Институт за азијске студије

Editorial policy

Editorial policy

The journal Asian Issues publishes original, previously unpublished works:

– original scientific works,

– review papers,

– reviews and

– book views.

The Asia Notebook Journal is available in open access mode and does not charge no publishing costs.

Digital copies of the magazine volumes are archived in the Digital Repository of the National Library of the Republic of Serbia.

Papers must be written in English with abstracts in Serbian.

The magazine has one volume per year.

The journal Asian Notebooks publishes papers from the following fields: political science, (international) political economy, international relations, regional studies of Asia.

Obligations of the author

The authors warrant that the manuscript represents their original contribution, that it has not been published previously id not considered for publication elsewhere. Simultaneous submission of the same manuscript to several journals is a violation of ethical standards. Such a manuscript is immediately excluded from further consideration.

In case the submitted manuscript is the result of a scientific research project or , in the previous version, was presented at the meeting in the form of an oral communication (under the same or similar title), more detailed information about the project, conference and the like, are given in the footnote to the title of the paper.

Work already published in another journal, print or electronic , available to the public via the Internet and other means, may not be reprinted in the journal Asian Notebooks.

Authors are required to adhere to ethical standards related to scientific research. The authors also guarantee that the manuscript does not contain unfounded or illegal claims and does not violate the rights of others. The publisher will not bear any responsibility in the event of any claims for damages.

Contents of work 

The paper should contain enough details and references to allow the reviewers , and then allowed readers to verify the claims made in it. Deliberately making false claims is a violation of ethical standards. Reviews and representations must be precise and objective.

Authors bear all responsibility for the content of submitted manuscripts and are obliged to , if necessary, obtain the consent of all persons or institutions that directly participated in the research presented in the manuscript before their publication.

Authors who wish to include illustrations, tables or other materials that have already been published somewhere are required to obtain the consent of the copyright holders. Material for which such evidence is not submitted will be considered the original work of the author. In the event of a complaint by copyright holders that some material was published without their consent, the journal Serbian Political Thought publishes a correction or withdrawal of the work and clearly states that the error was the fault of the author.


Authors are obliged to list as authors only those persons who are significantly contributed to the content of the manuscript, i.e. they are obliged to name all persons who significantly contributed to the content of the manuscript as authors. If other persons than the authors participated in important aspects of the research project and the preparation of the manuscript, their contribution should be mentioned in a note or acknowledgment.

Citing the source

Authors are obliged to correctly cite sources that significantly influenced research and manuscript content. Information obtained in private conversation or correspondence with third parties, when reviewing project applications or manuscripts, etc., may not be used without the express written permission of the source.


Plagiarism, i.e. downloading other people’s ideas, words or other forms of creative expression and presentation as one’s own, is a gross violation

Obligations of editors and newsrooms

The editor-in-chief of the journal Asia Notebooks makes the final decision about which manuscripts will be published. When making a decision, the editor-in-chief is guided by the editorial policy, taking into account the legal regulations related to defamation, copyright infringement and plagiarism.

The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to evaluate received manuscripts and not publish, if he finds that they do not correspond to the prescribed content and formal criteria.

Under regular circumstances, the Editorial Office informs the author whether accepted the text after checking the technical compliance with the Instructions for Authors and after the meeting of the Editorial Board and making a decision whether the work fits into the topics planned for publication in the next issues of the magazine, and the received reviews.

The editor-in-chief must not have any conflict of interest in regarding the manuscripts under consideration. If such a conflict of interest exists, the selection of reviewers and the fate of the manuscript are decided by the Editorial Board of the journal. If there is a conflict of interest among one or more members of the Editorial Board, those members are excluded from the process of selecting reviewers and deciding on the fate of the manuscript. The editor and members of the Editorial Board are obliged to report the existence of conflicts of interest in a timely manner.

The editor-in-chief is obliged to judge the manuscript on based on its content, without racial, sex/gender, religious, ethnic or political bias. The Editor and members of the Editorial Board may not use unpublished material from submitted manuscripts for their own research without the express written permission of the author, and information and ideas expressed in submitted manuscripts must be kept confidential and must not be used for personal gain.< /span>

Editors and members of the Editorial Board are obliged to take all reasonable measures to that the identity of the reviewers would remain unknown to the authors before, during and after the review process and that the identity of the authors would remain unknown to the reviewers until the end of the review process.

When resolving disputed situations, the Editorial Board of the Journal of Asia is guided by the guidelines and recommendations of the Committee for Ethics in Publishing.(Committee on Publication Ethics – COPE): http://publicationethics.org/resources/.

Obligations of reviewers

Reviewers are obliged to provide professional, reasoned, impartial and submit to the editor an assessment of the scientific value of the manuscript by the deadlines. The reviewers evaluate the papers in relation to the compatibility of the paper’s topic with the journal’s profile, the relevance of the researched area and applied methods, the originality and scientific relevance of the data presented in the manuscript, the style of the academic presentation and the text’s scientific apparatus.

A reviewer who has well-founded suspicions or knowledge of a violation of ethical standards by on the part of the author, he is obliged to inform the editor about it. The reviewer should identify important published works that the authors did not cite. He should also warn the editor about important similarities and coincidences between the manuscript under consideration and any other published work or manuscript that is under review in another journal, if he has personal knowledge about it. If he has knowledge that the same manuscript is being considered in several journals at the same time, the reviewer is obliged to inform the editor.

The reviewer must not have a conflict of interest with the authors or funder research. If there is a conflict of interest, the reviewer is obliged to inform the editor immediately.

Reviewer who considers himself/herself incompetent in the subject or area covered by the manuscript bava is obliged to inform the editor about it.

The review must be objective. Comments concerning the personality of the author are considered inappropriate. The judgment of reviewers must be clear and supported by arguments.

Manuscripts sent to a reviewer are considered confidential documents. Reviewers may not use unpublished material from submitted manuscripts for their own research without the express written permission of the authors, and information and ideas expressed in submitted manuscripts must be kept confidential and not used for personal gain.

Review process

Received papers are subject to review. Each paper is reviewed by one reviewer. The goal of the review is to help the editor in making a decision on whether the work should be accepted or rejected and to improve the quality of the manuscript through the process of communication with the authors.

The review is mutually anonymous: the identity of the author is unknown to the reviewers and vice versa . The deadline for reviewing is 30 days from the receipt of the work.

The choice of reviewers is at the discretion of the editor-in-chief. Reviewers must have relevant knowledge related to the field of the manuscript and must not be from the same institution as the author, nor must they be authors who have recently published publications together (as co-authors) with any of the authors of the submitted work.< /span>

The editor-in-chief sends the submitted work to reviewers, experts in scientific the field the work deals with. The reviewer form contains a series of questions to be answered, which indicate to the reviewers which aspects should be included in order to make a decision on the fate of the manuscript. In the final part of the form, the reviewers must state their observations and suggestions on how to improve the submitted manuscript.

The identity of the reviewers remains unknown to the authors before, during and after the review process . Authors are recommended to avoid wording that could reveal their identity when writing papers.

The editor guarantees that before sending the manuscript for review, it will removed the author’s personal data (primarily, name and affiliation) and that all reasonable measures will be taken to ensure that the identity of the author remains unknown to the reviewers until the review process is completed.

​​Also, the Editor-in-Chief and/or the Editorial Board can to make a decision without seeking the opinion of additional reviewers. During the review process, the editor may request the authors to submit additional information (including primary data), if it is necessary to make a judgment about the scientific contribution of the manuscript.

The editor and reviewers must keep such information confidential and not they may use them for personal gain.

The editors are obliged to ensure the quality control of the review. If the authors have serious and well-founded objections to the review, the Editorial Board will check whether the review is objective and meets academic standards. If there is doubt about the objectivity or quality of the review, the editor-in-chief will seek the opinion of other reviewers.


The views expressed in the published works do not express the views of the editors and members of the editorial board of the magazine. Authors assume legal and moral responsibility for the ideas expressed in their works. The publisher will not bear any responsibility in the event of any claims for damages.