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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 journal’s full submission guidelines and ethics statement can be found here. There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

Review Process

The Journal applies a double-blind peer-review, meaning that the names of both the author and reviewer are not disclosed. Reviewers include members of the editorial board, as well as external reviewers. Reviewers are professors and practitioners who are experts in the fields the journal specialises in. Each article will be assessed by at least two reviewers.

Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts should be sent to mrilovic@nhc.nl and shr@nhc.nl. Be sure to check the guidelines before submitting to ensure the formatting is correct.

General instructions

  • Please deliver the file as a flat text, with as little formatting as possible.
  • The title of the manuscript should be as concise as possible.
  • The total length of an article should be between approximately 5,000 and 7,500 words (exclusive footnotes, abstract, tables, figures and appendices).
  • Please make sure your name, footnotes and any meta data (in Microsoft Word, for example, you can use the ‘Inspect Document’ function for this) that can disclose your identity is removed.

Abbreviations

Before an abbreviation or acronym is used, the text should be given in full. For instance: The European Union (EU) was able to …

Abstract

Please include a 100-word abstract, submitted on a separate page, which briefly summarises the main points of your article. For example:

This article explores the notion of preventism and how it relates to disaster risk reduction (DRR). It then ponders how the combination of preventism with DRR may influence human rights. Different scenarios are considered in which the interaction of these concepts is relevant. The main argument is that preventism may lead to more DRR initiatives and that this may well be considered a positive development to a certain extent, but that care should be taken not to jeopardize human rights in this process.

Bibliography

Please use footnotes and not endnotes.

When indicating sources, please use the style as indicated below:

  • Bloed and W.J. de Jonge (eds.), Legal Aspects of a New European Infrastructure, Europa Instituut and the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, Utrecht, 1992.
  • P. van Dijk, ‘The Relation between the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the Human Dimension of the CSCE’, in A. Bloed and W.J. de Jonge (eds.), Legal Aspects of a New European Infrastructure, Europa Instituut and the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, Utrecht, 1992, pp. 23-33.
  • P. van Dijk, ‘The Relation between the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the Human Dimension of the CSCE’, in Security and Human Rights, 1991, no. 4, pp. 5-14.
  • Netherlands Helsinki Committee, Annual Report 2008, The Hague, 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2018, https://www.nhc.nl/assets/uploads/2017/06/Annual-Report-2008.pdf.

Images/Figures

All artwork files included with manuscripts accepted for publication must be high resolution (300 dpi or higher). Any text should not be smaller than corps 8.

Keywords

Articles are classified by using keywords. Please suggest between five and eight keywords for your manuscript. The keywords should be placed beneath the abstract and should be comprehensive, reflect the essence and major aspects of the work, and be as precise as possible. The keywords should not be capitalised and words should be separated with a hyphen instead of a semi-colon.

For example:

preventism – disaster risk reduction – human rights

Reviewer Guidelines

Reviewers are asked to provide comments on:

  • Content: Are the interpretations and conclusions sound and justified by the data presented? Is this a new and original contribution? Are there any brief additions or amendments (words, phrases) or an introductory statement that will increase the value of this manuscript for an international audience?
  • Structure, style, format and length: Are the presentation, organisation and length satisfactory? Can parts of the paper be deleted?
  • References: are all references adequate and are they necessary?
  • Language: Is the quality of the English language satisfactory?

On the basis of their assessment, reviewers will recommend the article for publication in its current form, suggest that the author make minor revisions, suggest major revisions to the submission, or recommend rejection. In case of strong divergence between the two assessments, the editor-in-chief will review as well and decide on the way forward.

Process Timeline

  1. Please send an outline or a summary of a potential article, containing length, topic, and possible timeline needed for the finalisation of the article to mrilovic@nhc.nl and shr@nhc.nl. We will determine whether or not it prima facie fits the scope of the journal.
  2. If so, you will be informed and be asked to send the full manuscript (if it is ready).
  3. Once you have submitted your article, you will be contacted by email confirming receipt, usually within 2-3 days.
  4. The submitted article will be provisionally assessed by the Managing Editor, if need be in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief (Christophe Paulussen) to determine whether it prima facie fits the scope of the Monitor.
  5. If so, the article will be submitted to the reviewers. The review process usually takes some three weeks.
  6. After at least two reviewers have provided their input, the article will be sent back to the author to make any changes based on the comments made by the editors. If needed, the article will be sent to the Editor-in-Chief for an additional check. Depending on the feedback received, you will have approximately two weeks to edit.
  7. After the changes are implemented, the article will be sent back to the reviewers. If the article requires additional corrections at this stage, it will once again be sent to the author with the comments of the reviewers.
  8. After the edits are made, the Managing Editor will check whether the reviewers’ comments have been implemented.
  9. If so, the article will be sent to our English language editor for a final and marginal check (the author remains responsible for the quality of the English language) and editing, this can take up to a week.
  10. Once this has been complete, the article will be sent back to the author to determine whether the changes made are acceptable. This is the final chance to make any minor changes.
  11. The article is then formatted to fit the structure/layout of the SHRM.
  12. The article is sent back in the final layout to the author for approval. Unless absolutely necessary, changes at this point are no longer possible.
  13. The article will be published.

As you can see, there are many steps in this publishing process. It is therefore imperative that you are available during this process and respond quickly to our emails. If you foresee that you will be away from dependable internet for a significant period of time after your submission, let us know well in advance, or as soon as possible.

Thank you very much for taking these guidelines in consideration. Should you have any further questions please contact the Managing Editor of the SHRM:

Marcela Rilovic

Managing Editor

mrilovic@nhc.nl


Publication Ethics

Authorship

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.

Copyright

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.

Access

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.

Archiving

In the event the Security and Human Rights Journal 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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