Peer Review Procedures

  1. All articles, submitted or solicited will be subjected to a peer review process consisting of a) preliminary scrutiny by the editors of the volume and b) if found meeting the stated criteria for acceptance, a thorough examination and report by two anonymous referees chosen by the editors on the basis of their competence, among the members of the journal’s Advisory Board, and according to (but not limited to) the following criteria:
  • Relevance to one or more fields of the studies connected with the history of social conflicts on a global and temporally unlimited scale.
  • Importance to the advancement of theory and/or research, including narrative of analytic originality.
  • Grounding in appropriate theoretical/conceptual discourses and methodological literature.
  • Appropriate application of procedures to data sources.
  • Clarity of expression and accessibility to non-academic readers of Zapruder World.
  1. Given the nature of our journal, some articles may be selected for publication in view of their contribution to the advancement of policies or practices related to current social conflicts even if they do not meet all of the above listed criteria.
     
  2. Referees will be able to recommend: a) Publish as is; b) Publish with minor/major revisions; c) Do not publish. Whether an article is recommended or not for publication, the volume’s editors will send the author an explanation of the decision based on all of the review criteria listed above. An article not deemed acceptable for the main body of the journal, can be considered for publication in non-peer reviewed sections of the journal administered by the journal’s editorial board.
     
  3. If a referee recommends publication he/she will also be invited to add a 1,000 word-max response to the ideas expressed in the article refereed, which will be published with his/her name along with the article, and constitute the incipit of a dialogue that will hopefully also involve the author of the article and other readers. This response can be geared towards questioning aspects of the article’s historical analysis and/or offer alternative interpretations of events, and/or be directed to applications of the knowledge/ideas offered in the article to current conflicts.
     
  4. All referees will be either selected from the journal’s existing Advisory Board, or, made automatically part of that Advisory Board upon accepting to referee an article for the journal.