Special Issues

Special Issues are an important component of Journal of Liberty and International Affairs. They deal with more focused topics with high current interest falling within the scope of the journal.

Special Issue Proposals:
Submission by a Guest Editor(s) of a proposed Special Issue must include the following:

  • A suggested title for the Special Issue (max. 15 words);
  • Name(s), affiliation(s), and short bio of the proposed Special Issue editor(s);
  • Proposed summary, aims and scope, giving an overview of the Special Issue’s intended focus and a list of the topics to be covered;
  • A long abstract (1800 words) of the introductory essay;
  • A draft of the Call for Papers that will solicit submissions for the Special Issue;
  • Expected date of submission of the complete set of papers to the journal.

Special Issue proposals are welcome at any time during the year, and should be submitted to: contact@e-jlia.com with “Special Issue proposal” in the subject line. All proposals are subject to approval by the journal following a discussion of the proposed Special Issue among the journal’s editors. If approved, a Call for Papers for the Special Issue will be issued and posted online.

Acceptance of the Submissions for a Special Issue:
Upon approval of the proposal for a Special Issue, the Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor and Guest Editor will set in place a time-line for the submission of articles. The Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor are also responsible for the administration of the peer-review process and the communication of recommendations of peer-reviewers to the Guest Editor.

Role of the Guest Editor:
The Guest Editor is responsible for the following:

  • Inviting contributions and liaising with the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor;
  • Work with the authors to obtain articles of high quality;
  • Ensure that authors are aware of the article submission process;
  • Coordinate a rigorous peer-review process (at least two independent referees);
  • Communicating to prospective contributors that being invited to submit an article is not a guarantee of its publication;
  • Formulating a timetable with the Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor;
  • Advising the Editor-in-Chief of suitable reviewers for specific articles;
  • Preparing the introductory article for the Special Issue;
  • Ensure that the English is at a publishable level upon receipt;
  • Securing requested revisions of articles from authors and re-submitting revised and final versions of articles to the Editor-in-Chief;
  • Ensuring that the articles have not been published elsewhere.

Role of the Editor-in-Chief and the Managing Editor:
The Editor-in-Chief in consultation with the Managing Editor is responsible for the following:

  • Formulating a timetable with the Guest Editor;
  • Arranging the peer-review of each proposed article in the Issue;
  • Negotiating revisions with Guest Editor;
  • Forwarding reviewers’ comments and recommendations to the Guest Editor;
  • Setting deadlines for receipt of revisions;
  • Deciding on the suitability of individual articles for publication;
  • The Editor-in Chief maintains the right to refer any single article to alternative or additional peer assessment, and to refuse any articles that are not recommended for publication by alternate reviewer(s).

Article Submissions:

  • Submission to this Special Issue is via open Call for Papers, by listing the CfP in major academic announcement mailing lists/websites and by sending the CfP to researchers in the areas around the world.
  • Submissions for the Special Issue should follow the Article guidelines for regular articles.
  • Submissions should be sent in a Microsoft Word format, as an Email attachment to contact@e-jlia.com with “JLIA Special Issue” in the subject line.

The Peer Review Process and Editorial Procedure:

  • Articles submitted for inclusion in Special Issues will be evaluated by the same strict criteria as regular contributed submissions.
  • Articles are subjects 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 author details and will themselves remain anonymous to the author.

The following procedures apply in respect of the peer-review process:

  • Once an article is submitted to a Special Issue, it will be checked by the journal’s editors to ensure that it is suitable to go through the normal peer-review process.
  • Once this is done, the article will be sent to the Guest Editor provided that there is no potential conflict of interests with the submitting authors. If there is a conflict of interests such that the Guest Editor cannot handle any of the submissions to the Special Issue, the article will be sent to an International Advisory Committee Member based on the subject of the article, the availability of the editors, and the lack of any potential conflict of interests with the submitting authors.
  • Prior to the formal peer-review, the Guest Editor is responsible for providing detailed editorial comments on each article, and can add additional articles or reject those which are inappropriate (in quality and scope) for the Special Issue.
  • When satisfied with the quality and coverage of each article, the Guest Editor forwards the entire issue to the Editor-in-Chief along with any suggestions they may have for referees.
  • The Editor-in-Chief then conducts at least two blind independent peer-reviews of the entire issue. Upon completion of the peer-review process, recommendations and comments are returned by the Editor-in-Chief to the Guest Editor.
  • The Guest Editor is responsible for communicating with individual article authors, and ensuring that reviewers’ concerns are addressed. Individual articles may be eliminated from the Special Issue at this time.
  • Upon completion of the requested revisions, the Guest Editor will transmit the entire revised issue along with any additional requested materials to the Editor-in-Chief, including a note detailing the substance of the revisions which have been completed and an explanation of how they have addressed reviewers’ concerns or otherwise improved the individual articles or issue.
  • Following submission of the revised article, the Editor-in-Chief may accept the issue, ask for additional revisions, or submit all or any part of the issue for further review and subsequent re-revision.

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. The authors should email signed and scanned JLIA Declaration of originality.

Open Access:
Journal of Liberty and International Affairs is an electronic and 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. Special Issues are made freely available online to all interested readers leading to the maximum possible dissemination and recognition within the scientific community. Special Issues can be viewed and downloaded on the individual article level, but are also available in an edited volume format as a single PDF published with a custom cover.

Publication Fee:
The Institute for Research and European Studies is a self-supporting and non-profit organization. Hence, the article publication fee is required to meet Journal of Liberty and International Affairs operating costs. The payment method will be notified in the acceptance letter.

  • Publication fee: 48 EUR (or its USD equivalent)  


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

  • Article has been made in the light of JLIA guidelines;
  • The article has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration;
  • The article file is sent in a Microsoft Word format, as an Email attachment to contact@e-jlia.com, with “JLIA Special Issue” in the subject line;
  • 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 relating the Special Issues;
  • Corresponding author has prepared for submission JLIA Declaration of originality.
  • Author(s) is/are aware of the publication fee of the journal.


Any queries should be referred to: contact@e-jlia.com

The Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor, and Guest Editor expect the authors and reviewers to respect the principles of academic ethics.


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