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Welcome to the Security and Human Rights journal.

Aims and Scope

Security and Human Rights (formerly Helsinki Monitor) is a journal providing analysis on the work of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), as well as on security and human rights challenges stemming from the OSCE region and beyond.

Major themes include:

  • Conflict prevention;
  • Human rights;
  • Minorities;
  • Democracy building; and
  • Cooperative security.

The journal not only reflects on developments, it draws attention to problems, and contributes to the policy-making discourse. With its thorough analysis and thought-provoking articles, Security and Human Rights is a must-read for all those interested and involved in the OSCE and the process of guaranteeing security and protecting human rights. The journal publishes one volume per year consisting of at least ten articles.

Submission Guidelines and Review Process

The editorial board welcomes submissions on the topics listed above. Manuscripts should be sent to and Be sure to check the guidelines before submitting to ensure the formatting is correct.

There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

The journal’s full submission guidelines can be found here.

Publication Ethics


All parties who have made a substantial contribution to the article should be listed as authors. All authors listed on a submission must have given prior approval to have their name attributed to the submission and agree to the publication. The principal author who submits the article has the responsibility to ensure that all co-authors have accepted authorship of the submission. They are also responsible for informing all co-authors of relevant information of relevance communicated during the review process.


Please note that if you copy long text passages, figures or tables from other works, you must obtain permission from the copyright holder (usually the original publisher) for the online format. The source must be acknowledged in the footnote, legend or table heading. If the reference to the source is not in English, please provide a translation in square brackets after the reference in the source language.

Complaints and Allegations of Misconduct

Security and Human Rights takes all allegations of misconduct seriously at all stages of the publication process. The journal reserves the right to take action where an article or part of an article is found to be plagiarised or include copyrighted material without having obtained prior permission from the copyright holder, where citations have been manipulated, or data has been falsified or fabricated. In such cases, the journal may take action including but not limited to refusing the publication of the article and contacting the relevant institutions affiliated with the author.

If the journal is made aware of an allegation of misconduct in relation to a published article, it shall take into account the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines in dealing with the allegations.

To submit a complaint or to alert the journal to a possible case of misconduct, please contact the Managing Editor.

Journal Policies on Conflicting Interests

Security and Human Rights encourages authors to declare any conflicting interests, including but not limited to financial, professional and familial interests, when submitting their manuscript. A “Declaration of Conflicting Interests” should be included in a separate file. If there are no conflicting interests, please include the following statement: “The author(s) declare(s) that there are no conflicts of interests.”

Members of the Editorial Board and experts who have previously acted as external reviewers for the journal may submit their own articles to the journal. In such cases, other reviewers who are not associated with the submission will conduct the peer review of the article. In these instances, authors must also submit a declaration of conflicting interests.

Prior Publication

In general, the journal does not accept articles that have been previously published elsewhere. However, there are circumstances where an article that has already been published may be considered for publication. Manuscripts based on papers that have been presented at conferences, as well as articles that have been distributed through informal communication channels may be considered for publication, provided that authors continue to retain the rights to their submission. If you have questions regarding prior publication, please contact the journal’s Managing Editor.

Post-publication discussions and corrections

All articles are sent back to the authors after being sent to our English language editor for a final check. At this point, authors are able to make any necessary final changes. This process should ensure that there are no errors in the content of an article once it is published. Post-publication corrections to the article are not permitted unless in exceptional circumstances. If an error is discovered in a published article, the journal’s editor will assess whether a correction is necessary. In cases where a correction is granted, a correction notice will be issued to indicate which elements or parts of the article have been corrected.

In accordance with the COPE guidelines, the journal will consider retracting publications if:

  • They have clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of major error (eg, miscalculation or experimental error), or as a result of fabrication (eg, of data) or falsification (eg, image manipulation)
  • It constitutes plagiarism
  • The findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper attribution to previous sources or disclosure to the journal, permission to republish, or justification (ie, cases of redundant publication)
  • It contains material or data without authorisation for use
  • Copyright has been infringed or there is some other serious legal issue (eg, libel, privacy)
  • It reports unethical research
  • It has been published solely on the basis of a compromised or manipulated peer review process
  • The author(s) failed to disclose a major competing interest that, in the view of the journal, would have unduly affected interpretations of the work or recommendations by editors and peer reviewers.

In case of a retraction, the original article will remain available to readers, but a notice on the article’s page will show that the original article has been retracted. Furthermore, the reason for the retraction will be stated. This ensures that the integrity and transparency of the academic record is maintained. The final decision on retracting an article will be made by the editor-in-chief.

For other questions regarding post-publication corrections and retractions, as well as requests to engage in post-publication discussions, authors should contact the Managing Editor of the journal.


Security and Human Rights is an open access journal that provides immediate open access to its content. There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.


In the event that Security and Human Rights ceases to be published, access to journal content will be made available through the Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC).

Revenue Sources

The SHRM is administered under the auspices of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee (NHC) and is made possible through the generous financial support of the governments of Austria, Liechtenstein, and the Netherlands.

The journal was previously published and hosted by the Brill publishing house. Security and Human Rights now finds its permanent home here, with archival volumes and future publications in full open access.

Online ISSN: 1875-0230

Print ISSN: 1874-7337

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