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Author Guidelines

Czech Journal of International Relations publishes peer-reviewed research articles, review articles, and discussion articles as well as unrefereed reactions to the contributions published in the journal and book reviews of recent scholarship. Manuscripts accepted by the editors for peer reviews are subject to a double-blind evaluation process. The anonymity of the review process ensures the high quality of the reviews and gives equal opportunities to both established academics and junior researchers. Authors, editors, and reviewers are obliged to follow the Publication Ethics and the Manuscript Guidelines of the journal. The editorial team takes the final decision about the publication of each manuscript.

Special Issues

The journal welcomes suggestions for special issues. If interested, please send a proposal to dopita@iir.cz for initial consideration.

A special issue proposal should include:

  1. The names and affiliations of the potential guest editors, including short bios (no more than 250 words).
  2. A long abstract of the proposed special issue that includes a topic specification, a set of research questions, and a vindication of the special issue’s scholarly and practical relevancy (1000 – 1500 words).
  3. A list of at least four potential contributors, including their short bios (no more than 150 words).
  4. A timeline outlining the expected dates for the Call for Papers, manuscript submissions, and the finalisation of the peer-review process.

Section Policies

Research Articles

A research article should pose a specific research question, problem, or goal, clarify its relationship to the relevant scholarly literature, introduce its analytical procedure, present a theoretically informed empirical analysis, and draw conclusions about the given research and about the article’s contribution to existing knowledge. A research article should not have less than 7 000 or more than 11 000 words. This word limit includes the figures, tables, charts, and endnotes as well as the list of literature and documents but excludes the abstract, the acknowledgements, and the author’s biography.

Review Articles

A review article should pose a question, problem, or goal that concerns a specific field of contemporary scholarly literature. Its possible functions are to organize, synthesize and critically evaluate literature, identify patterns and gaps, and recommend new research areas. The analysed field should be well-represented in the article, which should articulate an original argument about the given segment of literature. A review article should not have less than 7 000 or more than 11 000 words. This word limit includes the figures, tables, charts, and endnotes as well as the list of literature but excludes the abstract, the acknowledgements, and the author’s biography.

Discussion Articles

A discussion article should make an original argument about a major scholarly contribution, be it a single book, or a broader body of work of a single author or of a limited number of influential authors. It should discuss the given academic intervention while considering profound theoretical questions and its relations to salient political events or movements as well as to other academic literature. A discussion article should not have less than 5 000 or more than 9 000 words. This word limit includes the figures, tables, charts, and endnotes as well as the list of literature and documents but excludes the abstract, the acknowledgements, and the author’s biography.

Reactions

A reaction is not subject to peer review, but it should react to a peer-reviewed contribution published in the journal. It should provide a critical evaluation of the article’s strengths and weaknesses as well as of its academic or practical contribution. A reaction to a peer-reviewed contribution published in our journal should not have less than 1 500 or more than 3 000 words. This word limit includes endnotes as well as the list of literature and documents and excludes the author’s biography.

Book Reviews

A book review should briefly introduce the book’s author or authors, provide information about the book’s thesis, objectives, structure and content, and identify the book’s potential audience. Each review must include a critical evaluation of the book and its contribution. A book review should not have less than 1 500 or more than 2 500 words, including the list of references and endnotes.

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items. Submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The manuscript has not been published elsewhere and is not under consideration by another journal or publishing house either. All authors (but also the editors and reviewers) are required to follow the rules expressed in the statement of publication ethics.
  • The topic of the manuscript fits into the focus and scope of  the journal.
  • The manuscript has an explicit research objective.
  • The manuscript has a clear structure in accordance with the rules of academic writing and the research objective declared by the author.
  • Citations and bibliographical references are incorporated into the manuscript. The manuscript should also be supplemented with a list of references (see author guidelines).
  • A research article or review article should not have less than 7 000 or more than 11 000 words. A discussion article should not have less than 7 000 or more than 11 000 words. A reaction should not have less than 1 500 or more than 3 000 words. A book review should not have less than 1 500 or more than 2 500 words. These word limits include the figures, tables, charts, and endnotes as well as the list of literature and documents but exclude the abstract, the acknowledgements, and the author’s biography.