Discussing the present - Influencing the future
Critical Issues in Justice and Politics welcomes electronic submissions from anyone who can write a high quality scholarly article. We are especially interested in scholarly, critical, and constructive articles which focus on an emerging or continuing issue in justice and/or politics. We also seek review essays (reviews of recent literature on a given topic), reports of significant justice or political issues, book reviews, and position papers worthy of scholarly review and comment. Submissions should be made electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is the editorial policy of Critical Issues in Justice and Politics to accept submissions from all disciplines so long as the material relates to justice and politics. We also encourage submissions from practitioners, students, and others who have an interest in the topics.
We prefer manuscripts which are not under review by other journals or publications. We endeavor to review all manuscripts in a timely fashion, so simultaneous submissions are not usually necessary. Refereed submissions are submitted within forty-eight hours of acceptance and we generally ask reviewers to complete their assignment within 10 working days. In most instances an editorial decision may be reached within a month of submission.
Non-refereed materials usually receive attention within the first week of submission. An initial editorial decision is often made within 5 business days.
All papers submitted for refereed publication will be sent to at least two reviewers. We use a blind-review process which submits papers in anonymous format. At least two reviewers are generally used. If there is a clear split between the reviewers then a third reviewer may be used when necessary for clarification or additional comment. We do rely very heavily on our reviewers for insight and recommendations. All of our reviewers hold the appropriate degree and experience to qualify them for the particular project.
Reviewers are asked to evaluate manuscripts on the basis of their scholarly competence as well as the potential contribution to appropriate theory or related areas. Authors may not contact reviewers during the process, and reviewer names are not disclosed unless the reviewer agrees for such disclosure.
Authors who dispute the findings or suggestions of a reviewer may submit their response in writing. Final decisions on publication remain the domain of the editorial board.
There are many reasons why we may accept or reject a particular manuscript. As an example, a particularly popular topic may see several submissions from different authors. We may accept one (because it was first or because it is the best of the group) and reject the others. In other instances we may not initially accept a manuscript but might consider it with some changes. Of course there are also times when a manuscript simply does not meet our needs. Our response to submission will generally fall within one of the following areas:
Notification is made via email to the address submitted with the manuscript.