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Author Guidelines

The Journal of Regional Security (JRS) is a peer-reviewed academic journal specializing in the field of regional security studies. Subject areas include: security communities, regional security complexes, regional security sector reform and governance, security regimes, regional conflicts, security integration, region-building and comparative regional security research. The Journal is intended for international security scholars and policy makers from South East Europe but also other established or emerging regions of the world. It aims to bring academic security studies communities from the Western Balkans not only closer to each other but also closer to security studies and security policy communities from other regions of the world thus enabling smarter and more sustainable regional policy solutions.

The Editors of JRS are welcoming the manuscripts as articles (7000–12000 words), discussion pieces (2000–4000 words) and reviews (up to 1000 words).

When writing the papers, the following criteria must be observed:

• Font: Times New Roman, size 12, spacing: 1,5

• The submissions should include the following:

1. Manuscript shall contain the title, abstract, key words, body of the text, and bibliography. Below the title of the paper, there should be an abstract of up to 150 words long and 5 key words.

2. The text should be prepared in accordance with the following technical instructions:

2.1 Use the Chicago reference style. The references should be typed as footnotes, using the shortened author-date system.

2.2 In the footnotes write the accompanying comments as well.

2.3. We allow both UK and US spelling, as long as there is consistency within the article.

2.4 No special effects should be used in text, graphs, tables, figures, etc. Do not use bold print, underline, all-caps, caps-small caps, etc.

Tables and figures should be placed on separate pages, at the end of the article with their desired location indicated in the text.

3. All used sources should be cited in the paper and stated as Bibliography at the end of the text in the Chicago reference style. Please use the following formats:


Pouliot, Vincent. 2010. International Security in Practice: The Politics of NATO-

Russia Diplomacy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

FOOTNOTE: Pouliot 2010, 76.

Edited collections:

Bull, Hedley, and Adam Watson, eds. 1984. The Expansion of International Society.

Oxford: Clarendon Press.

FOOTNOTE: Bull and Watson 1984.

Chapter in a multi-author collection:

Giesen, Bernhard. 2006. “Performing the Sacred: A Durkhemian Perspective on the

Performative Turn in the Social Sciences.” In Social Performance: Symbolic             Action, Cultural Pragmatics, and Ritual, edited by Jeffrey C. Alexander,

Bernhard Giesen, and Jason L. Mast, 325–67. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

FOOTNOTE: Giesen 2006, 326–329.

Journal article:

Herz, John H. 1950. “Idealist Internationalism and the Security Dilemma.” World

Politics 2 (2): 157–180.

FOOTNOTE: Herz 1950, 165.

Working paper:

Fourchard, Laurent. 2011. “Partisan politics, vigilantism and security in South Africa.” OXPO Working papers. Oxford: Nuffield College, Oxford University.

Paper presented at a meeting:

Lemay-Hebert, Nicholas. 2010. “Making Sense of the Contemporary Debate on State-Building: The Legitimacy and the Institutional Approaches to State, State Collapse and State-Building.” Paper presented at the conference organized by the Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory, October 3rd, Belgrade, Serbia.

Newspaper or magazine article:

No entry in the reference list is required. Relevant information should be included in a footnote. If you consulted the article online, include a URL; include an access date. If no author is identified, begin the citation with the article title.

Mendelsohn, Daniel. 2010. “But Enough about Me.” New Yorker, January 25.

Stolberg, Sheryl Gay, and Robert Pear. 2010. “Wary Centrists Posing Challenge in

Health Care Vote.” New York Times, February 27. Accessed February 28, 2010. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/us/politics/28health.html.

or, New York Times, 27 February 2002, A6 (for printed version*)

Unpublished manuscript:

Duvall, Raymond, and Alexander Wendt. 1987. “The International Capital Regime

and the Internationalization of the State.” Unpublished manuscript, University of Minnesota/Yale University.

Ph.D dissertation:

Noutcheva, Gergana. 2006. “EU Conditionality and Balkan Compliance: Does Sovereignty Matter?”. Ph.D. diss., University of Pittsburgh.

Governmental, IGO or other documents and official publications:

There is a whole variety of ways to cite governmental, inter-governmental, European Union or United Nations official documents. It is important to keep the reference consistent, with having the actual issuing agency of the document (e.g. European Commission, U.S. Senate, UN General Assembly) together with all relevant information necessary to address and locate the document. Good overview of referencing documents is available at http://www.libraries.iub.edu/index.php?pageId=2701

UN Security Council. 4385th meeting. “Resolution 1373 (2001)” S/RES/1373 (2001). 28 September 2001.

FOOTNOTE: UN Security Council 2001, 2.


Because content on the Internet is subject to change, together with the title and URL, include an access date or, if available, a date that the site was last modified. We recommend the citation to be styled as in the examples below:

“A just war on foreign policy neologisms,” last modified March 20, 2012, http://drezner.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/03/20/stop_the_neologism_madness

or “A just war on foreign policy neologisms,” Foreign Policy, accessed March 27, 2012, http://drezner.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/03/20/stop_the_neologism_madness

FOOTNOTE: Foreign Policy 2012.

For additional information regarding style and referencing, please see The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Available online at: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

4. Latin, Ancient Greek and other non-English words and phrases must be written in italic in the text (e.g. status quo, a priori, de factoacquis communautaire, etc.).

5. IMPORTANT: we strongly prefer that authors use our online submission system available on this website. However, if you encounter technical problems, please send us your manuscript to jrs@fpn.bg.ac.rs with the subject: For Journal of Regional Security.

6. Once the manuscript is received, if it meets the basic interests and requirements of the Journal, it will be peer-reviewed before the editors decide whether it will be published. If you have any doubts regarding the potential fit of your manuscript with our Journal feel free to send us your abstract to jrs@fpn.bg.ac.rs and we will give you our editorial opinion, although this in no way guarantees the positive outcome of the review process.

7. The reviewing process is based on the anonymity of the author and the reviewer. Authors should refrain from identifying themselves in the manuscripts directly or indirectly. Copyright in articles published in Journal of Regional Security rests with the Publisher.


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