MAP Economic Inquiry (MAPEI)

MAP Economic Inquiry (MAPEI) is a an international, multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published two times a year by MAP, the Multidisciplinary Academic Publishing house. The journal is a platform for the publication of advanced academic research in various fields of economics, namely economic theory, finance, banking, international trade, and related disciplines.

About MAP Economic Inquiry (MAPEI)

Aims and scope

MAP Economic Inquiry (MAPEI) is a an international, multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published two times a year by MAP, the Multidisciplinary Academic Publishing house. The journal is a platform for the publication of advanced academic research in various fields of economics, namely economic theory, finance, banking, international trade, and related disciplines.

The journal welcomes original empirical research, experimental designs, method studies, meta-analyses, qualitative and quantitative studies and theoretical research studies in different areas of economics including but not being limited to:

  • Micro- and Macro-economics
  • Regional Economics
  • Entrepreneurial economics
  • International Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Economic methods
  • Financial Economics
  • Economic theory – nano, micro, mezzo and macro
  • Business Management
  • Sustainability issues
  • Business Informatics
  • Challenges to the Science of Economic
  • Economic Theory and Politics
  • Development Economics

The main criteria in the review and the selection process are innovativeness and the significance of the paper to the field of Economic studies. All papers are subject to double blind peer review. First, the paper has to be approved by the editor, and then it is considered by peer reviewers, who remain anonymous to the authors.


Nedim Čelebić, PhD, Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Open Access Policy

MAP Economic Inquiry (MAPEI) is an open access journal. All articles are available to read and reuse upon publication following our copyright policy.

Article Processing Charges

There are no submission fees to this journal. However, as an open access journal, MAP Economic Inquiry charges a publication fee once the paper is accepted for publication. APCs (Article Processing Charges) are based on the status of the authors’ country in the World Bank classification of world economies. More details might be found here.

All MAP journals adhere to publication ethics and malpractice outlined by COPE. Thus, all parties involved in the act of publishing should agree upon the standards of expected ethical behavior.

For Authors


  • All listed authors must have made a significant contribution to the research presented in the manuscript, they must have approved of its claims and accepted to be included as authors.
  • Anyone else who contributed to the research or manuscript preparation, but is not an author should be acknowledged with their permission.
  • Any change to the author list during the manuscript processing or after publishing the manuscript must be approved by all the authors, including the one(s) removed.
  • In case of co-authorship the corresponding author is expected to inform the other authors accurately and include them in all the major decisions.

Conflict of interest

  • Any possible conflicts of interest (e.g. related to the potential financial support, personal connections, affiliation relations, ideological stances) on the side of author(s) must be communicated during manuscript submission. They do not always prevent manuscript from being published; however, they must be clearly declared, which will enable others to make proper decisions about the manuscript.


  • Authors must report any funding they received for their research.

Duplicate submission and redundant publication

  • Manuscripts submitted to this journal must not be also submitted elsewhere while under consideration.
  • For any previously published content all necessary permissions must be secured from the copyright holders. Reuse of the content published by the author(s) outside the Methods sections should be attributed or quoted in the text, or in case of the reuse of the figures or substantial wording necessary permission from the copyright holders must be obtained.
  • Extended versions of conference manuscripts will be considered, but the previous version must be cited, a significant amount of new data must be included and all necessary permissions must be obtained.

Originality and objectivity

  • Authors are expected to present their findings accurately and interpret them objectively.
  • Original research results must be novel, and not previously published in any language.

Corrections and retractions

  • All noticed errors or inaccuracies in the published manuscripts must be reported to the Editorial Office. Errors by the authors might be corrected by corrigendum and by the publisher by an erratum.
  • If the errors significantly affecting the conclusions are detected or some evidence of misconduct obtained, the manuscript might be retracted following the COPE Retractions Guidelines.

In addition to the norms included in the list, authors are expected to adhere to local regulations and academic publishing norms.

For editors

Editors should not accept to be involved in the manuscript processing if they:

  • Have a recent publication with any of the authors or their manuscript is currently under consideration for publication
  • Share or have recently shared an affiliation with any author
  • Collaborate or have recently collaborated with any author
  • Have a personal connection to any author
  • Have a financial interest related to the work
  • think they cannot be objective
  • Editors should also declare if they have discussed the manuscript with any authors prior to submission

For reviewers

Reviewers should not accept to be involved in the manuscript processing if they:

  • Have recently publication some material with any author or their co-authored manuscript is currently under consideration for publication
  • Have recently shared an affiliation with any author
  • Have recently collaborated with any author
  • Have a personal connection to any author
  • Have a financial interest related to the work
  • Feel they cannot be objective
  • Reviewers should also declare if they have discussed the manuscript with any authors prior to submission

Any other interest not included in the list must be declared in the review form, and will be considered by the editor.

In case of breaches of the publication ethics policies, the following sanctions might be imposed:

  • Rejection of the manuscript or any other manuscript submitted by the author(s)
  • Not allowing submission for 1-3 years
  • Prohibiting from acting as an editor or reviewer

For more serious ethical violations some additional sanctions might be applied.

Submission of the manuscript

Authors are requested to submit their manuscripts as a Word file or a PDF file (if specific symbols are included) via email

Submission of a manuscript to MAPEI entails that the manuscript has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract), that it is not currently being considered for publication in another journal, that its publication has been approved by all co-authors (if it is a co-authored paper) and that it will not be published in any other language elsewhere without the permission of the publisher. All articles are checked for plagiarism on submission; if clear plagiarism (including self-plagiarism) is identified, the article will be rejected.

MAPEI welcomes contributions in English and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. If the language of the manuscript is not the native language of the contributor, it should be spell-checked and grammar-checked by a native speaker before submission. MAP publishing house also offers high-quality proofreading and editing services. More information about these services can be found on MAP author services.

Submission checklist

Please check whether all the steps have been taken before the submission process starts:

  • One author has been designated as the corresponding author and his/her contact details have been provided (e-mail address, postal address, and ORCID number)
  • All the necessary documents have been prepared:
    1. Title page (containing title of the manuscript, author details – name, title, affiliation, ORCID, email, postal address)
    2. Manuscript without title page (not exceeding 9000 words, references excluded)
    3. Tables/figures/graphs
    4. upplemental files (where applicable)
  • Manuscripts have been carefully proofread (spell- and grammar-checked) and edited.
  • Manuscripts have been prepared for blinded review. Inadequately blinded manuscripts will be returned to authors for further anonymization, which can impede the review process. Thus, please avoid self-identifying citations and references both in the text and in the reference section not to reveal your identity and use ‘Author, date of publication’ or ‘Author 1, Author 2…, date of publication’ in a co-authored paper.
  • Permission for the use of any copyrighted material has been obtained.
  • A conflict-of-interest statement has also been provided, even if authors have no competing interest to announce.

The manuscript is first assessed by the assigned Editor, and it is sent to two external peer reviewers only if the editor concludes it meets the basic standards and fits within the scope of the journal. Authors are limited to having maximum three articles under review at any point in time. In case an author has three papers under consideration, the review process for at least one paper must be complete before another paper is submitted. This does not apply to Editorials or other non-peer reviewed papers.

The journal will take into consideration the following paper types:

  • Research papers – presenting the results of an original research study. These manuscripts describe in detail the way in which the research was conducted, a thorough analysis of the results and their objective interpretation. They should consist of the following sections:
    1. title page
    2. abstract (150 to 300 words)
    3. key words (5 to 7 key words)
    4. introduction
    5. literature review
    6. methodology (detailed description of participants, data collection and analyses)
    7. results (with tables and figures incorporated in the text)
    8. discussion
    9. conclusions (implications and limitations)
    10. references (following APA 7 style, please check author guidelines)
    11. appendices (if necessary).
  • Review papers – overviewing the existing published literature in a particular field. These manuscripts include a research synthesis and meta-analysis and they are critical evaluations of material that has already been published. In meta-analyses, authors use quantitative procedures to statistically combine the results of studies. In review articles authors should:
    1. define and clarify the research problem;
    2. summarize previous investigations to inform the reader of the state of research;
    3. identify gaps, inconsistencies, contradictions in the literature and propose some further steps to be taken;
    4. The components of review papers can be arranged in various ways (by grouping research based on conceptual or theoretical similarity, methodological similarities among the studies reviewed, or the historical development of the field).

Basic format guidelines

  • Manuscripts should be submitted as a word document, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, with fully justified wide margins (2.54 x 2.54 cm). Please use the MAPEI template to format your manuscript (MAPEI template).
  • The pages should be numbered consecutively, with the title page being page 1. Tables and figures should be numbered serially, and they should be placed near to where they were mentioned in the text, but also submitted as a separate file.
  • Manuscripts should not exceed 9000 words (without references).
  • Manuscripts should be prepared according to APA (American Psychological Association) Publication Manual (7th edition, 2019).
  • Running head: The manuscript should include a running head. It should be written in capital letters, identical to the paper’s title, or a shortened form of the title that conveys the same idea and it should not exceed 50 characters (spaces and punctuation included).
  • Title of the manuscript: Centered, bold, title case heading (Times New Roman, 14pt)
  • Author’s name and surname: Align left, bold (Times New Roman, 12pt)
  • Name of organization or institution (Times New Roman, 12 pt)
  • Country (Times New Roman, 12 pt)
  • Author’s e-mail address (Times New Roman, 12pt, italic)
  • Headings:
    1. Level 1 headings: Centered, bold, title case heading (Times New Roman, 12pt)
    2. Level 2 headings: Align left, bold, title case heading (Times New Roman, 12 pt)
    3. Level 3 headings: Align left, bold, italics, title case heading (Times New Roman, 12 pt)
    4. Level 4 headings: Indented, bold, title case heading, ending with a period (Times New Roman, 12 pt)
    5. Level 5 headings: Idented, bold, italics, title case heading, ending with a period (Times New Roman, 12 pt)

In-text references

Please credit ideas, texts, and research that have directly influenced your work. APA prefers paraphrasing over quoting.

  • Paraphrases state the other’s ideas in the author’s own words. Use author-date citation system (corresponds to the first word of the references entry) to attribute paraphrased deas:
    1. Parenthetical in-text citation: (Jones, 2021)
    2. Narrative in-text citation: Jones (2021) provided clear guidlines on food hygiene.
  • Quote sparingly and only when necessary. When the quotation contains fewer than 40 words, use the author-date citation system:
    1. Parenthetical in-text citation: “intentional, carefully planned techniques by which learners monitor or manage their reading” (Sheorey & Mokhtari, 2001, p. 436). For multiple pages, use pp.
    2. Narrative in-text citation: According to Sheorey and Mokhtari (2001), reading strategies are “intentional, carefully planned techniques by which learners monitor or manage their reading” (p. 436).
    3. Block quotes (more than 40 words): Quotation marks are not used. The quotation is double spaced and it starts on a new line indented 0.5 in from the left margin. The reference is in parentheses and it is placed after the last period of the quotation.
  • Multiple authors:
    1. Two authors: include the name of both authors in every in-text citation. In narrative in-text citations, use ‘and’ and in paranthetical in-text citations use ‘&’ to connect the two authors:Paranthetical in-text citation: (Carter & Nunan, 2001)Narrative in-text citation: Carter and Nunan (2001) …
    2. Three or more authors: only the first author’s name is included and “et al.” is added in every citation from the first mention.Parenthetical in-text citation: (Jones et al., 2021)Narrative in-text citation: Jones et al. (2021) maintained that …
  • Unknown author
    When the author is unknown, the title of the publication and the date should be included in the citation.
  • Organization as author
    Name the organization and the year of publication, e.g. Ministry of Education (2016)
  • Two or more works in parenthetical in-text citation
    When citing multiple works, authors should place the citations in alphabetical order separating them by semicolons, e.g. (Cole, 2012; Johnson & Johnson, 1994; Kagan, 1994; Marashi & Baygzadeh, 2010).

Reference list

  • References, as a Level 1 heading, should be centered and bolded. Entries are ordered alphabetically with a hanging or a second line indent.
  • A period is used to separate reference elements and a comma is used to separate parts of an element.
  • Capitalize only the first word of a book or article title.
  • Capitalize proper nouns, initials, and acronyms in a title, as well as the first word after the colon ‘:’.
  • The entry contains the following elements: the author’s name and surname (surname, name initials), publication year (e. g. 2001), part-of-the-whole titles (chapter and article title), stand-alone titles (book, journal, website and report titles, source. Stand-alone titles (book, journal, website, report titles) are italicized, while part-of-the-whole titles (chapters and articles) are not italicized.
  • Citing a bookSingle author – Author surname, initial(s). (Year). Title of the book. Place: PublisherStevens, J. (2001). Applied multivariate statistics for the social sciences (4th ed.). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum AssociatesTwo authors – Author surname, initial(s)., & Author surname, initial(s). (Year). Title. Place: PublisherKagan, S., & Kagan M. (2009). Kagan cooperative learning. San Clemente, CA: Kagan PublishingThree or more authors – Author surname, initial(s)., Last name, initial(s)., & Last name, initial(s). (Year). Title. Place: PublisherGreig, A., Taylor, J., & MacKay, T. (2013). Doing research with children: A practical guide. London: Sage.Unknown author – Title of the book (edition). (Year). Place: PublisherMerriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary (11th ed.). (2003). Merriam-Webster.Edited book – Author surname, initial(s). (Ed.). (Year). Title. Place: PublisherJordan, J. V., Walker, M., & Hartling, L. M. (Eds). (2004). The complexity of connection. Guilford Press; New York, NY.
  • Citing a doctoral dissertation or master’s thesisAuthor surname, initial(s). (Year). Title of the thesis (Publication No. – if available). [Doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis, Institution]. Archive name. URLAxford, J.C. (2007). What constitutes success in Pacific Island community conserved areas? [Doctoral dissertation, University of Queensland]. UQ eSpace.
  • Citing a journal article or conference proceedingsSingle author – Author surname, initial(s). (Year). Article title. Journal title, Volume, number (issue number of journal), page range of article. DOI number as an URLEldridge, J. (1996). Code-switching in a Turkish secondary school. ELT Journal, 50(4), 303-311. authors – Author surname, initial(s)., & Author surname, initial(s). (Year). Article title. Journal title. Volume number (issue number of journal), page range of article. DOI number as an URLFurnham, A., and Ribchester, T. (1995). Tolerance of ambiguity: A review of the concept, its measurement and applications. Current Psychology, 14 (3), 179–199. or more authors – Author surname, initial(s)., Author surname, initial(s), & Author surname, Initials. (Year). Article title. Journal title. Volume number (issue number of journal), page range of article. DOI number as an URLGeraghty, S., Lauva, M., & Oliver, K. (2016). Reconstructing compassion: Should it be taught as part of the curriculum? British Journal of Nursing, 25(15), 836-839.
  • Citing a book or e-book chapterAuthor Surname, Initial(s)., & Author Surname, Initial(s). (Year). Title of the book chapter. In Initial(s) Editor Surname & Initial(s) Editor Surname (Eds.), Title of the book (ed., page range). Publisher. DOI number (if available).Johnson, D. W., & Johnson, R. T. (2013). The impact of cooperative, competitive, and individualistic learning environments on achievement. In J. Hattie & E. Anderman (Eds.), International handbook of student achievement (pp. 372-374). New York: Routledge.

Further instructions

  • If the entries include two or more works by the same author, use the author’s name for all entries and list the entries by the year (earliest comes first).
  • When an author appears both as a sole author and as the first author in a co-authored paper, list the one-author entries first.
  • References that have the same first author and different second and/or third authors are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the second author or the last name of the third if the first and second authors are the same.
  • If more entries by the same author (or the same group of authors) are published in the same year and cited, organize them in the reference list alphabetically by the title of the article or chapter. Letter suffixes should be also assigned to the year and such manuscripts should be referred to in the text as they appear in the reference list, e.g. Jones (2021a) maintains…

Tables and figures format


All tables should be numbered sequentially as they are referred to in the text (Table 1, Table 2, etc.), likewise for figures (Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.). Data in a table that would need only two columns and rows ought to be presented in the text. More complex data should be presented in tabular format. Quantitative data should be presented clearly and efficiently and it should be arranged logically. Titles of tables should be italicized and placed below the table number, with a blank line between the number and the title.


Figures display all graphical information that is not in the tables. Figures include graphs, charts, drawings, maps, and photos. All figures that are in the main text contain a figure number (Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.), which is assigned based on the order in which figures appear in the text. Figure numbers are left aligned and bolded. Figure title is written below the number and it is italicized. The title should be clear and self-explanatory. Figure title and number should be double spaced.

Manuscripts submitted to MAPEI are initially reviewed by the MAPEI editor to check their potential suitability. Only those manuscripts that meet the MAPEI criteria will be sent out for formal peer review. Reviewers evaluate the manuscript, focusing on its originality and value, technical quality, clarity and organization, depth of research and contribution to the field. Based on reviewers’ advice, the editor decides to: accept the manuscript, require major revision, require minor revision, or reject the manuscript. Reviewers’ feedback and timely submission are greatly appreciated.

All reviews are submitted online through the MAPEI submission system. Reviewers should observe that the author(s) have followed the author guidelines, editorial policy and publication ethics and that the reporting guidelines are fully applied. The reviewer report should be objective, unbiased, clear, unambiguous, accurate, and constructive. The reviewer’s comments must be substantiated by facts and arguments and reviewers should avoid hostile or sarcastic comments. Reviewers should respect the confidentiality of the manuscript and should not discuss the unpublished manuscript with colleagues. If reviewers want their manuscript to remain anonymous, they should avoid disclosing their identity through named comments.

Reviewers should fill in the MAPEI reviwer report. The following questions need to addressed to properly evaluate the paper:

  • Does the title reflect the contents of the manuscript?
  • Does the abstract contain precise and essential information about the manuscript?
  • Is the manuscript’s framework clearly established in the introductory section?
  • Are the study’s objectives and research questions clearly defined?
  • Are the usefulness and significance of the current study explicitly specified?
  • Does the author use a sufficient number of references to outline the study’s background?
  • Does the author use credible and updated research sources to strengthen his/her arguments?
  • Is the research methodology clear and precise?
  • Was the statistical analysis conducted appropriately? (if applicable)
  • Are the tables and figures effectively presented? Are they sufficiently informative?
  • Are the findings appropriately discussed in the context of previous literature in the field?
  • Are main conclusions supported by the obtained results?
  • Do authors support their arguments with clear evidence?
  • Are sources in the reference list cited correctly and according to the journal guidelines?
  • Does the language need improvement? Does the manuscript contain any typographical and grammatical errors?
  • Is the manuscript understandable and appropriate for the MAPSS journal?

All manuscripts submitted for publication in MAPEI are cross-checked for plagiarism using Truitin Software. According to COPE plagiarism is “When somebody presents the work of others (data, words or theories) as if they were his/her own and without proper acknowledgment”. Any allegations of plagiarism or self-plagiarism will be investigated by the editor in chief and MAP. If the allegations be confirmed, the authors will be contacted to explain the overlapping content. The Editorial Board members and the authors’ institution might also be asked to assist in further evaluation of the manuscript.

Based on the investigation and depending on the extent of plagiarism, the following actions might be taken:

  • The paper might be returned to authors to address the issue using sources properly
  • In case the similarity is too extensive, the paper might be rejected
  • In case the paper is already published online, a correction, expression of concern or retraction might be published.
  • The author’s institution might be also informed.