Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Established in 2017, the Independent Student Journal shall promote articles, written by students, with minimal academic or editorial interference. The Journal, reflecting the free-thinking ethos espoused by the University of Buckingham, aims to become a beacon for university students across the globe, championing the fundamental rights of research and writing within contentious and controversial subjects. 

The Journal shall produce a first edition during 2017.

Submissions shall be entertained from the following areas:

  • Law
  • Security and Intelligence
  • International Realtions
  • Economics
  • Medical Ethics

Articles should centre around issues concerning

  • Liberty
  • Freedom of the individual
  • Freedom for state intervention
  • Human Rights

Individuals who are completing a training contacts, pupilage, apprenticeship or graduate programmes shall be regarded, for the purposes of this Journal, as students.

 

Section Policies

Law

Submissions should outline, debate, and discuss, contemporary legal issues concerning:

  • Challenges towards the liberty of the individual
  • Judicial independence
  • Threats to Human rights
  • Global libertarianism
  • Transnational perils to international peace and security 

Submissions should be 2,000 to 5,000 words in length, excluding footnoting and references. A bibliography should accompany submissions which shall not published.

Law submissions should conform to OSCOLA Standards.

Editors
  • Joshua Cullen
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

International Relations

Submissions shall explore international affairs with contemporary issues concerning:

  • Emerging statecraft
  • Transnational perils to international peace and security
  • International Human rights
  • Global libertarianism

Submissions should be 2,000 to 5,000 words in length, excluding footnoting and references. A bibliography should accompany submissions but shall not published.

International Relations submissions should conform to Harvard Referencing Standards.

Editors
  • Louise De Mattos
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Economics

Submissions shall explore contemporary economic issues concerning:

  • Freedom of the individual
  • Freedom from state intervention
  • Global libertarianism

Submissions should be 2,000 to 5,000 words in length, excluding footnoting and references. A bibliography should accompany submissions but shall not published.

Economics submissions should conform to Harvard Referencing Standards.

Editors
  • Rizky Wibisono
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Medicine

Submissions shall explore issues concerning emerging medical developments within contemporary examples concerning:

  • Freedom of the individual
  • Contememapry ethical and human rights issues
  • Freedom from state intervention

Submissions should be 2,000 to 5,000 words in length, excluding footnoting and references. A bibliography should accompany submissions but shall not published.

Medical submissions should conform to Harvard Referencing Standards.

Editors
  • Jeevi Hari
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Security and Intelligence

Submissions shall outline, debate, and discuss, contemporary security and intelligence issues concerning:

  • Emerging practices and counter-terrorism policy 
  • Human rights considerations
  • Transnational perils to international peace and security
  • Global libertarianism

Submissions should be 2,000 to 5,000 words in length, excluding footnoting and references. A bibliography should accompany submissions but shall not published.

Security and Intelligence submissions should conform to Harvard Referencing Standards.

Editors
  • Murdoch Thomson
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Pursuant to the independent nature of the Journal, a limited peer review progress shall be undertaken. All submissions shall be anonymously reviewed by academics and practitioners to ensure quality and academic merit. Reviews shall be completed within a two to three week period, and shall include directions addressing areas for improvement, grammatical concerns, and overall standard. Authors shall be invited to amend submissions, accordingly.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal 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.

 

Journal Responsibilities

Independence:

The Independent Student Journal values independent thinking for independent minds. The Journal believes that by operating a  restrictionist publication policy academic freedoms for students an be protected and promoted. The Journal shall not interfere, or attempt to change the substantive content of any submitted manuscript without the explicit consent and cooperation from the Author. Proposed changes shall only be based upon publishable quality, and overriding legal obligations.

The Journal encourages submissions which explore controversial subjects or presetns refreshingly original perspectives in subjects such as law, security and intelligence, international relations, economics, and medical ethics.

Publication Decisions:

The Editor-In-Chief is responsible for approving submitted articles for publication. The Editor-In-Chief may be constrained by legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The Editor-In-Chief shall take into account, amongst other aspects, the merit of the article, peer review comments, and remarks from Section Editors and members of the Editorial Board. The Editor-In-Chief retains the discretion to include the article within the print edition, an electronic edition, or both. 

Questions concerning publication decisions should be made directly to the Editor-In-Chief.

Confidentially:

The Editor-In-Chief, Section Editors, members of the Editorial Board, and Reviewers, shall not disclose any information concerning submitted manuscripts to the Independent Student Journal, as appropriate.

Editorial Process:

The Journal shall provide proficient Editors to review submissions for academic merit and quality. Editors shall provide spelling and grammatical correction services, along with general feedback to Authors in a timely fashion. The Editors undertake a duty to restrict any form of interference, unless conflicting with the publishable quality of the Article and Journal edition.

Peer-Reviewers:

The Editorial Board shall maintain a group of experienced peer-reviewers, pursuant to the Review Policy. Peer-Reviewers shall act confidentially and shall report to the Editorial Board in a timely fashion. The Peer-Reviewers shall act objectively, with particular attention directed towards academic quality. Peer-Reviewers shall not interfere with the substantive content contained within the manuscript, unless a fundamental error has been identified, or when a Peer-Reviewer has identified a point of contention, with supporting evidence and argument.

Questions or concerns should be directed towards the Editor-In-Chief.

 

Responsibilities of Authors

Academic Standards:

Authors accept that manuscripts submitted to the Independent Student Journal have not been submitted for consideration or publication at any other journal or publication. 

Co-authored submissions are welcome however articles must be original works. If submitted articles use or cite the works of others, appropriate attribution must appear within the manuscript. Submissions are to confirm to the relevant citation and referencing conventions indicated under Section Policies.

Authors must ensure that fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements, plagiarised material, or any statement of a libellous, defamatory, or illegal in nature, are removed from the manuscript prior to submission.

Authors must immediately notify the Editor-In-Chief of any significant errors, inaccuracies, or any statements contravening the perviously described duties. The Author shall assist and cooperate with the Editor-In-Chief and Section Editor to redact, correct, or amend the manuscript.