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The Gandhi Center publishes the International Journal on Responsibility (IJR), an international, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary forum for theoretical, practical, and methodological explorations into the various and complex issues of responsibility. 

IJR publishes a minimum of two peer-reviewed issues per year, with the possibility of a non-refereed issue that could include the work of undergraduate students, use of alternative media, or collection of conference papers.

Housed in James Madison University's Scholarly Commons, IJR is an open access journal that does not charge production costs. It is listed in Ulrich's Periodicals directory.

Animated by the question, “Who or what is responsible to do what for whom?” IJR is a broad-ranging journal that incorporates insights from the full range of academic and practical inquiry from the humanities and the social and natural sciences related to addressing the diverse aspects of responsibility.

Themes include the use of responsibility in academic and nonacademic settings; the development of new perspectives on the topic of responsibility; the application of a focus on responsibility in practical problems; and the historical and interdisciplinary dimensions of responsibility.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, issues directly related to intra-disciplinary, or interdisciplinary concerns, such as:

  • Abolition
  • Art
  • Authority
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Criminal Justice
  • Disability
  • “Dirty Hands”
  • Diversity
  • Education
  • Ethnicity
  • Emancipation
  • Equity
  • Exclusion
  • Food Security
  • Health Care
  • Human Trafficking
  • Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Humanitarian Intervention
  • Immigration
  • Inclusion
  • International Law
  • Justice
  • Love
  • Mental Health
  • Moral Hazards
  • Non-Governmental Organizations,
  • Peace
  • Perverse Consequences
  • Population
  • Power
  • Public Health
  • Punishment
  • Race
  • Relationship between Religion and Science Technology
  • Risk
  • Security
  • Therapy
  • Uncertainty
  • Violence (interpersonal, institutional, social, global)
  • Voluntary Service
  • War

The forthcoming seventh volume focuses on the various responsibilities criminal justice agents have for producing just outcomes in the criminal justice system. Guest edited by Dr. Heather L. Scheuerman (James Madison University), contributors to this special issue cover a wide range of topics illustrating the complexities of responsibility for law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. Specifically, the issue will discuss responsibilities of 1) police in field booking arrests; 2) appellate courts in responding to prosecutorial misconduct; 3) criminal court judges when legal roles conflict with personal perceptions of justice; 4) probation officers in sentencing recommendations; and 5) the surety in the Canadian bail system.

Editor-in-Chief:          Dr. Heather L. Scheuerman

Managing Editor:        Sylvia Whitney Beitzel

Submit an article for consideration here.

To discuss a submission, or to suggest a potential special issue, please contact the Managing Editor.

Call for Papers: The Spanish Language, Language Variations, Cultures, and Responsibility

The International Journal on Responsibility (IJR), an international, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal housed at James Madison University, welcomes submissions for an issue on The Spanish Language, Language Variations, Cultures and Responsibility. This issue will center on the question of responsibility for the cultures and languages of regions where Spanish became the main language (currently or
historically) or one of the languages carried across borders. LEARN MORE

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