The Journal of Legal and Political Education is a bi-annual (2 regular issues per year), international, open-access, and peer-reviewed journal published by the Institute for Research and European Studies. It follows a regular publishing schedule with the occasional addition of a special issue. The journal has adopted a rolling submission and publication model in response to the evolving landscape of academic publishing and to better serve scholars. By adopting this innovative model, the Journal of Legal and Political Education positions itself at the forefront of academic publishing, offering a dynamic and responsive platform that better serves the needs of the scholarly community.

The focus and scope of this journal revolve around the interdisciplinary exploration and advancement of knowledge in the realms of law and politics, particularly within an educational context.

Key areas of focus are not limited to but may include:

- Academic Innovations: The journal seeks to explore innovative teaching methods, curriculum designs, and educational technologies in legal and political education. This includes research on experiential learning, simulation exercises, and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching law and politics.

- Legal and Political Theory: Scholars are encouraged to submit papers that critically engage with foundational theories in law and politics and their implications for educational practice. This may include discussions on democracy, justice, human rights, governance, and the rule of law.

- Citizenship Education: The journal welcomes research on civic education and its role in fostering informed and engaged citizenship. Topics may include civics curriculum development, civic participation, political socialization, and the cultivation of democratic values and skills.

- Legal and Political Institutions: Papers exploring the functioning and reform of legal and political institutions from an educational perspective are of interest. This could encompass studies on legal systems, governmental structures, electoral processes, and the role of law in society.

- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: The journal promotes research that examines issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in legal and political education. This includes investigations into the representation of marginalized groups in the curriculum, efforts to promote diversity in the legal and political professions, and strategies for creating inclusive learning environments.

- Law and Politics in Practice: The journal encourages submissions that analyze the intersection of law and politics in real-world contexts and their implications for educational practice. This may involve case studies, policy analyses, and evaluations of educational interventions addressing contemporary legal and political challenges.

Journal of Legal and Political Education 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 established and early-career researchers and doctoral students to participate 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 afterward it will be submitted to the peer-reviewers. The JLPE'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 Legal and Political Education does not have article submission charges (ASCs) or article processing charges (APCs). All the articles are published without publication fees and are freely available online. They are published under the Liberal Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0). The author holds the copyright and retains publishing rights without restrictions.

When submitting to JLPE, if you have access to open-access funding that can support the journal’s operations, please inform us no later than upon the acceptance of your article. Contact us at [jlpe@iies.mk] if you or your institutions have such funding available. Institutions with access to open-access funding are expected to support journals like JLPE when their members publish with us.

Operating the journal incurs costs for the domain name, web hosting, copy-editing, layout, etc. These costs average 300 EUR per 8000-word article published by JLPE. We do not charge for the first 8000 words. For articles exceeding 8000 words, there is a fee of 98 EUR per additional 1000 words, with a proportional charge for any extra words. If a fee is applicable for your accepted article, you will receive an invoice and be asked to pay through the journal system.

The editors of JLPE believe this regulation is fair as it aims to ensure funding for the journal on a non-profit basis. Additionally, it accommodates authors who are unable to pay the fee for articles exceeding 8000 words by allowing them to adhere to the standard article length.

Journal of Legal and Political Education 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). 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 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.

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 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.
  • 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 (JLPE Declaration of Originality).

What does the Journal of Legal and Political Education publish?
This journal publishes:

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

Why publish in the Journal of Legal and Political Education?

  • Rigorous peer-review and editorial support;
  • Multidisciplinary audience;
  • Authors retain copyright;
  • 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.
  • JLPE is operated by an international network of researchers, making it highly esteemed within the international research community.

 

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