Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The IJCV is a forum for scientific exchange and public dissemination of up-to-date scientific knowledge on conflict and violence. The IJCV is peer reviewed, open access and included in the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) and other relevant databases (e.g. SCOPUS, EBSCO, ProQuest, DNB, ...).

The subjects on which we concentrate—conflict and violence—have always been a concern in many areas of academic life. Consequently, the journal encompasses contributions from a wide range of disciplines including sociology, political science, education, social psychology, criminology, ethnology, history, political philosophy, urban studies, economics, and the study of religions.

The IJCV is published twice a year, in spring and in autumn. In order to promote debate on questions that often tend to be unfairly marginalized, each issue begins with a focus section featuring contributions addressing a selected field of topical interest. Examples are given below. These subjects are announced in advance on our website and in calls for papers. Each issue of the journal also contains an open section to provide a platform for general contributions on conflict and violence. Identical criteria of scientific eligibility apply to both sections.

The topics we address will include e. g.:

  • terrorism
  • anti-semitism
  • hate crimes
  • prejudice
  • discrimination
  • human rights
  • the exercise and experience of violence
  • inter-group violence
  • conflicts over religious symbols
  • women and violence
  • violence against the aged
  • youth violence
  • language conflicts
  • ethnic wars
  • conflict mediation
  • evaluation of anti-violence programs

Contributions should include empirical findings and/or advances in theory.

While the findings published in the IJCV are mainly generated by researchers, the journal’s target readership also includes other interested members of civil society and state and government institutions.

Dissemination of knowledge is undergoing rapid change, and the inadequacies of conventional printed media for communication within the scientific community and beyond its borders are rapidly becoming apparent. Conventional printing and distribution of a journal consumes scarce financial and human resources and restricts access to subscribers only. We believe that open access electronic publication is the best response to the demand for swift, open, and free dissemination of knowledge as a common good.

Though originating from Europe, IJCV’s scope is global. In a polyglot world, language barriers are serious obstacles to communication. Until now, many non-English speaking authors in the field of conflict and violence research—despite closely following the international publications and often studying similar phenomena in different national settings—have been unable to convey their own findings to the international scientific community and have been confined to national readerships. We wish to give our forum the widest possible impact and accessibility so, recognizing that English has become the medium of international communication in almost all humanities and sciences, we publish articles in English only. We will—within our available means—provide editing and translation assistance for qualified contributions, in order to avoid putting at a disadvantage those who are not native speakers of English. Please contact the editors for details.


Section Policies

Focus Section

Each issue of the IJCV is divided into two sections, the focus section and the open section. In order to promote debate on questions that often tend to be unfairly marginalized, each issue begins with a focus section featuring contributions addressing a selected field of topical interest. The focus sections are edited by guest editors who organize the review and publishing process in close collaboration with IJCV staff.

Contributions for a focus section are usually submitted in response to a Call for Papers published on the journal’s website and disseminated through mailing lists. Selected authors may be invited directly to participate in a focus section.

If you are interested in guest editing an IJCV focus section, or if you have any suggestions for possible topics, please feel free to contact us.

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Open Section

Each issue of the journal also contains an open section to provide a platform for general contributions on conflict and violence. Single contributions may be submitted at any point in time.

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Peer Review Process

Each submission to IJCV will be initially reviewed by the editorial staff to see whether or not it meets with the journal's aims and scope and if it thus applies for the external standardized evaluation. If so at least two experts in the field are going to rate the submission following established criteria of scientific eligibility; the peer review is realized double blind (for details see instructions for authors).

Review times strongly depend on the topic and the empirical/theoretical approach of a submission. The internal pre-evaluation usually takes up to three weeks. The external review is depending on the aspects mentioned above and can be realised in a few weeks, but might need much more time in single cases.


Open Access Policy

IJCV provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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Publication Fees

As an open-access journal IJCV makes its articles freely available to everyone while providing services common to all scholarly journals, such as the peer-review process, production, and distribution. Since open-access journals do not charge subscription or other access fees, they must cover their operating expenses through other sources. In the case of IJCV this includes foundation support, subventions, and in-kind support. To be able to provide open access on a long-term regular base submitting authors should acknowledge that upon acceptance of a manuscript for publication IJCV will demand fees. These publication fees will be negotiated individually as they depend on the scientific status and home affiliation of submitting authors and thus vary in single cases.