Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The IUS Law Journal is a scholarly legal publication of the Faculty of Law at the International University of Sarajevo (IUS). It serves as a platform targeting largely legal scholars, legal practitioners, FLW students (specifically graduate students in the last leg of their studies), and non-lawyers.  It is a robustly blind, open access, peer-review journal published biannually in English, the language of instruction here at IUS. The journal is designed to explore issues relating to Bosnian public and private laws along with lessons for other constitutional systems, irrespective of legal tradition (civil or common law) or democratic status (young or established), in a contemporary world marked by migration of constitutional ideas.

 

Section Policies

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

IUS Law Journal applies double-blind peer-review process.
If the paper reaches minimum quality criteria, follows the scope, and aims of the Journal, fulfills the Editorial policies, it is sent to at least two external reviewers for evaluation.
Reviewer selection is up to the Editor-in-Chief, based on previous experience and competence in reviewing papers for this Journal.
The double-blind peer-review process is managed using this OJS software platform. Reviewers evaluate the paper and record their comments to the journal system.
The Managing Editor passes the reviewers' anonymous comments back to the author(s) for corrections.
Anonymity is strictly maintained.

 

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.

 

Archiving

The journal’s already published articles remain openly accessed. The links of individual articles are permanent to make possible references and citations primarily safe and lasting. 

To create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration, the National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina' is used as a legal obligation to archive mandatory copies. Additionally, as the whole journal content is open access it is included in the Internet Archive's' collections as well. Finally, IUSLJ is electronically archived in the Library of the publisher, the International University of Sarajevo 


Self-archiving

This journal permits and encourages authors to archive Pre-print and Post-print items submitted to the journal in personal websites or institutional repositories per author's choice, while providing bibliographic details that credit its submission/publication in this journal. This includes archiving of submitted version, accepted version or published version without any embargo.

 

Journal Ethics

IUS Law Journal is committed to ensure and uphold standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process, whereby such values also rely on editors, reviewers, contributors and authors who are expected to behave ethically. The standards are based on Committee on Publication Ethics' (COPE) code of conduct, and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements. The following ethical guidelines are only intended to give a summary of our key expectations of editors, peer-reviewers, and authors but if you have any questions or concerns please also feel free to contact the Editor of the Journal.


We expect our distinguished prospect authors to be respectful and adherent to the widely appreciated broader ethical values of producing writings of academic research papers. This includes, not limited to the originality, referencing, bearing responsibility, disclosing the source of all data and third party materials, disclosing any conflict of interest, maintaining professional communication with the editor-in-chief and executive editor.

IUS Law Journal is committed to ensure and uphold the integrity of all published articles, whereby such values also rely on editors, reviewers, contributors and authors who are expected to behave ethically. The following ethical guidelines are intended to give a broad overview.

In case of need for further inquiry, please contact Editor-in-Chief: Assoc. Prof. Dr Ena Kazić-Çakar, ekazic@ius.edu.ba.

 IUS Law Journal is committed to: 

  • maintain the editorial independence of  Journal Editors; 
  • support Journal Editors in ethical and academic matters; 
  • ensure critical and objective assessment of all articles by reviewers and referees; 
  • keep an accurate and transparent record, including publishing corrections and retractions when necessary. 

 Authors should ensure that: 

  • work is original and is authored by them; 
  • work submitted to the IUS Law Journal has not been previously published; 
  • original ideas, data, findings and materials taken from other sources (including their own published writing) are properly documented and cited; 
  • work does not violate any rights of others, including privacy rights and intellectual property rights; 
  • data is their own, original and not manipulated; 
  • any real or apparent conflicting or competing interest is clearly stated to the IUS Law Journal, including funding of the research and article; 
  • they adhere to all research ethics guidelines of their discipline; 
  • they will not adhere to plagiarism in whole or in part withour proper citation;
  • they contact the Journal Editors to identify and correct any errors prior or subsequent to publication of their work; 
  • authorship and/or co-authorship of the paper is accurately represented. 

 Reviewers must: 

  • keep the confidentiality of the review process; 
  • alert the IUS Law Journal of any competing interest that could affect the impartiality of their reviewing; 
  • conduct themselves fairly and impartially; 
  • act objectively and fairly in reviewing submitted articles; 
  • execute review process in a reasonable time fashion.

 Editors should: 

  • promote consistent ethical policies of the IUS Law Journal; 
  • enforce policies in a fair and consistent manner; 
  • ensure the confidentiality of the reviewing process; 
  • uphold integrity in their work as Editors of the Journal, doing away with any personal interest or gain; 
  • work with Authors, Reviewers, and the Editorial Board members to ensure the implementation of Journal Ethics and Publishing Policies. 
AI Use

Because authorship attribution requires accountability for the submitted work, IUS Law Journal does not allow ChatGPT and other Large Language Models (LLMs) to be listed as an author on a manuscript. If authors use AI tools when writing a manuscript, it should be disclosed along with all other tools used in the study in the Bibliography section of the paper. This section should describe which AI tool was used and how it was used. IUS Law Journal accepts that on this topic, Authors are fully responsible for the content of their manuscript, even those parts produced by an AI tool, and are thus liable for any breach of publication ethics.

 

Originality and Plagiarism Policy

Authors by submitting their manuscript to IUS Law Journal declare that their work is original and authored by them, their work submitted to IUSLJ has not been previously published, original ideas, data, findings and materials taken from other sources (including their own published writing) are properly documented and cited, their work does not violate any rights of others, including privacy rights and intellectual property rights, their data is their won, true and not manipulated. Plagiarism in whole or in part without proper citation is not tolerated by the Journal.

Manuscripts submitted to the journal will be checked for originality using anti-plagiarism software.

 

Authorship and Contributorship

An individual to be listed as an author on the byline of the published paper must meet the following criteria:

• Substantial contribution to the conceptualization, design, data acquisition, analysis and results interpretation.
• Drafting or reviewing the article for intellectual content
• Approval of final version for publication
• Agreement to be accountable to investigate and resolve any question related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work.

All individuals who contributed to the work but do not meet the previous four criteria should be listed by name in the Acknowledgments.

Contributorship - Some types of contributions do not necessary justify authorship. This includes assisting to the research, general supervision of a research group, obtaining financial support; administrative support; providing study materials and writing assistance, technical editing, language editing, and proofreading.

It is researcher’s responsibility to identify which individuals are qualified for authorship or acknowledgment. The corresponding author has primary responsibility for correspondence with the journal. He ensures that all journal’s administrative requirements are properly completed and reported. The corresponding author should be available to cooperate with any requests from the journal during the review process and after publication to respond to critiques

 

Indexed

IUS Law Journal is indexed in the following databases:

 

- Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources (ROAD)

- Sherpa Romeo
 
- Google Scholar
 
- Research Gate
 
Crossref