Anniversary Award for the Best Paper by a Postgraduate Student

Anniversary Award for the Best Paper by a Postgraduate Student

Deadline: Wed, 01 Sep 2021

Central European Journal of International and Security Studies (CEJISS)



Call for Award Description

In 2021, CEJISS celebrates the 15th year of its existence. To mark this anniversary, we initiate a call for submissions – the 15th-anniversary award for the best paper by a Ph.D. candidate, a postgraduate (Master’s) student or a recent graduate. Current postgraduate (MA or Ph.D.) students or those who finished their MA or Ph.D. studies in 2020 or 2021 are eligible to submit any previously unpublished paper in the field of International Relations or International Security. The submissions may be based on conference papers or Ph.D./MA dissertations.

The key criteria for evaluation are related to the submissions’ originality and scientific (academic) quality, including the strength of the argument, theoretical (methodological/analytical) framework and empirical evidence.The winner’s paper will be published in the December issue of CEJISS in 2021.

All the shortlisted finalists will be provided with extended feedback in the form of two reviews by external experts. Should they wish, the shortlisted finalists can elaborate their manuscripts in accordance with the provided feedback, and their manuscripts can be published in the journal in 2022.

  • Deadline for submissions: 1 September 2021
  • Announcement of the winner and the finalists/runners-up: 30 October 2021
  • Publication of the awarded paper: 17 December 2021

In order to submit your paper or get more information, please contact Dr Martina Varkockova (the deputy editor-in-chief) at When submitting your paper, please use the following email subject: anniversary award. For more information about the journal and the award, please visit

  • Language of submission: English
  • Length: 6,000–12,000 words (including bibliography, footnotes, abstract)
  • Abstract: 100–200 words
  • We do not request any specific citation or formatting style. However, the author of the awarded paper will be responsible for adjusting the style of the paper according to the journal’s guidelines prior to the paper’s publication.
  • We recommend following our general requirements for academic articles:

o Research goal/question explicitly defined;
o Relationship vis-à-vis the existing literature on a given topic clearly articulated;
o Theoretical, conceptual or methodological framework explained;
o The main argument and/or key conclusions explicitly stated;

CEJISS is a quarterly journal that publishes peer-reviewed scholarly articles across the entire field of International Relations and International Security. Since its foundation in 2007, it has been proudly committed to the principle of open access publishing. CEJISS puts an emphasis on the quality and fairness of the peer-review process and openness about its policies. While based in Prague and the Central European region, CEJISS has always had a global outlook. It is indexed by SCOPUS, ProQuest, EBSCO, Google Scholar and other databases.

CEJISS is a pluralist journal. It favours a variety of theories and methods used as well as topics and geographical areas covered. Nonetheless, CEJISS is particularly (but not exclusively) interested in drivers of the contemporary world’s change – from geopolitical shifts, nationalist resurgence and regionalisation to environmental and technological changes. Rather than specialising in a particular theme, it prefers to understand the broader impacts and mutual entanglements of these processes. CEJISS has published articles focused on Central and Eastern Europe as well as on other regions and the global international system. It is open to inter-disciplinary, cross-thematic and trans-regional works discussing international aspects of politics and security. CEJISS also welcomes policy-relevant articles. However, please note that all articles must meet the usual research standards (they need to be research articles in the first place).
CEJISS is published by Metropolitan University Prague.