Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights
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Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights

Published in Association with Netherlands Institute of Human Rights

Editor in Chief
Antoine Buyse Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Managing Editor
Julie Fraser Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Executive Assistant
Erin Jackson Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Executive Editors
Karin Arts Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Yvonne Donders University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jenny E. Goldschmidt Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Nicola Jägers Tilburg University, The Netherlands
Brianne McGonigle Leyh Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Leo Zwaak Utrecht University, The Netherlands

eISSN: 22147357 | ISSN: 09240519 Frequency: Quarterly
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The Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights (NQHR) publishes the latest evolutions in the promotion and protection of human rights from around the world. The journal publishes multidisciplinary articles addressing human rights issues from an international perspective. In addition, the Quarterly also publishes recent speeches and lectures delivered on the topic of human rights, as well as a section on new documentation containing descriptions of recent documents and literature in the field of human rights. The Quarterly employs a double-blind peer review process, and the international editorial board of leading human rights scholars guarantees the maintenance of the highest standard of articles published.

Human rights are universal and indivisible. Their fundamental importance makes it essential for anyone with an interest in the field to keep abreast of the latest developments.

The Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights (NQHR) is an academic peer-reviewed journal that publishes the latest evolutions in the promotion and protection of human rights from around the world. The NQHR includes multidisciplinary articles addressing human rights issues from an international perspective. In addition, the Quarterly also publishes recent speeches and lectures delivered on the topic of human rights, as well as a section on new books and articles in the field of human rights. The Quarterly employs a double-blind peer review process, and the international editorial board of leading human rights scholars guarantees the maintenance of the highest standard of articles published.

The Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights is indexed and abstracted in CSA Social Science Collection (Sociological Abstracts, Social Services Abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS)), Social Sciences Citation Index© (SSCI), Social Scisearch ©, Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition and International Political Science Abstracts (IPSA).

NQHR is the official publication of The Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM). SIM is the key centre of expertise of human rights research and education at Utrecht University. With a rich tradition and a keen eye for current and future developments in the field of human rights, SIM is a leading academic research institute and the home base of a vibrant, interdisciplinary and international group of researchers, lecturers, and PhD students.

Editorial Board Member
Laurence Burgorgue-Larsen Sorbonne University, France; and Judge at the Constitutional Court of Andorra
Bas de Gaay Fortman Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Olivier de Schutter Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Surya Deva City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Cees Flinterman Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Shuichi Furuya Waseda University, Japan
Janneke Gerards Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Christof Heyns University of Pretoria, South Africa
Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Sarah Joseph Monash University, Australia
Eva Marie Lassen Danish Institute for Human Rights in Copenhagen, Denmark
Anja Mihr Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Rachel Murray University of Bristol Law School, United Kingdom
Egbert Myjer Free University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and former judge at the European Court of Human Rights
Manfred Nowak Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, Austria
Barbara Oomen Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Pablo Saavedra-Alessandri Inter-American Court of Human Rights, San José, Costa Rica
Ian Seiderman International Commission of Jurists, Switzerland
David Weissbrodt University of Minnesota, USA
Former Editorial Board Members
Peter Baehr Utrecht University and Leiden University, the Netherlands
Kevin Boyle University of Essex, UK
Fried van Hoof Utrecht University, The Netherlands
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights

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

    Please read the guidelines below and submit your manuscript to the Editorial Office detailed below. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights will be reviewed.

    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. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgments
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
      2.7 Clinical Trials
      2.8 Reporting Guidelines
      2.9 Data
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open Access and author archiving
      3.4 Permissions
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Word processing formats
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Journal layout
      4.5 Reference style
      4.6 Footnotes
      4.7 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 How to submit your manuscript
      5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
      5.3 Corresponding author contact details
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 Copyediting
      6.2 SAGE Production
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Online First publication
    7. Further Information

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    1. Article types

    Authors are invited to send their papers for possible publication in the Netherland Quarterly of Human Rights.

    The Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights (NQHR) publishes scholarly articles on human rights issues and the promotion and protection of human rights in international law. Articles must address human rights from an international (rather than purely national) perspective and be less than 10,000 words including citations and written in British English (not US). Submitted articles should engage the reader and contribute innovatively to the academic debate.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights operates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. 

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    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.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

    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

    Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights 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. It is also the author’s responsibility to ensure that ideas and sources are cited appropriately and accurately. Articles selected for the second stage of peer review will be electronically checked for plagiarism. The Urkund system will be utilised, but articles will not be added to Urkund’s database. 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 our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway. 

    3.3 Open Access and author archiving

    Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights 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.

    3.4 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining 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 visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Word processing formats

    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be 1.5 spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be Times New Roman standard 12 point. 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 Manuscript Submission Guidelines  

    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. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page. 

    4.4 Journal layout

    Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights conforms to the SAGE house style.  View the SAGE UK House Style guidelines. 

    4.5 Reference style

    Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights adheres to the OSCOLA reference style. View the OSCOLA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    4.6 Footnotes

    Footnotes should not be collated at the end of the article, but will be published at the foot of each relevant page. Footnotes to the title and author(s)' names should be designated as *, † etc. Footnotes to the text should be designated as 1, 2, 3 etc. and follow any closing punctuation, e.g. …limitations are possible.¹ The asterisked footnote should give the author's position, institutional address and any brief acknowledgements if required. Footnotes should be written in size 10 font with single spacing.

    4.7 English language editing services

    It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that their manuscript is well-written and that the facts, grammar, use of punctuation and spelling are accurate. 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

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Manuscripts should be submitted to the Editorial Office: NQHR@uu.nl

    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract printed in italics and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please provide at least five keyword of the article (in English and if possible in French and Dutch). Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online 

    5.3 Corresponding author contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 Copyediting

    Articles accepted for publication will be assessed in-house and allocated to a copy-editor. The copy-editor may make suggestions or changes if it is felt that changes are necessary for the sake of readability, consistency or clarification. If the copy-editor feels that something needs clarification, they will contact the author via the Managing Editor with queries. The copy-editor will not substantially rewrite any material or make any major changes – this is the author’s responsibility.

    6.2 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.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Online First publication

    Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet 

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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 Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights’ Editorial Office as follows: 

    Managing Editor: Julie Fraser, NQHR@uu.nl  Tel: +31 (0)30 253 7409

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    Manuscripts should be submitted to the Editorial Office: NQHR@uu.nl

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