JCTS | Guidelines – Field Report
1. JCTS welcomes the submission of field project reports that explain either new developments in the practice of conflict transformation or new findings which contribute to on-going academic discussions. Both project specific reports (e.g. “sustainable income generation project in the post-war reconstruction in Afghanistan”) and discussions reflecting practitioners’ perspectives (e.g., “challenges to local ownership promotion in Northern Sri Lanka”) will be considered for publication.
2. Reports submitted should be original contributions and should not be under consideration for any other publication at the same time.
3. Articles should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words (including footnotes and References). A word count must be provided in all cases. The Editors regret that articles and reviews over the stipulated word lengths cannot be considered.
4. Although there is no definite guideline for organising contents the following is a suggested example.
(A) Overview locates the topic in the contexts, explains the aims of the practice or project(s), the importance of the issues, and provides a short literature review (apprx. 15% of the whole report).
(B) Findings section presents the key information and ideas (may consists of a few sections with own sectional titles. apprx. 50%)
(C) Interpreting findings may be drawn on existing literature. A sophisticated analysis here would also draw heavily on the contextual information provided at the outset. This would be a perfect opportunity for the writer to hammer home the impact that their practice has had – what do we know now that we didn’t before, or what can we be ‘more’ sure of, etc.? (apprx. 20%)
(D) Conclusion summarise main findings, their practical or theoretical implications (apprx. 15%)
5. All articles must be prepared according to the JCTS style guide otherwise they will not be accepted for publication.
6. Stylistically, I think we should be asking authors to write in an active voice (I realised/decided…) rather than a passive voice (it was realised/decided). The language should also be clear and concise, and certainly not verbose.
7. Articles for the journal should be submitted via email to: sungyong.lee[at]otago.ac.nz.
8. If a submitted article is selected for publication, its copyright will be transferred to Centre for Strategic Research and Analysis (CESRAN). Published papers can be cited by giving the necessary bibliographical information. For re-publication of any article in full-text permission must be sought from the editors.
9. Authors will be required to sign a Copyright Assignment Form (please click here to download) and to send it to the Editor (sung.lee [at] coventry.ac.uk) for all field reports accepted for publication.
10. Authors bear responsibility for their contributions. Statements of fact or opinion appearing in The Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security are solely those of the authors and do not imply endorsement by the Journal or the CESRAN International.