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Negotiation and Conflict Management Research (NCMR) publishes articles that develop theory and report research on negotiation and conflict management across levels, including interpersonal conflict, intergroup conflict, organizational conflict, and cross-cultural conflict, across a range of domains including environmental conflict, crisis negotiations, and political conflict, as well as across a variety of approaches, including formal and informal third party intervention, mediation, and arbitration. Our readership includes scholars and practitioners studying conflict management in family, organizational, societal, and international settings.

Focus and Scope

Negotiation and Conflict Management Research (NCMR) is the flagship journal of the International Association of Conflict Management (IACM). NCMR uses double-anonymized review and is dedicated to the promotion of rigorous, ethical, and impactful research on negotiation and conflict. NCMR welcomes quantitative research studies (e.g., experiments, surveys, content analyses), qualitative research studies (e.g., ethnographies, interviews), case studies, meta-analyses and comprehensive literature reviews, theoretical and conceptual papers, and replications. We publish interdisciplinary and international collaborations, as well as research by individual contributors focused on negotiation, conflict, and its management, and we welcome diverse perspectives and approaches to the study of these topics. We encourage research that aims to improve practice and pedagogy in the fields of negotiation and conflict management by providing insight into how to foster changes in perspectives and empathy, mitigate destructive conflict, and improve human living conditions through peace and justice.

NCMR publishes articles that develop theory and report empirical research on negotiation and conflict management at multiple levels, including interpersonal, intergroup, organizational, societal, and international. Articles in NCMR explore a variety of processes for conflict management, engagement, and expression, including negotiation and various types of formal and informal third-party interventions. Articles in NCMR cover a range of domains and contexts, including environmental conflict, crisis negotiations, and political conflict, among many other settings in which people disagree. We aim to provide a quick turnaround for research and encourage work that addresses influential and timely societal events, as well as historical and perennial issues related to negotiation and conflict management.

To facilitate rigorous, ethical, and transparent research practices consistent with open science, NCMR encourages authors to share their study materials, data, and statistical analyses and code when feasible in a public repository, such as the Open Science Framework (, the Dataverse Project (, or another similar platform in which a persistent URL and doi link can be generated. Authors are also encouraged to include a data accessibility statement within their article where appropriate and follow appropriate data citation principles. All published articles are discoverable through major search engines and are indexed in relevant library databases.

As a Diamond Open Access and Open Science journal (OA-OS) (also known as Platinum OA-OS), NCMR is free to all readers across the world and also free for all authors with no publication fees or readership fees charged to anyone. We are grateful to the Kellogg Dispute Resolution Research Center at Northwestern University, Carnegie Mellon University Library Publishing Service, and IACM members for their sponsorship of the journal.

Special issue proposals are considered, but any special issue submission must fit the scope of publication of NCMR first and foremost. Please refer to the section on For Special Issue Editors for details.

Submission Checklist

Please see the Author Guidelines page for additional details.

  1. The manuscript, cover letter, and title page files must be in DocDocxRTF, or ODT format to be accepted during submission.
  2. The manuscript must be prepared for double-anonymized review by removing identifiable information about the authors and the names of data sources. Please adhere to APA Style, 7th edition, for all content, Please embed tables and figures in the text after the first callout. 
  3. The cover letter must include the postal address, email contact, telephone number, a statement recognizing any sources of research funding, and the other author statements as defined in our Author Guidelines
  4. The title page (including the Author's Notes and funding source). 
  5. An abstract with six keywords: Discipline (2 max), Topic (3 max), and Method (2 max).
  6. After uploading the manuscript file, please upload the Cover LetterTitle Page, and Abstract as separate files in the Figures and Data Files section of the "Article Files" submission screen.
  7. ORCID (optional): The primary/corresponding author is not required to have an ORCID, but it is strongly encouraged. This field will accept the complete ORCID URL, just the ORCID, or "N/A" instead of an ORCID. 
  8. Reviewers (optional): Indicate any Recommended (max. 4) and/or Opposed Reviewers.

Copyright Notice

Please see the Author Copyright page for additional details.

By submitting articles for publication at NCMR, authors agree to have the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial International 4.0 (CC BY NC 4.0) license applied to the submission, and provide any information required during the submission. Authors are responsible for all content that they submit for publication. The articles submitted should be original and not have been published or submitted for publishing at any other point in time with similar content.

Authors have the following rights as long as they follow the license terms:


  1. Authors can freely share their articles and redistribute them in any platform or format they choose.
  2. They can also adapt, change, or add on to the article for later use.

License terms

  1. Authors must give credit to NCMR, provide the link that NCMR assigned to the article, and add a clear note if any adaptation is made after the article has been published at NCMR either in the online form or after being arranged in an issue. Authors should state the rationale for any of such changes but not in any way suggest that NCMR endorses such changes.
  2. Authors may not use legal terms or technological measures that restrict others legally from doing anything the license permits.


  1. Authors do not have to comply with the license for elements of the material in the public domain or where their use is permitted by an applicable exception or limitation.
  2. No warranties are given. The license may not give you all of the permissions necessary for your intended use. For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how you use the material.

Peer Review

This journal operates a double-anonymized peer review policy.


Negotiation and Conflict Management Research allows the following licences for submission:

  • CC BY-NC 4.0
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Publication Fees

As an OA-OS journal, NCMR is free to its readers and authors. All published articles are discoverable on major search engines (e.g. Google) and all shared data and other research materials are treated as formal citations listed in the using authors’ articles.

Publication Cycle

NCMR accepts submissions throughout the calendar year and publishes individual articles as they are available as Early Access downloadable PDFs. The journal publishes four issues a year on a quarterly basis. NCMR also publishes Special Issues or Collections as necessary.


Public Submissions

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