Articles should represent a substantial advance in the particular field within the scope of the journal in terms of originality (empirical or theoretical); importance to researchers in the field; and interest for readers and researchers outside the field. The journal categorizes the published articles as: original scientific articles; review articles or professional articles. This is a fully open access journal, which means that all articles are freely available, ensuring maximum, worldwide dissemination of content, in exchange for an article publication fee. The authors are strongly encouraged to read the peer-review process section and the Article Guidelines (or see bellow) carefully before preparing an article for submission, and also to check the article for conformance before submitting it for publication.

 Full Article Guidelines:                             Short Article Guidelines:                          Article Template:                              Declaration of Originality:

  • 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 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. Or you can use the services of suggested professional proofreaders in the list below.
  • The published articles are hierarchically numbered. They are published under the liberal CC Attribution License (CC-BY 3.0). The author holds the copyright and retains publishing rights without restrictions.
  • One author cannot send more than two articles (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 being 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.
  • Each author needs to submit a short biography (max. 150 words). If the authors submit their articles via Email (, the short biography should be submitted in a separate file.
  • Each author should provide ORCID ID.
  • The articles should be submitted in a Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx).
  • The journal uses the plagiarism screening tool PlagScan.
  • Consent from the authors affirming that the article is their original work should accompany the article submission via online submission form. If the authors submit their articles via Email (, they should attach signed and scanned JLIA Declaration of originality.

NOTE: Don’t submit your article if you are not confident about the quality. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs follows double-blind peer-review policy strictly.

Submission Preparation Checklist
Before submitting the article, author(s) should check the following list:

  • Article has been made in the light of journal’s author guidelines.
  • The article has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • The article file is in Microsoft Word file, or is sent via online submission form.
  • Author(s) did not mention his or her name and affiliation in the main text.
  • Author(s) has read all the terms and conditions of the journal.
  • Corresponding author has prepared for submission JLIA Declaration of originality.
  • Author(s) is/are aware of the publication fee of the journal.

Anti-Plagiarism Policy
The publisher and journal have a policy of “Zero Tolerance on the Plagiarism”. All articles will be checked by PlagScan before being sent to the reviewers. If the case of plagiarism or duplication is detected, the article will be immediately rejected. If plagiarism or duplication is detected after publication of the article, the journal editors have the right to issue a correction or retract the published article. Any attempts for plagiarism will be strictly sanctioned by the journal editors.

Open Access Statement
Journal of Liberty and International Affairs is a fully open access journal, which means that all articles are freely available, ensuring maximum, worldwide dissemination of content, in exchange for an article publication fee. The journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Published material can be re-used without obtaining permission as long as a correct citation to the original publication is given. For more information, see our Open Access Policy section.        

Article Correction and Retraction Policy

  • Erratum, is a statement by the authors of the original article, that briefly describes any correction(s) resulting from errors or omissions. Any effects on the conclusions of the article should be noted. The corrected article is not removed from the online journal, but notice of erratum is given. The Erratum is made freely available to all readers and is linked to the corrected article.
  • Retraction, is a notice that the article should not be regarded as part of the scientific literature. The journal editors follow COPE guidelines on retraction.
  • Corrigendum, notifies readers that an article has been corrected subsequent to publication. It is issued by the publisher and is used in cases where production errors (either the fault of the authors or the publisher) affect the integrity of the article metadata (such as title, author list or byline) or will significantly impact the readers' ability to comprehend the article. The original article is removed and replaced with a corrected version and a Corrigendum describing the correction is linked to it. The date the correction is made is noted on the corrected article. Corrigenda are freely available to all readers.
  • The journal editors always are willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

Copyright Policy

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. All materials are published under an open-access license that gives authors permanent ownership of their work.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (author's pre-prints on author server or institutional server only, while the author's post-prints on author's personal website, departmental website, employer's website or institutional repository) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.
  • Published source must be acknowledged.
  • Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published before and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • The journal editors are not responsible for any possible violations of existing copyright in articles published in the journal all responsibility is on the authors of those articles. The journal or publisher is not responsible for subsequent uses of the work. It is the author's responsibility to bring an infringement action if so desired by the author.

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*Each full text archived in SSOAR is assigned a URN (Unique Resource Name), which is a persistent identifier (PID) that enables unequivocal and permanent access to the publication and its scientific citation. In the case of preprints and postprints of published works, you are requested to also indicate the PID of the publisher’s version (as a rule, this is a Digital Object Identifier [DOI]). 

Suggested Professional Proofreaders
Please note that authors who are not native-speakers of English or who have difficulties with writing in English properly can, to a certain amount, be provided with help in rewriting their contribution in correct English. The amount and method of payment will be agreed between the author and the selected proofreader without any interference of the Journal of Liberty and International Affairs. The journal editorial board suggests the following professional proofreaders:

  • Bojan Gruevski (English and German), contact:
  • Nina Ilik (German and English), contact:
  • Julijana Jurak (French and English), contact:

NOTE: Use of this opportunity is not mandatory for publication in the Journal of Liberty and International Affairs.

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