Journal GenObs (Genos Observatoire / Observatory / Observatorio) is an online open access journal for anyone concerned about crimes committed by governments against their citizens. This is an annual journal focused on research and knowledge transfer regarding genocide, crimes against humanity and mass massacres. It also welcomes contributions on specific books or issues related to the journal’s proposed themes as well as cross-sectional analyses that enable multi-disciplinary links.

Focus and Scope

Journal GenObs wishes to contribute, from a sociological, political and linguistic perspective, to the understanding of the complex dynamics and transformations that occur at specific times in the history of a people which lead to massacres of citizens, and break social and intergenerational ties.

Each issue of the journal focuses on a specific topic related to crimes committed by governments against their citizens or citizens of neighbouring countries, as in the Second World War with crimes against the Jews in Europe. The journal welcomes papers on case studies, theory and research, as well as book reviews. All journal issues will be in open access.

Proceedings from conferences organized by the journal also appear online in an MP4 format. Only contributions addressing the requirements in the call for papers will be uploaded; their relevance, originality and thorough methodology will be the selection criteria used by the journal’s editorial board to accept or reject their publication.

Before submitting an article, we encourage all authors to carefully read the journal policies and norms of publication, where they will find all of the information they need on submission criteria, rights and permissions, and the peer review process. For additional information about submitting to Journal GenObs, please contact the editor at:

Peer Review

Journal GenObs only publishes original unpublished articles that are not being reviewed simultaneously by another journal.

Contributions (articles or book reviews) can be submitted in one of the journal’s three languages: English, French or Spanish. To broaden visibility, proceedings from the symposia organized by the journal are regularly published on the journal's website and later promoted via other platforms and networks including academic networks, OpenEdition, Calenda, Fabula, and Socius.

All submissions follow three steps. First they are reviewed by the journal’s editor or editorial board. Submissions that comply with the journal’s scientific and editorial standards, and follow its objectives and focus, are submitted to a double blind peer review by at least two experts in the field. The peer reviewers determine if the text is accepted for publication, if it has to be revised to be accepted, or if it is rejected.

In the case of discrepancy between the reviews, the paper is sent to a third reviewer, whose opinion will determine if the text is published or rejected. The results of the review process are final in all cases. Submissions are selected based on their originality and thorough methodology, as well as their compliance with the journal’s themes.

Open Access Policies

This journal provides immediate open access to its contents under the principle that giving the public free access to research can foster a greater exchange of knowledge around the world. Thanks to the space that the internet opens up for us, we hope to reach beyond borders in order to share knowledge, concerns, hypotheses, theories, research, etc.

Declaration of the Author's Rights

All authors keep the author's rights. They grant Journal GenObs the right of first publication of their work simultaneously under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence which allows their work to be shared as long as this journal is credited with initial publication.

All authors have permission to accept additional contracts separately for the nonexclusive distribution of the version published in this journal (for instance, in Institutional Repositories or books), with the acknowledgement that it was first published in this journal.

All authors have permission to publish their work online, and we encourage them to do so (for instance, in Institutional Repositories or on their own websites), but only after their article has been published in this journal and with the acknowledgment that it was first published in this journal. This will allow productive exchanges, and increase the impact and citation of published articles.

Frequency - Call for Papers

Papers are accepted for review and final inclusion in Journal GenObs on an annual basis, from the day the call for papers is posted on the journal’s webpage until the day specified in the call for papers.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in the site for Journal GenObs will be used exclusively for this journal’s stated purposes. They will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.