Author Guidelines

1. Submitting the manuscript

All manuscripts must be submitted to the associate editor by e-mail at ciprian.sandu@fspac.ro two months in advance of the issue. So, for the January issue, the submission deadline is 1st of November, for the April number the submission deadline is 1st of February, for the July number the submission deadline is the 1st of May and for the October number the deadline is the 1st of August.

Submission of a paper implies that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere and further that it contains work not previously published elsewhere.

The manuscript must not have more than four authors. Once a manuscript is submitted the author/authors must wait the final outcome of the peer review process before submitting a new manuscript for evaluation.

2. Review process

The editorial board will make an initial screening of all manuscripts received. Selected manuscripts will be subjected to a double blind peer review, which means they will be reviewed by at least one referee on the basis of anonymity. The final decision is made by the editorial board which reserves the right to refuse any manuscript or, in cases when manuscripts are accepted, to add certain corrections or shorten them. Any changes affecting the substance of the text will, of course, only be made in agreement with the author. The review process takes between three and nine months.

3. Text

Manuscripts should be no longer than 25 pages and they must be written in English (US spelling). Also, the manuscripts must be complete in all respects (including tables and figures). For further style requirements, read the “Point of style” section.

4. Title, subtitles and biography

The first page must contain the full title of the paper, the full name(s) of the author(s), academic or professional affliliations and complete addresses of all authors. In the case of multiple authors, every author should be displayed on a new line, followed by organizational details, separated by commas. The name and address of the author to whom correspondence may be sent should be indicated, including an e-mail address, telephone number and fax number.

The title of the paper should consist of eight words or less.  Notes are not allowed in the title. Subtitles must be short and clearly defined.

5. Abstract and key words

A structured summary of no more than 200 words should be included, at the beginning of the paper. The summary (abstract) should describe the main subjects covered by the paper. The summary should be understandable to readers who have not read the rest of the paper. It should not contain any citations of other published work.

With the abstract should also be sent the article’s key words.

6. Ethics, scientific misconduct and malpractice

Integrity in research and publishing is of great importance for our center. We consider it an essential part of our ethical responsibilities as editors to be aware of and to meet these challenges and to develop strategies for coping with them.

Likewise, Conflict Studies Quarterly is committed to ethical standards in its own editorial policy. The editors of the journal do their best to ensure fair, unbiased, and transparent peer review processes and editorial decisions.

Any detected cases of misconduct, whether on the part of authors, reviewers or editors, will be vigorously pursued.

In order to help the authors avoid any type of misconduct, we will exemplify ethics breaches and scientific misconduct as follows:

Plagiarism – passing off another’s work or idea as your own

Duplicate submission – submitting a paper simultaneously to more than one publication at a time

Conflict of interest – nondisclosure to the publication that you have a direct or indirect conflict that prevents you from being unbiased in your paper2

Authorship disputes – deliberately misrepresenting a scientist’s relationship to their work on a published paper

Salami slicing – the “slicing” of research that would form one meaningful paper into several different papers

Research fraud – which includes fabrication (making up research data); and falsification (manipulation of existing research data, tables, or images)

The editors of CSQ are responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published.  In evaluating the submitted manuscripts, the editors will limit themselves only to the intellectual content.  The editors can choose to ignore any material that breaks legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.  The editors must ensure the confidentiality of the submitted works until they are published, except in the case of suspicion of double submission.  In case the editors decide not to publish a material, the manuscript should not be used for other purposes without the express written consent of the author.

The reviewers of CSQ assist the editors in taking the decision of publishing a submitted manuscript.  The reviewers are bound to treat the manuscript received for peer reviewing as confidential, and must not use the information obtained through peer review for personal advantage.  The reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works.  When the authors use other materials, sources should be appropriately cited.  Any attempt of plagiarism will be followed by the rejection of the submitted manuscript.  Authors should not submit the same work or describe essentially the same research in more than one journal

7. Final submission and copyright issues

Once the manuscript has been accepted for publication, the author must provide a final version incorporating the referees’ comments.

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