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Political Studies

2016 Impact Factor: 1.200
2016 Ranking: 75/165 in Political Science
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Published in Association with Political Studies Association
Published on behalf of the Political Studies Association

Editors
Andrew Hindmoor University of Sheffield, UK
Charles Pattie University of Sheffield, UK
Matt Sleat University of Sheffield, UK
Hayley Stevenson Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Argentina & University of Sheffield, UK


eISSN: 14679248 | ISSN: 00323217 | Current volume: 65 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: 5 Times/Year

Political Studies is a leading international journal, which is committed to publishing high-quality research in all areas of politics and international relations. The journal publishes rigorous and original work of significance to the discipline broadly defined. The journal’s editorial approach is not constrained by any particular methodological or theoretical framework and the editors wish to encourage a pluralistic approach to the discipline and debate among the different approaches. The editors particularly welcome submissions which aim to be innovative in their approach, which cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, which reconsider the relationship between the domestic and international politics, or which offer fresh comparative perspectives. The journal is committed to the very highest standards of peer reviewing, to developing the most promising new work available, and to facilitating professional communication in political science.

Political Studies is a leading international journal, which is committed to publishing high-quality research in all areas of politics and international relations. The journal publishes rigorous and original work of significance to the discipline broadly defined. The journal’s editorial approach is not constrained by any particular methodological or theoretical framework and the editors wish to encourage a pluralistic approach to the discipline and debate among the different approaches. The editors particularly welcome submissions which aim to be innovative in their approach, which cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, which reconsider the relationship between the domestic and international politics, or which offer fresh comparative perspectives. The journal is committed to the very highest standards of peer reviewing, to developing the most promising new work available, and to facilitating professional communication in political science.

Associate Editors
Robert Anderson Western University, USA
Saskia Bonjour University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mark Button University of Utah, USA
Martin Cartensen Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Nicole Curato University of Canberra, Australia
Lisa Dellmuth University of Stockholm, Sweden
Jacob Levy McGill University, Canada
Andrew Phillips Unversity of Queensland, Australia
Cintia Quiliconi Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLASCO), Ecuador
Editorial Board
Tim Bale Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Rosie Campbell Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Simone Chambers University of California, Irvine, USA
Sarah Childs University of Bristol, UK
Harold Clarke University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Annelien de Dijn University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
John Dryzek University of Canberra, Australia
Geoffrey Evans University of Oxford, UK
Rachel Gibson University of Manchester, UK
John Harcourt Balsillie School of International Affairs, Canada
Kathryn Harrison University of British Columbia, Canada
Will Jennings University of Southampton, UK
Cecile Laborde University of Oxford, UK
Adam Morton University of Sydney, Australia
Katherine Morton University of Sheffield, UK
Pippa Norris Harvard University, USA & University of Sydney, Australia
David Owen University of Southampton, UK
Patricia Owens University of Sussex, UK
Jan Aart Scholte University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Miranda Schreurs Bavarian School of Public Policy, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Robbie Shilliam Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Gerry Stoker University of Southampton, UK
Tetsuki Tamura Nagoya University, Japan
Diana Tussie Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Argentina
Jack Vowles Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Linda Weiss University of Sydney, Australia
International Advisory Board
Attila Agh Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary
Mark Blyth Brown University, USA
Robin Brown University of Leeds, UK
Josep Colomer CSIC Barcelona, Spain
David Denver Lancaster University, UK
Zsolt Enyedi Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
André Freire Lisbon University Institute, Portugal
Robert Goodin Australian National University, Australia
Peter Hall Harvard University, USA
Ian Holliday Honk Kong University, Hong Kong
Robert H. Jackson Boston University, USA
Stephan Leibfried Bremen University, Germany
Gurpreet Mahajan Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Radoslaw Markowski Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
Andrew Massey University of Exeter, UK
David Owen University of Southampton, UK
Carole Pateman UCLA, USA
Eva Anduiza Perea Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Jon Quah Singapore National University, Singapore
Ken Shepsle Harvard University, USA
Gerry Stoker University of Southampton, UK
James Tully Victoria University, Canada
Hugh Ward University of Essex, UK
Linda Weiss University of Sydney, Australia
Gadi Wolfsfield Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgments
      2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests
      2.5 Data
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open Access and author archiving
      3.4 Permissions
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Word processing formats
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Journal layout
      4.5 Reference style
      4.6 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 How to submit your manuscript
      5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
      5.3 Corresponding author contact details
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Access to your published article
      6.3 Online First publication
    7. Further Information

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/post to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Political Studies will be reviewed.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

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    1. Article types

    Political Studies publishes rigorous and original work in all fields of politics and international relations. The editors encourage a pluralistic approach to political science and debate among these different approaches. Articles should be no more than 9,000 words in length including all notes and references. Shorter research notes are also welcome.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Political Studies adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Political Studies encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

    2.5 Data

    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.

    Political Studies requests all authors to submit any primary data used in their research articles if the articles are accepted to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editors can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at [rene.bailey@nottingham.ac.uk].

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    3. Publishing policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Political Studies and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants the Political Studies Association the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open Access and author archiving

    Political Studies offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website.
    Authors retain copyright of your SAGE Choice article. SAGE will publish your article under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license (CC BY-NC) which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. Authors required to publish under a CC BY licensing by their funder can publish under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) which allows use of the work for commercial purposes.

    If you require a CC BY NC-ND license, please contact the SAGE Production Editor at jo.obrien@sagepub.co.uk

    PSA Statement on CC-BY

    Please be aware that the Political Studies Association (UK) have issued the following statement about the CC-BY licence:-
    The Political Studies Association endorses the principle of freedom of choice and is thus prepared to offer authors choosing to pay an Article Processing Charge under Online Open the option of publishing under a CC-BY licence. However, the Association wishes to draw the attention of authors to the following risks associated with CC-BY licences:

    • Lack of requirement under the terms of the current CC-BY licence (version 3.0) for other parties to give any indication as to how the original work has been modified in any derivative product
    • Lack of protection against poor translation
    • Lack of recourse against the work being quoted out of context
    • Lack of recourse against the work being reprinted in anthologies where the context is offensive to the author
    • Lack of recourse against intermediaries republishing work for commercial gain

    For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway. Your rights as an author are outlined below:

    • You retain copyright in your work.
    • You may do whatever you wish with the version of the article you submitted to the journal – version 1.
    • You may not post the accepted version (version 2) of the article on your own personal website, your department’s website, the repository of your institution, the repository of another institution or a subject repository, until 24 months after first publication of the article in the journal.
    • Once the article has been accepted for publication, you may use the accepted article (version 2) for your own teaching needs or to supply on an individual basis to research colleagues, provided that such supply is not for commercial purposes.
    • You may use the accepted article (version 2) in a book you write or edit any time after publication in the journal.
    • You may not post the published article (version 3) on any website or in any repository without permission from SAGE.
    • When posting or re-using the article please provide a link to the appropriate DOI for the published version of the article on SAGE Journals (http://online.sagepub.com).

    All commercial or any other re-use of the published article should be referred to SAGE. More information can be found at: http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav

    When posting or re-using the article, you should provide a link/URL from the article posted to the SAGE Journals Online site where the article is published: http://online.sagepub.com and please make the following acknowledgment: ‘The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in <journal>, Vol/Issue, Month/Year by SAGE Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © [The Author(s)]

    3.4 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Word processing formats

    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  
    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.

    4.4 Journal layout

    Political Studies conforms to the SAGE house style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    4.5 Reference style

    Political Studies adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    Please keep endnotes to an absolute minimum and use only for essential contextual background, to provide details of variables or methods, or for similar material which, while essential, would nonetheless be disruptive to the flow of the main text, or of interest only to a minority of readers. Twenty endnotes is the maximum permitted.

    4.6 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Political Studies is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/post to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract (150 words) and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    5.3 Corresponding author contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.3 Online First publication

    Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet

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    7. Further Information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Political Studies editorial office as follows:

    Rene Bailey
    Managing Editor
    School of Politics and International Relations
    Law and Social Sciences Building
    University of Nottingham
    University Park
    Nottingham
    NG7 2RD
    Rene.bailey@nottingham.ac.uk

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