Publication Ethics

JHUP Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement

JHUP Journals Ethics and Malpractice Statement can be found here.

Peer Review Policy

Although the majority of its articles are commissioned by the Editors, the Journal of Democracy also welcomes unsolicited submissions. Every unsolicited manuscript is read and evaluated by at least two members of the editorial staff. Many unsolicited manuscripts are rejected at this stage, often for reasons of focus, timing, style, or space that do not necessarily reflect on their scholarly merits. The Journal is not formally peer-reviewed, but in some cases manuscripts are sent to outside scholars or specialists for comments and evaluation.

Because of our small staff, we are regrettably unable to provide individualized critiques of most of the manuscripts that we reject. We immediately confirm receipt of unsolicited manuscripts as soon as they arrive, and we make every effort to convey our decision to the author within eight weeks. The Journal will not consider manuscripts submitted simultaneously to other journals.