Focus and Scope

The Review of European and Russian Affairs (RERA) is an online Canadian academic journal that publishes research articles and book/literature reviews related to the European Union, its Member States, the states of the former Soviet Union, and Central and Eastern Europe. The journal is interdisciplinary with a focus on the social sciences, policy studies, law, and international affairs. The goals of the journal are to provide an accessible forum for research and to promote high standards of scholarship. RERA is an open-access journal, which means that all published papers are available to users free of charge. The journal welcomes submissions from established researchers, young scholars, and advanced graduate students.

The journal is published by the Centre for European Studies at Carleton University and is a joint project of:

Peer Review Process

Upon the receipt of submission, your manuscript will go through a preliminary internal review process. There is no fee for submission or processing charges. If your work is determined to meet RERA’s mandate and basic standards, we will then send it for double-blind review by two scholars appropriate to your field of research. We will contact you regarding the estimated timeline of this process. Four weeks is a standard review time, but this estimate may vary depending on the availability of reviewers specializing in a particular area of research.

Reviewers will be asked to assess your manuscript by choosing one of the three following judgements:

  1. Ready for publication with minor revisions—this means your work has been approved for publication in RERA; however, you must first make all appropriate revisions.
  2. Revise and resubmit— this means your work is not ready or accepted for publication, but that the journal would be pleased to see a revised version for additional review. You may, if you so choose, revise the piece according to reviewer comments and submit it again. Upon resubmission, our reviewers and/or editors will determine whether or not the revisions are sufficient to merit publication. The paper may have to undergo another round of reviews, if deemed necessary.
  3. Reject—the reviewers have determined that the manuscript is not ready for publication. The same work may not be resubmitted to the journal unless substantial revisions are made. Resubmissions will be treated like new applications, and must go through the review process again.

The assessments of the reviewers, along with a summary of their substantive comments, will be provided to authors.

Open Access Policy

RERA publishes under the Creative Commons copyright license (CC-BY-NC-ND) As such, 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.


Copyright License

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).
  4. Once published, any online postings must include a link back to the publication in this journal.

 Digital Preservation Policy

RERA content and database is archived within the Ontario Library Research Cloud (OLRC).


RERA is published by the Centre for European Studies at Carleton University and is a joint project of the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue and the Institute of European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies.

Sources of Support

The Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue is supported by the Carleton University and the Centre for European Studies.