In 2017, the Military Technical Courier, a scientific journal of the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Serbia, marks the 65th anniversary of its regular and continuous publishing.
The journal was founded by a decree of the Chief of the General Staff of the Yugoslav Army in August 1952 in order to continue the tradition of five reviews of military branches and services (Artillery Courier, Tank Courier, Courier of Engineering and Chemical Units of the Yugoslav Army, Courier of Communications and Logistics and Support of the Yugoslav Army) which had been covering tactics and technique issues from 1947 to 1952. According to the founding act, the main tasks of the Military Technical Courier were “to analyze and study issues regarding armament, technical and other material equipment of the branches and services concerning the knowledge of the materials, their handling, application, effects, storage, repair and upgrading as well as to deal with technical issues of the organisation, war experience of logistic services and military traffic and evacuation.” Chief of the General Staff’s decree of 16th December 1952 founding the first editorial board that “has a directive to be responsible for the review editing” was followed by the first issue of the Military Technical Courier in January 1953.
The Military Technical Courier follows in the footsteps of the outstanding military technical publications published in our previous countries (in the Kingdom of Serbia and Kingdom of Yugoslavia): Artillery and Engineering Courier (1905-1906), Artillery Courier (1926-1932), Infantry and Artillery Courier (1933-1941), Engineering Courier (1929-1940), Aviation Courier (1927-1941) and Nautical Courier (1933-1940). There is no doubt that their quality and professional profiles paved the way to today’s Military Technical Courier.
On the occasion of the journal’s 60th anniversary of the publication, marked in 2012, we listed the most significant results in its editorial policy from its foundation in 1953 until 2012.
Taking this opportunity, we would like to emphasize several important achievements realized in the period from 2012 to 2016.
Since 7th July 2014, the journal has been indexed and visible in the ROAD. ROAD, the Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources, is a service offered by the ISSN International Centre with the support of the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO.
Also, since 23rd July 2014, the journal has been indexed, referred to and available in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, the DOAJ awarded the Seal label to the Military Technical Courier on 20th July 2016.
The DOAJ Seal is a mark of certification for open access journals, awarded by the DOAJ (in accordance with standard criteria) to journals already in its base that achieve an additionally high level of openness, adhering to Best Practice and high publishing standards. The Military Technical Courier has thus become the first journal in the Republic of Serbia with this prestigious designation.
Since 18th February 2015, the journal has been indexed in the Russian Scientific Electronic Library (eLIBRARY.RU) and the Russian Index of Science Citation/Российский индекс научного цитирования (RINC/РИНЦ), as the first scientific journal from Serbia indexed in the RINC/РИНЦ.
As of 27 November 2015, the Military Technical Courier is a member of OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association).
In this year’s Bibliometric Report, as well as in its 2012, 2013 and 2014 Reports, the Center for Evaluation in Education and Science (CEON) marked the Military Technical Courier with “kk (quality control through the CEON Aseestant system)” which represents the controlled quality of a journal in this evaluation system. The Military Technical Courier is one of the first journals in the Serbian Citation Index to obtain it.

On the occasion of this year's jubilee, the Editorial Office expresses gratitude to individuals and institutions who, through their dedication, commitment and assistance, have provided the continuity and progress of the journal in the past period. Our special appreciation for their unstinting support in achieving the criteria for raising the quality of editorial work and journal’s visibility is extended to the following colleagues and associates:

– Nikola Stanić, CEON – Center for Evaluation in Education and Science (Serbian Citation Index),
– Emma Mandich (Эмма Мандыч), Victor Gluhov (Виктор Глухов), Evegenia Shepelova, (Евгения Шепелёва), eLIBRARY.RU – Russian Scientific Electronic Library (RSCI - Russian Science Citation Index),
– Anastasia Nesterova (Анастасия Нестерова), Publisher "Lan" - Electronic Library System,
– Julia Malsagova, CyberLeninka – Scientific Electronic Open Access Library,
– Sonja Brage, DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals,
– Claire Redhead, OASPA - Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association,
– Slavko Pokorni and Stojan Radenović, members of the Editorial Board and reviewers,
– Dobrila Miletić, Serbian language editing and proofreading,
– Jasna Višnjić (English language editing and translating), Karina Avagyan (Russian language editing and translating), Dragan Vučković (French language editing and translating),
– Danijela Protić, General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces – Center for Applied Mathematics and Electronics,
– Ivica Ocokoljić, General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces - Center for the command and information systems.

The Editorial Office is also grateful to all the authors who have put their trust in the Military Technical Courier as well as to previous editors, involved reviewers and members of the editorial boards whose longtime commitment obligates the current and future members of the Editorial Office to work persistently on the further improvement of the journal, especially on increasing the journal's bibliometric quality and impact in both Serbian and international academic community.

Nebojša N. Gaćeša

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