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. The journal also encourages the publication of occasional Special Issues. The journal aims to provide an active international forum for analysis, research, and debate in the fields of political sciences, international relations, and law. Beginning with Vol. 10, No. 2 (2024), JLIA will steadfastly focus on these designated scientific fields. The primary intention is to offer academic and public debate taking into account the following topics: 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; 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. It is important to emphasize, that this journal devotes special attention to Europe / EU as a crucial factor in contemporary international affairs. Also, the journal editorial team encourages submissions that treat Balkan issues, especially the attitude of the Balkan countries towards European integration, and their place within the new international context.

JLIA intends to significantly broaden the knowledge base of its readers, 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.

JLIA 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 where it 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.

This journal predominantly treats the topics of interest of political sciences, international relations, and international law, but also seeks to provide a quality interdisciplinary platform of debate for scholars and researchers on complementary disciplines, including social sciences and economics. 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. Thus, the role of IEC members is to advise and support the journal editors, who have responsibility for the content of the journal.

Submitted articles are subjects 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. After this preliminary stage, only afterward it will be submitted to the peer-reviewers.

The journal editorial policy requires that each article will be reviewed by individuals who are experienced and experts in the particular field of the submitted article (e.g. political sciences, international relations, law, social sciences, or economics).

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.

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. Articles are subject to initial editorial screening and anonymous peer-review by two reviewers who will be selected by the editors. This journal operates a closed peer-review process, meaning that reviewers will not know the authors' details and will themselves remain anonymous to the author. Don’t submit your article if you are not confident about the quality. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs 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 on the basis of 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 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 that identifies the authors, or any other collaborators in the work. The managing editor will remove personal details from the articles, prior to their sending to reviewers.
  • Expect on average 14 weeks from the submission deadline to publication.
  • 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 Journal of Liberty and International Affairs publish?
This journal publishes:

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

 

Why publish in Journal of Liberty and International Affairs?
When you publish in this journal you will enjoy:

  • Rigorous peer-review and editorial support;
  • Multidisciplinary audience;
  • Authors retain copyright to their work;
  • Compliance with Open Access requirement;
  • Simple author instructions and article submission system;
  • Article announcement after publication through scholarly databases, social networks, etc.

 

Publication Frequency: 3 issues per year