Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The International Journal of Regulatory Science (IJRS) is an online open-access journal intended for scholars with an interest in regulatory science. IJRS is devoted to the consideration of legislation, risk assessment, control and management, inspection services, laboratory services for monitoring, surveillance and response, safety information, education and communication.  A range of articles related to the regulation of food and feed, the environment, drugs, transportation, communications, and other related fields fall within the scope of the Journal.

Articles and commentary are submitted and reviewed by a community of scientists from academia, government and industry.

It is the mission and vision of the International Journal of Regulatory Science to facilitate an open dialogue among regulatory scientists from the global community to advance regulatory science as described by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 2011 Strategic Plan.



Section Policies


Original research to advance the science of creating tools, standards, and practices to improve the protection and compliance of regulated products.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Description or evaluation of a book or other materials of interest to the general audience in regulatory science. Normally processed with prior agreement of the editors.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Evaluation of a regulation standard, impact analysis of a regulation standard or related investigations.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Current information dealing with a specialized topic. May contribute to one sub-discipline of regulatory science.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Papers submitted to IJRS are 'pre-reviewed' by the editor to ensure conformance with basic Journal requirements. Papers that meet the basic requirements are sent to three registered JRS referees. The referees conduct a review and provide notification of acceptance or rejection, or request revision/resubmission. Typical time for review is 4-6 weeks. Upon acceptance, the copy editor will prepare the paper for final publication and provide a copy of the proof to the author prior to posting. Once posted, the editor will notify registered users of availability.

Reviewers consider the originality of the submission, the article’s format and structure (as described in the IJRS Author Guidelines), ethical concerns such as plagiarism or fraud, and criteria for recommendation as described in the Reviewer Guidelines.


Publication Frequency

The International Journal of Regulatory Science publishes items as soon as they are are accepted by adding articles to the "current" volume's Table of Contents.

IJRS publishes two issues a year. The first issue runs January 1 - June 30 and the second issue runs July 1 - December 31.


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.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...