Each paper goes through an initial review by the journal’s editor-in-chief. If this initial review is favourable, the paper undergoes a double blind review process by two or more experts in the specific domain. Reviews are received by the editor-in-chief, who then provides the author with an editor’s report that contains the final recommendation: a conditional acceptance, a request for further revisions, or rejection.

The criterion referring to linguistic consistency addresses the level of written English and layout of the paper. The level of written English of submitted papers will be ranked between 1-5 where one (5) is for paper with excellent English and 1 is for paper whose English is subjected to major revision. Top three (3) levels will be considered for acceptance. The lower levels will be proposed for revision and could be conditionally accepted. Thematic review will determine whether to accept or reject according to the originality, relevance for theory and practice, quality of content and presentation of submitted paper.

Papers complying with both criteria will be considered for acceptance. Papers failing to satisfy one of the two criteria will be recommended for revision and could be conditionally accepted. The feedback results would be emailed to authors no matter if the paper is accepted or rejected.


  1. The editor-in-chief verifies the manuscript’s suitability for the journal in which they serve. Manuscripts deemed unsuited will be rejected.
  2. If your manuscript is accepted, then the editor of the journal and one of our staff members will email you with an official letter or acceptance. Finally, if we find edits that need to be corrected, we will work with you to apply the finishing touches.
  3. After receiving your manuscript, we perform a plagiarism scan. If the scan is passed successfully, we send your manuscript to the appropriate editor. Upon receiving it, the editor removes all author(s) personal contact information.
  4. If the editor finds the manuscript suitable for the journal, it is sent to two independent reviewers for their comments, which are available to the author(s). Based on the comments from the double-blind peer review, the editor will make a final decision to either accept or reject the manuscript.
  5. Accepted manuscripts are typically published within three to six months.
  6. After publication, the contact author will receive a final PDF copy of the manuscript via e-mail.
  7. At the time of publication, the contact author will receive a PDF page proof, via e-mail. Corrections and/or approval must be received by the deadline given in the e-mail (approximately 1× full week). Publication may proceed without approval if no response is received by the deadline.


As a condition for publication, the authors must allow International Journal of Cyber Diplomacy the right to disseminate their manuscript to the widest possible public in print and electronic format.

Also, authors must assent to our open access policy, which is to provide immediate open access to our journal on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Users, including but not limited to authors, readers, reviewers, associations, academia etc. are permitted to read, distribute, copy, download, search, build upon, link, refer to the full article texts in the journal if proper credit is offered.