The Monitor: Journal of International Studies
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Frequently Asked Questions

I want to submit but I'm not sure if my paper topic fits the Monitor. How do I tell? 

First, there are no disciplinary restrictions on submissions the Monitor accepts papers from any subject. Our key submission criteria is that we require all papers to construct an argument about countries, peoples, events, non-state actors, or cultural movements outside the United States. It may briefly compare and/or discuss the relevance of a particular issue to the United States, but the primary focus of the paper should be on making an argument about foreign countries, peoples, events, other non-state actors, and cultural movements. 


My paper was rejected because it was out-of-scope. What does that mean? 

The Monitor defines in-scope as a paper that constructs an argument about countries, peoples, events, non-state actors, or cultural movements outside of the United States. Papers may briefly discuss or compare issues to the United States, but the primary focus should be outside the country. 


My paper was rejected as out-of-scope but I think that it is in-scope. How do I get it reconsidered for submission? 

If you think that your paper was rejected as out-of-scope you may e-mail the Managing Editor at submit@monitorjournal.org with an explanation as to why your paper should be considered for publication (see the above question). You must send this e-mail within one week of receiving the out-of-scope e-mail. The executive board will then review your request and vote as to whether or not the paper should be considered for publication. Your identity will remain anonymous to all members of the executive board, except the Managing Editor who will refrain from voting if he or she is biased, through out the course of this review process. 

What is the double blind review system and how does it work? 

The double-blind review system is designed to ensure that papers are reviewed as fairly as possible. All submissions are sent to an e-mail account that only the Managing Editor is allowed to access. No other member of the Monitor staff, including the Editor-in-Chief, has access to this account. Only the Managing Editor knows the identity of submitting authors and thus he or she does not review papers. The Managing Editor removes the author's name and any other identifying information from the paper and then sends it to two staff members to be reviewed. Staff members then review papers independently of one another. If someone receives a paper and suspects that they know the identity of the author, the class the paper was from, or any other biasing information they return the paper to the Managing Editor and another reviewer is selected. 
Papers that receive two independent recommendations to be published are then sent to the executive board for further review. If a paper receives conflicting reviews (i.e. one recommendation for publication and one reject) it is sent to a third reviewer as a tiebreak. The executive board carefully reviews each paper and meets to select four to five papers for publication. During this discussion any executive member who believes they know the author or are biased against a paper refrains from voting and is not allowed to contribute to that portion of debate. Only after papers are selected are the author's names revealed. 


I have submitted my paper to the Monitor and another journal. Can it still be published? 

The Monitor prides itself on promoting original, unpublished research. While you may submit your paper to other journals, if selected for publication in the Monitor, you must withdraw it from consideration at any other publications.  


Can graduate students submit to the Monitor? 

The Monitor aims to promote unique undergraduate research. As of now, we only accept papers written by undergraduates. We do not accept graduate-level work at this time. However, if you are a current graduate or law student we would consider papers written during your undergraduate career. If this is the case, please explicitly note and explain your situation in the submission e-mail. 


My paper was chosen for publication. What happens now? 

The Managing Editor will contact you and set up a meeting to address any corrections or updates that may be needed prior to publication. You will then have about a week to may any changes. The paper will then be sent to our copy staff. Once sent to copy, the Monitor reserves the right to make grammatical or other small changes for clarification. 


My paper was not chosen for publication. Can I submit it again next semester? 

Absolutely! All papers not selected will be returned with reviewer comments. The Monitor welcomes and encourages authors to revise and re-submit their papers.


How do I get more involved in the Monitor? 

Please see our "Join the Monitor" page for more details on the staff application process. The Monitor accepts new staff applications at the beginning of each semester. 


More questions?

Please send additional questions to editor@monitorjournal.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.