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European Union Politics

2015 Impact Factor: 1.754
2015 Ranking: 27/163 in Political Science
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Executive Editor
Gerald Schneider University of Konstanz, Germany


eISSN: 17412757| ISSN: 14651165|Current volume: 17|Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly

European Union Politics (EUP) is an exciting international journal that provides the forum for advanced peer-reviewed research on all aspects of the processes of government, politics and policy in the European Union. Led by a global editorial team and with a commitment to the highest scholarly standards, European Union Politics adopts a transnational approach to the challenges that the project of European integration faces in the 21st century.

"In my opinion, it has become the leading social science journal dealing with EU issues... must reading for anyone interested in the EU as well as for those interested in theoretical developments in comparative politics and international relations" James Caporaso, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

"EUP's major selling point is its unique combination of a substantive focus on the EU with a commitment to the empirical methods and analytical techniques of modern political science. EUP thereby finds an important place for EU studies within modern political science more generally." Michael Laver, Department of Politics, New York University, USA

"EUP brings together substantive expertise on EU issues with theoretical understanding of debates in the social sciences, and methodological sophistication in the presentation of arguments. It is clearly the best existing journal on EU." George Tsebelis UCLA, USA

"The journal is essential reading for all those seeking an analytic understanding of how the European Union works now, and will work over the horizon" Patrick Dunleavy, London School of Economics, UK

Electronic access:

European Union Politics is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://eup.sagepub.com

European Union Politics is an international academic journal for advanced peer-reviewed research and scholarship on all aspects of the process of government, politics and policy in the European Union. It aims to stimulate debate and provide a forum to bridge the theoretical and empirical analysis on the political unification of Europe. It represents no particular school or approach, nor is it wedded to any particular methodology. In particular it welcomes articles that offer a new theoretical argument, analyze original data in a novel fashion or present an innovative methodological approach. The Editors invite submissions from all sub-fields of contemporary political science, including international relations, comparative politics, public administration, public policy and political theory.

Associate Editors
Fabio Franchino University of Milan, Italy
Matthew Gabel Washington University, USA
Simon Hix London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Forum Section Editor
Simon Hix London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Editorial Board
Christopher J Anderson Cornell University, USA
Mark Aspinwall University of Edinburgh, UK
Fulvio Attinà University of Catania, Italy
Daniele Caramani University of Zurich, Switzerland
Christophe Crombez University of Leuven, Belgium
Jakob de Haan University of Groningen, Netherlands
Claes H. de Vreese University of Amsterdam
Catherine de Vries University of Oxford, UK
Han Dorussen University of Essex, UK
Barry Eichengreen University of California, Berkeley, USA
Geoffrey Evans Nuffield College, University of Oxford, UK
Andreas Føllesdal University of Oslo, Norway
Matthew Gabel Washington University, USA
Mark Hallerberg Hertie School of Governance, Germany
Simon Hix London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Sara Hobolt London School of Economics, UK
Ian Holliday University of Hong Kong, China
Lisbet Hooghe University of North Carolina, USA
Bjørn Høyland Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research, Norway
Simon Hug University of Texas
Joseph H. Jupille University of Colorado, USA
Cigdem Kentmen Izmir University of Economics, Turkey
Thomas König University of Mannheim, Germany
Sylvia Kritzinger University of Vienna, Austria
Michael Laver New York University, USA
Radoslaw Markowski Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
Gary Marks University of North Carolina, USA
Mikko Mattila University of Helsinki, Finland
Gail McElroy Trinty College, Dublin, Ireland
Juan Diez Medrano Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain
Andrew Moravcsik Princeton University, USA
Ignacio Sánchez-Cuenca Juan Marche Institute, Spain
Jonathan Slapin University of Essex, UK
Bernard Steunenberg University of Leiden, Netherlands
Gabor Toka Central European University, Hungary
George Tsebelis University of Michigan, USA
Daniel Verdier Ohio State University, USA
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.1.1 Plagiarism
    4. How to submit your manuscript
    5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    6. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    7. Other conventions
    8. Acknowledgments
      8.1 Funding acknowledgement
    9. Permissions
    10. Manuscript style
      10.1 File types
      10.2 Journal style
      10.3 Reference style
      10.4 Manuscript preparation
      10.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      10.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      10.4.5 English language editing services
    11. After acceptance
      11.1 Proofs
      11.2 E-Prints
      11.3 SAGE production
    12. Further information

    European Union Politics is an international academic journal for advanced peer-reviewed research and scholarship on all aspects of the process of government, politics and policy in the European Union. It aims to stimulate debate and provide a forum to bridge the theoretical and empirical analysis on the political unification of Europe. It represents no particular school or approach, nor is it wedded to any particular methodology.

    1. Article types

    European Union Politics is an international academic journal for advanced peer-reviewed research and scholarship on all aspects of the process of government, politics and policy in the European Union. It aims to stimulate debate and provide a forum to bridge the theoretical and empirical analysis on the political unification of Europe. It represents no particular school or approach, nor is it wedded to any particular methodology. In particular it welcomes articles that offer a new theoretical argument, analyze original data in a novel fashion or present an innovative methodological approach. The Editors invite submissions from all sub-fields of contemporary political science, including international relations, comparative politics, public administration, public policy and political theory.

    EUP publishes research articles from all sub-fields of contemporary political science, including international relations, comparative politics, public administration, public policy and political theory. The journal particularly welcomes articles that offer a new theoretical argument, analyze original data in a novel fashion or present an innovative methodological approach. The maximum length should be 9,000 words, including notes and references. A typical EUP issue also contains a forum article with a maximum length of 6000 words. Forum article offer reviews of current scholarship or present novel research

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    The editor and the EUP staff read all submitted manuscripts. Authors of papers, which are judged to be of sufficient interest, but lack in some aspects, will be asked to improve their submission before the external review. The EUP editor will directly reject manuscripts that are not of sufficient interest or quality. 

    Appropriate manuscripts undergo a formal review.  Manuscripts can either be submitted for the normal reviewing procedure or for a fast track option for which no invitation to resubmit is possible. To maximize quality, each manuscript is typically reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. The EUP editorial team only invites resubmissions under the regular reviewing procedure when there is a reasonable chance that a revised version of the article is accepted at a later stage.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of X peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below: 

    •           The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    •           The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    •           Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    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.

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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

    European Union Politics 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.

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    4. 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.

    EUPis 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/eup to login and submit your article online.

    Please ensure that your submitted document does NOT include a title page, an abstract, or page numbers; the EUP SAGE track system will generate them for you, and then convert your manuscript to PDF for peer review. Furthermore, it is imperative that authors remove from their submissions any information that will identify them or their affiliations to reviewers. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revisions, will be by email.

    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 at the foot of the page.

    New Submission

    Please log onto the website. If you are a new user, you will first need to create an account. This is a three-step system that takes a matter of minutes to set up. Log-in information is sent via email immediately upon completion. Full instructions for uploading the manuscript are provided on the website. If you have already created an account but have forgotten your details type your email address in the 'Password Help' to receive an emailed reminder.

    Submissions should be made via the Author Center and the 'Click here to Submit a New Manuscript' option. For questions and a user guide, please use the 'Get Help Now' button at the top right of every screen or go directly to ScholarOne Online Help.

    EUP distinguishes two kinds of submissions: a) articles which, based on the external reviews, can lead to the conditional acceptance, an invitation to resubmit a revised version or a rejection of the article and b) articles for which the reviewing process finishes with either a conditional acceptance (subject to minor revisions only) or a rejection. You will be asked which type of submission you wish to make.

    Revisions
    Authors submitting revised manuscripts should follow the instructions above to submit through the SAGE track system. However, if the first versions were submitted prior to SAGE track, the system will not know automatically about the previous version. In such cases, authors should check the 'Has this manuscript been submitted previously?' box and give the previous manuscript number in the space below. (If the previous version was submitted through the SAGE track system, following the instructions to submit a revised manuscript will automatically associate your revised version with the original submission) Authors of all revised submissions should when prompted provide information explaining the changes in your manuscript. As this will be provided to reviewers it is important that authors do not identify themselves in these responses.

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    5. Journal contributors 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.

    5.1 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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    6. 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. It is the policy of European Union Politics to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please include any declaration at the end of your manuscript after any acknowledgements and prior to the references, under a heading ‘Conflict of Interest Statement’. If no declaration is made the following will be printed under this heading in your article: ‘None Declared’. Alternatively, you may wish to state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    When making a declaration the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial relationship that all authors of the article has with any sponsoring organization and the for-profit interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article.

    Any commercial or financial involvements that might represent an appearance of a conflict of interest need to be additionally disclosed in the covering letter accompanying your article to assist the Editor in evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the Conflict of Interest statement provided in the article.

    For more information please visit the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    7. Other conventions

    European Union Politics supports the JETS (Journal Editors Transparency Statement), (formerly Data Access and Research Transparency (DA-RT) statement) and, as such, endorses policies encouraging authors to make as accessible as possible the empirical foundation and logic of inquiry of evidence-based research. The journal encourages authors therefore to delineate clearly the analytic procedures upon which their published claims rely, and where possible provide access to all relevant analytic materials.

    For contributions based on quantitative data, European Union Politics asks authors to submit their data set and, where applicable, their syntax/command files for the analyses presented in the contribution. Authors of qualitative work have to submit additional information on their data gathering process including codebooks, questionnaires and similar information if the empirical strategy is not fully described in the submitted article.

    Authors are encouraged to make data available as a supplementary data file or via a third party digital repository. 

    Recommended services include:

    *Note that there is a charge for using this service.

    If cited data is restricted (e.g. classified, require confidentiality protections, were obtained under a non-disclosure agreement, or have inherent logistical constraints), authors should notify the editor at the time of submission. The editor shall have full discretion to follow their journal’s policy on restricted data, including declining to review the manuscript or granting an exemption with or without conditions. The editor shall inform the author of this decision prior to review.

    European Union Politics encourages authors to use data citation practices that identify a dataset’s author(s), title, date, version, and a persistent identifier. In sum, data should be referenced and cited, where possible, as an intellectual product of value. If appropriate, authors can also pre-register their research before submission and detail their sampling and analysis plans in advance.

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    8. 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.

    8.1 Funding Acknowledgement
    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), EUP additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. All research articles should have a funding acknowledgement in the form of a sentence as follows, with the funding agency written out in full, followed by the grant number in square brackets:

    This work was supported by the Medical Research Council [grant number xxx].

    Multiple grant numbers should be separated by comma and space. Where the research was supported by more than one agency, the different agencies should be separated by semi-colon, with “and” before the final funder. Thus:

    This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Natural Environment Research Council [grant number zzzz]; and the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number aaaa].

    In some cases, research is not funded by a specific project grant, but rather from the block grant and other resources available to a university, college or other research institution. Where no specific funding has been provided for the research we ask that corresponding authors use the following sentence:

    This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    Please include this information under a separate heading entitled “Funding” directly after any other Acknowledgements prior to your “Declaration of Conflicting Interests” (if applicable), any Notes and your References.

    For more information on the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers, please visit: http://www.rin.ac.uk/funders-acknowledgement

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    9. 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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    10. Manuscript style

    10.1 File types .
    The journal only accepts submissions in Microsoft Word DOC, in LaTeX or in RTF format.

    For LaTeX submissions, the author is requested to upload the completed PDF file of the paper for peer review purposes at the time of submission alongside their LaTeX files.

    10.2 Journal Style
    EUP conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    10.3 Reference Style
    EUP operates a SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    10.4. 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.

    10.4.1 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.

    10.4.2 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.

    10.4.3 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.

    If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. If a charge applies you will be informed by your SAGE Production Editor. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    Tables and figures should be presented on separate pages. Their position within the text should be clearly indicated. Line diagrams should be presented as camera-ready copy on glossy paper (b/w, unless to be reproduced - by arrangement - in colour) and, if possible, as EPS files (all fonts embedded) or TIFF files, 800 dpi - b/w only. For scanning, photographs should preferably be submitted as clear, glossy, unmounted b/w prints with a good range of contrast or as TIFF files, 300 dpi. Captions and section headings should be in lower case. Please do not number headings.

    10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    This journal hosts 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 see section 6 above and refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    10.4.5 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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    11. After acceptance

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

    11.2 E-Prints
    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/reprint.sp.

    11.3 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 EUP with SAGE.

    12. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

    The Managing Editors European Union Politics

    eup@uni-konstanz.de

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