About the Journal
Balkan Social Science Review (BSSR) is established on behalf of the Faculty of Law in the University “Goce Delcev” in Stip, Republic of Macedonia. It is part of the Open Journal System, a system with open access policy that is operated by the Goce Delchev University, Republic of North Macedonia. The University is the publisher of the journal. The journal is designed to encourage interest in all matters relating to law, political sciences, sociology and media and communications, seen in the context of the Balkan, with an emphasis on matters of theory and on broad issues arising from the relationship of wider social science disciplines encouraging interdisciplinary approach in areas of relevance, but it is also open for all other international scholars and their international and up-to-date researches on social changes in the global world.
The journal does not favor one over another approach, but rather encourages the use of appropriate social science approaches for the given topic or paper. The BSSR urges potential authors to consider a wide range of important policy discussions, arguments, practices, methodologies, and theories, in areas including the main scope of this Journal which is on several areas of Social Sciences. We encourage researches in:
- Comparative studies within Balkans and Europe
- Law and legal framework in different Balkan countries and approximation of EU legislative and practices
- International relations of Balkan countries (Geopolitics), but also and inner-regional cooperation and perspectives
- The political status of each Balkan country, and the regional politics, seen in the perspectives of different political theories
- Ethnicity, social inclusion, and national identity development in the context of the Balkan
- Good governance, human rights, human development and civil societies in the Balkan
- Public Administration in different Balkan countries- compared experiences in the region and European practice
- Media and Communications in the Balkans
- Security aspects of the Balkan region, building peace and coexistence est.
- Legal, social and political changes and tendencies in the global world and up-to-date researches from international scholars
All papers submitted and suggested for publication in Balkan Social Science Review are subject to peer-review. This journal operates a double-blind review process, which means the identities of the authors are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa. Papers deemed suitable are sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers and a native speaker ehglish language reviewer to assess the scientific quality and the english language of the paper. A peer review template is filled by the reviewers and it consists of rating scales the editor deems most useful for determining scientific merit, originality, and scope of the work, indicating ways to improve it and recommending acceptance or rejection. The editors are responsible for the decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The editors’ decision is final and it is based on the reviews from all three reviewers and the journal's policy at the given time.
The time frame for the peer review process for manuscripts submitted for the issue published in June:
- Notification on acceptance/no acceptance and peer reviews by June 1.
- Final version submission June 15.
- Online publication of the issue June 25
- Printed publication of the issue in September.
The time frame for the peer review process for manuscripts submitted for the issue published in December:
- Notification on acceptance/no acceptance and peer reviews by December 1.
- Final version submission December 15.
- Online publication of the issue December 25
- Printed publication of the issue in February.
The editors of the journal are committed to:
- making fair and unbiased decisions independent from commercial consideration and ensure a fair and appropriate peer review process
- adopting editorial policies that encourages maximum transparency and complete, honest reporting
- guarding the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct
- pursuing reviewer and editorial misconduct
- having appropriate policies in place for handling editorial conflict of interest.
Please find the journal's Publications ethics and malpractice statement (PEMS) on http://js.ugd.edu.mk/public/dokumenti/bssr
For Call for Papers, you can get additional information on http://js.ugd.edu.mk/index.php/BSSR/announcement
For Author guidelines propositions you can find additional information on http://js.ugd.edu.mk/index.php/BSSR/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
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