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American Politics Research

2015 Impact Factor: 0.762
2015 Ranking: 84/163 in Political Science
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Published in Association with Fordham University

Editor
Costas Panagopoulos Fordham University


eISSN: 15523373 | ISSN: 1532673X | Current volume: 44 | Current issue: 5 Frequency: Bi-monthly

For over 40 years, American Politics Research has served as an integral forum for the dissemination of the latest theory, research and analyses in American political science.  

Comprehensive...

American Politics Research presents original works by distinguished authors from a wide range of fields concerned with American politics. Articles examine and explore topics in every area of government, from local and state to regional and national. American Politics Research brings you the most recent scholarship on such subject areas as:

  • Voting Behavior
  • Political Parties
  • Public Opinion
  • Foreign Policy
  • Legislative Behavior
  • Courts and the Legal Process
  • Executive Policies
  • Domestic Issues
  • Public Finance
  • Women In Politics

In-Depth Coverage...

American Politics Research supplements its broad coverage with in-depth studies of topics of current interest. Special Issues and Symposia present thematic collections of articles that examine topics from several different angles. Research Agenda Papers synthesize past research on a particular subject and focus attention on future research directions. Recent topics include:

  • Legislative Redistricting in the 1980s and 1990s
  • The Politics of Abortion
  • Tax Reform and American Politics
  • Media, Campaigns and Elections
  • American Foreign Policy
  • State Public Policy

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

The purpose of Amercian Politics Research is to promote and disseminate high-quality research in all areas of American politics, including local, state, and national. American Politics Research will publish significant studies concerning American political behavior, political parties, public opinion, legislative behavior, courts and the legal process, executive and administrative politics, public policy, and all other topics appropriate to our understanding of American government and politics. Manuscripts from all social science disciplines are welcomed.

Editorial Board
Bethany Albertson University of Texas at Austin
Michael Bailey Georgetown University
Matthew Baum Harvard University, USA
Sarah Binder George Washington University
Chris Bonneau University of Pittsburgh, USA
Ted Brader University of Michigan, USA
Dan Butler Washington University, St. Louis, USA
Wendy Tam Cho University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dino Christenson Boston University, USA
Paul Djupe Denison University, USA
Johanna L. Dunaway Texas A&M University, USA
Kim Fridkin Arizona State University, USA
Melinda Gann Hall Michigan State University, USA
Alan Gerber Yale University
James Gibson Washington University, St. Louis, USA
Donald Green Columbia University, USA
Christian Grose University of Southern California, USA
Pete Hatemi Pennsylvania State University, USA
Paul S. Herrnson University of Connecticut, USA
Michael C. Herron Dartmouth College, USA
Greg Huber Yale University, USA
Vincent Hutchings University of Michigan
Jeffery Jenkins University of Virginia
Jennifer Jerrit Stony Brook University, USA
Michael Jones-Correa Cornell University, USA
Jonathan Ladd Georgetown University, USA
Geoffrey Layman University of Notre Dame, USA
Frances E. Lee University of Maryland
Matthew Levendusky University of Pennsylvania, USA
Neil Malhotra Stanford University, USA
Wendy L. Martinek Binghamton University
Seth McKee Texas Tech University
Marc Meredith University of Pennsylvania, USA
David Nickerson Temple University, USA
John Patty University of Chicago, USA
David M. Primo University of Rochester, NY
Wendy Schiller Brown University, USA
Daron R. Shaw University of Texas at Austin
Jessica Trounstine University of California, Merced, USA
Nicholas Valentino University of Michigan, USA
Jennifer N. Victor George Mason University
Ismail White George Washington University, USA
Editorial Assistant
Former Editors
Brian J. Gaines University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
James Garand Louisiana State University, USA
James Gimpel University of Maryland, USA
John Hibbing University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA
Thomas Holbrook University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA
Susan Welch Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA
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    Manuscript Preparation

    Manuscripts should be prepared using the APA Style Guide (Sixth Edition). All pages must be typed, double-spaced (including references and endnotes). Text must be in 12-point Times Roman. Block quotes may be single-spaced. Must include margins of 1inch on all the four sides and number all pages sequentially.

    The manuscript should include four major sections (in this order): Title Page, Abstract, Main Body, and References.

    Sections in a manuscript may include the following (in this order): (1) Title page (including abstract), (2) Keywords, (3) Text, (4) Notes, (5) References, (6) Tables, (7) Figures, and (9) Appendices.

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    • Full article title
    • Abstract (150 to 250 words). Omit author's names.

    2. Text. Begin article text on a new page headed by the full article title.

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    (i)Unknown Author: To cite worksthatdo not have an author, cite the source by its title in the signal phrase or use the first word or two in the parentheses. Eg. The findings are based on the study was done of students learning to format research papers ("Using XXX," 2001)

    (ii) Authors with the Same Last Name: use first initials with the last names to prevent confusion. Eg.(L. Hughes, 2001; P. Hughes, 1998)

    (iii) Two or More Works by the Same Author in the Same Year: For two sources by the same author in the same year, use lower-case letters (a, b, c) with the year to order the entries in the reference list. The lower-case letters should follow the year in the in-text citation.Eg.Research by Freud (1981a) illustrated that…

    (iv) Personal Communication: For letters, e-mails, interviews,and other person-to-person communication, citation should include the communicator's name, the fact that it was personal communication, and the date of the communication. Do not include personal communication in the reference list.Eg.(E. Clark, personal communication, January 4, 2009).

    (v) Unknown Author and Unknown Date: For citations with no author or date, use the title in the signal phrase or the first word or two of the title in the parentheses and use the abbreviation "n.d." (for "no date").Eg. The study conducted by of students and research division discovered that students succeeded with tutoring ("Tutoring and APA," n.d.).

    3. Notes. If explanatory notes are required for your manuscript, insert a number formatted in superscript following almost any punctuation mark. Endnote numbers should not follow dashes ( — ), and if they appear in a sentence in parentheses, the endnote number should be inserted within the parentheses. The endnotes should be added at the bottom of the page after the references. The word “Endnotes” should be centered at the top of the page.

    4. References. Basic rules for the reference list:-

    • The reference list should be arranged in alphabetical order according to the authors’ last names.
    • If there is more than one work by the same author, order them according to their publication date – oldest to newest (therefore a 2008 publication would appear before a 2009 publication).
    • When listing multiple authors of a source use “&” instead of “and”.
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    • Italicize the title of the book, the title of the journal/serial and the title of the web document.
    • Manuscripts submitted to XXX [journal acronym] should strictly follow the XXX manual (xth edition) [style manual title with ed].
    • Every citation in text must have the detailed reference in the Reference section.
    • Every reference listed in the Reference section must be cited in text.
    • Do not use “et al.” in the Reference list at the end; names of all authors of a publication should be listed there.

    Here are a few examples of commonly found references. For more examples please check APA(6th Ed).

    • Books:

    Book with place of publication--Airey, D. (2010). Logo design love: A guide to creating iconic brand identities. Berkeley, CA: New Riders.

    Book with editors & edition-- Collins, C., & Jackson, S. (Eds.). (2007). Sport in Aotearoa/New Zealand society. South Melbourne, Australia: Thomson.

    Book with author & publisher are the same-- MidCentral District Health Board. (2008). District annual plan 2008/09. Palmerston North, New Zealand: Author.

    Chapter in an edited book--Dear, J., & Underwood, M. (2007). What is the role of exercise in the prevention of back pain? In D. MacAuley& T. Best (Eds.), Evidence-based sports medicine (2nd ed., pp. 257-280). Malden, MA: Blackwell.

    • Periodicals:

    Journal article with more than one author (print)--Gabbett, T., Jenkins, D., & Abernethy, B. (2010). Physical collisions and injury during professional rugby league skills training. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 13(6), 578-583.

    Journal article – 8 or more authors-- Crooks, C., Ameratunga, R., Brewerton, M., Torok, M., Buetow, S., Brothers, S., … Jorgensen, P. (2010). Adverse reactions to food in New Zealand children aged 0-5 years. New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1327). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/123-1327/4469/

    • Internet Sources:

    Internet – no author, no date--Pet therapy. (n.d.). Retrieved from htttp://www.holisticonline.com/stress/stress_pet-therapy.htm

    Internet – Organisation / Corporate author-- SPCA New Zealand. (2011). Your dog may be dying from the heat [Press release]. Retrieved from

    http://www.rnzspca.org.nz/news/press-releases/360-your-dog-may-be-dying-...

      • Examples of various types of information sources:

    Act (statute / legislation)--Copyright Act 1994. (2011, October 7). Retrieved from http://www.legislation.govt.nz

    Blog post-- Liz and Ellory. (2011, January 19). The day of dread(s) [Web log post]. Retrieved from

    http://www.travelblog.org/Oceania/Australia/Victoria/Melbourne/St-Kilda/...

    Brochure / pamphlet (no author)--Ageing well: How to be the best you can be [Brochure]. (2009). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.

    Conference Paper--Williams, J., &Seary, K. (2010). Bridging the divide: Scaffolding the learning experiences of the mature age student. In J. Terrell (Ed.), Making the links: Learning, teaching and high quality student outcomes. Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the New Zealand Association of Bridging Educators (pp. 104-116). Wellington, New Zealand.

    DVD / Video / Motion Picture (including Clickview&Youtube)--Gardiner, A., Curtis, C., & Michael, E. (Producers), &Waititi, T. (Director). (2010). Boy: Welcome to my interesting world [DVD]. New Zealand: Transmission.

    Magazine--Ng, A. (2011, October-December). Brush with history. Habitus, 13, 83-87.

    Newspaper article (no author)--Little blue penguins homeward bound. (2011, November 23). Manawatu Standard, p. 5

    Podcast (audio or video)--Rozaieski, B. (2011). Logan cabinet shoppe: Episode 37: Entertainment center molding [Video podcast]. Retrieved fromhttp://blip.tv/xxx

    Software (including apps--UBM Medica.(2010). iMIMS (Version1.2.0) [Mobile application software].Retrieved from http://itunes.apple.com

    Television programme--Flanagan, A., &Philipson, A. (Series producers & directors).(2011). 24 hours in A & E [Television series]. Belfast, Ireland: Channel 4.

    Thesis (print)--Smith, T. L. (2008). Change, choice and difference: The case of RN to BN degree programmes for registered nurses (Master’s thesis). Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.

    Thesis (online)--Mann, D. L. (2010). Vision and expertise for interceptive actions in sport (Doctoral dissertation, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia). Retrieved fromhttp://handle.unsw.edu.au/1959.4/44704

    Non- English reference book, title translated in English

    Real Academia Espanola. (2001). Diccionario de la lenguaespanola [Dictionary of the Spanish Language] (22nded.). Madrid, Spain: Author

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    5. Tables. They should be structured properly. Each table must have a clear and concise title. When appropriate, use the title to explain an abbreviation parenthetically.Eg.Comparison of Median Income of Adopted Children (AC) v. Foster Children (FC).Headings should be clear and brief.

    6. Figures. They should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text and must include figure captions. Figures will appear in the published article in the order in which they are numbered initially. The figure resolution should be 300dpi at the time of submission.

    IMPORTANT: PERMISSION- The author(s) are responsible for securing permission to reproduce all copyrighted figures or materials before they are published in APR copy of the written permission must be included with the manuscript submission.

    7. Appendices. They should be lettered to distinguish from numbered tables and figures. Include a descriptive title for each appendix (e.g., “Appendix A. Variable Names and Definitions”).Cross-check text for accuracy against appendices.

    Here are a few examples of commonly found references. For more examples please check APA(6th Ed).

    • Books:

    Book with place of publication-- Airey, D. (2010). Logo design love: A guide to creating iconic brand identities. Berkeley, CA: New Riders.

    Book with editors & edition-- Collins, C., & Jackson, S. (Eds.). (2007). Sport in Aotearoa/New Zealand society (2nd ed.). South Melbourne, Australia: Thomson.

    Book with author & publisher are the same-- MidCentral District Health Board. (2008). District annual plan 2008/09. Palmerston North, New Zealand: Author.

    Chapter in an edited book-- Dear, J., & Underwood, M. (2007). What is the role of exercise in the prevention of back pain? In D. MacAuley & T. Best (Eds.), Evidence-based sports medicine (2nd ed., pp. 257-280). Malden, MA: Blackwell.

    • Periodicals:

    Journal article with more than one author (print)-- Gabbett, T., Jenkins, D., & Abernethy, B. (2010). Physical collisions and injury during professional rugby league skills training. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 13(6), 578-583.

    Journal article – 8 or more authors-- Crooks, C., Ameratunga, R., Brewerton, M., Torok, M., Buetow, S., Brothers, S., … Jorgensen, P. (2010). Adverse reactions to food in New Zealand children aged 0-5 years. New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1327). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal/123-1327/4469/

    • Internet Sources:

    Internet – no author, no date-- Pet therapy. (n.d.). Retrieved from htttp://www.holisticonline.com/stress/stress_pet-therapy.htm

    Internet – Organisation / Corporate author-- SPCA New Zealand. (2011). Your dog may be dying from the heat [Press release]. Retrieved from

    http://www.rnzspca.org.nz/news/press-releases/360-your-dog-may-be-dying-...

      • Examples of various types of information sources:

    Act (statute / legislation)-- Copyright Act 1994. (2011, October 7). Retrieved from http://www.legislation.govt.nz

    Blog post-- Liz and Ellory. (2011, January 19). The day of dread(s) [Blog post]. Retrieved from

    http://www.travelblog.org/Oceania/Australia/Victoria/Melbourne/St-Kilda/...

    Brochure / pamphlet (no author)-- Ageing well: How to be the best you can be [Brochure]. (2009). Wellington, New Zealand: Ministry of Health.

    Conference Paper-- Williams, J., & Seary, K. (2010). Bridging the divide: Scaffolding the learning experiences of the mature age student. In J. Terrell (Ed.), Making the links: Learning, teaching and high quality student outcomes. Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the New Zealand Association of Bridging Educators (pp. 104-116). Wellington, New Zealand.

    DVD / Video / Motion Picture (including Clickview & Youtube)-- Gardiner, A., Curtis, C., & Michael, E. (Producers), & Waititi, T. (Director). (2010). Boy: Welcome to my interesting world [DVD]. New Zealand: Transmission.

    Magazine-- Ng, A. (2011, October-December). Brush with history. Habitus, 13, 83-87.

    Newspaper article (no author)-- Little blue penguins homeward bound. (2011, November 23). Manawatu Standard, p. 5

    Podcast (audio or video)-- Rozaieski, B. (2011). Logan cabinet shoppe: Episode 37: Entertainment center molding [Video podcast]. Retrieved from http://blip.tv/xxx

    Software (including apps-- UBM Medica. (2010). iMIMS (Version1.2.0) [Mobile application software]. Retrieved from http://itunes.apple.com

    Television programme-- Flanagan, A., & Philipson, A. (Series producers & directors). (2011). 24 hours in A & E [Television series]. Belfast, Ireland: Channel 4.

    Thesis (print)-- Smith, T. L. (2008). Change, choice and difference: The case of RN to BN degree programmes for registered nurses (Master’s thesis). Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.

    Thesis (online)-- Mann, D. L. (2010). Vision and expertise for interceptive actions in sport (Doctoral dissertation, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia). Retrieved fromhttp://handle.unsw.edu.au/1959.4/44704

    SUPPLEMENTAL DATA

    Authors are also encouraged to submit supplemental data along with their manuscripts. As supplemental data only appear online as complimentary information to the manuscript content, anything from additional tables, figures, detailed data sets, movie clips and audio files is considered supplemental. Although supplemental data does not necessarily need to be mentioned within the submitted manuscript, please make sure to inform the journal editor of this once the manuscript has been accepted for publication. Questions can be directed to the journal editor.

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