic
      Dr. Ines Prica, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb, Croatia
      Dr. Ingrid Slavec Gradišnik, Institute of Slovenian Ethnology RC SASA, Ljubljana, Slovenia

    • Editorial board:

      Dr. Gordana Blagojević, Institute of Ethnography SASA, Belgrade, Serbia
      Dr. Ivan Đorđević, Institute of Ethnography SASA, Belgrade, Serbia
      Prof. Ildiko Erdei, Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade, Serbia
      Prof. Ljiljana Gavrilović, Institute of Ethnography SASA and Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade, Serbia
      Dr. Jelena Jovanović, Institute of Musicology SASA, Belgrade, Serbia
      Dr. Aleksandra Pavićević, Institute of Ethnography SASA, Belgrade, Serbia
      Dr. Lada Stevanović, Institute of Ethnography SASA and Faculty of Media and Communications, Belgrade, Serbia
      Academician Gojko Subotić, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts / SASA, Belgrade, Serbia

    • Advisory board:

      Prof. Jelena Đorđević, Faculty of Political Sciences, Belgrade, Serbia
      Dr. Maja Godina Golija, Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia
      Dr. Renata Jambrešić Kirin, Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, Zagreb, Croatia
      Dr. Miroslava Lukić-Krstanović, Institute of Ethnography SASA, Belgrade, Serbia
      Dr. Mladena Prelić, Institute of Ethnography SASA, Belgrade, Serbia
      Prof. Ljupčo Risteski, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Skopje, Macedonia
      Prof. Lidija Vujačić, Faculty of Philosophy, Nikšić, Montenegro
      Prof. Bojan Žikić, Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade, Serbia

    • The journal Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnography SASApublishes original papers that have not been published previously. The papers submitted can belong to one of the following categories: original research paper, scientific review paper, scientific critique or debate, review or scientific bibliography. Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnography SASAis an Open Access journal. Publication in the journal Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnography SASA is free of charge..

      The papers should cover topics in the areas of ethnology and anthropology, and related social sciences and humanities.

      Contributions to journal may be submitted in Serbian and related languages, and in English. Papers in Serbian are published utilizing Cyrillic script.

      The Journal is issued three times a year. The Journal also publishes special issues, with particular themes and visiting editors.

      Editorial Responsibilities

      The editor is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnography SASAwill be published. The editor is guided by the policies of the journal's Editorial Board and constrained by legal requirements in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.

      Editors must hold no conflict of interest with regard to the articles they consider for publication. If an Editor feels that there is likely to be a perception of a conflict of interest in relation to their handling of a submission, the selection of reviewers and all decisions on the paper shall be made by the Editorial Board. Since the identity of the authors and reviewers is mutually unknown, the Editor is obliged to guarantee their anonymity.

      Editors shall evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content free from any racial, gender, sexual, religious, ethnic, or political bias.

      Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author.

      Authors’ responsibilities

      Authors warrant that their manuscriptis their original work that it has not been published before and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The Authors also warrant that the manuscript is not and will not be published elsewhere (after the publication in Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnography SASA) in any language without the consent of the copyright holder.

      Authors warrant that the rights of third parties will not be violated, and that the publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.

      Authors are exclusively responsible for the contents of their submissions, the validity of the experimental results and must make sure that they have permission from all involved parties to make the data public.

      Authors wishing to include figures or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright holder(s) and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

      Authors must make sure that all only contributors who have significantly contributed to the submission are listed as authors and, conversely, that all contributors who have significantly contributed to the submission are listed as authors.

      It is the responsibility of each author to ensure that papers submitted to Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnography SASAare written with ethical standards in mind and that they not contain plagiarism. Authors affirm that the article contains no unfounded or unlawful statements and does not violate the rights of others.

      When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal Editor or publisher and cooperate with the Editor to retract or correct the paper.

      Peer review

      The submitted papers are subject to a double-blind peer review process. The purpose of peer review is to assists the Editor and Editorial Board in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author it may also assist the author in improving the paper. All submitted papers undergo a reviewing process by two expert reviewers appointed by the editorial board. In the event of a paper receiving one positive and one negative review, the editorial board appoints a third reviewer. Authors who receive conditionally positive reviews are required to take into account the comments made by the reviewers, or, if they do not wish to do so, they can withdraw their submissions. The author is required to send the amended paper to the Journal within fifteen days after he/she has received the reviews. The reviewer should send the finished review to the Editorial Board within three weeks.

      The choice of reviewers is at the editors' and the editorial board’s discretion. The reviewers must be knowledgeable about the subject area of the manuscript; they must not be from the authors' own institution and they should not have recent joint publications with any of the authors.

      Reviewers must not have conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the funding sources for the research. If such conflicts exist, the reviewers must report them to the Editor without delay.
      Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the Editor without delay.

      Reviews must be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

      Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents.

      In the main review phase, the Editor sends submitted papers to two experts in the field. The reviewers’ evaluation form contains a checklist in order to help referees cover all aspects that can decide the fate of a submission. In the final section of the evaluation form, the reviewers must include observations and suggestions aimed at improving the submitted manuscript; these are sent to authors, without the names of the reviewers. The secretary of the Editorial Board sends the reviewers’ evaluation form to reviewers. 

      All of the reviewers of a paper act independently and they are not aware of each other’s identities. If the decisions of the two reviewers are not the same (accept/reject), the Editor may assign additional reviewers.

      The Editorial team shall ensure reasonable quality control for the reviews. With respect to reviewers whose reviews are convincingly questioned by authors, special attention will be paid to ensure that the reviews are objective and high in academic standard. When there is any doubt with regard to the objectivity of the reviews or quality of the review, additional reviewers will be assigned.


      Plagiarism, where someone assumes another's ideas, words, or other creative expression as one's own, is a clear violation of scientific ethics. Plagiarism may also involve a violation of copyright law, punishable by legal action.

      Plagiarism may constitute the following:

      • Word for word, or almost word for word copying, or purposely paraphrasing portions of another author's work without clearly indicating the source or marking the copied fragment (for example, using quotation marks);
      • Copying equations, figures or tables from someone else's paper without properly citing the source and/or without permission from the original author or the copyright holder.

      Please note that all submissions are thoroughly checked for plagiarism.
      Any paper which shows obvious signs of plagiarism will be automatically rejected.

      If an attempt at plagiarism is found in a published paper, the author is required to publish a written apology to the authors of the original paper, and further collaboration with the authors of plagiarized papers will be terminated.  

      Retraction Policy

      Articles that have been published shall remain extant, exact and unaltered as long as it is possible. However, very occasionally, circumstances may arise where an article is published that must later be retracted. The main reason for withdrawal or retraction is to correct the mistake while preserving the integrity of science; it is not to punish the author.

      Legal limitations of the publisher, copyright holder or author(s), infringements of professional ethical codes, such as multiple submissions, bogus claims of authorship, plagiarism, fraudulent use of data or the like require retraction of an article. Occasionally a retraction can be used to correct errors in submission or publication.

      Standards for dealing with retractions have been developed by a number of library and scholarly bodies, and this practice has been adopted for article retraction by Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnography SASA: in the electronic version of the retraction note, a link is made to the original article. In the electronic version of the original article, a link is made to the retraction note where it is clearly stated that the article has been retracted. The original article is retained unchanged; save for a watermark on the PDF indicating on each page that it is “retracted.”

      Open Access Policy

      Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnography SASA is an Open Access Journal. All articles can be downloaded free of charge and used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 Serbia (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/rs/).

      The journal does not charge APC (Article Processing Charge).

      Self-archiving Policy

      The journal Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnography SASA allows authors to deposit Author's Post-print (accepted version) and Publisher's version/PDF in an institutional repository and non-commercial subject-based repositories, or to publish it on Author's personal website and departmental website (including social networking sites, such as ResearchGate, Academia.edu, etc.), at any time after publication. Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged and a link must be made to the article's DOI.

      Authors grant to the Publisher the following rights to the manuscript, including any supplemental material, and any parts, extracts or elements thereof:

      • the right to reproduce and distribute the Manuscript in printed form, including print-on-demand;
      • the right to produce prepublications, reprints, and special editions of the Manuscript;
      • the right to translate the Manuscript into other languages;
      • the right to reproduce the Manuscript using photomechanical or similar means including, but not limited to photocopy, and the right to distribute these reproductions;
      • the right to reproduce and distribute the Manuscript electronically or optically on any and all data carriers or storage media – especially in machine readable/digitalized form on data carriers such as hard drive, CD-Rom, DVD, Blu-ray Disc (BD), Mini-Disk, data tape – and the right to reproduce and distribute the Article via these data carriers;
      • the right to store the Manuscript in databases, including online databases, and the right of transmission of the Manuscript in all technical systems and modes;
      • the right to make the Manuscript available to the public or to closed user groups on individual demand, for use on monitors or other readers (including e-books), and in printable form for the user, either via the internet, other online services, or via internal or external networks.

      Dear authors, please read and fill in Author’s Statement and Copyright Transfer Agreement which can be downloaded from the website of the Institte of Ethnography SASA.


      The Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnography SAS (I-VII)/ SASA (VIII/) is a scientific periodical of international significance which publishes papers in ethnology/anthropology. From its inception in 1952, the Bulletin publishes the results of scientific research projects of scientists and associates of the Institute and other affiliated institutions in the country and abroad. In addition,  discussions and articles, supplements, field data, retrospectives, chronicles, reviews, translations, notes, bibliographies, obituaries, memories, critiques and similar are published as well. The Bulletin was founded as a means to publish the results of research of settlements and origins of populations, folk life, customs and folk proverbs. However, the concept of the Bulletin, like that of any other contemporary scientific journal, changed over time to accommodate the social, cultural and political processes and research trends in the social sciences and humanities.  

      In general terms, the papers published in the Bulletin can be grouped into a number of phases. Until the 1980’s fundamental ethnic research and systematic research of urban and rural environments in Serbia and Yugoslavia were published. The next phase encompasses papers which offer a new theoretical and methodological grounding for the study of various phenomena pertaining to material and spiritual culture and social life. Papers on the study of ethnicity (diaspora and minorities in neighboring countries), cultural and social change, political anthropology, everyday social life etc. were the results of studies carried out in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Recent issues of the Bulletin published papers on the topic of processes of transition in Serbia. From 2000 onward, the papers in the Bulletin are mostly based on the results of research carried out as part of larger domestic and international research projects.

      The editors of the Bulletin have been Academicians, research fellows and university professors who were the heads of the Institute: Vojislаv Rаdovаnović (1952–1957), Borivoje Drobnjаković (1958–1961), Dušаn Nedeljković (1962–1966), Brаnislаv Kojić (1967–1969), Milisаv Lutovаc (1970–1971), Atаnаsije Urošević zа knj. 21 (1972) 1973, Milorаd Vаsović (1973–1977), Petаr Vlаhović (1978–1982), Desаnkа Nikolić (1983), Dušаn Bаndić (1984–1988), Nikolа Pаntelić (1989–2000), Drаgаnа Rаdojičić (2003– ).

      Issue no. 27 (published in 1978) saw the journal get its international standard serial number (YU ISSN 0584–4895), which was changed with issue no. 28 and remains the same YU ISSN 0350–0961.  According to the standards of the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC), it was classified into group 39 – Ethnology.
      It is published in the Cyrillic script, with abstracts in foreign languages (French, English, German). From the issue no. 50-51 (2003) some papers are published in English, and since 2007, with the introduction of semiannual publication, every other issue of the Bulletin is in English.

      The Bulletin (GEI) is referenced in the electronic bases: DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), Ulrich's Periodicals Directory and SCIndex (Serbian Citation Index). All articles are digitally available in a form typographically true to the original (in .pdf format). The Bulletin is also available in the same form on the website of the Institute of Ethnography SASA.

      The accelerated development of information technologies and the increasing availability of scientific information have led to the creation of new, uniform rules of editing, the goal of which is to advance the quality of domestic publications and include them into the domestic and international system of information exchange. Complying with the instructions given in the Scientific Journals Editing Act adopted by the Serbian Ministry of Science and Technological Development in 2009, the Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnography SASA was categorized as a journal of international significance (M24). Since 2010, it has become part of the international cross-referencing system (CrossRef), and articles are awarded a unique numerical code DOI (Digital Object Identifier), which establishes the connection with the Internet page where the article can be found.
      The Bulletin (GEI SANU) can also be found and read at CEEOL (Central and Eastern European Online Library): http://www.ceeol.com

      Written by: Biljana Milenković-Vuković, Library Adviser

      Translated by: Sonja Žakula

Bulletin of the Institute of Ethnography SASA has a new home page: www.ei.sanu.ac.rs. Issues from recent volumes can be downloaded from the new web site.