The International Political Science Review (IPSR) is the journal of the International Political Science Association. It is committed to publishing peer-reviewed articles that make a significant contribution to international political science. It seeks to appeal to political scientists throughout the world and in all sub-fields of the discipline who are interested in studying political phenomena in the context of increasing international interdependence and change. IPSR reflects the aims and intellectual tradition of its parent body, the International Political Science Association: to foster the creation and dissemination of rigorous political inquiry while respecting different approaches and methods.
Articles are welcome reporting research on substantive topics and significant issues within political science. It is expected that authors will establish the significance of their research question, locate it within the relevant literature, and clearly set out the research design through which they intend addressing the question. Authors of single country studies should consider the theoretical and comparative implications of the case. Special issues on themes of general interest to political scientists will be published once or twice a year and deadlines for submissions will be announced periodically.
"IPSR uses its international standing to access contributions from all over the world. Providing a rich mix of comparative, international and transnational issues, this lively journal encourages new research, new perspectives and new authors." Susanne Hoeber
"The IPSR embodies IPSA's commitment to globalizing political science. Its often fascinating achievements in doing so concerning the domestic, comparative, transnational and international aspects of our field deserve wide attention." Hayward R. Alker
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
The International Political Science Review (IPSR) is the journal of the International Political Science Association. It is committed to publishing peer-reviewed articles that make a significant contribution to international political science. It seeks to meet the needs of political scientists throughout the world who are interested in studying political phenomena in the context of global interdependence and change.
IPSR reflects the aims and intellectual tradition of its parent body, the International Political Science Association: to foster the creation and dissemination of rigorous political inquiry while respecting a plurality of approaches.
We welcome articles reporting research on substantive topics, concepts, and/or methodologies in all fields of political science. It is expected that authors will establish the significance of their research question, locate it within the relevant literature, and clearly set out the research design through which they intend addressing the question. Single-country case studies should analyze the theoretical and comparative implications of the case.
"IPSR uses its international standing to access contributions from all over the world. Providing a rich mix of comparative, international and transnational issues, this lively journal encourages new research, new perspectives and new authors." - Susanne Hoeber Rudolph, William Benton Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, Emerita, University of Chicago, USA
|Richard Reid||Australian National University, Australia|
|Attila Agh||Budapest Corvinus University, Hungary|
|Terrell Carver||University of Bristol, UK|
|Philip G. Cerny||Rutgers University, USA|
|Michael Cox||London School of Economics, UK|
|Jørgen Elklit||Aarhus University, Denmark|
|Robert Erikson||Columbia University, USA|
|Markus Freitag||University of Bern, Switzerland|
|Yvonne Galligan||Queen's University Belfast, UK|
|Magdalena Gora||Jagiellonian University, Poland|
|Zoya Hasan||Jawaharlal Nehru University, India|
|Reuven Hazan||Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel|
|Carlos Huneeus||Universidad de Chile, Chile|
|Desmond King||University of Oxford|
|Yoshiaki Kobayashi||Keio University, Japan|
|Bahgat Korany||American University in Cairo, Egypt|
|Michael Laver||New York University, USA|
|Leany Lemos||University of Brasilia, Brazil|
|Olga Malinova||Moscow State Institute of IR, Russia|
|Amina Mama||University of California Davis, USA|
|Nonna Mayer||Centre for European Studies of Sciences Po, France|
|Paula D. McClain||Duke University, USA|
|Helen Milner||Princeton University, USA|
|José Álvaro Moisés||University of São Paulo, Brazil|
|Carlos Closa Montero||CSIC IPP, Spain|
|Leonardo Morlino||LUISS, Italy|
|Maria Victoria Murillo||Columbia University, USA|
|Lungisile Ntsebeza||University of Cape Town, South Africa|
|Cyril Obi||Social Sciences Research Council, USA|
|Bo Rothstein||University of Gothenburg, Sweden|
|Seraphim Seferiades||Panteion University, Greece|
|Ilter Turan||Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey|
|Amy Verdun||University of Victoria, Canada|
|Yan Xuetong||Tsinghua University, China|
|Helen Milner||Princeton University, USA|
|Leonardo Morlino||LUISS, Italy|
|Hyug Baeg Im||Korea|
|Terrell Carver||University of Bristol, UK|
|Dirk Kotze||South Africa|
|Francisco Jose Llera||Spain|
|Jose Alvaro Moises||Brazil|
|Dianne Pinderhughes||University of Notre Dame|
- Aims and scope
- Peer review policy
- Article types
3.1 Research Articles
3.2 Special Issues
3.3 Review Articles
- How to submit your manuscript
- Publication Ethics
- Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
- Declaration of conflicting interests policy
- Other conventions
10.1 Funding acknowledgement
- Manuscript style
12.1 File types
12.2 Journal style
12.3 Reference style
12.4 Manuscript preparation
12.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
12.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
12.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
12.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
12.4.5 English language editing services
- After acceptance
13.3 SAGE production
13.4 OnlineFirst publication
- Gold/Green Access
- Further information
The International Political Science Review (IPSR) is published five times a year by the International Political Science Association. It publishes original research of interest to the international political science community. IPSR reflects the aims and intellectual tradition of its parent body, the International Political Science Association: to foster the creation and dissemination of rigorous political inquiry while respecting a plurality of approaches. Articles are welcome reporting research on substantive topics and/or concepts in all fields of political and social science. Case studies of single countries should consider the theoretical and comparative implications of the case. Discussions of currently controversial subjects or concepts are welcome, as are studies that reach beyond the scope of a single culture. Studies primarily concerned with methodological issues are better suited to specialist journals.
All articles are subject to anonymous peer review by experts in the field, drawn from a database of international referees. If you would like to be a referee, send a short CV and note areas of specialty to one of the editors (see contact details at foot of document).
3.1 Research articles
IPSR welcomes the submission of research articles of no more than 8,000 words (including references, notes, tables and figures). In general, there should be a maximum of 45 references. Regarding large tables, see the guidelines on supplementary data (12.4.4 below).
It is expected that authors will establish the significance of their research question, locate it within the relevant literature, and clearly set out the research design through which they intend addressing the question.
The article should begin by identifying a significant puzzle or question that the article will address and that might engage the interest of readers beyond the sub-discipline. The opening sentences of the article should be designed to engage the reader’s interest rather than referring back to previous literature on the topic. Similarly, the closing sentences of the article should recapitulate the implications of the author’s own findings, rather than referring to the work of others.
As noted above, case studies of single countries should consider the theoretical and comparative implications of the case. Detail about submitting research article manuscripts is provided below at 4.
3.2 Special issues
IPSR will be issuing regular calls for special issues on themes of particular theoretical or political importance. Prospective guest editors need to submit proposals to IPSR at firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline posted on the IPSR website. Special issues will normally consist of an editorial introduction (ca 6000 words) and five or six articles (each a maximum of 8000 words). All special issue proposals should include the following:
• Outline of the theme.
• Rationale, in terms of significance, timeliness and relevance for IPSR and international political science.
• Abstracts of the proposed articles (five or six articles and editorial introduction).
• Brief author biographies for contributors and editors.
Once a proposal has been accepted, guest editors will be responsible for the timely online submission of the articles, which will be subject to the normal IPSR double-blind review process.
3.3 Review articles
IPSR also welcomes proposals for review articles. Such proposals should be sent to the IPSR Editors at email@example.com. Prospective authors should specify the theme, its significance and the list of books to be covered (minimum three). Review articles should generally be c. 3000-6000 words and compare, contrast and evaluate different approaches to the theme or different applications of the same approach. Proposals for review articles on emerging or contested areas of the discipline are particularly welcome. Once proposals have been accepted, IPSR will obtain review copies of books, if needed. The completed article will be subject to review.
IPSR has a fully web-based system for the submission and review of manuscripts, powered by ScholarOne Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then visit the journal’s SAGE track site, http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/IPSR, to login and submit your article online.
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 have created an account. 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 at the foot of the document.
Please ensure that the format of your manuscript adheres to these criteria:
- contains no more than 8,000 words (including references, notes, tables and figures)
- contains no more than 45 references (except in exceptional circumstances)
- includes the notes, references, tables and charts on separate pages within your manuscript, following the journal style
- does not contain page numbers, an abstract or keywords (see next point)
- separate from your manuscript, you will need to submit (via SAGE track’s text fields online form) a 100–150 word abstract and keywords, your name, title, affiliation and full contact details.
- please ensure that your manuscript does not include information that will identify you as the author, including references to articles that you have not yet published.
New User Account
Please log onto the website. If you are a new user, you will first need to create an account. Follow the instructions and please enter a current email address. Creating your account is a three-step process that takes a matter of minutes. When you have finished, your User ID and password is sent via email immediately. Please edit your user ID and password to assure ease of use by selecting 'edit account' at the top of the screen. 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. Full instructions for uploading the manuscript are provided on the website.
Submissions should be made by logging in and selecting the Author Center and the 'Click here to Submit a New Manuscript' option. Follow the instructions on each page, clicking the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen. If at any stage you have any questions or require the user guide, please use the 'Get Help Now' button at the top right of every screen. Further help is available through ScholarOne Manuscript’s Online Help.
To upload your files, click on the 'Browse' button and locate the file on your computer. Select the designation of each file (i.e. main document, submission form, figure) in the drop down next to the browse button. When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the 'Upload Files' button. Review your submission (in both PDF and HTML formats) and then click the Submit button.
You may suspend a submission at any point before clicking the Submit button and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You can also log back into your author centre at any time to check the status of your manuscript.
Please ensure that you submit editable/source files only (Microsoft Word or RTF) and that your document does not include page numbers; the IPSR SAGE track system will generate them for you, and then automatically convert your manuscript to PDF for peer review. Furthermore, it is imperative that authors remove any information that will identify them or their affiliation. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revisions, will be by email.
Submitting a Revised Submission
Authors submitting revised manuscripts should follow the instructions above to submit through the SAGE track system. To create a revision, go to the 'Manuscripts with Decisions' option in your Author Dashboard and select 'create a revision’ in the 'Action' column. Authors of revised submissions should, when prompted, provide information explaining the changes in your manuscript. As this material will be provided to reviewers, it is important that authors identify themselves in these responses.
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
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
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 the Frequently Asked Questions section on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
As part of your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. IPSR does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
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.
Scholars often make their drafts available as conference papers published in online paper rooms or as working papers before they are further developed for journal publication. This does not preclude the final version being published in IPSR, but does need to be acknowledged in the submission.
Any acknowledgements should appear 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 include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair or colleague who provided only general support.
10.1 Funding Acknowledgement
To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), IPSR 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-colons, 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
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.
12.1 File Types
Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Accepted formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word Documents and RTF. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below.
12.2 Journal Style
IPSR conforms to the SAGE house style except for the reference style provided in 12.3. Please note the preference for single quote marks except for a quote within a quote.
Given recent evidence* about possible bias in citation patterns we recommend that authors check their references to make sure that they are referring where relevant to the work of female as well as male scholars and to scholars outside the Global North.
(*Maliniak, Daniel, Ryan Powers and Barbara F Walter (2013). The Gender Citation Gap in International Relations. International Organization. DOI: 10.1017/S002081831300209)
Please note that for IPSR submissions full names of authors or editors should be provided in the references (rather than just initials), and the order of names only needs to be reversed for the first named author or editor, as in the examples provided below.
In-text references should be as follows: (Michalski, 2006: 2).
References at the end of the article should be in the following style:
Articles in journals: Smith, Charles Anthony and Heather M Smith (2011) Human Trafficking: The unintended effects of United Nations intervention. International Political Science Review 32(2): 125–146.
Books: Bartolini, Stefano and Peter Mair (1990) Identity, Competition, and Electoral Availability: The Stabilisation of European Electorates 1885-1985. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Chapters in books: Lawson, Kay (1988) When Linkage Fails. In Kay Lawson and Peter H Merkl (eds) When Parties Fail: Emerging Alternative Organizations. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 13–38.
Online publications: MacDermott, Kathy (2008) Marketing Government: The public service and the permanent campaign. Canberra: Democratic Audit of Australia, available at: http://democraticaudit.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/200810macdermot....
Unpublished works: Bardi, Luciano (1992) The Empirical Study of Party Membership Change, Mimeo, Università di Bologna.
12.4.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring that 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. Additionally, ensure your abstract is no more than 150 words and does not contain any in-text references. Please do not begin your Abstract with the words ‘This article…’.
12.4.2 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.
12.4.3 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.
12.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
Authors of articles drawing on large datasets are strongly encouraged to make the data available through supplementary files. IPSR can host such data on the journal’s website, alongside the online version of the article. Authors wishing to avail themselves of this facility should supply all files electronically, with concise and descriptive captions, once the article has been accepted for publication. Authors are strongly encouraged to provide large tables in this form, rather than trying to include them in the body of the article. Supplementary files will be uploaded as supplied and authors will be responsible for responding to any queries.
12.4.5 English Language Editing services
Authors of articles accepted for publication should ensure that the prose style and punctuation of manuscripts conform to appropriate English usage and UK, rather than US spelling (e.g. centre rather than center, defence rather than defense). Punctuation should be placed outside quotation marks. Authors not fully fluent in written English should have their manuscript reviewed by colleagues with experience of preparing manuscripts in English.
Alternatively it might be useful to consider using a professional editing service. Visit http://languageservices.sagepub.com/en/ for further information.
13.2 E-Prints and complimentary copies
SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints . We additionally provide the corresponding author with a complimentary copy of the print issue in which the article appears up to a maximum of 5 copies, to enable the corresponding author to send copies to co-authors.
13.3 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 maintain 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 their experience of publishing in IPSR with SAGE.
13.4 OnlineFirst Publication
IPSR includes an electronic feature designated OnlineFirst. A month or more before articles are published in the print edition of the journal, they may be electronically posted. OnlineFirst can be accessed from IPSR's home page (http://ips.sagepub.com/) and click on OnlineFirst. OnlineFirst articles can be referenced using their unique Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number. This number stays with the article throughout even after it has been assigned to a particular issue. Articles posted in OnlineFirst will be identical in all respects to the version published in the journal, save that they will not have pagination corresponding to the print edition. Posting articles in OnlineFirst does not replace their eventual publication in the journal; it is a supplement to publication in IPSR. Posting articles in this way will significantly shorten the gap between acceptance of an article and its dissemination. Authors should be aware that changes cannot be made to articles once they are posted in OnlineFirst. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet.
Gold 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. The cost of publishing an article SAGE Choice in International Political Science Review is £1,600. Funding or discounted fees may be available through your institution or library and so we encourage you to check with your librarian or university contact.
Green Open Access (self-archiving)
You can make your article Open Access by archiving it at no charge (the Green route). You can do this by depositing the version of the article accepted for publication (version 2) in your own institution’s repository immediately on acceptance. As a SAGE author, your rights in relation to your article if it is not published with payment of an APC are:
- 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.
- Once the article has been accepted for publication, you may post the accepted version (version 2) of the article on your own personal website, your department’s website or the repository of your institution without any restrictions.
- You may not post the accepted version (version 2) of the article in any repository other than those listed above (i.e. you may not deposit in the repository of another institution or a subject repository) until 12 months after first publication of the article in the journal.
- You may use the published article (version 3) 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 article (version 3) 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).
For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to:
Richard Reid, Associate Editor, IPSR editorial office