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International Relations

2015 Impact Factor: 0.611
2015 Ranking: 55/86 in International Relations
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data
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: 30 | Current issue: 3 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

Electronic Access:

International Relations is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://ire.sagepub.com

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, The 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
Peter D Finn National University of Singapore, Singapore
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    1. Peer review policy
    2. Article types
    3. Authorship
    4. Publishing Policies
      4.1 Publication Ethics
      4.1.1 Plagiarism
    5. How to submit your manuscript
    6. Journal contributor's publishing agreement
      6.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    7. Statements and conventions
      7.1 Acknowledgments
      7.2 Declaration of conflicting interests
      7.3 Funding acknowledgement
      7.4 Other statements and conventions
    8. Permissions
    9. Manuscript style
      9.1 File types
      9.2 Journal style
      9.3 Reference style
      9.4 Manuscript preparation
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 Proofs
      10.2 E-Prints
      10.3 SAGE production
      10.4 OnlineFirst publication
    11. Further information

    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.

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    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.

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    3. Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once the authorization of all contributing authors has been gathered. 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:

    1. have made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data
    2. drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content
    3. approved the version to be published.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    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 ICMJE Authorship guidelines at http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf

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    4. Publishing policies

    4.1 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.  

    4.1.1 Plagiarism

    Journal of 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 articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where 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 (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

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    5. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided in the International Relations House Style Guide and below. An International Relations template can be downloaded hereManuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    International Relations is hosted on SAGE track a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply 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.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you have any queries about the submission system, please refer to the contact details below:

    Peter D Finn
    Email: ir@aber.ac.uk

    Each manuscript should contain:

    (i) title page with full title and subtitle (if any).For the purposes of blind refereeing (submissions will be refereed anonymously by at least two referees), full name of each author with current affiliation and full address/phone/fax/email details plus short biographical note should be supplied on a separate sheet.

    (ii) abstract of 100-150 words

    (iii) up to 10 key words

    (iv) main text and word count suggested target is about 8000 words. Text to be clearly organized, with a clear hierarchy of headings and subheadings and quotations exceeding 40 words displayed, indented, in the text. Texts of a length greatly exceeding this will be considered as interest warrants and space permits.

    (v) end notes, if necessary, should be signalled by superscript numbers in the main text and listed at the end of the text.

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    6. Journal 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.

    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 articles published in the Journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice.  Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article 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 (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    6.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    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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    7. Statements and conventions

    7.1. Acknowledgements

    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.

    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, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    7.2 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. International Relations does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    7.3 Funding Acknowledgement

    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), International Relations additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    7.4 Other statements and conventions

    Non applicable.

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    8. 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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    9. Manuscript style

    9.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted.  Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below.

    9.2 Journal Style

    Please see the International Relations House Style Guide

    9.3 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'.

    9.4 Manuscript Preparation

    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    9.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    9.4.2 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.

    9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting 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.

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    9.4.5 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service.  Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    10. After acceptance           

    10.1 Proofs

    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    10.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints on our Journal Author Gateway.

    10.3 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in International Relations with SAGE. 

    10.4 OnlineFirst Publication

    A large number of journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet.

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    11. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

    Peter D Finn
    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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