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Political Science

2014 Impact Factor: 0.400
2014 Ranking: 120/161 in Political Science
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)
The Political Science and International Relations Programme at Victoria University of Wellington

Editors
David Capie Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Jack Vowles Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

eISSN: 20410611| ISSN: 00323187|Current volume: 67|Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-annually

Political Science is New Zealand's professional political science journal. It has been published by the Political Science Programme at Victoria University of Wellington, in association with the New Zealand Political Studies Association, since 1948. It presents original, peer reviewed, high quality scholarship from a range of methodological and theoretical perspectives, particularly but not limited to those with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Editorial Assistant
Aysser Al-Janabi Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Erika Webb  
Review Editor
Anita Lacey University of Auckland, New Zealand
Editorial Board
Tim Bale Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Maria Bargh Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Clive Bean Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Margaret Clark Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Jen Curtin University of Auckland, New Zealand
Jon Fraenkel Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Evelyn Goh Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Janine Hayward University of Otago, New Zealand
Qingguo Jia Peking University, China
Andre Kaiser University of Cologne, Germany
Richard Ned Lebow Dartmouth College, USA
Raymond Miller University of Auckland, New Zealand
Jack Nagel University of Pennsylvania, USA
Pippa Norris Harvard University, USA
Robbie Shilliam Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Alexander Tan University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Jacqui True Monash University, Australia
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
    1. Editorial policies
          1.2 Peer review policy
          1.3 Authorship
          1.4 Data
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Publication ethics
          4.1 Journal contributor's publishing agreement
          4.2 Plagiarism
          4.3 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    5. Statements and conventions
          5.1 Acknowledgements
          5.2 Declaration of conflicting interests
          5.3 Funding acknowledgement
          5.4 Other statements and conventions
    6. Permissions
    7. Manuscript style
          7.1 File types
          7.2 Journal style
          7.3 Reference style
          7.4 Manuscript preparation
    8. After acceptance
          8.1 Proofs
          8.2 E-Prints
          8.3 SAGE Production
          8.4 Online First publication
    9. Further information

    1. Editorial policies

    Political Science is New Zealand's professional political science journal. It presents original, peer reviewed, high quality scholarship from a range of methodological and theoretical perspectives, particularly but not limited to those with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

    This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

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    1.2 Peer review policy

    Political Science operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible.

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    1.3 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.

    Please refer to the ICMJE Authorship guidelines at http://www.icmje.org/ethical_1author.html.

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    1.4 Data

    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.
    Political Science requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles 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 editor(s) 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 jack.vowles@vuw.ac.nz

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    2. Article types

    Submitted articles should not normally exceed 7,500 words. Shorter research reports are also welcome. The word count should appear on the title page.

    All articles should be prefaced with an abstract of 150-250 words, and up to five keywords describing the article’s subject matter. 

    When an article contains figures, these should be included both in the appropriate place in the article, and as separate files. For figures derived from a spreadsheet, please submit a copy of the original spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel format. For figures created by other programs, please submit them in high resolution, in a widely used, uncompressed file format, such as Encapsulated PostScript or TIFF.

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    3. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Political Science is hosted on SAGE Track, a web-based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Please read the manuscript submission guidelines below, and then simply visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pnz 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.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

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    4. Publication ethics

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    4.1 Journals 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 SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright.  Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    4.2 Plagiarism

    Political Science 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 with 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 the 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.

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    4.3 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    5. Statements and conventions

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    5.1. Acknowledgements

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    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, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

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    5.2 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Political Science does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    5.3 Funding Acknowledgement

    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Political Science additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

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    5.4 Other statements and conventions

    Non applicable.

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    6. 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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    7. Manuscript style

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    7.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted.

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    7.2 Journal Style

    Political Science conforms to the SAGE house style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style. Please note the Political Science conventions below:

    • Use single quotation marks throughout the article and double quotations marks inside single.
    • The quotation mark should precede the comma, semicolon or full stop, e.g., As Shaw contends, ‘the previous “free-style bargaining” system of government formation has been superseded by a much more robust approach’.
    • All quotations longer than three lines should be block-indented on both sides.
    • Footnotes should be used sparingly. They should be numbered consecutively and appear at the bottom of each page. A bibliography is not required. Do not use ibid., op. cit., or loc. cit., and where possible avoid et al.

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    7.3 Reference Style

    The following is the Political Science citation style:

    Monograph – First Citation: Jack Vowles, Peter Aimer, Jeffrey Karp, Susan Banducci, Raymond Miller, and Ann Sullivan, Proportional Representation on Trial (Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2002), pp.150-3.

    Monograph – Subsequent Citation: Vowles, Aimer, Karp, Banducci, Miller, and Sullivan, Proportional Representation on Trial, p. 91.

    Book Chapter – First Citation: Alan McRobie, ‘The Electoral System and the 1978 Election’, in Howard R. Penniman (ed.), New Zealand at the Polls: the General Election of 1978 (Washington, D.C.: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1980), p. 77.

    Book Chapter – Subsequent citation: McRobie, ‘The Electoral System and the 1978 Election’, p. 84.

    Journal Article – First Citation: Matthew Laasko and Rein Taagepera, ‘Effective Number of Parties: a Measure with Application to West Europe’, Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 12, No. 1 (May 1979), p. 3.

    Journal Article – Subsequent Citation: Laasko and Taagepera, ‘Effective Number of Parties’, p. 18.

    Electronic Resource – First Citation: Don Hunn and Mel Smith, ‘Review of the General Election Process 1999’, February 2000, http:www.justice.govt.nz/pubs/reports/2000/election_report_election_repo... (31 January 2005), p. 9. Note: Do not cite page numbers for unpaginated documents such as webpages.

    Electronic Resource – Subsequent Citation: Hunn and Smith, ‘Review of the General Election Process 1999’, pp. 57-8.

    Thesis – First Citation: R.M. Alley, The Development of Political Parties in Fiji (Ph.D. thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, 1973), pp. 42-7.

    Thesis – Subsequent Citation: Alley, The Development of Political Parties in Fiji, p. 9.

    Newspaper or Magazine Article – First Citation: Simon Kilroy and Graeme Spedon, ‘Clark Agrees to oversee Big Labour Repair Job’, The Dominion, 13 October 1995, p.1.

    Newspaper or Magazine Article – Subsequent Citation: Kilroy and Spedon, ‘Clark Agrees to Oversee Big Labour Repair Job’.

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    7.4 Manuscript Preparation

    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.

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    7.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    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 SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    7.4.2 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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    7.4.3 Guidelines for submitting 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.

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    7.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

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    7.4.5 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service.  Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    8. After acceptance

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    8.1 Proofs

    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

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    8.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    8.3 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Political Science with SAGE.

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    8.4 OnlineFirst Publication

    A large number of journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet.

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    9. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to David Capie (david.capie@vuw.ac.nz).

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