This Archiving Policy outlines the principles and procedures for preserving and making accessible the content of the "Journal of Political Stability Archive" (JPSA). The JPSA is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating scholarly research and analysis on political stability, conflict, and governance around the world. This policy ensures the long-term availability and accessibility of valuable intellectual resources for researchers, policymakers, and the public.

2. Scope of Materials

The JPSA archive encompasses the following materials:

  • Published articles and research papers
  • Book reviews
  • Policy briefs and reports
  • Data sets and code
  • Multimedia content (e.g., audio recordings, videos)
  • Conference proceedings and presentations
  • Correspondence and other administrative records (at the discretion of the JPSA editorial board)

3. Archiving Criteria

All materials published or submitted to the JPSA will be considered for archiving based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance: Does the material align with the JPSA's mission and scope of interest?
  • Significance: Does the material contribute meaningfully to the understanding of political stability, conflict, and governance?
  • Quality: Does the material meet the JPSA's standards for scholarship and rigor?
  • Sustainability: Is the material in a format that can be preserved and accessed long-term?

4. Archiving Methods

The JPSA will employ a combination of digital and physical archiving methods to ensure the long-term preservation and accessibility of its materials.

  • Digital Archiving: All materials will be stored in a secure and redundant digital repository, following established best practices for digital preservation.
  • Physical Archiving: Select materials, such as original manuscripts or unique datasets, may be archived physically in a secure and climate-controlled environment.

5. Access and Preservation

The JPSA is committed to providing open access to its archives whenever possible. However, access to certain materials may be restricted due to copyright limitations, privacy concerns, or other legal or ethical considerations. The JPSA will regularly review and update its access policies to ensure transparency and equity.

  • Open Access: The JPSA will prioritize making its materials openly accessible online, free of charge.
  • Restricted Access: Restricted materials will be clearly identified and access will be granted upon request, with appropriate justification.
  • Preservation: The JPSA will undertake regular maintenance and migration of its digital archives to ensure continued accessibility in the face of technological advancements.

6. Review and Revision

This Archiving Policy will be reviewed and revised periodically to reflect changes in technology, best practices, and the needs of the JPSA community.