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Author Guidelines

Czech Journal of International Relations publishes peer-reviewed research articles, discussion and unrefereed book reviews. Peer-review is anonymous, guaranteeing equal opportunities to both established academics and junior researchers. Authors, editors, and reviewers are obliged to follow the Publication Ethics and the Manuscript Guidelines of the journal. The editorial team takes the final decision about the publication of each manuscript. To submit a manuscript, please login to the CJIR submission system.

Special Issues

The journal welcomes suggestions for special issues. If interested, please send a proposal to for initial consideration.

A special issue proposal should include:

  1. The names and affiliations of the potential guest editors, including short bios (no more than 250 words).
  2. A long abstract of the proposed special issue that includes a topic specification, a set of research questions, and a vindication of the special issue’s scholarly and practical relevancy (1000 – 1500 words).
  3. A list of at least four potential contributors, including their short bios (no more than 150 words).
  4. A timeline outlining the expected dates for the Call for Papers, manuscript submissions, and the finalisation of the peer-review process.

Submission Preparation Checklist

The CJIR utilizes a format-free submission.  Authors may submit their paper in any scholarly format or layout. References can be in any style or format, so long as a consistent scholarly citation format is applied. Authors will be asked to comply with the journal's format guidelines after the manuscript is accepted for publication.
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items. Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will be returned to authors. 
  • The manuscript has not been published elsewhere and is not under consideration by another journal or publishing house either. All authors (but also the editors and reviewers) are required to follow the rules expressed in the statement of publication ethics.
  • The topic of the manuscript fits into the focus and scope of  the journal.
  • The manuscript has an explicit research objective.
  • The manuscript has a clear structure in accordance with the rules of academic writing and the research objective declared by the author.
  • Citations and bibliographical references are incorporated into the manuscript. The manuscript should also be supplemented with a list of references (see manuscript guidelines).
  • The manuscript is anonymized and does not contain the authors' name in the text (if citing previous works, use (reference ommitted) instead of the reference)
  • The manuscript is submitted together with a title page with contact details and affiliation of all the authors

Copyright Notice

Czech Journal of International Relations publishes under Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication. Anyone is allowed to use, share, copy, distribute, or display the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. The journal allows others to copy, distribute and display only original copies of our publications. 

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


Research Articles

A research article generally identifies a research problem or gap in the literature and addresses it. It should engage with relevant theories and provide a methodologically rigorous and empirically novel contribution to international relations and adjacent disciplines. Typically, research articles are between 7,000 and 11,000 words (including endnotes and bibliography).

Discussion Articles

Discussion articles are shorter commentaries of up to 7,000 words that aim to stimulate discussion and inspire debates in the theory and practice of international relations. They should propose a theoretical or empirical argument relevant to contemporary IR, but their shape and form is open and fluid and we encourage innovation and originality. Occasionally, Discussion articles are organized into Forums dedicated to particular topic. Forums are usually solicited by the editors.

Book Reviews

A book review should have an essayist style, framing the book in a broader scholarly discussion, and critically engaging with it. No particular structure is enforced, but the review should briefly introduce the author's position in the academic or intellectual field, state the book's thesis or objectives, and implicitly refer to its structure. A book review should be no less than 1,500 words and no more than 2,500 words. Book reviews are not peer-reviewed.