Philosophy of International Journal of Security Studies

IJoSS is an open access, online/print-on-demand, and peer-reviewed journal on Security Studies. IJoSS will present national and international perspectives on security issues and studies.


IJoSS is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal of graduate and undergraduate research and is published and supported by the Institute of Leadership and Strategic Studies (ILSS) at the University of North Georgia. IJoSS promotes student learning by disseminating student research on security studies that make an intellectual contribution to the discipline by providing international and national perspectives on the subject.

Each article submitted will undergo the Journal's editorial decision process. The Journal is not under any obligation to publish the Article. We will send you notices at the email address associated with your account.

Book Reviews, Practice and Perspectives, and Focus Articles undergo Editorial Review. Editorial review is an assessment of a submission undertaken by at least one member of the editorial staff. For these sections of the journal, unless otherwise noted, editorial review is the only assessment taken of a submission (taken from McGill).

Articles undergo Double Blind Peer Review. Double Blind Peer Review is an assessment of a submission in which both the reviewers and authors remain anonymous throughout the review process. The anonymous reviewers are established experts in the articles’ respective subject area.

Accepted authors are required to respond to all emails from the University of North Georgia Press within 72 hours.

If International Journal of Security Studies agrees to publish the Article, in order to expedite the publishing process and enable International Journal of Security Studies to circulate your work to the fullest extent, you hereby agree that upon publication, a non-exclusive license to archive and make the journal accessible under the Open Access conditions is granted to the publisher. The author(s) retain ownership and copyright of the document and thereby retain the right to use all or part of it in the future.

For more information, please see International Journal of Security Studies Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Undergraduate and graduate students from national and international universities (with a faculty mentor to advise), national and international members of the academic community, and professionals with first-hand knowledge in the field may all submit articles. To be considered for publication in IJoSS, authors must own the copyright to the work being submitted or be authorized by the copyright owner(s) to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

Undergraduate and professional articles are published in two separate volumes, with new volumes beginning every two years. Articles at both levels of IJoSS are published continuously after being peer reviewed.

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to International Journal of Security Studies, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at International Journal of Security Studies. If you have concerns about the submission terms for International Journal of Security Studies, please contact the editors.

Sections and Procedures

Book Reviews – Book Reviews provide thoughtful and reasoned evaluations of current books on subjects within the journal’s scope and focus. They should include a brief summary of the book’s content and purpose and avoid highly technical terms or jargon. They should not exceed 1,500 words in length. Submission should be identified as Book Review.

Practice and Perspectives – Practice and Perspectives pieces are intended to provide a forum for authors to discuss from a personal viewpoint experiences, models, issues, and/or ideas within the journal’s scope and focus. They may be opinionated but should remain balanced and are intended to stimulate discussion and new approaches. They should not exceed 7,000 words in length, have no abstract, a minimal number of references (no more than ten), and no figures or tables. Submission should be identified as Practice Perspectives.

Focus Articles – short, timely pieces spotlighting issues, policy, and/or research within the journal’s scope and focus. They should not exceed 10,000 words in length (including abstract, main text, references and figure legend). They should have a short pithy title, a one-sentence abstract, no more than twenty references, and one figure (with figure legend) or table. Submission should be identified as Focus Article.

Articles – offer significant contributions to the scholarship within the journal’s field, scope, and focus. They should not exceed 20,000 words in length. They should have an abstract of no more than 250 words, and they should include up to six figures and/or tables and around 40 references. Submission should be identified as Article.

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Formatting Requirements

See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality Microsoft Word file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository, requires credit to Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository as copyright holder (e.g., Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository © 2021).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository website and/or software agree not to misuse the Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository service or software in any way.

The failure of Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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