Guidelines to Contributors
Authors are requested to submit their articles electronically. Microsoft Word is the preferred format, but WordPerfect and .rtf are also acceptable. Articles should be submitted via the Journal’s electronic platform. Authors must register onto the system before being able to submit their manuscript. Please follow the ‘Instructions for Authors’ guidance.
Articles can be submitted throughout the year. The Journal on Baltic Security is published in May and December each year.
Articles should be written in UK English and proofread before submission.
Authors’ affiliation should be placed in a footnote after the author’s name. In this footnote, authors are free to indicate, if they feel necessary, that thoughts expressed in the article do not necessarily represent the official position of the institutions they represent. (see more under Authorship and Affiliation, also on how to indicate funded research)
Main articles should normally be within 5,000-9,000 words, including all notes and references. Book Review articles should normally be within 1,000-2,000 words.
Articles should contain an Abstract, Abstract length for JoBS is 100 words.
Tables, charts, and other illustrations should bear titles and should be numbered consecutively in the text.
The Harvard in-text referencing system should be used throughout the text.
References in the bibliography should be listed alphabetically.
The quality of articles will be ensured through a peer-review process.
The editors retain the right to make minor stylistic changes to the finally-accepted manuscript. Any substantial changes will be referred back to the author.
It is the editorial policy of the Journal on Baltic Security not to accept articles which have been published elsewhere.
Articles which compromise standards of academic ethics and integrity will not be published.
Other Guidelines and Regulations
Authorship and affiliations
All authors, including co-authors and contributing authors, should be named in the manuscript. A corresponding author should be identified.
The author (and co-authors) relevant current affiliations should be identified. In case the research was conducted in a previous institutional position or conducted independently, it should be stated as so. Similarily, if the article is part of a funded research, it should be noted as such on the front page.
Upon submission, authors’ affiliation in the manuscript should be placed in a footnote after the author’s name. In this footnote, authors are free to indicate, if they feel necessary, that thoughts expressed in the article do not necessarily represent the official position of the institutions they represent.
Disclosure of Conflict of Interest or Potential Conflict of Interest
The Journal on Baltic Security requires all conflicts of interest or potential conflicts of interest are disclosed during first submission as either a footnote in the manuscript or a separate statement.
In case the conflict of interest has come to light after the submission, during or after editing or publishing; the article’s Managing Editor should be notified.
The statement should identify the possible source of the conflict of interest.
External templates for formulating disclosure statements are available, we encourage the use of the template by ICMJE available at http://www.icmje.org/conflicts-of-interest (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors) http://www.icmje.org/conflicts-of-interest/ If an Editor suspects a conflict of interest and it is not resolved after clarifications/investigations - the Editors have the right to retract the manuscript or publish a "Note of Concern".
Reviewers are expected to notify the Managing Editor if they think reviewing an article constitutes for them a conflict of interest. Reviewers have the right to refuse from an article at any stage of the review if a conflict of interest or competing interest arises.
If you are unsure if something constitutes as a Conflict of Interest or Competing Interest, please refer to COPE resources https://publicationethics.org/competinginterests