Alternatives was established in 1975 by scholars who were concerned with the more obvious dangers of Cold War but also with the need for less imperious and more sustainable forms of development. In both contexts, it focused on the implications of what was then just coming to be called globalization, and published many prescient analyses that now pass as conventional wisdom. It has long sought to promote a wide range of critical, normative and interdisciplinary approaches to political, social, cultural and ecological developments, and to encourage more creative and imaginative ways of thinking and acting in a rapidly transforming world. It has especially tried to encourage more sophisticated theoretical engagements with processes that seem to be reshaping relations between global and local, or universality and particularity, in ways that challenge prevailing assumptions about political life within and between states. To this end, we encourage submission of articles that engage contemporary political problems in a way that speaks to the circumstances of people living in many different parts of the world while maintaining theoretical rigour, empirical precision and a culturally sensitive imagination.
Published in association with the Center for the Study of Developing Societies.
Alternatives is committed to publishing peer-reviewed articles that cover the entire field of political science and international relations. Areas covered include foreign policies, security policies, political theory, comparative politics, environmental politics, peace studies, conflict resolution, globalization and terrorism. Alternatives also aims to cover articles which explore the possibilities of new forms of political practice and identity under increasingly global conditions. Special issues on specific themes will be published twice a year.
Alternatives seeks to address the possibilities of new forms of political practice under conditions of spatiotemporal transformation. The editors especially invite submissions that address the changing relationships between local political practices and emerging forms of global economy, culture, and policy. Original manuscripts that fall within the aims and scope of Alternatives may be submitted to the editor.
The Alternatives review process draws upon scholars in many different societies. Authors are therefore strongly encouraged to ensure that submissions are accessible to a broad cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, and theoretically sophisticated audience.
In general, articles should be of 8,000 to 9,000 words in length. However, longer as well as shorter articles will be published if justified by the content of the contribution.
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via email or mailed on a disk. Text and tables must be submitted in a standard word processing format, and any figures should be saved at high-resolution in TIF, JPEG, or PDF format.
The first page of the typescript should bear the title of the paper, together with the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s), and e-mail address(es). The second page of the typescript should contain an abstract, 4-5 keywords, and short author biographies. The third page should repeat the title, followed by the main body of the text.
All headings should be placed on the lefthand side of the text, with a double-line space above and below. Primary headings should be typed in CAPITALS; secondary heads should be typed with Initial Capital Letters; and subsidiary headings should be indicated with an initial (a), (b), (c), and so on.
The location of any tables and illustrations should be clearly noted in the text. The publisher will typeset the tables, but graphs, diagrams and illustrations must be in a form suitable for reproduction without retouching. Captions from illustrations should be listed on a separate page.
In all matters of spelling, abbreviations, punctuation, and so on, the editors intend to conform to the Chicago Manual of Style. The manuscript, including the Notes, must be double-spaced throughout. Stylistic variation within the manuscript must be kept to a bare minimum, including one font and font size.
Notes should be placed at the end of the article and their location in the text marked by superscript Arabic numerals. Do not use in-text citations, e.g., ‘‘as suggested by Smith (1979).’’
The notes should include full information, as follows:
Journal articles (spell out journal titles completely and give the full issue number and year of publication): J. H. Hexter, ‘‘The Loom of Language and the Fabric of Imperatives,’’ American Historical Review 69 (Winter 1964):945-968.
Books and monographs: Jack J. Buckner, The Quest for Dreams, rec. ed. (New York: Macmillan, 1963), pp. 204-206.
Chapters from books: Dorothy Grant, ‘‘The Dickens World,’’ inGeorge H. Chrysler and Larry Glenn, Jr., eds., The Pickwick Critics (Lexington, Mass.: Lexington Books, 1961), pp. 213-232.
Manuscripts will be accepted on the understanding that their content is original and that the manuscript has not been accepted for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts will not be returned.
Submissions must be sent electronically to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/alt.