PREGLED: Periodical for Social Issues - ISSN 1986-5244

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PREGLED: Periodical for Social Issues

Publisher:
University of Sarajevo
Obala Kulina bana 7/II
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Pregled is a journal which had been, in the early years of publishing (February 1910 – April 1913), oriented towards scientific and social issues. Pregled was first published at a time when the Bosnian Council was being convened (1910) and amidst Austro-Hungarian attempts to strengthen its authority through the constitution. In this period, a strong dichotomy was felt among the parties, regarding the national issue, while religious intolerance dominated. In such a situation, the Pregled journal was initiated. The journal’s subject matter was precisely defined, as well as the issues it would deal with, including scientific, social, political, literary and economical issues. Only the documented, scientific articles in the field of sociology, politics, science, literature and culture were published. Prof. dr. Jefto Dedijer was the editor-in-chief, while the Serb Shareholding Printing Press printed the journal. 


In a relatively short time period, Pregled established itself as a journal dealing with a wide range of cultural issues, relying on the progressive public and promoting political ideas  opposing those of the Austro-Hungarian national orientation. The journal’s associates had clear views on the national culture, politics and freedom and would oftentimes publish their numerous disquisitions on scientific, cultural and social issues anonymously. In the first phase, Pregled was mainly a review which focused on social, political and cultural issues. Its aim was to stimulate the awakening of the national awareness in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Although reasons why the journal Pregled, initiated by the domestic intellectual powers, stopped being published remain unknown, one can assume that the difficult situation and turbulence in all spheres of social, political and economic live of Bosnia and Herzegovina were the main causes.


Pregled was published again on 7 February 1927, in the newly-formed state of Yugoslavia. Some former associates and initiators of the journal, together with a group of younger writers and cultural activists revived it. It became a weekly journal, published in a big format, with the same main thematic characteristic that had been defined before the war; this time enriched with excerpts from literature. Dr. Gojko Krulj was the publisher and editor-in-chief. Later those functions were performed by Borivoje Jeftić and Todor Kruševac. Dr. Jovan Kršić became editor-in-chief in 1932. He, together with Todor Kruševac, gave Pregled the recognizable appearance, until the year of 1942, when fascists attacked Yugoslavia.


In May 1946, a year after the liberation, Pregled reappeared. New conditions of life in socialist Yugoslavia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which was one of its republics, initiated it. At that time Pregled was a general review which sought to encompass all the problems in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the general problems of peculiar importance for the development of Bosnia and Herzegovina. All kinds of scientific, artistic and journalistic articles were published. 


Pregled ceases being a general review in 1948, as it starts to bring an increasing number of artistic and literary articles. However, it remained a journal for social issues in the widest sense of the word. In 1949, publishing of the journal was stopped, under the explanation that the issues treated by it, except for economy, were also discussed in some new journals. 


In 1953, the publishing of Pregled was restarted with Hasan Brkić and Mladen Čaldarović as its editors-in-chief. Enver Redžić was editor-in-chief from 1964 until 1967. Pregled monitored and supported the work of self-managed structures in all the spheres of economy and social life, especially experiences in the socialist management of the economy. The journal dealt with the issues of older and recent history of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the attempt to shed light upon some important events, through a historical-materialistic method, and remove different idealistic views, which made true understanding of the past difficult. Conceived in this way, Pregled was, in the period of ten years, among the few journals in the former Yugoslavia which autonomously, critically and courageously treated numerous economical, political, scientific-social and general cultural issues, thus gaining a significant reputation.


A new editorial board took over the journal in 1967, with dr. Besim Ibrahimpašić as the editor-in-chief. The editorial board was located at the University of Sarajevo building, the 7/III Obala Street. University of Sarajevo became the publisher. (Pregled predavanja 1969/1970, University of Sarajevo, p. 21.). This new editorial board continued with the previously verified concept, so the journal abound in articles which carried the essence of the time it belonged to, all written with critical sensibility and feelings for the issues that needed to be addressed, discussed and judged. It treated all that was progressive in the tradition and reality of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia, Europe and the world. From 1971 to 1974 a new editorial board came to the scene with dr. Arif Tanović as the editor-in-chief. The journal focused more strongly on domestic issues and processes, examining all that was of the essence and stimulating all that was progressive. That was a journal which accepted no dogmatism and sectarianism, for which no issue was a taboo and no name was untouchable. 


All the subsequent editorial boards and editors (for example, Franjo Kožul, Fuad Muhić, Radovan Milanović) continued the work based on the best traditions of the previous boards of editors. Pregled enables the reader to learn about the current social issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as about the current political and social issues in Europe and the world. Promotion of critical discourse with a strong humanistic resonance makes Pregled a source of intellectual inspiration and an inspiring obligation to go forward.


The last issue of Pregled was published in late 1990, when Džemal Sokolović was editor-in-chief.
After a 13-year-long break, in 2003, University of Sarajevo started publishing Pregled again. The editorial board was headed by Prof. dr. Salih Fočo.

The new editorial board, headed by prof. dr. Mirko Pejanović and prof. dr. Mustafa Imamović, attempts to realize a project for acquiring the rank of an indexed journal. For that purpose, in 2006 and 2007, copies of the journal were sent to the Thomson Reuters (Scientific) Ltd databases in the United States. A positive response is expected later in the year. 


In May 2009, Pregled was indexed at the INDEX COPERNICUS database, famous for the collection of summaries and full versions of texts published in journals. Having initiated the procedure for acquiring reference at EBSCO database, Pregled has been included in the list of referent journals. The latest issues will soon be available in the EBSCO search base. 

In 2008, the editorial board published three issues, as well as a special edition in English entitled Survey.