Author Guidelines

General information

The "Politics & Security" is a broad-based scientific journal aiming to be a pluralist platform for advancing academic knowledge and debate in the field of politics and security as the national security of the state and its components; public order; information security; cyber security; economic; management; finance.

Articles submitted to "Politics & Security" should be original and unpublished contributions and should not be under consideration for any other publication at the same time. Responsibility for the contents of the paper rests upon the authors and not upon the editors or the publisher. 

The papers have to be prepared according to the ethical standards in publishing.

The review process

Reviewing (expert evaluation) of manuscripts of scientific articles is carried out to maintain a high scientific and theoretical level of the journal and to select the most valuable and relevant scientific papers. "Politics & Security" uses Double-Blind Peer Review. The review process is free of charge. More details on the review process.

The journal does not accept any forms of plagiarism and has its own special criteria for its identification. "Politics & Security" uses software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts: Uncheck. Manuscripts in which plagiarism or textual borrowings are found without reference to the original source are rejected by the editorial board for publication in the journal. More details on Journal's Plagiarism policy.

Article structure 

Introduction. In the introduction part, the authors must carefully review the literature and provide the reason as to why we need to do this research. The authors must also clearly state the novelty of the paper in this part and specify the differences between this work and previously published works. 

Material and methods. Provide comprehensive details to allow the paper to be reproduced. Methods already published need to be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications must be described.

Results and Discussion. The results need to be completely clear. If the author(s) proposes a new method against the other existing method, a fair comparison between the new results and the old ones would be useful.
Discussion must explain the significance of the results of the work. Prevent extensive citations and discussion of published literature.
Conclusions. The main conclusions of the work may be presented in a short Conclusions section.
Appendices. If the work contains more than one appendix, identify them as A, B, etc. Formulae and equations in appendices must be given separate numbering: Eq. (A.1), Eq. (A.2), etc.; in a subsequent appendix, Eq. (B.1) and so on.

A scientific paper is 15–30 pages of A4 format, font size – 12, Calibri (Body), spacing – 1, margins: top – 20 mm; bottom – 20 mm; left – 20 mm; right – 20 mm.

Tabular and graphic materials (in black and white) should have a number and a title (font size – 10, Calibri (Body), spacing – 1). The number and the title of the table (font 10, bold) are placed in the center above the table, the number and the name of the picture (font 10, bold) are centered below the picture. The file, in which a graphic object was created (Excel), is to be sent by e-mail to the Editorial Board along with the text of the author's manuscript.

Essential title page information 
Title. Informative. Titles must be used in information-retrieval systems. Prevent abbreviations and formulae where possible.
Author names and affiliations. Where the family name may be vague (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly. Present the authors' affiliation addresses below the names and academic degree, position, place of work, city, country, e-mail, ORCID. 
Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who is handling correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Make sure that telephone and fax numbers are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address. 
Abstract (Recommendations on Abstract writing). The abstract is one of the shortened forms of a scientific text submitting. Its purpose is to draw the readers’ attention to the research by a minimal number of language means.

The requirements for the abstract structure and content are as follows:

  • Information and content value. The abstract should be a summarized presentation of the paper's content. Some general phrases, not important details, and generally accepted statements shouldn’t be used in the abstract. Prehistory (the history of the subject) may be described only in cases when it is essential to cover the aim of the research.
  • Singularity. Any repetitions of the article fragments should be avoided in the paper. The title of the article shouldn’t be repeated in the abstract.
  • Clarity, logic, and coherence of presentation.
  • Small size. The submitted abstract size should be from 1800 to 2000 signs.

The following aspects of the article content should be presented in the abstract:

  • subject, topic, the aim of the paper (in the case when they are not specified in the title);
  • a method or methodology (they are to be described in case of their novelty or if they are of the paper under consideration interest);
  • results of the research (some new long-term results and data, important discoveries, conclusions refuting the conventional theories are preferable  as well as, in the author’s opinion, the data of practical value);
  • conclusions (they may include recommendations, assessment, suggestions, assumptions described in the article).

It is not recommended:

  • to include formulae, tables, figures, schemes, and diagrams in the abstract; 
  • to cite any sources from the references;
  • to use acronyms and symbols apart from generally accepted ones. In case of their important use, they must be interpreted.

It is important to remember in abstract writing that for the readers and experts in the specific field of knowledge the abstract is a short report that enables to determine the necessity of reading the whole article. The abstract is also important for the study under discussion novelty and singularity assessment.

Keywords, right after the abstract, provide a maximum of 5 keywords. 
Acknowledgments put acknowledgments in a separate section at the end of the article before the references. 
Math formulae. Please insert all your equations in tables with two columns. On the left-hand side of the table, insert the equation and on the right-hand side insert the number. Finally, make the whole table invisible.
Footnotes. Number them consecutively throughout the article, using superscript Arabic numbers. 
Table footnotes. Indicate each footnote in a table with a superscript lowercase letter.


Electronic artwork 
General points 
Please use only Times New Romans fonts, prepare the images in good quality, provide captions for all tables, pictures, etc.
Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. 
References. Citations are given in the APA style (American Psychological Association Style). The number of citations is not less than 30, published preferably not later than 5 years ago; 50% + of the links must have the DOI identifier or be included in Scopus or Web of Science. The preference in citations is given to English–language publications.

Specific questions regarding the formatting of references and in-text citations can be found at
The verification of whether a DOI has been assigned to a publication and the resulting identifier can be found at

Citation in text 
Please make sure that all references cited in the text are also presented in the reference list. Please use only indexed papers, books, etc in your paper. In our opinion, a good quality paper must have, at least, 15-20 references from indexed journals.

Reference style 
Text: All citations in the text need to refer to: 
1. Single author: the author's name (without initials, unless there is ambiguity) and the year of publication; 
2. Two authors: both authors' names and the year of publication; 
3. Three or more authors: first author's name followed by "et al." and the year of publication. 
Examples: "as demonstrated (Sadjadi, 2009a, 2009b). Ben-Tal  et al. (2000) have recently shown ...." 
List: References must be arranged alphabetically. 

Reference to a journal publication: 
Charnes, A. , Copper, W.W.,& Rhodes, E. (1978). Measuring the efficiency of decision-making units. European Journal of Operational Research2(1), 429–444.

Reference to a book: 
Fuare, R., Grabowski, R.,& Grosskopf, S.(1985). The measurement of efficiency of production. Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers

Reference to a chapter in an edited book: 
Mettam, G.R., Adams, L.B., (1999). How to prepare an electronic version of your article, in:  Jones, B.S., Smith, R.Z. (Eds.), Introduction to the Electronic Age. E-Publishing Inc., New York, pp. 281-304. 

Important notice 
The citation is according to APA style and authors are encouraged to use Google Scholar. Authors may copy and paste the title of each reference inside the Google search box and once finds it click on Cite and choose the middle option, APA. 

Example of article design

Copyright Notice

If the article is accepted for publication in "Politics & Security" the author must sign an agreement on the transfer of copyright. The agreement is sent to the postal (original) or e-mail address (scanned copy) of the journal editions.

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution License International CC-BY that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. 

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