Political Studies Review (PSR) provides a unique intellectual space for rigorous high-quality peer reviewed original research across political science and the study of politics in related fields that aims at stimulating wide-ranging debate and cutting edge discussion of current disputes and issues in the discipline within the UK and internationally. The journal seeks to demonstrate the essential utility of political science through enhancing understanding and dialogue both within the political science profession, across disciplinary subfields and outside the scholarly community. PSR welcomes original and rigorous research articles, far-reaching and stimulating state-of-the-art articles, and shorter contributions presenting early results, new ideas, or interesting hypotheses that had to be rejected. PSR is one of the Political Studies Association’s flagship journals.
The PSA acknowledges the prevalence of systemic bias and unequal power dynamics within academia and publishing. The PSA believes that the promotion of equality and diversity should be core values for the practice of politics as well as the study, teaching and writing of politics. We are passionate about supporting inclusion in the academy and wider society through our publishing activities.
Working with our journal editors and publishing partner SAGE, we are doing this by:
- Publishing and amplifying content from diverse, global perspectives, including women, scholars of colour, LGBTQIA+ people, disabled people, and historically marginalised communities.
- Working to increase diversity of our journals’ editorial boards, peer review processes and author bases.
- Ensuring that our content and communications are inclusive and accessible, challenging bias and stereotypes.
Read more about the PSA’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion
Read more about the minimum standards for inclusion and diversity for scholarly publishing developed by the RSC cross-publisher group (which includes SAGE as a member)
Political Studies Review (PSR) provides a unique intellectual space for rigorous high-quality peer reviewed original research across political science and related fields. It aims to stimulate wide-ranging debate and cutting edge discussion of current disputes and issues in the discipline both within the UK and across the globe. The journal seeks to demonstrate the essential utility of political science through enhancing understanding and dialogue both within the political science profession, across disciplinary subfields and outside the scholarly community. It therefore aims to be more eclectic in terms of content, style and subject matter to maximise public reach.
PSR publishes six types of contributions.
1) Original research articles: the journal is a forum for innovative, rigorous and original work of significance to the discipline. Such work may be theoretical in nature, it may have a comparative focus, and/or it may cut across traditional scholarly fields and push disciplinary boundaries.
2) Early Results: PSR welcomes short articles detailing exciting early findings or exploring new ideas that are of immediate interest to our readers. Authors can submit early results without excessive theoretical set-up or literature review for an expedited review and publication process (limited to one reviewer and one editor). Publication of such papers does not prevent authors from later fashioning them into full-length articles for publication elsewhere.
3) Symposia and new ideas: PSR welcomes short pieces based on symposia that are early versions of what may become more extensive articles, exploring and fleshing out new ideas and directions for study. Such symposia will be subject to an expedited review and publication process (limited to one reviewer and one editor).
4) The null hypothesis: PSR is an outlet for interesting findings where the authors had sound theoretical reasons for stipulating hypotheses, but had to be reject these. Papers submitted for this section will be subject to an expedited review and publication process (limited to one reviewer and one editor).
5) Review articles: The journal is also the setting for significant and encompassing state-of-the-art reviews on significant issues across the discipline.
6) Book Reviews: PSR publishes book reviews of recent volumes on cutting-edge topics. Book reviews are published online only.
As editors, we encourage a pluralistic approach where current empirical and theoretical problems across the subfields of politics are addressed in an innovative, reflexive and insightful manner. We therefore welcome submissions across a wide-range of methodological or theoretical frameworks in political science but which conform to the highest standards of scientific rigour and research ethics. All published material will include technical research reports and appendices, where applicable, to enhance replicability. The journal is committed to high quality peer reviewing, from enhancing new ideas and promoting promising scholarly research, to nurturing broader public discussion and publicising important scholarly topics, ideas and innovative practice in political science.
PSR particularly encourages contributions from early career researchers.
|Martin Ejnar Hansen||Brunel University London, UK|
|Steve Pickering||University of Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Katja Sarmiento-Mirwaldt||Brunel University London, UK|
|Justin Fisher||Brunel University London, UK|
|Naveen Shaaban Abdalla||Brunel University London, UK|
|Stuart Fox||Brunel University London, UK|
|Jeffrey Karp||Brunel University London, UK|
|Daniela Richterova||Brunel University London, UK|
|Manu Savani||Brunel University London, UK|
|Eliza Kania||Brunel University London, UK|
|Octávio Amorim Neto||FGV-Rio, Brazil|
|Phillip Ayoub||Drexel University , USA|
|Teresa Bejan||University of Oxford, UK|
|Shaun Bevan||University of Edinburgh, UK|
|Andre Blais||Université de Montréal, Canada|
|Adrian Blau||King's College London, UK|
|Svitlana Chernykh||Australian National University, Australia|
|Scarlett Cornelissen||Stellenbosch University, South Africa|
|Jennifer Curtin||University of Auckland, New Zealand|
|Sarah de Lange||University of Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Fabrizio Gilardi||University of Zurich, Switzerland|
|Jane Gingrich||University of Oxford, UK|
|Oliver Heath||Royal Holloway, University of London, UK|
|Evelyne Hübscher||Central European University, Austria|
|Will Jennings||University of Southampton, UK|
|Meryl Kenny||University of Edinburgh, UK|
|Christoph Knill||Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany|
|Shoko Kohama||Hokkaido University, Japan|
|Naoko Matsumura||Kobe University, Japan|
|Gail McElroy||Trinity College Dublin, Ireland|
|Peace Medie||University of Ghana, Ghana/University of Bristol, UK|
|Laura Morales||Sciences Po, France|
|Doron Navot||University of Haifa, Israel|
|Alejandro Peña||University of York, UK|
|Jennifer Piscopo||Occidental College, USA|
|Miriam Ronzoni||University of Manchester, UK|
|Anupama Roy||Jawaharlal Nehru University, India|
|Sabine Saurugger||Sciences Po Grenoble|
|Jennifer van Heerde-Hudson||University College London, UK|
Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Political Studies Review
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/psr 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 Political Studies Review will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal. Open Access options are available - see section 3.3 below.
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, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, 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. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that the journal may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.
If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.
Please also see the PSR website for any further queries.
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- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Special Issue Policy
1.4 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplementary material
4.4 Reference style
4.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- 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
- Further information
Before submitting your manuscript to Political Studies Review, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
Political Studies Review provides unique intellectual space for rigorous high-quality peer reviewed original research across political science and the study of politics in related fields that aims at stimulating wide-ranging debate and cutting edge discussion of topical issues. We therefore welcome submissions across a wide-range of methodological or theoretical frameworks provided they are relevant for the research question and conform to the highest standards of scientific rigour and research ethics.
(1) Original Research Articles: the journal is a forum for innovative, rigorous and original work of significance to the discipline. Such work may be theoretical in nature, it may have a comparative focus, and/or it may cut across traditional scholarly fields and push disciplinary boundaries.
Original research articles are no more than 8000 words in length inclusive of all notes and references.
(2) Early Results: Many research projects produce exiting early results where the immediacy (and impact) is then lost as researchers seek to fashion full length articles. In the Early Results section, authors can release early findings from projects without excessive theoretical set-up or a long literature review. In essence, these articles will be akin to working papers, where the results will ultimately feature in full articles with an extended argument (in other journals or in PSR). This will provide not only a means by which early findings can be published, but also an arena in which new ideas can be explored, promoted and tested.
Early Results submissions are limited to 3000 words inclusive of all notes and references.
(3) Symposia and New Ideas: PSR is a forum for publishing results from symposia. These can be early versions of what may become more extensive articles, exploring and fleshing out new ideas and directions for study.
Papers in the Symposia and New Ideas section are limited to 3000 words inclusive of all notes and references.
(4) The Null Hypothesis: Many research projects produce results where the hypotheses are rejected, but where the results are nonetheless interesting. PSR publishes papers where there were sound theoretical reason for stipulating hypotheses but where these hypotheses had to be rejected. Book Reviews: PSR publishes a topical series of book reviews per volume to enhance a core topic in each PSR volume.
Papers in the Null Hypothesis section are limited to 3000-8000 words inclusive of all notes and references.
(5) Review Articles: The journal is also the setting for significant and encompassing state-of-the-art reviews on significant issues across the discipline. Articles that either review recent developments in a specific field of research or confront various bodies of research on a specific issue or concept is particularly welcome.
Review articles are no more than 5000 words in length inclusive of all notes and references.
(6) Book Reviews: PSR publishes book reviews of recent volumes on cutting-edge topics on an ad hoc basis.
You can submit a book review proposal via this form. Detailed Book Review Guidelines can be found here. All proposals will be carefully considered by the Editorial Team members. The whole process can take up to 4 weeks. Book reviews are published online only.
PSA Equitable Citations Policy
PSA is committed to addressing inequities in academic publication processes that are suffered by under-represented and minority communities and has set out its position in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.
As part of this commitment, we recognise that references cited in journals such as ours sometimes replicate and reinforce such inequities by under-representing minority scholars. Clearly not all minority group characteristics are easily visible in citations, but those inferred which are easier to discern include gender, race, early career scholars and scholars from under-represented parts of the world such as the global South, among others.
To address these inequities, we exhort our authors whose manuscripts are accepted for publication to critically examine their references with a view to including citations of equally rigorous and relevant scholarship by under-represented minority authors. To support this effort, Political Studies Review will no longer count reference lists in our maximum word count of 8,000 for all articles.
Political Studies Review (PSR) accepts proposals for special issues on a rolling basis.
The selection of special issues will be based upon which proposal in their judgement has the most potential in terms of:
a) the quality of the individual papers submitted,
b) the extent to which the proposed Special Issue as a whole makes an original, coherent and creative contribution to the field,
c) the extent to which the proposal stimulates wide-ranging debate and cutting-edge discussion of a topical issue or political issue that appeals to a broad audience in the UK and internationally,
d) the extent to which the proposal seeks to demonstrate the essential utility of political science through enhancing understanding and dialogue both within the political science profession, across disciplinary subfields and outside the scholarly community
Proposals should be a maximum of 3000 words long in total and should include the following information:
• Full contact details and a short biography of the Guest Editor(s).
• A proposed title for the Special Issue.
• A clear frame or rationale which includes: the theoretical framework and empirical content of the Special Issue; its relationship to existing literature and how the contribution will advance knowledge in politics; claim to be original in approach and/or thinking; saliency to politics field. We would expect this rationale should to be around 800-1,000 words in length.
• A list of contributors: include institutional affiliations and short biography and confirmation of their commitment to the Issue.
• Abstracts for each paper (350 words max each).
• Provide details of the origin of the proposal, e.g., a workshop, conference, research project etc.
• The current stage of development of the proposed issue. This should including clear milestones for its completion such as a) submission of first drafts by individual authors to Guest Editors; b) submission of revised papers to Guest Editors following two external reviews per paper; c) submission of the draft Special Issue to the PSR Editorial team for collective external review purposes prior to final decision.
The Special Issue will be processed via Scholar One and guest editors are expected to use the Scholar One system for the entire editorial process.
The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources. Sage Author Services also offers authors a variety of ways to improve and enhance their article including English language editing, plagiarism detection, and video abstract and infographic preparation.
1.4.1 Make your article discoverable
For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online
Sage does not permit the use of author-suggested (recommended) reviewers at any stage of the submission process, be that through the web-based submission system or other communication. Reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Our policy is that reviewers should not be assigned to a paper if:
• The reviewer is based at the same institution as any of the co-authors
• The reviewer is based at the funding body of the paper
• The author has recommended the reviewer
• The reviewer has provided a personal (e.g. Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail) email account and an institutional email account cannot be found after performing a basic Google search (name, department and institution).
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.
Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools
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.
2.3.1 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:
- Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
- Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
- Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.
Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
Political Studies Review encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.
Sage acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.
Political Studies Review requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles alongside their article submissions to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editors can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Political Studies Review 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.
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.
Political Studies Review offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme and Open Access agreements, where authors can publish open access either discounted or free of charge depending on the agreement with Sage. Find out if your institution is participating by visiting Open Access Agreements at Sage. For more information on Open Access publishing options at Sage please visit Sage Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.
Political Studies Review offers optional open access publishing via the Sage Choice programme. For more information please visit the Sage Choice website.
Authors retain copyright of your Sage Choice article. Sage will publish your article under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license (CC BY-NC) which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. Authors required to publish under a CC BY licensing by their funder can publish under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) which allows use of the work for commercial purposes.
If you require a CC BY NC-ND license, please contact the Open Access team at: email@example.com
PSA Statement on CC-BY
Please be aware that the Political Studies Association (UK) have issued the following statement about the CC-BY licence:-
The Political Studies Association endorses the principle of freedom of choice and is thus prepared to offer authors choosing to pay an Article Processing Charge under Online Open the option of publishing under a CC-BY licence. However, the Association wishes to draw the attention of authors to the following risks associated with CC-BY licences:
- Lack of requirement under the terms of the current CC-BY licence (version 3.0) for other parties to give any indication as to how the original work has been modified in any derivative product
- Lack of protection against poor translation
- Lack of recourse against the work being quoted out of context
- Lack of recourse against the work being reprinted in anthologies where the context is offensive to the author
- Lack of recourse against intermediaries republishing work for commercial gain
For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit Sage Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway. Your rights as an author are outlined below:
- 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.
- You may not post the accepted version (version 2) of the article on your own personal website, your department’s website, the repository of your institution, the repository of another institution or a subject repository, until 24 months after first publication of the article in the journal.
- Once the article has been accepted for publication, you may use the accepted article (version 2) 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 accepted article (version 2) 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).
All commercial or any other re-use of the published article should be referred to Sage. More information can be found at:http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav
When posting or re-using the article, you should provide a link/URL from the article posted to the Sage Journals Online site where the article is published: http://online.sagepub.com and please make the following acknowledgment: ‘The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in <journal>, Vol/Issue, Month/Year by Sage Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © [The Author(s)]
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
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.
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.
Political Studies Review adheres to the Sage Harvard reference style. If your paper is accepted for publication, you will be required to ensure it conforms to this style. View the Sage Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
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.
Political Studies Review is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/psr 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.
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 unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, 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 recognized.
The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
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. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. 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).
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.
Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal Sage Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us 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.
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.
Sage provides authors with online access to their final 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.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Political Studies Review editorial office as follows:
Political Studies Review
Department of Social and Political Sciences
College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences
Brunel University of London
Uxbridge UB8 3PH
Please also see the PSR website for any further queries.