Editorial policy




Editorial Policy

Security Spectrum: Journal of Advanced Security Research considers manuscripts on the following conditions:

  • The submitted manuscript is an original work in the field and does not duplicate any other previously published work.
  • The manuscript has been submitted only to Security Spectrum and is not under consideration for peer-review or has not been accepted for any other publication at the same time and has not already been published.
  • The manuscript contains nothing that is morally binding, discriminating or illegal.

By submitting your manuscript you are also agreeing to the necessary originality checks your work may have to undergo during the peer-review, editorial and publishing processes.

All reasonable claims to co-authorship must be clearly named in the manuscript. The corresponding author must be authorized by all co-authors to act on their behalf in all matters pertaining to the publication process. The order of names should be agreed upon in advance of submission by all authors.

The author must follow the Harvard style of referencing and supply all details by any funding and grant-awarding bodies if appropriate. Authors must also incorporate a statement which will acknowledge any financial interest or benefit they have arising from the direct applications of their submitted study. For all manuscripts a non-discriminatory approach in language usage is mandatory.

When using wording which has been or is asserted to be a proprietary term or trademark, the Author must use the symbol ® or TM. There is no submission fee for Security Spectrum. Fees for Author(s) are exceptional and an object for separate negotiations and agreements. If you wish to include any material in which you do not hold copyright, you must obtain written permission from the copyright owner prior to manuscript submission.


Author´s guidelines
Submission of articles

Documents to be submitted:

  1. Separate file including: first name, last name, e-mail, author’s affiliation and the title of article.
  2. The main file with the article including: a) title of the article, b) abstract of 150 up to 250 words, c) 3 up to 5 keywords. Figures and Tables should be removed from this file. Please indicate in the text where they should be placed in the final version of the publication. All information that might reveal the author’s identity should be also removed from this file.
  3. Separate file (Word format) including Tables and Figures (if necessary)
  4. Separate file (preferably in Excel format) including source Tables and Figures (if necessary)

Documents to be submitted after review:

  1. Documents listed above
  2. File with the main text indicating changes that were made (track changes version)
  3. Files with replies to reviewers.

The manuscripts shall be submitted electronically in .rtf or .Word format to the following e-mail: teadusinfo [at] sisekaitse.ee.


A general guideline for the manuscript

A manuscript should not exceed 25 standard typed pages (1800 characters per page).

  • Manuscrips for publication should be submitted in English (British English).
  • The manuscripts should be submitted in A4 format, with single linge spacing, normal margins, font type Times New Roman size 12.
  • Justified text alignment is used and paragraphs are seperated by a free line or extra spacing.
  • All headings, except introduction and conclusion, are numbered with Arabic numbers by subdivisions (1., 1.1., 1.1.1). There is no need to start each chapter from a new page or insert superlfuous free lines; this will be done by the editor.
  • All tables, figures and Pictures used in the article are presente in a seperate file with high resolution. A reference is provided in the text as to where the table is supposed to be located.
  • Authors must follow the Harvard style of referencing.
  • The Editor reserves the right to abridge and edit submitted texts, as well as to change their titles.


Peer-review process

Security Spectrum operates on an academic quality policy of double-blind international peer-review. This means that the identity of Authors and reviewers are closed during the process.

Submitted manuscripts will be sent to the Editorial Board and then to two or more peer-reviewers, unless the manuscripts are considered to either be lacking in presentation or the written English is below an academic level.

Submitted manuscripts which are not deemed to be out of scope or below threshold for the journal will be reviewed by two academic experts. Statistical or other relevant topically specialized reviewers are also used where needed. Reviewers are asked to express their competing interests and have to agree to peer-review. Reviewers are asked whether the manuscript is academically competent and coherent, how relevant and important it is and whether the academic quality of the writing is acceptable, as well as suggestions for further revision and improvement of a submitted manuscript.

The final decision is made on the basis that the peer-reviewers are in accordance with one another, or that at least there is no bold dissenting positions. At least one peer-review should be positive in total for the final positive decision. In cases where there is strong disagreement either among peer-reviewers or between the Author and peer-reviewers, additional advice is sought from members of the Editorial Board. Additional editorial or external peer-review is also requested when needed. The journal normally allows two revisions of any submitted and peer-reviewed manuscript.

All appeals and claims should be directed to the Editors. The ultimate responsibility for editorial decisions and academic quality lies with the Editorial Board and the Editor-in-Chief.

Reasoned misunderstandings and claims are subject to additional assessment by the Editorial Board in accordance with academic traditions or relevant law.