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Political Research Quarterly

Political Research Quarterly

2016 Impact Factor: 1.053
2016 Ranking: 83/165 in Political Science
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)
Published in Association with University of Utah

Clarissa Hayward Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Jeanette Mendez Oklahoma State University, USA
James M. Scott Texas Christian University, USA

eISSN: 1938274X | ISSN: 10659129 | Current volume: 71 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly
REVIEW FOR PRQ... The editors of PRQ rely upon the service of conscientious reviewers to ensure that scholarly standards remain high and that they represent the diversity of approaches and interests within political science. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, please go to our submission website and register as a reviewer to become a part of our reviewer database. Your time is greatly appreciated.

Political Research Quarterly Google Scholar Ranking: 15

Political Research Quarterly is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research on all aspects of politics. Among the leading generalist journals of political science, PRQ seeks to publish significant contributions to knowledge which engage readers across multiple fields of scholarship, as well as exceptional contributions within specialized fields. Our authors and reviewers come from all over the world and from across the spectrum of methodological and substantive expertise. Both the journal and its host organization, the Western Political Science Association, have a reputation for showcasing pluralistic and intellectually innovative research, with special emphasis on transcending the boundaries that conventionally separate subfields, methods, and specializations.

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

Political Research Quarterly publishes scholarly research that covers the breadth of methodological approaches, theoretical perspectives, and substantive topics in the study of politics. Primary fields of research include the following:

  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Gender, Race, and Identity
  • International Relations
  • Methodology
  • Political Theory
  • Public Administration
  • Public Law
  • Public Policy

PRQ especially encourages research that is problem-driven and that utilizes multiple methodological and theoretical frameworks to address major political problems or puzzles. The journal also attempts to reflect the diversity of the discipline of political science and to serve as a meaningful forum for critical analysis and debate.

Though primarily a venue for original research articles, PRQ features occasional collections of articles on a common theme or debate, to be published as short symposia. Symposium proposals are welcome, and individual submissions will undergo the same review process as manuscripts of research articles. Important debates between scholars or responses to controversial articles are also featured from time to time.

Editorial Advisory Board
Brooke Ackerly Vanderbilt University, USA
Christopher Adolph University of Washington, USA
Lawrie Balfour University of Virginia, USA
David Bearce University of Colorado, USA
Cristina Beltran New York University, USA
Ryan Black Michigan State University, USA
Hannah Britton University of Kansas, USA
José Antonio Cheibub Texas A&M University, USA
Cornell W. Clayton Washington State University, USA
Jacqueline DeMeritt University of North Texas, USA
Paul Diehl University of Texas, Dallas, USA
Paul Djupe Denison University, USA
Kathleen Dolan University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA
Cooper Drury University of Missouri at Columbia
Michael Findley University of Texas, Austin, USA
Jennifer Fitzgerald University of Colorado, USA
Justin Grimmer Stanford University, USA
Nancy Hirschmann University of Pennsylvania, USA
Juliet Hooker University of Texas, Austin, USA
Mala Htun University of New Mexico, USA
Patrick James University of Southern California, USA
Martin Johnson Louisiana State University, USA
Paul Kellstedt Texas A&M University, USA
Mika Lavaque-Manty University of Michigan, USA
Jennifer Lawless American University, USA
Brett Ashley Leeds Rice University, USA
Jacob Levy McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Scott Mainwaring University of Notre Dame, USA
Amy G. Mazur Washington State University, USA
Sara Mitchell University of Iowa, USA
Burt Monroe Pennsylvania State University, USA
Timothy Nokken Texas Tech University, USA
Michael Leo Owens Emory University, USA
Richard Pacelle University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA
Elizabeth Penn University of Chicago, USA
Scott Robinson University of Oklahoma, USA
Rene Rocha University of Iowa, USA
David Rohde Duke University, USA
Jennifer Rubenstein University of Virginia, USA
John Barry Ryan Stony Brook University, USA
Kyle Saunders Colorado State University, USA
Leslie Schwindt-Bayer Rice University, USA
Sarah Song University of California, Berkeley, CA
Anna Stilz Princeton University, USA
Michele Swers Georgetown University, USA
Cameron Thies Arizona State University, USA
Jack Turner University of Washington, USA (Student)
Lee Walker University of North Texas, USA
Carolyn Warner Arizona State University, USA
Keith Whittington Princeton University, USA
Vicky Wilkins American University, USA
Laron Williams University of Missouri, USA
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  • As a generalist journal, Political Research Quarterly (PRQ) publishes scholarly research that covers the breadth of methodological approaches, theoretical perspectives, and substantive topics in the study of politics. A manuscript that respects PRQ’s generalist mission and readership will attempt to contribute knowledge and insights that engage readers across multiple fields of political research, or that constitute an exceptional contribution within a specialized field.

    Political Research Quarterly uses a double-blind review process in which authors’ names are unknown to reviewers, and vice versa. The principle of anonymity requires that authors and reviewers alike should not deliberately make their identities public during the review process, or in anticipation of a review process soon to be underway. PRQ does not review papers that are under consideration for publication elsewhere or whose contents have been substantially published or are forthcoming elsewhere. Papers that do not meet the formatting and submission guidelines described below will not be sent out for review.

    Style and Formatting. Authors preparing work for submission to PRQ should observe a limit of 10,000 words (including text, tables, citations, footnotes, endnotes, and references) and should include an abstract of no more than 200 words at the beginning of a manuscript. Manuscript pages should be numbered consecutively, with tables, figures, and appendices placed at the end. All of the text, citations, and references should be double-spaced (but tables may be single-spaced) in Times New Roman 12-point font. The printed journal uses the author-date citation method, but any manuscript that uses another citation method when submitted for review may be subsequently converted to PRQ style by the author in the event that it is accepted for publication.

    Submission Process. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically to (, where authors will be required to register their own account. Manuscripts will be sent out anonymously for editorial evaluation. Obtaining permission for any quoted or reprinted material that requires permission is the responsibility of the author. Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Questions about the submission process should be directed to the editorial office at

    Replication Policy. As a leading outlet for political research, PRQ is dedicated to increasing research transparency. The corresponding author of a manuscript accepted for publication is expected to address data availability and replication in the final draft, typically in a footnote. PRQ's authors may use an online public archive of their choice, or may submit their replication data directly to the PRQ editorial office for long-term storage on SAGE Publications' servers, where they will be accessible as supplementary material through PRQ's website. While the data necessary to replicate results are required to be publicly available, we also suggest that authors include any codebook, specialized computer programs, lists of computer program recodes, or program-specific syntax files, as appropriate. Finally, authors are advised to remove information from their datasets that should remain confidential, such as the names of survey respondents.

    REVIEW FOR PRQ... The editors of PRQ rely upon the service of conscientious reviewers to ensure that scholarly standards remain high and that they represent the diversity of approaches and interests within political science. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, please go to our submission website and register as a reviewer to become a part of our reviewer database. Your time is greatly appreciated.

    Blind Review Policy. Political Research Quarterly relies upon a double-blind review process to provide authors with a reasonably unbiased assessment of their research. In order to maintain the integrity of this system, we ask that manuscripts have all author-identifying information removed. This includes any acknowledgements or expressions of gratitude, research funding or grant disclosures, and direct references to the author’s university or department. In addition, authors are welcome to include a reasonable number of citations to their own work, so long as they cannot be used to identify the manuscript’s author. In order to do so, authors must refer to their previous work in the third person and include the work in the list of references. Given that self-citations to published work is acceptable, placeholders such as “Omitted Citation,” “Blinded,” “Anonymous,” “Authors XXXX,” and “Redacted” should be avoided. Finally, authors should avoid citing their own doctoral dissertations, conference papers, manuscripts in review, and forthcoming publications. Please note that, in the event a manuscript is accepted for publication, any self-identifying citations or information can be added to the final version.

    Manuscripts that have potentially compromising information may be returned to the authors for editing, which could delay the review process.

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