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New Perspectives

New Perspectives

Published in Association with Institute of International Relations
eISSN: 23368268 | ISSN: 2336825X | Current volume: 32 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

New Perspectives aims to provide interdisciplinary insight into politics and international relations, with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Based at the Institute of International Relations Prague, the journal provides a space for innovative perspectives coming from scholars working in the CEE region, and from global scholars engaged with the region and the wider issues that impact it.

New Perspectives encourages empirical, theoretical, conceptual and methodological innovations in scholarship on politics and IR, and aims to widen and deepen explanatory or interpretive frameworks. The journal sees pluralism with respect to approaches and viewpoints as the necessary condition for academic critique. New Perspectives is committed to the effective communication of high-quality original research to wider public audiences, and thereby seeks to foster the creation of useful knowledge, broadly understood.

Each volume centres on blind peer-reviewed research articles. The journal also welcomes review essays, interviews, auto-ethnographic commentaries, collaborative texts, and other non-traditional or creative formats of scholarship. New Perspectives is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

New Perspectives seeks to encourage and publish original research that is: methodologically systematic, rigorous and reflexive; theoretically innovative and compelling; or empirically ground-breaking. We interpret the borders of ‘Central and Eastern Europe’ broadly and so encourage submissions that reflect this.

New Perspectives seeks to attract submissions which address political aspects of regional affairs and 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.

New Perspectives operates a rigorous peer-review process, facilitated by our world-class editorial board, and offers comparatively short turn-around times on submissions.

Nicholas Michelsen King's College London, UK
Associate Editors
Suvi Alt University of Groningen, Netherlands
Pol Bargues Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, Spain
Pablo De Orellana Kings College London, UK
Ernst Dijxhoorn Leiden University, Netherlands
Filipe dos Reis University of Groningen, Netherlands
Ela Drazkiewicz Institute for Sociology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia
Minda Holm Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Norway
Tomas Profant Institute of International Relations, Czech Republic
Anatoly Reshetnikov Webster Vienna Private University, Austria
Elke Schwarz Queen Mary University of London, UK
Daniel Sitera Institute of International Relations, Czech Republic
Editorial Board
Pelin Ayan Anglo American University, Czech Republic
Roland Bleiker The University of Queensland, Australia
Dorothee Bohle European University Institute, Italy
Antoine Bousquet Birkbeck University of London, United Kingdom
Mats Braun Metropolitan University in Prague, Czech Republic
Christian Bueger University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Juraj Buzalka Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia
Zeynep Gulsah Capan University of Erfurt, Germany
Vasyl Cherepanyn National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine
Ondrej Cisar Charles University, Czech Republic
Benjamin de Carvalho Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Norway
Mitchell Dean Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
James Der Derian University of Sydney, Australia
Matthias Ebenau IG Metall Bildungszentrum WBS, Germany
William Eddleston Anglo American University, Czech Republic
Gabor Egry Institute of Political History, Hungary
Rachel Epstein University of Denver, United States
Rick Fawn University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom
Karolina Follis Lancaster University, United Kingdom
Dariusz Gafijczuk Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Mark Galeotti IIR Prague, Czech Republic
Sarah Green University of Helsinki, Finland
Bela Greskovits Central European University, Hungary
Lene Hansen University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Kathrin Hoerschelmann Bonn University, Germany
David Hugill Carleton University, Canada
Michal Koran Global Arena Research Institute, Czech Republic
James Krapfl McGill University, Canada
Fritz Kratochwil Central European University, Hungary
Vendulka Kubalkova University of Miami, United States
Xymena Kurowska Central European University, Hungary
Merje Kuus University of British Colombia, Canada
George Lawson Australian National University, Australia
Nicolas Maslowski Charles University, Czech Republic
Marek Mikus Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Munich, Germany
Simone Molin Friis University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Martin Myant European Trade Union Institute, Belgium
Andrew Neal University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Iver B. Neumann Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway
Zoran Oklopcic Carleton University, Canada
Polly Pallister-Wilkins University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jiri Priban Cardiff University, United Kingdom
Prem Kumar Rajaram Central European University, Hungary
Nikolas Rajkovic Tilburg University, Netherlands
Paul Roe Central European University, Hungary
Jan Ruzicka Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom
Stuart Shields University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Michal Simecka IIR Prague, Czech Republic
Helene Sjursen Arena Centre for European Studies, Norway
Ty Solomon University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Eva Spackova VSB Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
Johan van der Walt University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Juha Vuori Tampere University, Finland
Wouter Werner VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ruben Zaiotti Dalhousie University, Canada
Tomasz Zarycki University of Warsaw, Poland
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: New Perspectives

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of New Perspectives will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that New Perspectives may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.

    If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.5 Research Data
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplemental material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 Sage Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information


    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to New Perspectives please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    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, with a maximum length including all notes and references is 12,000 words.

    Essays present an argument or set out an agenda. They may be based on keynote addresses, be more polemical pieces or represent analytical, interpretive or synthetic work that doesn't fit the research article model. They do not include literature reviews and are written to be read beyond as well as within academia. Essays should be no longer than 6000 words including all notes and references.

    Discussions 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 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.

    Fora [on e.g. a book, an event or issue, as a set of responses and rejoinders to a report, proceedings of a roundtable at a conference etc]

    • Usually 4-5 contributions responding to something and then a rejoinder or two.
    • Sometimes 6 or 7 contributions with no rejoinder is also possible.

    Registered Reports, Pre-Data or Post-Data:  There are two types of Registered Reports:  

    • Registered Reports – Pre-Data, i.e., before any data have been gathered
    • Registered Reports – Post-Data, i.e., before already existing data have been examined and analysed.   

    These submissions are reviewed in two stages. In Stage 1, a study proposal is considered for publication prior to data collection and/or analysis. Stage 1 submissions should include a complete Introduction, Methods, and Proposed Analyses. High-quality proposals will be accepted in principle before data collection and/or data analysis commences. Once the study is completed, the author will finish the article including Results and Discussion sections (Stage 2). Publication of the Stage 2 submission is guaranteed as long as the approved Stage 1 protocol is followed and the conclusions are appropriate. Full details can be found here. The Journal’s manuscript requirements should be adhered to for the stage 2 submission.

    Cultural Cuts are excerpts from art or cultural products/ texts/ exhibitions that showcase something political in, of or relevant for the region and its international relations in a different way. If you would like to submit or suggest a cultural cut, you should consult the editors and also be ready to write an introduction that helps contextualise the work(s) in question with regard to the journal. [these are usually commissioned/ selected by the Editor/ Deputy, but submissions or suggestions in this regard would also be very welcome.

    All three types of articles should be submitted complete with the following:

    • an abstract of no more than 200 words, which should describe the main topic, arguments, methods and conclusions of the article
    • a list of keywords (minimum 3, maximum 6) for indexing and abstracting purposes

    Please note that there is no limit on the number of references allowed in each of these article types.

    Nonetheless, all ‘literature review’ elements of any type of article should be kept to a minimum. Paragraphs should be kept as short as possible and generally not exceed 250 words. Likewise, sentences should be kept as short as possible and should not exceed 50 words. The emphasis should be on clear communication, while considering Einstein’s dictum – ‘[Make it] as simple as possible, but not simpler.’

    Nonetheless, author’s should bear in mind the journal’s unofficial motto of ‘experiment, express, enjoy’ in their style as well as in the substance of their submissions and we welcome pieces that revel in their writing.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Sage does not permit the use of author-suggested (recommended) reviewers at any stage of the submission process, be that through the web-based submission system or other communication. Reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Our policy is that reviewers should not be assigned to a paper if:

    •  The reviewer is based at the same institution as any of the co-authors

    •  The reviewer is based at the funding body of the paper

    •  The author has recommended the reviewer

    •  The reviewer has provided a personal (e.g. Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail) email account and an institutional email account cannot be found after performing a basic Google search (name, department and institution). 

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.3.1 Third party submissions

    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
    • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
    • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

    New Perspectives encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway

    2.5 Research data

    The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the Sage Research Data policy pages

    Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:

    • share your research data in a relevant public data repository
    • include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
    • cite this data in your research

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    New Perspectives and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Sage’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants Sage the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than Sage. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the Sage Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    New Perspectives offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Sage after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplemental material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplemental files

    4.4 Reference style

    New Perspectives adheres to the Sage Harvard reference style. View the Sage Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the Sage Harvard EndNote output file [OR] the Sage Vancouver EndNote output file

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    New Perspectives is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 Sage Production

    Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal Sage Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the Sage Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    Sage provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to Nicholas Michelsen in the New Perspective’s editorial office as follows:



    7.1 Appealing the publication decision

    Editors have very broad discretion in determining whether an article is an appropriate fit for their journal. Many manuscripts are declined with a very general statement of the rejection decision. These decisions are not eligible for formal appeal unless the author believes the decision to reject the manuscript was based on an error in the review of the article, in which case the author may appeal the decision by providing the Editor with a detailed written description of the error they believe occurred.

    If an author believes the decision regarding their manuscript was affected by a publication ethics breach, the author may contact the publisher with a detailed written description of their concern, and information supporting the concern, at

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