Instructions for authors
Last update: 1 Sep 2017
AIMS AND SCOPE
1. Análisis GEurasia (GEurasia Analysis) is an open-access academic publication of the European and Eurasian Studies Group (GEurasia). The opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily represent the group’s own position.
2. The thematic scope of Análisis GEurasia is the recent evolution of the domestic or foreign policies, economies, or societies of any of the post-Communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Balkans, Russia, Caucasus, or Central Asia.
Articles should analyse the causes, current situation, and future prospects of these phenomena, applying methodologies for analysis used in Political Science, International Relations, Peace and Security Studies, Sociology, Economics, or other social sciences. Authors may add proposals or recommendations if they wish to do so.
Historical or cultural issues – languages, arts, literature, etc – that are not directly linked to current political, economic, or social events are excluded.
3. Publication is continuous. Articles are published individually throughout the year – except in August – as soon as they are accepted.
MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION
4. Length should be between 2,000 and 3,000 words, excluding footnotes and bibliography. No more than two authors may be included.
5. The accepted languages are Spanish or English.
In order to promote scientific exchange among the Spanish-speaking countries, articles in English will be translated into Spanish by GEurasia, and will be published in both languages.
6. Texts should be original and not have been previously published, nor be under consideration by any other publication, either online or in print.
7. Writing style should combine academic rigour – precise use of concepts and terms, bibliography, etc – with social relevance and contribution to public debate.
8. The language should be clear and easy to understand not only by academics, but also by other professionals, postgraduate students, or other readers with some previous knowledge of current international affairs.
Any concepts or terms not commonly used outside the specialised literature should be briefly explained in the text or in a footnote.
9. Arguments should be supported by quantitative or qualitative data and reliable sources, according to generally accepted criteria in the social sciences.
10. Manuscripts should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, writing “Proposal for Análisis GEurasia” in the subject line. The text should be attached as a Microsoft Word file.
There is no submission or publication fee. Contributions are unpaid.
11. The document should include:
- Title of the article.
- Author’s name, recent photograph, position and institution, Twitter username (optional).
- Author’s bio (100 words maximum).
- Abstract: 3-4 short sentences with the main arguments in the article (75 words maximum).
- 4-5 keywords.
- At least 3 subheadings to divide the text. The last section must be titled “Conclusions”.
- Final list of references (see below).
a) Books or chapters, academic journal articles, policy analysis or opinion articles, reports, etc:
In-text citations will appear in brackets, in the following order: author’s surname, comma, year, colon, and the page(s) from which the information has been taken. Example: (Smith, 2015: 36-38).
Full bibliographic references will appear in the “References” section at the end of the article, ordered by authors’ surnames. A link to the online text, if available, should be inserted in the title.
Sakwa, Richard (2008), Russian Politics and Society, 4th ed., Abingdon: Routledge.
Subotić, Jelena (2016), “Narrative, Ontological Security, and Foreign Policy Change”, Foreign Policy Analysis, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 610-627.
Weinthal, Erika (2004), “Beyond the State: Transnational Actors, NGOs, and Environmental Protection in Central Asia”, in Jones Luong, Pauline, ed., The Transformation of Central Asia: States and Societies from Soviet Rule to Independence, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, pp. 246-270.
If there is more than one work from the same author and year in the list of references, they will be identified by adding a letter (a, b, c…) after the year:
Neumann, Iver B. (2016a), Russia and the Idea of Europe: A Study in Identity and International Relations, 2nd ed., Abingdon: Routledge.
Neumann, Iver B. (2016b), “Russia’s Europe, 1991-2016: Inferiority to Superiority”, International Affairs, Vol. 92, No. 6, pp. 1381-1399.
This letter will also appear in the corresponding in-text citations. For example: (Neumann, 2016b: 1391).
b) News articles that are not opinion pieces, as well as statistical data and similar sources, may be cited by simply inserting links into the text: for example, in this way. They do not need to be included in the list of references.
c) The sources of any information that is common knowledge do not need to be cited.
d) Acknowledgements, clarifications, and other comments should be written in footnotes. In any case, they should be kept to a minimum.
13. Tables, graphs, maps, and other images should be inserted in the document in the appropriate place, making sure that they have a sufficient size and resolution to be clearly read. The author must cite the source, or write “author’s own research”.
If the authors want to use any image not originally created by them, they must have obtained permission in writing from the copyright holders; except for works under a license that permits their free distribution.
PEER REVIEW AND PUBLICATION PROCESS
14. The Editor has overall responsibility for the publication. Authors may send their questions to the contact details on the Análisis GEurasia website.
15. Manuscripts will undergo a two-stage review process:
a) First stage:
After acknowledging receipt of the manuscript, the Editor or one of the Associate Editors will verify that it follows the rules on thematic scope, style, and formatting, and does not contain any of the following serious mistakes:
- Unprofessional language.
- Arguments that are too simple or obvious.
- Incorrect language use (when the author is not a native speaker).
- Statements or data that are objectively false.
- Plagiarism, excessive paraphrasing (even when the sources are cited), or any other scientific fraud.
- Text that is substantially identical to another one already published by the author.
If this initial screening is not passed, the manuscript will be rejected. The author will be informed of this decision, with a brief explanation of motives.
b) Second stage:
The manuscript will be reviewed by two members of the Editorial Board, chosen for their expertise on the topic, and on a rotation basis among all of them.
The list of members of the Editorial Board can be found on the Análisis GEurasia website. In specific cases when no specialist on the topic is available, other experts may be consulted.
Referees will be anonymous, but they may know the author’s identity (single-blind peer review).
Each referee will make one of the following recommendations:
- Accepted for publication (no changes).
- Accepted subject to revisions. In that case, there will be a deadline for receiving the revised version from the author.
- Not accepted.
If the two reviewers make opposite recommendations – accepted/not accepted – a third reviewer will be consulted.
16. Once a manuscript is accepted, the author grants GEurasia exclusive publication and translation rights in any language, in online and print format. To republish or translate an article, permission should be requested in advance from GEurasia. The moral right of the author to always be identified and recognised as such shall be preserved.
The editorial policies on rights and permissions are available on the Análisis GEurasia website.
17. The author should check the spelling, grammar, and writing before submitting the manuscript. Once it has been accepted, GEurasia reserves the right to edit the text in order to maintain a correct and consistent style, without altering the meaning.
18. Authors are responsible for ensuring that:
- The text is their original work and has not been published before, nor is under consideration to be published elsewhere.
- The name of the co-author, if there is one, has been included; and other possible contributions are recognised in the acknowledgments.
- All data are authentic.
- Permission from the copyright holder has been obtained to include tables, graphs, maps or pictures not originally made by the author (except for works under a license that permits their free distribution).
- Any information from other sources is properly cited.
If plagiarism or any other type of fraud is detected after publication, the article will be immediately retracted and the author will be prohibited from submitting new manuscripts in the future.
19. Editorial Board members, including the Editor and Associate Editors, and all other reviewers are committed to:
- Assessing all manuscripts in an objective and impartial way, without any discrimination based on ethnic origin, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, political or religious beliefs, institutional affiliation, or any other professional or personal circumstance of the author.
- Making constructive and reasoned assessments, keeping them confidential outside the publication.
- In case of a conflict of interest that might interfere with their evaluation of a manuscript, they will abstain from doing it and inform the Editor as soon as possible, so it can be assigned to another reviewer.
- Carrying out their duties with full independence, according to scientific and professional criteria, as a voluntary and unpaid collaboration.