New Perspectives seeks to provide interdisciplinary insight into the politics and international relations of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Building on the success of its forerunner, Perspectives (founded in 1993), the journal has recently been transformed in order to keep pace with developments in international political research. New Perspectives seeks to publish original, interpretive research that is: methodologically systematic, rigorous and reflexive; theoretically innovative and compelling; or empirically ground-breaking.
Geographic and Thematic/ Interdisciplinary Scope
We interpret the borders of ‘Central and Eastern Europe’ broadly and plurally. We therefore encourage submissions that their author’s consider as falling roughly within or being related to this region, while retaining the right to reject manuscripts that we feel fall outside of our scope.
New Perspectives seeks to attract submissions which address political aspects of regional affairs and/or their connections to the wider world, from the fields of: International Relations, Political Science, Security Studies and International Political Sociology; International Political Economy; Geography; Sociology; Anthropology; History; Cultural Studies and Legal Studies.
Types of Articles
New Perspectives publishes three types of articles:
- Research Articles are full-length papers that make an original contribution to research and are the main type of article that we seek. New Perspectives particularly seeks research articles that are methodologically systematic and reflexive; theoretically innovative and compelling; or empirically ground-breaking. Research Articles are normally between 8,000 and 10,000 words, including footnotes and references, although the maximum length including all notes and references is 12,000 words.
- Discussions/ Analytical Essays integrate, synthesise or juxtapose scholarship, delineate or develop scholarly debates, or identify new directions in interdisciplinary research on the politics and international relations of Central and Eastern Europe. We encourage discussion papers that are between 10,000 and 12,000 words, although the maximum length including all notes and references is 15,000 words.
- Review Essays, which New Perspectives publishes fewer of, contextualise several recently published or re-published volumes (3-5 titles per Review Essay) in relation to each other as well as in relation to wider academic scholarship and public political debate and discussion by identifying and critically engaging key themes and strands of thought. Review essays should be between 3,500 and 4,500 words, with a maximum length of 5,000 words including all notes and references.
- Interventions are shorter, somewhat polemical or provocative pieces that intervene into contemporary or historical debates in order to move them forward. Interventions are intended to provoke responses and productive discussion. They should be a maximum of 7000 words including all notes and references.
Submission Guidelines and Formatting Requirements
All three types of articles should be submitted complete with the following:
- an abstract of no more then 200 words, which should describe the main topic, arguments, methods and conclusions of the article
- a list of keywords (maximum 6) for indexing and abstracting purposes
- the date of the manuscript and the word count (at the end).
In writing your title, abstract and keywords, consider how they will help your article to be found through search engines. Your title, abstract and keywords should all contain your key phrases in order to increase the likelihood of your article appearing as a search engine result. For useful additional guidance on this see, for example,
When submitting an article, the following information should also be submitted in a separate Word document:
- full name(s), postal and e-mail address(es), as well as telephone number of the author(s). If the manuscript is co-authored then a corresponding author should be identified and his or her contact details provided.
- brief biographical information about each author (not only the corresponding author) including institutional affiliations, research interests, recent and/or forthcoming publications and other relevant information such as professional or practical experience that pertain to the content of the manuscript.
In order to ensure anonymity during the peer-review process, the author(s)’ name(s), title(s) and institutional affiliation(s) should only appear on the separate document containing biographical and contact information. Authors should also ensure that any reference to their own work are handled in the same manner as for the work of others, strictly avoiding the use of ‘as we’ or ‘as I’ in referring to these texts. Instead of omitting self-citations or using placeholders such as “author,” authors must write citations to their own work in the third person. This means that authors must place direct quotations to their own work in quotation marks.
All submissions must be made in electronic form, with manuscripts formatted as Microsoft Word documents (.doc or .docx). All submisisons should be sent by email to the Editor-in-Chief, Benjamin Tallis at:
email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
All manuscripts should be submitted in a legible format, using a sans-serif font (such as Helvetica, or Calibri). The main-body text should be in size 12-type and should be 1.5 spaced.
Confirmation of Receipt & Initial Decision
Once we have received your submission you will receive an acknowledgement of this by email within one week. Within one month of this (although usually sooner) you will receive confirmation either that the article is being sent for peer review or that it is not considered suitable for New Perspectives at that time.
Peer-Review Process & Decision
New Perspectives operates a rigorous peer-review process, facilitated by our world-class editorial board although we reserve the right to reject any manuscript as being unsuitable in topic, style or form before requesting an external review. Articles that are accepted for refereeing undergo a double-blind peer review meaning that they are reviewed by at least two external referees.
We aim to complete the peer review process within three months, but please be aware that this can sometimes be delayed. After the peer review process has been completed, you will receive a decision about your article, based on the blind-reviews by the referees and drawn together by our editorial team.
This decision will be conveyed in a letter which will notify you that the manuscript has been accepted as it is, rejected as being unsuitable for publication or that we would like you to revise and re-submit the manuscript. As well as the decision, the letter will explain the key reasons behind it and in the case of the article being classified as ‘revise and resubmit’, will outline the extent and foci of the revisions that need to be made in order for the article to be re-considered for publication. Once the necessary revisions have been made, the article should then be re-submitted along with the necessary accompanying explanatory note.
New Perspectives reserves the right to edit and alter all manuscripts, particularly for copy editing, language editing and formatting, but will send proofs to the authors for approval before publication. Upon publication, authors are entitled to one hard copy of the journal and will be sent a PDF (.pdf) version of their article (see copyright note below).
Additional Formatting Information: Notes, References, etc.
All notes should be included as endnotes and should be indicated in the text by consecutive, raised (superscript) numbers.
All references should be made in the ‘in-text’/ ‘author-date’/ ‘Harvard’ style and should include page numbers where appropriate, in the following manner:
When paraphrasing, if the author is directly discussed in the text then put the brackets after their name. For example: Roe (2012) rejects some of the normative assertions of securitisation theory. If the author(s) are not directly discussed in the text, then the bracket appears at the end of the sentence. For example: Notions of ‘Eastern-ness’ have long affected perceptions of Central and Eastern Europe (Kuus, 2004).
When quoting, the brackets appear after the quote and, if the author’s name is mentioned in the sentence, should only include the year of publication and the page number. For example: It has become widely recognised that, as Larry Wolff argued, this “other Europe was Eastern Europe” (1994: 91). If the author’s name has not been mentioned in the sentence/ clause it should be included in the brackets. For example: In this context it is again easy to see the significance of the argument that “power and knowledge directly imply one another” (Foucault, 1977: 27-28).
All submitted manuscripts should contain a reference list titled ‘Bibliography’, which lists the references made in the text alphabetically by author’s surname (or name of sponsoring body if there is no identifiable author). The guidelines below should be followed for listing different references in this list.
Author’s name as it appears on the title page, date of publication in parentheses, title in italics with capitals in principal words, place of publication, publisher:
- Follis, Karolina S. (2012), Building Fortress Europe: The Polish-Ukrainian Frontier,Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
- Rajaram, Prem Kumar & Carl Grundy-Warr (eds.) (2007), Borderscapes: Hidden Geographies and Politics at Territory’s Edge,Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press.
Articles, chapters and internet sources:
Author’s name, title of article or chapter within single inverted commas with principal words capitalised, title of journal or book in italics, volume number, issue number, place of publication if in a book, page reference. Internet sources should also have the date that the source was last accessed.
- Kuus, Merje (2004), ‘Europe’s eastern expansion and the re-inscription of otherness in east-central Europe’, Progress in Human Geography, 28(4): 472–489.
- Stenning, Alison & Kathrin Hörschelmann (2008), ‘History, Geography and Difference in the Post- socialist World: Or, Do We Still Need Post-Socialism?’, Antipode, 40(2): 312-335.
- Neal, Andrew (2009), ‘Michel Foucault’, in Jenny Edkins and Nick Vaughan-Williams (eds.) Critical Theorists and International Relations, London: Routledge, pp. 161-170.
- Garton Ash, Timothy (2009), ‘1989!’, New York Review of Books, 56 (17), 05/11/2009. Available at http://www.nybooks.com/articles/23232 – Accessed 12/01/2015.
- Frontex (2015), ‘About Frontex: Origin’, http://frontex.europa.eu/about-frontex/origin – Accessed 15/01/2015.
The source should be presented in its original language followed by an English translation
- Example: Petracek, Zbynek (2005), ‘Startujeme s Tureckem’ [Starting with Turkey], Respekt, 03/10/2005.
NP uses “double” quotations for direct quotes in text throughout; ‘single’ to indicate emphasis within double; long quotes (over 40 words) left-indented, single within indented quotations.
Dates and numbers:
25 February 1999; February 1999; 25 February; the 1990s.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing through any medium of communication those illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. Acknowledgements of this kind should be added in an acknowledgements section at the end of your paper. You should also credit the source and copyright of photographs, figures, illustrations etc. in the captions that accompany them.
New Perspectives’ policy is to own the copyright on all contributions. Before publication, authors assign copyright to the Publishers, but retain their rights to republish this material in other works written or edited by themselves subject to full acknowledgement of the original source of publication.
The PDF copy that authors receive when their article is published must not be placed on a publicly-available website for general viewing without seeking our permission, as this would contravene our copyright policy and potentially damage the journal’s circulation.