About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The Mongolian Journal of International Affairs aims to publish articles s publish which are interesting, relevant and challenging to readers who seek a broader and deeper understanding on international affairs and especially of Mongolia’s role in the world. It aims both to analyses international issues for Mongolian readership and to present Mongolian perspectives to readers in other countries. Accordingly, the views expressed in contributions to the MJIA are those of the individual contributors.

Journal Abbreviation: Mong. j. int. aff.

It publishes refereed, original research reports and reviews describing all aspects of the international and regional affairs. A broad outline of the journal's scope includes:

  • International Studies
  • International Affairs
  • Area Studies
  • Security Studies

The Mongolian Journal of International Affairs (MJIA) is published annually by the Institute of International Studies, Mongolian Academy of Sciences(MAS). MJIA offers the most authoritative opinions by leading Mongolian scholars and public officials on foreign policy, politics, and economics of Mongolia. We welcome manuscripts principally on Mongolia and its relations with the world.

The opinions and positions expressed in the articles in the MJIA are entirely those of the authors themselves and do not necessarily reflect the opinions and positions of the Institute of International Studies, MAS or any member of its editorial board.

Peer Review Process

MJIA follows the double blind peer-review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. All submitted manuscripts are subjected to an intensive peer review in consultation with members of the journal’s editorial board and independent external referees (usually 2-3 reviewers).

  • Reviewers are asked to evaluate a manuscript for:
  • Suitability interns of content and novelty;
  • Coverage of appropriate existing literature;
  • Adequacy of methodology, analysis and interpretation;
  • Relative importance;
  • Language of composition

All manuscripts are assessed within suitable time and the decision based on all the peer reviewers’ comments, taken by the journal’s Editor-in-Chief.

Submissions from the Editor-in-Chief will undergo independent peer-review and will be submitted to another editor for decision on acceptance.

Average duration of manuscript processing from submission to final decision is 9-10 weeks.

For a copy of the Journal's current style guide, please contact the Editorial Manager at mjia@mas.ac.mn before producing the final text of any article or commentary. Articles must be no longer than 7000 words including references and endnotes. Any articles exceeding this will not be accepted for publication.

Please note that the Journal’s policy is to publish original work for the first time. While articles based on speeches, seminar papers, working papers and the like may be acceptable as Commentaries, they cannot normally be accepted as refereed articles if they have been ‘published’ in some form elsewhere. If in doubt about the acceptability of a proposed article, please discuss the matter with the Journal Editor before submitting a text.


This journal has supported by Institute of International Studies, Mongolian Academy of Sciences.

Publication Ethics and malpractice statement

Publishing ethics of the MGS is based on those by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) code of conduct guidelines available at www.publicationethnics.org

It is important to lay down standards of expected ethical behavior by all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the society-owned. This includes all parties treating each other with respect and dignity and without discrimination, harassment, bullying or retaliation.

Editor Responsibilities

The editor of a peer-reviewed journal is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal should be published, and, moreover, is accountable for everything published in the journal. In making these decisions, the editor may be guided by the policies of the journal’s editorial board as well as by legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.

  • The editor may confer with other managing editors or reviewers when making publication decisions. The editor should maintain the integrity of the academic record, preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards, and always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.
  • The editor should evaluate manuscripts for intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the author(s). The editor will not disclose any information about a manuscript under consideration to anyone other than the author(s), reviewers and potential reviewers, and in some instances the editorial board members, as appropriate.
  • The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
  • The editor will be guided by COPE’s Guidelines for Retracting Articles when considering retracting, issuing expressions of concern about, and issuing corrections pertaining to articles that have been published in the journal.
     Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.
  • The editor is committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions.
  • The editor should seek so ensure a fair and appropriate peer review process. Editors should recuse themselves (i.e. should ask a co-editor, associate editor or other member of the editorial board instead to review and consider) from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers. Editors should require all contributors to disclose relevant competing interests and publish corrections if competing interests are revealed after publication. If needed, other appropriate action should be taken, such as the publication of a retraction or expression of concern.
  • Editors should guard the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct. Editors should pursue reviewer and editorial misconduct. An editor should take reasonably responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.

Reviewer Responsibilities

  • If the reviewer considers that there is any conflict of interest that may make compromise their review, they are required to make this known to the editorial office, and may be excused from performing the review. The reviewer may not be aware of this until they have accepted the invitation to review.
  • Any invited reviewer who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its timely review will be impossible should immediately notify the editor so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.
  • Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except if authorized by the editor.
  • Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inacceptable. Reviewers should express their views clearly with appropriate supporting arguments.
  • Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published data of which they have personal knowledge.
  • Reviewers are required to respect the confidentiality of the peer review process and "refrain from using information or ideas obtained during the peer review process for your own or another’s advantage, or to disadvantage or discredit others.
  • Reviewers are asked to return their reviews by the requested date, and to inform the editorial office if there is likely to be a delay.

Author Responsibilities

Authors ethical responsibilities are detailed in the Author’s guide.  See more information from the https://www.mongoliajol.info/index.php/JIS/about/submissions

Publisher's Confirmation

In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism the publisher, in close collaboration with the editors, will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of an erratum or, in the most severe cases, the complete retraction of the affected work

Publication Frequency

The Mongolian Journal of International Affairs (MJIA) is published annually by the Institute of International Affairs of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences.

Abstracting and indexing

The Journal of International Studies is included in the following databases 

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.

Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles in this journal, or to use them for any other lawful purpose.

Editorial Team and Editorial Board Members:

Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dashnyam ZOLBOO
Institute of International Studies, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Email: zolbood@mas.ac.mn

Associate Editor

Ph.D., Radnaased TURDALAI
Institute of International Studies, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Email: turdalair@mas.ac.mn

Editorial Board

Ts. Batbayar, Email: tsedendamba.bud@gmail.com, The Institute of International Studies, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Udo B.Barkmann, Email: ubbarkmann@gmx.de,  Retired, GERMANY
Uradyn E.Bulag, Email: ueb10@cam.ac.uk,  University of Cambridge, UK
Ts. Baatar, Email: baatar_ts@mas.ac.mn, The Institute of International Studies, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Sharad K. Soni, Director, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study (JNIAS) & Professor, Centre for Inner Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, INDIA
Dorj SHURKHUU, Email: shurkhuud@mas.ac.mn,            The Institute of International Studies, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Chemezov.A.D, Email: chemezov-da@yandex.ru, Corresponding member, International Academy of Theoretical and Applied Sciences, M.Sc.Eng, Lecturer of Vladimir Industrial College, Russia