Acceptance Policy and Publication Ethics

Acceptance policy

Every effort will be made to provide a quick response to submitted manuscripts.

To be considered for publication in Island Studies Journal (ISJ), submissions should meet the following criteria:

  • Manuscripts should always be concise and well-written, intended to advance the study of islands and/or issues affecting islands. They will normally be sent out for review to at least two independent scholars, and would benefit from additional critical comments by the ISJ editors. Authors submitting manuscripts for possible publication are advised to write clearly and lucidly, since not all ISJ’s diverse readers would necessarily share the authors’ disciplinary background.
  • Book Reviews should be succinct, critical yet constructive, and meant to provide a useful summary of a text while situating it in a specific theoretical or literary context. They should not exceed 1,000 words.

Authors submitting any material (and any accompanying illustrations, figures, tables, etc.) for publication are automatically deemed to have vested copyright of that same material to the Institute of Island Studies (IIS) at the University of Prince Edward Island. The IIS, in turn, pledges to make such material freely available and without charge. Authors are themselves fully and responsible for obtaining any permission necessary to reproduce copyright material from the appropriate sources.

Island Studies Journal will only publish papers and/or reviews not hitherto published. Any material submitted to be considered for publication will be automatically assumed (a) not to have been published before and (b) not being considered for publication in any other venue at the time of submission to ISJ.

Publication ethics

ISJ follows the Committee on Publication Ethics’ ‘Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors’. With the exception of book reviews and editorial introductions, all papers published in ISJ are subject to double-blind peer review, typically by two or three reviewers. This standard also applies to papers authored or coauthored by members of the ISJ editorial board. Peer reviewers will be asked to abide by the Committee on Publication Ethics’ ‘Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers’.

In order to further guarantee ethical publishing, papers that focus on one or more Indigenous communities are subject to an enhanced review process: Either one or more of the double-blind peer reviews will be undertaken by a member of an Indigenous community or an additional, nonscholarly review will be undertaken by a member of an Indigenous community.

Conflicts of interest

Actual, potential, or apparent conflicts of interest must be declared at the time of article submission or as soon as such conflicts arise. Conflicts of interest include professional, business, financial, personal, or legal relationships between an author and an organisation being studied or discussed in a paper, which could influence the manner in which the research has been conducted and/or presented. Conflicts of interest are not in themselves reasons for rejecting a paper, but such conflicts may affect the way in which a paper is assessed. Failure to actual, potential, or apparent conflicts of interest may result in rejection of submitted articles or retraction or clarification of published articles. For questions involving conflicts of interest and other ethical issues, please contact the executive editor at