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Journal of Theoretical Politics

2016 Impact Factor: 0.632
2016 Ranking: 115/165 in Political Science
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)

Co-Editors
Torun Dewan London School of Economics, UK
John Patty University of Chicago, USA
Founding Editors
Elinor Ostrom Indiana University, Bloomington, USA


eISSN: 14603667 | ISSN: 09516298 | Current volume: 29 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly

"Journals of political theory tend mainly to deal with the history of political thought. But the Journal of Theoretical Politics is different. It is concerned with thinking about problems in a systematic way which makes it unique in and important to the profession. We should constantly remind ourselves that a science without theory is a poor science" Giovanni Sartori

Journal of Theoretical Politics is the major journal for publication of work concerned with the development of theory in the study of political processes. It provides an authoritative forum for the publication of original, fully refereed papers that seek to make genuinely theoretical contributions to the study of politics.

The journal offers rigorous articles on a range of theoretical topics. It focuses on new theoretical work that is broadly accessible to political scientists and enhances an understanding of political processes.

The Journal of Theoretical Politics is an international peer-reviewed journal one of whose principal aims is to foster the development of theory in the study of political processes. It provides a forum for the publication of original papers seeking to make genuinely theoretical contributions to the study of politics.

The journal includes rigorous analytical articles on a range of theoretical topics. In particular, it focuses on new theoretical work which is broadly accessible to social scientists and contributes to our understanding of political processes. It also includes original syntheses of recent theoretical developments in diverse fields.

The journal does not favour any specific theoretical perspective, but emphasizes the general importance of theory in political science. It also encourages articles which evaluate the relative merits of completing theories to explain empirical phenomena.

The journal aims to include papers from fields such as:

  • conceptual analysis and methodological criticism
  • rational-choice, social choice, game theory and other deductive approaches
  • systems theory, cybernetics and information theory
  • democratic politics and international relations
  • theory of bureaucracy and organizations
  • origins and effects of institutions

Editorial Board
Scott Ashworth University of Chicago, USA
Anna Bassi University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA
Kathleen Bawn University of California-Los Angeles, USA
Jenna Bednar University of Michigan, USA
Andres Blais University of Montreal, Canada
Steve Brams New York University, USA
Steve Callander Stanford University, USA
Randall Calvert Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Cliff Carrubba Emory University, USA
Tom Clark Emory University, USA
Josep Colomer Georgetown University, USA
Gary Cox Stanford University, USA
Christophe Crombez Stanford University, USA
Torun Dewan London School of Economics, UK
Keith Dowding Australian National University, Australia
Tiberiu Dragu New York University, USA
John Dryzek University of Canberra, Australia
Marc Fleurbaey Princeton University, USA
Justin Fox Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Bruno Frey Zeppelin University, Germany
Sean Gailmard University of California-Berkeley, USA
Barbara Geddes UCLA, USA
Elisabeth Gerber University of Michigan, USA
Bob Grafstein University of Georgia, USA
Catherine Hafer New York University, USA
Alan Hamlin University of Manchester, UK
Thomas Hammond Michigan State University, USA
Gretchen Helmke University of Rochester, USA
Adrienne Heritier European University Institute, Italy
Rafael Hortala-Vallve London School of Economics, UK
Indridi Indridason University of California, USA
Kristin Kanthak University of Pittsburgh, USA
Dimitri Landa New York University, USA
Jeffrey Lax Columbia University, USA
Bahar Leventoglu Duke University, USA
Ethan Bueno de Mesquita University of Chicago, USA
Nick Miller University of Maryland-Baltimore County, USA
Burt Monroe Pennsylvania State University, USA
James Morrow University of Michigan, USA
David Myatt London Business School, UK
Monika Nalepa University of Chicago, USA
Hannu Nurmi University of Turku, Finland
Franz Pappi University of Mannheim, Germany
Elizabeth Penn University of Chicago, USA
Thomas Pluemper University of Essex, UK
Mattias Polborn University of Illinois, USA
Kris Ramsay Princeton University, USA
Jim Rogers Texas A&M University, USA
Ken Shepsle Harvard University, USA
David Siegel Duke University, USA
Branislav Slantchev University of California-San Diego, USA
Alastair Smith New York University, USA
Duncan Snidal Oxford University, UK
Francesco Squintani University of Warwick, UK
Matthew Stephenson Harvard Law School, USA
Bernard Steunenberg University of Leiden, Netherlands
Milan Svolik Yale University, USA
Ahmer Tarar Texas A&M University, USA
George Tsebelis University of Michigan, USA
Martin van Hees University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Georg Vanberg Duke University, USA
Alan Wiseman Vanderbilt University, USA
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: The Journal of Theoretical Politics

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

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of The Journal of Theoretical Politics will be reviewed.

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

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

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to The Journal of Theoretical Politics, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    There is no absolute limit on length, but 7000 words, including footnotes and references, is a useful target. An abstract of up to 150 words should precede the main text, accompanied by up to five key words. To facilitate anonymous review, there should be no identifying self-references beyond the title page. Authors should supply a short biography of 50-100 words, with a full mailing address, plus an email address if possible.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

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

    2.2 Authorship

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

    2.3 Acknowledgements

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

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

    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

    The Journal of Theoretical Politics encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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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

    The Journal of Theoretical 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 published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, 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; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

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

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants 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 SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    The Journal of Theoretical Politics offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.  

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Titles and section headings should be clear and brief. Lengthy quotations (exceeding 40 words) should be displayed, indented, in the text. Either British or American spelling may be used. Indicate Italic by underlining. Dates should be in the form 9 May 1989. Take out points in USA and other such abbreviations and do not use points after Dr, Mrs, Mr etc. When referring to pagination and dates use the smallest number of numerals possible (e.g. 10-19, 42-5, 1961-4, 1978-85).

    Tables and figures should have short, descriptive titles. All footnotes to tables and their source(s) should be placed under the tables. Column headings should clearly define the data presented. The final version of an accepted manuscript must include camera-ready artwork for all figures. Artwork intended for same-size use should have a maximum size 170:100 mm (page depth: page width); oversized artwork should be prepared in the same proportion.
    Mathematical formulas that appear within text should be presented on one line where possible.

    Essential notes should be indicated by superscript numbers in the text and collected at the end of the text. References cited in the text should read thus: Brown (1975: 63-4). Brown and Smith (1975, 1980). Use 'et al.' when citing a work by more than two authors, e.g. Brown et al. (1981). The letters a, b, c, etc. should be used to distinguish citations of different works by the same author in the same year, e.g. Brown (1975a, b). All references cited in the text should be listed alphabetically and presented in full after the notes, using the following style:

    Book:

    Author A and Author B (year) Book Title. Place: Publisher name.

    Clark JM and Hockey L (1979) Research for Nursing. Leeds: Dobson Publishers.

    Chapter in a book:

    Author A (year) Chapter title. In: Author A (ed.) Book Title. Place: Publisher, 00–00.

    Author A (year) Chapter title. In: Author A and Author B (eds) Book Title. Place: Publisher, 00–00.

    Gumley V (1988) Skin cancers. In: Tschudin V and Brown EB (eds) Nursing the Patient with Cancer. London: Hall House, 26–52.

    Article in a journal:

    Author A and Author B (year) Article title. Journal vol(iss): 00–00.

    Author A, Author B and Author C (year) Article title. Journal vol(iss): 00–00.

    Author A, Author B, Author C, et al. (year) Article title. Journal vol(iss): 00–00.

    Huth EJ, King K and Lock S (1988) Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. British Medical Journal 296(4): 401–405.

    Article in a journal published ahead of print:

    Author A and Author B (year) Article title. Journal00: 1–00 (accessed 00 month year).

    Author A, Author B and Author C (year) Article title. Journal 00: 1–00 (accessed 00 month year).

    Author A, Author B, Author C, et al. (year) Article title. Journal 00: 1–00 (accessed 00 month year).

    Huth EJ, King K and Lock S (1988) Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. British Medical Journal 00: 1–4 (accessed 7 October 2009).

    Note: volume is given as “00”.

    Website

    National Center for Professional Certification. (2002) Factors Affecting Organizational Climate and Retention. Available at: www.cwla.org./programmes/triechmann/2002fbwfiles.

    Unpublished thesis

    Clark JM (2001) Referencing style for journals. Unpublished doctoral thesis, University of Leicester, Leicester.

    Newspaper

    Clark JM (2006) Referencing style for journals. The Independent, 21 May, p.10.

    Articles that do not conform to these requirements may be returned to the authors for revision.

    A restricted quantity pdf will be provided for the corresponding author of each original or review article along with a complimentary journal copy. A maximum of 5 journal copies will be supplied for multi-authored articles. These will be supplied to the main author.

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. Authors should submit their manuscripts (including all figures and tables) electronically unless this is absolutely impossible.

    English Language Editing Services: Please click here for information on professional English language editing services recommended by SAGE.

    4.5 English language editing services

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

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    The Journal of Theoretical Politics is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jtp to login and submit your article online.

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

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary 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 see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the The Journal of Theoretical Politics editorial office as follows:

    John Patty at jwpatty@gmail.com
    Torun Dewam at T.Dwean@lse.ac.uk.

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