Policy and Procedures

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Publications: Conflict of Interest

The editorial teams of the International Studies Association journals have the responsibility for all aspects of the review process for manuscripts submitted to their journals for publication consideration. Occasionally, there might arise conflicts of interest or potential conflicts of interest between members of the editorial team and the author(s) of submitted manuscripts. The policy below defines some of those situations and provides some guidelines on how these might be addressed.

  • Members of the editorial team are not eligible to have manuscripts of which they are authors or co-authors reviewed or accepted for publication in the journal that they edit during their editorial terms. In the event that a member of the editorial team has a manuscript that was originally submitted under a previous editorial team and a final decision has not been made on that manuscript, the previous editorial team will remain responsible for the manuscript until a final decision has been rendered.

  • If the author of a submitted manuscript is an institutional colleague, current student, or former student of a member of the editorial team, that member must recuse herself or himself from participating in any part of the review or decision process for the manuscript. If all members of the editorial team have such a conflict of interest for a given manuscript, the review and decision process will be handled by an editor of another ISA journal designated by the editor of the journal to which the manuscript is submitted.

  • If a member of the editorial team believes that a conflict of interest arises under circumstances beyond those designated above, that member must recuse herself or himself from participating in any part of the review or decision process for the manuscript. If all members of the editorial team have such a conflict of interest for a given manuscript, the review and decision process will be handled by an editor of another ISA journal designated by the editor of the journal to which the manuscript is submitted.

Editorial teams are defined as those individuals who are directly involved in the selection of manuscript reviewers and editorial decisions (accept, revise and resubmit, and reject) on the disposition of manuscripts. Depending on the management of the journal, these might include any or all of the following: editor in chief, associate editor, copy editors, and journal assistants.