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To ensure that your submission is processed smoothly and efficiently, we require authors to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Please follow the formatting guidelines outlined. This includes formatting the document correctly, using appropriate headings, tables, and figures, and citing references using the correct citation style.
  • We only accept original research that has not been published elsewhere. Please ensure that your submission is not under consideration or published in another journal.
  • Authors must ensure that their research complies with ethical principles and that any potential conflicts of interest are disclosed.
  • We encourage all authors to carefully read and follow our author guidelines to increase the chances of their research being accepted for publication. We also offer support and guidance for authors throughout the submission and review process.

Thank you for considering our journal for your research publication.

JPD invites manuscripts in the broad field of Diplomacy, Peace, Conflict, and Development and Legal Studies. Please make sure that your manuscript is relevant to the journal's scope.

Language: The journal requires that manuscripts submitted for publication must be in the English language. Manuscripts not written in English will not be considered for publication. 

Please ensure that you use either British or American English consistently throughout your submission. Mixing the two dialects can be confusing for readers and may detract from the clarity of your work. We ask that you choose one style and stick with it for the entire manuscript.

Authors whose native language is not English are encouraged to have their manuscripts reviewed and edited by a professional English language editor before submission. This will help to ensure that the manuscript meets the high standards of English language proficiency required for publication in the journal.

If the manuscript is written in English as a second language, authors should ensure that the language is clear and concise and free from grammatical errors and ambiguities.  

The use of technical terminology and abbreviations should be limited to the standard in the field. The authors should ensure that the meaning of these terms is clearly explained in the text.

File Type: The manuscript should be submitted as a single Microsoft Word file, including all contents.  

Article Length/Word limit: The length of an article, including the title, author information, abstract, text, tables, figures, notes, references, and appendices, should be between 2500-6000 words. 

Abstract and Keywords Requirements: Authors must submit an abstract of no more than 250 words with their manuscript. The abstract should summarize the research question, methods, findings, and implications of the study.

A minimum of four keywords must also be provided to help index the article and increase its discoverability in search engines.

Please note that the abstract and keywords will be used for indexing purposes and will be published with the article, so it is important to ensure that they are accurate and appropriately represent the manuscript's content. 

Referencing: The Chicago Manual of Style should be used as the referencing style for all submissions to our journal website.  

Be consistent with your citation style throughout the paper. Use the same citation format for all sources, and include all relevant information in each citation.

Use footnotes or endnotes to cite your sources rather than in-text citations. Place the note number after the relevant text, and include a corresponding note at the bottom of the page or at the end of the document. 

Further considerations:

  • Permission must be obtained for the use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Internet) 
  • A competing interests statement is provided, even if the authors have no competing interests to declare 
  • Journal policies detailed in this guide have been reviewed

The following guidelines have been established to assist authors in preparing their manuscripts for submission to our journal. Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in the rejection of the manuscript or a delay in the review process.

General Formatting: Manuscripts should be typed in Times New Roman font, size 12, and double-spaced throughout, including the title page, abstract, text, and references. Manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word format. 

Title Page: The title page should contain the full title of the article, the author's full name(s), institutional affiliation, and the corresponding author's email address. 

Abstract: An abstract of no more than 250 words should follow the title page. The abstract should briefly summarize the background, objectives, methods, results, and conclusions of the study. Include keywords to be used for indexing purposes. 

Introduction: The introduction should provide a clear and concise background to the research topic, the aims and objectives of the study, and a summary of the main findings. 

Methodology: This section should describe in detail the methodology used in the study, including participants, materials, and procedures. 

Results: The results should be presented clearly and concisely, including relevant analyses. 

Discussion: The discussion should provide an interpretation of the results, a comparison with previous research, and implications for practice or future research. 

Conclusion: The conclusion should summarize the main findings and their implications. 

We hope that these guidelines assist you in preparing your manuscript for submission to our journal. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

  • The author should ensure that the submitted work is original and has not been published before or is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. It is also important to ensure that the work does not violate copyright laws.  
  • If the author has used any existing work, they should ensure to give proper attribution and citation to the original source. 
  • If the author has used any copyrighted material, they should seek permission from the copyright owner before including it in their article. This includes text, images, tables, or figures. 
  • The author should not include any material that infringes on the copyright of another individual or organization.
  • The author should ensure that any copyrighted material used in their article is within the scope of fair use guidelines.

Step 1: Submission 

The author submits their article to the journal, typically through an online submission system.

Step 2: Initial review 

The managing editor and associate editor first review the article to ensure it meets the journal's scope and standards. If the article does not meet the journal's requirements, it is rejected without further review.

Step 3: Peer review 

If the article passes the initial review, it is sent out for double-blind peer review. In this process, the identities of the author and reviewers are kept anonymous to each other. Typically, two or more independent reviewers with expertise in the article's subject area evaluate the article for its originality, quality, methodology, significance, and relevance to the field.

Step 4: Revisions 

Based on the reviewers' feedback, the author may be asked to revise the article to address any concerns or suggestions.

Step 5: Final decision 

Once the revisions are completed, the revised article is reviewed by the editorial team and a final decision is made about whether to accept or reject the article. If accepted, the article moves to the production stage.

Step 6: Copyediting  

The accepted article is copyedited and typeset, and the final proofs are sent to the author for review and approval.

Step 7: Publication 

Once the author approves the final proofs, the article is published online and/or in print.

Throughout the publication process, the double-blind peer review ensures the confidentiality, impartiality, and quality of the review process while maintaining the anonymity of the reviewers and authors. The ultimate goal of a double-blind peer review is to publish high-quality and original research that advances the field and contributes to the scientific community.