Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

International Journal of Bahamian Studies is a scholarly peer-reviewed research journal published by the University of The Bahamas.

The major purposes of the journal are to disseminate products of research and academic activity which are relevant to the University and The Bahamas, and to stimulate participation in such activity by members of the University and the national and international research community.

Each volume includes a mix of articles, based on scientific and sustained analytic inquiry, book or media reviews of scholarly interest and advocacy papers.

The journal publishes original research on The Bahamas or with significant Bahamian content as well as research of regional or comparative interest. Contributions may be in any field of knowledge, but should communicate effectively with readers who are not specialists in the field.


Section Policies

Short Communications

Short communications are limited to 2-6 pages in length. They will be reviewed by an expert in the subject matter.

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Original Articles

Original articles are peer-reviewed, should be novel contributions to the subject area, should be between 10-25 pages and not include more than 40 references.

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Literature Reviews

This section includes comprehensive reviews of the literature of a discipline. Literature reviews will be peer reviewed by an expert in the subject area.

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Commentary and Speeches

This section will include opinion pieces and or speeches. Typically these contributions would be solicited and will be subject to review by an expert in the subject area.

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Book and Media Reviews

Book and media reviews should be short articles but should explore the subject area in some depth. Reviews will be peer reviewed.

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Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted for publication must be original material not being considered for publication elsewhere.

Following preliminary Editorial Review (which will entail checking the manuscript for plagiarism and verifying its appropriateness), if accepted, all manuscripts will be assessed by peer reviewers, who are drawn from both within and outside the University of The Bahamas and whose expertise matches the paper under review.

Manuscript reviews will be double-blind and reviewers are given 3-4 weeks to complete and return their review.

Ensuring a Blind Review

To ensure a blind review, the manuscript should not include any information that would serve to identify the author(s) - on the title page, the running head, the footer, acknowledgements, or in the file name. Authors should also ensure that the underlying metadata of the document does not include any identifying information (in Microsoft word this information is included in document properties).


Publication Frequency

The International Journal of Bahamian Studies will produce one volume annually - typically in the month of October.

The deadline for manuscript submission is May 15th of each year.

Extraordinary volumes may be published as the need arises (such as conference proceedings or issues on special topics).


Open Access Policy

The International Journal of Bahamian Studies provides open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

There are no Article Processing Charges or Author Submission Charges.

The International Journal of Bahamian Studies and its antecedents, the College of The Bahamas Research Journal and College Forum, have been indexed by DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) and content is accessible through Google and Google Scholar.

The IJBS subscribes to a CC-BY license.



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Publication Ethics

The International Journal of Bahamian Studies adheres to the principles elaborated in the COPE Guidelines for best practice in scholarly publishing.

The Editor of the IJBS will take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, nor will the Editor encourage such misconduct nor knowingly allow such misconduct to take place.

All submissions to IJBS that involve human subjects must show evidence that the study has received Institutional Review Board approval from the institution of the authors.

In the event the Editor is made aware of any allegation of research misconduct, the Editor will in consultation with the journal's Editorial Board, deal with the allegations appropriately.

Papers that are retracted will be removed from the journal's website and a statement about the retraction issued.

Corrected articles will include a note on the first page of the article indicating that the version on the journal's website has been corrected.

The IJBS is willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies as needed - to ensure its publication is held to the highest ethical standards.