Journal of Liberty and International Affairs is a triannual (3 regular issues per year), international, open-access, and peer-reviewed journal published by the Institute for Research and European Studies. This journal follows a regular publishing schedule with the occasional addition of a special issue. The Journal of Liberty and International Affairs has embraced a rolling submission and publication model to better accommodate scholars in light of the changing landscape of academic publishing. After publishing all articles intended for an issue, the issue's Table of Contents and Acknowledgment to Reviewers are published, and thus the specific issue is considered closed. After that, the journal opens the next issue.

Journal of Liberty and International Affairs aims to provide an active international forum for analysis, research, and debate in the fields of political sciences, international relations, and law. Additionally, contributions from economics and related fields are also encouraged. The JLIA intends to offer academic and public debate, taking into account the following topics, but not limited to Individual Liberty, Libertarianism, Liberalism, Objectivism, Capitalism, Anarchism, Democracy, Political Anthropology, International Relations and Diplomacy, Public and Private International Law, Geopolitics, Nationalism, Multilateralism, Ideology, Politics and Religion, Neo-Ottomanism, Yugosphere, Propaganda, Regional Cooperation, European Federalism, EU Law and Politics, European Economic Governance, EU Foreign and Security Policy, Competitive Federalism, Comparative Constitutional Law, Human Rights and Liberties, Local Government, Gender Studies, Emerging Powers (BRICS, Russia, China, India, etc.), Transatlantic Relations, and other related topics that contribute to the understanding of liberty and international affairs from different angles.

This journal places particular emphasis on Europe/EU as a pivotal element in today's international affairs. Moreover, the editorial team actively encourages submissions that delve into Balkan issues, particularly focusing on the region's stance towards European integration and its role in the evolving international landscape.

Journal of Liberty and International Affairs intends to broaden the knowledge base of its readers significantly and, in this context, shall focus on only those articles that fall within its scope. While seeking to stimulate interest in and understanding of liberty and international affairs, the journal does not seek to promote any particular policies or approaches.

Journal of Liberty and International Affairs is oriented towards a wide audience of interested fellow specialists, geared towards informing policy-makers and engaging students. It is open to any researchers, regardless of their geographical origin, race, nationality, ideological affiliation, religion, or gender, as long as they have an adequate article. Since the journal addresses a wide range of academics, we encourage the presentation of research to be made at a level that is understandable to a broad audience. The editorial team encourages both established and early-career researchers and doctoral students to take part in this journal to stimulate a greater exchange of ideas and knowledge.

The content of the journal is based on pure academic research, with a tendency to achieve the highest standards of research and publishing. The journal benefits from the contribution of its International Editorial Committee (IEC) composed of experienced, agile, and dedicated scholars and researchers. These scholars and researchers may be affiliated with a University or another academic institution; however, they participate in the IEC on a personal basis. Thus, their decisions are independent, and unbiased by scientific or national prejudices, particular individuals, or conflicting interests. The IEC members are expected to: 1) provide additional opinions on articles; 2) help identify suitable reviewers; 3) possibly oversee the review process for several articles in a particular stream–choosing reviewers; and 4) contribute to the final publication decision.

Submitted articles are subject to initial editorial screening and anonymous peer-review at least by two reviewers.

Firstly, the submitted articles will be evaluated within our initial editorial screening. This screening is conducted by the journal's editorial board. The screening criteria are as follows:

  • Basic Formatting and Structure
  • Scope and Relevance
  • Language and Clarity
  • Ethical Compliance

If an article passes the initial screening, it proceeds to the peer-review stage, where it is evaluated in more detail by experts in the field. If it does not pass, it is either rejected outright or returned to the authors with feedback for necessary revisions.

After this preliminary stage, only afterwards it will be submitted to the peer-reviewers. The JLIA's Review Policy requires that each article be reviewed by individuals who are experienced and experts in the particular field of the submitted article. Our journal employs a rigorous double-blind peer-review process to ensure the highest standards of scholarly integrity and objectivity. In this process, both the authors and the reviewers remain anonymous.

Journal of Liberty and International Affairs is identified by an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) and each article carries a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) which is a persistent identifier or handle used to identify objects uniquely, standardized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The publisher and the journal have registered a deposit policy with SHERPA/RoMEO. All the articles are freely available online upon publication. They are published under the Liberal 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). Each article is archived in SSOAR with an assigned URN (Unique Resource Name), which is a persistent identifier (PID) that enables unequivocal and permanent access to the publication and its scientific citation. The author holds the copyright and retains publishing rights without restrictions. Articles that have been accepted will be published on the website of the journal and may be distributed to other online repositories. To provide visibility of the published work, the journal is indexed and abstracted in multiple academic repositories and search engines. The journal editors share announcements, news, and related articles about the topic of the journal on Facebook and LinkedIn.

The journal is a member of the Open Archives Initiative for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), which serves as a multi-stakeholder project involving scholarly publishers, infrastructure organizations, librarians, and researchers. Its purpose is to facilitate the open availability of scholarly citation data, thereby enabling the development of new and improved metrics.


Peer-Review Policy
Journal of Liberty and International Affairs is a peer-reviewed journal, all articles are examined by researchers with credentials in the article's field of study before they are published. Do not submit your article if you are not confident about its quality. This journal follows a double-blind peer-review policy strictly.


Open-Access Policy
As an open-access journal, all contents are freely available without charge to users or their institutions. Users can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without prior permission from the publisher or the author. Therefore, this journal has been approved by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), which indicates that it has fulfilled the open-access requirements of a peer-reviewed journal.


Information for Authors 

  • Articles may come from any country but must be written in English.
  • Articles are considered based on scientific validity and technical quality, not perceived impact.
  • The journal editors reserve the right to return to authors without peer-review, improperly formatted articles.
  • Authors are discouraged from using figures. (If there is sufficient cause to include figures, authors must submit original electronic copies in PNG, TIF, or high-resolution JPG format). If tables are included, they must be created in Word, not Excel.
  • The journal editors do not insist on a particular variant of the English language for the articles, but the grammar must be at a publishable level upon receipt. If the article is not written in the author’s mother tongue, the authors are encouraged to enlist the help of a native speaker or a professional proofreader before submitting the article.
  • The published articles are hierarchically numbered. They are published under the Liberal 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). The author holds the copyright and retains publishing rights without restrictions.
  • One author cannot send more than two articles (the first author of one article and the co-author of another one). The author declares that any person named as co-author of the article is aware of the fact and has agreed to be so named.
  • The article text should not include any information identifying the authors or other collaborators in the work.
  • Expect on average 14 weeks from the submission deadline to publication. Nevertheless, the journal reserves the right to take as much time as necessary, depending on the specific circumstances of each submission.
  • The publication of articles will only occur after the authors have validated the final proofs.
  • Each author needs to submit a short biography (max. 100 words).
  • Each author should provide an ORCID iD.
  • The articles should be submitted in a Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx).
  • The journal uses the plagiarism screening tool PlagScan.
  • The CRediT author statement enables authors to furnish submission details, allowing for a thorough account of individual contributions in the case of articles with multiple authors. The corresponding author should fill out this form. The authors' contributions will be disclosed in the final article and should faithfully represent the unique contributions of each author to the article.
  • Consent from the authors affirming that the article is their original work should accompany the article submission via the online submission form (JLIA Declaration of Originality).

 

What does the Journal of Liberty and International Affairs publish?
This journal publishes:

  • Original scientific articles;
  • Review articles;
  • Professional articles;
  • Book reviews.

 

Why publish in the Journal of Liberty and International Affairs?

  • Rigorous peer-review and editorial support;
  • Multidisciplinary audience;
  • Authors retain copyright. JLIA is listed in Sherpa Romeo;
  • Compliance with Open Access requirement;
  • Simple author instructions and article submission system;
  • Article announcement after publication through scholarly databases, social networks, etc.
  • To ensure permanent access to your work, we utilize the LOCKSS system (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe), created by Stanford University Libraries, and assign DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers, provided by Crossref) to each article.
  • The rolling submission and publication model allows authors to submit their works anytime. Once accepted, their work is published immediately without waiting for a specific issue.
  • JLIA is operated by an international network of researchers, making it highly esteemed within the international research community.

 

Publication Frequency:
Three regular issues per year, plus occasional special issues.