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The editors of the Journal of Autonomy and Security Studies (JASS) welcome submissions that focus or relate to the topics of security, autonomy, and minority issues. Apart from articles the Journal also welcomes other kind of materials such as essays, reviews, conference papers and project notes.

Articles should not exceed 12 000 words (excluding references). For other contributions, the maximum length is 4000 words.

Submissions should be sent to:

Double-blind peer-review and editorial review

All submitted articles are reviewed in a blind-peer review process. In addition, all materials submitted are subject to rigorous editorial review.

Copyright and editing contributions

The Journal accepts submissions with the expectation that the work is original and unpublished, and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. If the manuscript includes parts that have been published previously this should be communicated to the editors at the time of submission, and acknowledged appropriately in the use of references.

The Journal reserves the right to edit contributions. Authors are given an opportunity to review modifications before publication.  The Journal also reserves the right to return articles unpublished.

The publisher of the Journal of Autonomy and Security Studies, Åland Islands Peace Institute, retains the copyright over its publications, including the individual pieces.

Technical requirements

The manuscripts must be sent in word-format (.doc or .docx) to Illustrations and tables should also be included in the same file.

The manuscripts submitted should be written in British English, using Times New Roman, font size 12. The layout of the text should be in single-column format and kept as simple as possible.

Stylistic requirements

Apart from the article itself the following is required by the manuscript:

  • Abstract (c. 200 words)
  • Keywords for indexing
  • Brief presentation of the author
  • Index/Table of contents.

Furthermore, the article should be divided into numbered sections and subsections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 proceeding in numerical order beginning with the Introduction:

1. Introduction
2. Section 2

    2.1 Subsection 1

    2.2 Subsection 2

3. Section 3

All sections and subsections must be given a heading.

For further details, consult our styleguide.

Citation requirements

All information relied upon from other works, must be cited in footnotes. By submitting a work to JASS, the author guarantees that he or she is solely responsible for the content of the text and its citations.

The referencing should be made in footnotes using Harvard author-date style, including exact page numbers:

  • Nordquist 2017, p. 10.
  • Nordquist 2017, pp. 13-27.

If reference is made to several works published in the same year by the same author, then these should be identified with an additional a on the earlier work and “b” on the subsequent work.

  • Nordquist 2017a, p. 10.
  • Nordquist 2017b, p. 15.
  • Nordquist 2017c, pp. 25 – 27.

Full names of authors, texts (i.e. book and/or article name), journal name, additional publication information (i.e. editors, volume number, edition number), year of publication as well as publisher and/or place of publishing must be provided in the bibliography by the author.

Nordquist, Kjell-Åke, 2017, Reconciliation as Politics. A Concept and Its Practice. Pickwick Publications, USA.

The sources should as a rule refer to exact pages in a source.

Subsequent citations to the same source should be signalled by ibid or id:

  • Ibid in the case the references is to the same page as the previous one.
  • Id if the reference is to a different page at the same source.


Journal of Autonomy and Security Studies - ISSN 2489-4265

Ålands fredsinstitut
The Åland Islands Peace Institute
Hamngatan 4
AX-22101 Mariehamn, Åland, Finland