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International Relations

2016 Impact Factor: 0.375
2016 Ranking: 74/86 in International Relations
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)
Published in Association with David Davies Memorial Institute

Editors
Ken Booth Aberystwyth University, UK
William Bain National University of Singapore, Singapore
Milja Kurki Aberystwyth University, UK
Associate Editors
Carl Death University of Manchester, UK
Charalampos Efstathopoulos Aberystwyth University, UK
Alistair Shepherd Aberystwyth University, UK
Kamila Stullerova Aberystwyth University, UK

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International Relations

eISSN: 17412862 | ISSN: 00471178 | Current volume: 31 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly

International Relations is explicitly pluralist in outlook. Editorial policy favours variety in both subject-matter and method, at a time when so many academic journals are increasingly specialised in scope, and sectarian in approach. We welcome articles or proposals from all perspectives and on all subjects pertaining to international relations: law, economics, ethics, strategy, philosophy, culture, environment, and so on, in addition to more mainstream conceptual work and policy analysis. We believe that such pluralism is in great demand by the academic and policy communities and the interested public.

Each volume will normally contain peer-reviewed research articles, and a mixture of review essays, interviews, debates and forums. Special issues will be published, and we welcome ideas.

"International Relations is one of the few outstanding journals in our field." Robert Gilpin, Eisenhower Professor of Public and International Affairs, Emeritus, Princeton University

"International Relations is emerging as one of the front-ranking journals in the field - at the cutting edge of existing debates and helping to set future research agendas." Richard Little, Professor of International Politics, University of Bristol

"International Relations is a terrific journal: full of interesting, innovative and insightful pieces. Congratulations: at last, something in the discipline that one looks forward to reading." Peter Vale, Nelson Mandela Chair of Politics, Rhodes University, South Africa.

"International Relations has established itself as one of the top journals in the field. It features debates on both the classic questions and the most contentious contemporary issues. It should be read not only by scholars, but by everyone with a serious interest in international affairs." Ole R. Holsti, George V Allen Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Duke University

"An indispensable resource - International Relations has hosted many of the best debates in international theory and comprehensively presented some of the globe's most significant policy challenges" Michael Doyle, Harold Brown Professor of U.S. Foreign and Security Policy, Columbia University

All issues of International Relations are available to browse online.

International Relations is explicitly pluralist in outlook. Editorial policy favours variety in both subject-matter and method, at a time when so many academic journals are increasingly specialised in scope, and sectarian in approach. We welcome articles or proposals from all perspectives and on all subjects pertaining to international relations: law, economics, ethics, strategy, philosophy, culture, environment, and so on, in addition to more mainstream conceptual work and policy analysis. We believe that such pluralism is in great demand by the academic and policy communities and the interested public.

We welcome articles or proposals on all topics of interest to students of world politics. Each volume will normally contain peer-reviewed research articles, and a mixture of review essays, interviews, debates and forums. Special issues will be published, and we welcome ideas.

Editorial Advisory Group
Andrew Linklater Aberystwyth University, UK
Nicholas J. Wheeler University of Birmingham, UK
International Advisory Board
Alex Bellamy University of Queensland, Australia
Pinar Bilgin Bilkent University, Turkey
Chris Brown London School of Economics, UK
Walter Carlsnaes Uppsala University, Sweden
Scarlett Cornelisson Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Michael Cox London School of Economics, UK
Neta Crawford Boston University, USA
Marieke de Goede University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dan Deudney Johns Hopkins University, USA
Michael Doyle Columbia University, USA
Toni Erskine University of New South Wales, Australia
Martha Finnemore George Washington University, USA
Rosemary Foot University of Oxford, UK
Stefano Guzzini Danish Institute for International Studies, Denmark; Uppsala University, Sweden; and IRI/PUC-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ian Hall Griffith University, Australia
Christopher Hill University of Cambridge, UK
Andrew Hurrell University of Oxford, UK
John Ikenberry Georgetown University, USA
Peter T. Jackson American University, USA
Beate Jahn University of Sussex, UK
Richard Ned Lebow King's College London, UK
Daniel Levine University of Alabama, USA
Andrew Linklater Aberystwyth University, UK
Richard Little University of Bristol, UK
Cecelia Lynch University of California Irvine, USA
John Mearsheimer University of Chicago, USA
Iver B. Neumann London School of Economics, UK
Heikki Patomaki University of Helsinki, Finland
Nicholas Rengger University of St Andrew, UK
William Scheuerman University of Indiana, USA
Laura Shepherd University of New South Wales, Australia
Georg Sorensen University of Aarhus, Denmark
Jack Spence King's College London, UK
Jennifer Sterling-Folker University of Connecticut, USA
Hidemi Suganami Aberystwyth University, UK
Arlene Tickner Universidad De Los Andes, Colombia
Peter Vale University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Stephen Walt Harvard University, USA
Colin Wight University of Sydney, Australia
Ayse Zarakol University of Cambridge, UK
Editorial Assistant
Rachel Vaughan Aberystwyth University, UK
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: International Relations

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/int-relations to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of International Relations will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

     

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to International Relations, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    International Relations welcomes articles from all perspectives and on all subjects pertaining to international relations including law, economics, ethics, strategy, philosophy, culture, and the environment, in addition to more mainstream conceptual work and policy analysis.

    Main articles should be 8–10,000 words including endnotes, abstract, keywords, and author bibliographies. Lengths for review essays, replies to articles, forum contributions, etc. are by negotiation. As a guide, replies, forum and debating contributions should be 1-1,500 words, and review essays 3-4,000 words.

    While the journal will from time to time publish Special Issues, we are not at present considering proposals. When we have available space, we will put out a call on the website and Twitter, with a deadline for applications.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    International Relations operates a strictly double-blind peer review process in which the reviewer's name is withheld from the author and the author's name from the reviewer.

    2.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    • Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
    • Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    • Approved the version to be published,
    • Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    2.4 Funding

    International Relations requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of International Relations to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    International Relations and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    International Relations offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    Gold Open Access
    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non-subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. The cost of publishing an article SAGE Choice in International Relations is £1600/$3000. Funding or discounted fees may be available through your institution or library and so we encourage you to check with your librarian or university contact.

    Green Open Access (self-archiving)
    You can make your article Open Access by archiving it at no charge (the Green route). You can do this by depositing the version of the article accepted for publication (version 2) in your own institution’s repository immediately on acceptance. As a SAGE author, your rights in relation to your article if it is not published with payment of an APC are:

    • You retain copyright in your work.
    • You may do whatever you wish with the version of the article you submitted to the journal - version 1.
    • Once the article has been accepted for publication, you may post the accepted version (version 2) of the article on your own personal website, your department’s website or the repository of your institution without any restrictions.
    • You may not post the accepted version (version 2) of the article in any repository other than those listed above (i.e. you may not deposit in the repository of another institution or a subject repository) until 12 months after first publication of the article in the journal.
    • You may use the published article (version 3) for your own teaching needs or to supply on an individual basis to research colleagues, provided that such supply is not for commercial purposes.
    • You may use the article (version 3) in a book you write or edit any time after publication in the journal.
    • You may not post the published article (version 3) on any website or in any repository without permission from SAGE.
    • When posting or re-using the article please provide a link to the appropriate DOI for the published version of the article on SAGE Journals (http://online.sagepub.com).

    For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines provided in the International Relations House Style Guide and below.

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s.  

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    International Relations uses endnotes as a referencing system listing authors as they name themselves. For example, use 'David Davies' if that is the name appearing as the author, not 'D. Davies' or 'Davies, D'.

    Please refer to the International Relations House Style Guide.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    International Relations is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/int-relations to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the International Relations editorial office as follows:

    Rachel Vaughan
    International Relations Office
    Department of International Politics
    Aberystwyth University
    Penglais, Aberystwyth
    SY23 3FE
    United Kingdom

    Tel: +44 (0) 1970 622387
    Fax: +44 (0) 1970 622709 
    Email: IR@aber.ac.uk.

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