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The maritime issue is one of the most critical topics from ancient times to modern international order. This issue does not only cover the states and strategies but also shapes these under the topics of security, political economy, energy, conflict resolution, law, and history. All these topics are also important because of the potential for tension between the actors in maritime politics. With this underlined point, The Journal of Maritime Studies (JMS) aims to understand conflict potential in maritime issues via conceptual and theoretical academic studies and contribute to peace studies in the long run.

Towards this mission and vision, the Journal of Maritime Studies aims to publish qualified articles in political, economic, political-economy, law, historical, and social perspectives on maritime studies at national and international levels. It prioritizes publishing original conceptual and theoretical workings with an interdisciplinary point of view. The main goal of JMS is to contribute to the emergence of literature in Turkey on maritime studies. In this understanding, JMS is open to any workings on maritime studies covering related sub-fields.

JMS evaluates articles conceptually and theoretically binding maritime studies with security and strategy, conflict resolution, history, law, political economy, contemporary international issues, defense technology, and environmental politics. It publishes peer-reviewed articles in English. As the first academic journal on maritime studies in Turkey, Journal of Maritime Studies (JMS) aims to publish qualified articles on political, economic, legal, historical, socio-cultural and environmental dimensions of maritime studies at national and international levels. As known, issues related to the field of maritime have been one of the most critical topics of international politics from ancient to modern times. Today potential contentious issues between the great powers, such as the USA, China and Russia, as well as the regional actors such as Turkey, Greece, Israel and Egypt, urge the academia to focus much more on the subjects related to the field of maritime, not only in power politics, security and energy, but also in environment, history, culture and identity.

As a biannual, peer-reviewed international journal, JMS prioritizes publishing interdisciplinary conceptual and theoretical researches as well as a limited number of opinion pieces. The majority of the articles that will take place in JMS will be in English, while a smaller number of them can be in Turkish. With this approach, JMS assesses the conflict potential in maritime issues via conceptual, theoretical and practical academic discussions, hoping this would consequently contribute to peace studies as well in the long run. Through this way, JMS will certainly help building of an awareness in Turkey on maritime studies and improve the necessary academic literature both nationally and internationally.

Basic Concepts of Maritime Studies

Maritime studies have many critical concepts such as a continental shelf, territorial sea, exclusive economic zone, open sea/high seas, internal waters, maritime jurisdiction, and contiguous zone in terms of history, law, strategy, and political economy. Besides these, geographical features are also important for understanding the issue of maritime. Although there are different approaches to their definition, maritime features can be classified as islands, rocks, bays, reefs and atolls, artificial islands, structures and installations, straight baselines, and low tide elevations.

In connection with these points, The Journal of Maritime Studies aims not only to explain the basic concepts and features of maritime but also to analyze the role of these concepts and features on maritime conflicts. For this purpose, the writers can use the following topics to become a part of this academic research on the conceptual and geographical framework of maritime studies:
• The arrangement of the Law of the Sea on maritime concepts,
• Most conflictual maritime concepts between states,
• The development of maritime concepts in terms of the law, history, strategy, and political economy,
• The importance of the maritime concepts on maritime conflict resolution.

International Maritime Law

Maritime law, also known as Law of the Sea, is a term that refers to laws, conventions, and treaties which bring an arrangement on governing the use of seas and oceans. Via these arrangements, maritime law manages the maritime conflicts, questions, disputes, or other nautical matters that can be derived from claims of sovereignty, private maritime business, shipping, or offenses occurring on open water. In connection with these points, The Journal of Maritime Studies aims not only to understand international maritime law but also the main roots of maritime conflict resolution via admiralty.

Maritime History

Maritime history is a broad discipline that extends from humankind’s interactions with seas, oceans, and major waterways to past events involving shipping, navigation, ships, and seafarers. Under these broad viewpoints, maritime history can be handled across the age of navigation and discovery, ancient routes and locations, the age of sail, steam, and submarines, and also the naval developments in the 20th and 21st century. In connection with these points, The Journal of Maritime Studies aims not only to mention the main developments of maritime history but also to understand the background of maritime conflicts via history.

Maritime Strategy

Maritime strategy, also known as Naval Strategy, mainly focuses on national security strategies, operations of air-sea-land forces for creating an influence on seas, planning, and conduct for achieving victory, naval modernization, and technological developments in the military at sea. Besides these points, the maritime strategy is also shaped by some theoretical/conceptual frameworks such as the studies of Alfred Thayer Mahan (The Influence of Sea Power Upon History) and Sir Julian Corbett (Principles of Maritime Strategy). Via these writings, the notion of maritime strategy has been shaped in connection with the concepts of sea denial, sea control, security partnership, military engagement, naval diplomacy, deterrence, command of the sea, sea lines of communication, air-sea battle, and coercion. Under this rich discussion frame, The Journal of Maritime Studies aims not only to understand the maritime strategy of states but also to create an academic platform on the maritime conflicts that are derived from strategic paradigms.

Political Economy of Maritime Relations

Political economy is a discipline that mainly focuses on the studies of trade and production including their relations with governments, law, and customs. With this underlined point, political economy as an academic viewpoint refers to interdisciplinary studies drawing upon economics, political science, and sociology. Under this connected viewpoint which aims to explain how political institutions, economic systems, and political environment affect each other, political economy presents important research interests in terms of maritime studies. Within the scope of this broad academic domains, The Journal of Maritime Studies aims to use the discipline of political economy for not only analyzing the maritime relations at seas but also to create an academic discussion environment on the maritime conflicts that are derived from political-economic reasons.

Environmental and Ecological Studies

Environmental and ecological research in social sciences focuses on the effects of physical and direct effects of ecological processes on states, societies, individuals and other entities, taking into account human-environmental dynamics with its multi-disciplinary structure. With this perspective, accidents, degradation or conflicts with anthropogenically or spontaneously environmental and ecological effects in oceans and coastal waters highlight important research areas in terms of marine studies.