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Focus and Scope

Silk Road exists to promote evidence-based scholarly research in social sciences and public policy studies that make the affairs of the Great Silk Road countries an area of significant interest, scholarship and impact. Applied interdisciplinary and empirical papers are welcomed.

The journal is intended for the reader from the academic, policy and private sectors with an interest in research specifically applied in the context of Silk Road countries. We welcome thematic clusters of articles on a topic, that have an analytical synergy interesting for wide audiences. Thematic clusters are welcomed and should organize articles describing the problem, issue or phenomenon potentially linking varying fields and disciplines. The primary category for submissions is original peer-review research articles. Issues might include commentaries (1500-3000 usually), interview (1500), policy (3000) and book reviews (1000-1500).

All research articles will undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymous double-blind refereeing by two referees. The journal intends to address readers, particularly young scholars, in Uzbekistan and the broader Silk Road region. It will keep its readership informed as to the latest trends and issues in economics, business and policy(e.g., demography, education, health, etc).


Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publically available.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. The dates each manuscript was submitted and accepted on are published on the PDF version.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, see here.


Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher, University of Westminster Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability. UWP journals are indexed by the following services:

CrossRefJISC KB+SHERPA RoMEODirectory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), EBSCOHost, and Google Scholar. In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration. If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing support@ubiquitypress.com or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.


Sponsors

Article Processing Charges for this journal are paid for by the University of Westminster, London for the following three years (2018-2020). There are therefore no publication fees to pay.
 
Where possible, we encourage authors to ask their library/institution to support open access publishing from the University of Westminster and other open access based university presses and their associates in the Ubiquity Partner Network or outside.

The University of Westminster has developed into a university that combines both metropolitan and cosmopolitan dimensions, and which is closely involved in business, professional and academic life within London, as well as overseas. The University has always been, and continues to be, imaginative in recognising new needs and developing appropriate offerings for its many target markets and offering a vibrant learning environment – fostering innovation and creativity, informed by practice, inspired by research, focusing on the globally relevant areas in which we excel.

History

This journal will focus on empirical work originating from scholars working along the Silk Road linking Europe, Central Asia, Russia and China. It aims to promote evidence-based scholarly research in social sciences and public policy studies that make the affairs of the Great Silk Road countries an area of significant interest, scholarship and impact. Applied interdisciplinary and empirical papers are welcomed. The journal is intended for the reader from the academic, policy and private sectors with an interest in research specifically applied in the context of Silk Road countries.

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