Politics publishes cutting-edge peer-reviewed analysis in politics and international studies. The ethos of Politics is the dissemination of timely, research-led reflections on the state of the art, the state of the world and the state of disciplinary pedagogy that make significant and original contributions to the disciplines of political and international studies. Politics is pluralist with regards to approaches, theories, methods, and empirical foci. Politics publishes articles from 4000 to 8000 words in length. We welcome 3 types of articles from scholars at all stages of their careers:
Accessible presentations of state of the art research;
Research-led analyses of contemporary events in politics or international relations;
Theoretically informed and evidence-based research on learning and teaching in politics and international studies. We are open to articles providing accounts of where teaching innovation may have produced mixed results, so long as reasons why these results may have been mixed are analysed.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Politics publishes original research articles that advance debates in politics and international studies and/or challenge boundaries within the field. Politics articles will clearly show the innovative nature of their contribution as well as the debate they speak to or initiate. While Politics articles may report significant empirical data, we expect they will make conceptual and/or theoretical contributions to the debates they address. Overall, Politics articles will show how their insights challenge both academic and non-academic audiences to see problems in politics and international relations in a new light as well as offering innovative solutions.
Politics publishes articles of 4000-8000 words.
We publish the following types of article:
- Original, innovative articles that either substantially advance existing debates, or set the agenda for new avenues of research, in politics or international relations. We expect our articles to be presented in an accessible fashion (as far as possible given the content) to as wide an audience as possible. We place a premium on generalisable insights that speak across boundaries in the field.
- Research-led analyses of events in politics or international relations. We expect such analyses to draw on state of the art research to show historical or contemporary events in a new light. We expect such articles to be more than simply the application of a theoretical framework to an empirical case: they should show how the interplay of research and empirical events advances the former while shedding new light on the latter. We would encourage these articles to outline the impact research can have on responses to empirical events (e.g., from citizens or policy makers).
- Theoretically informed and evidence-based pedagogical research in politics and international studies. We are open to articles that provide accounts of teaching innovation producing mixed results, so long as the analysis of these results advances pedagogical research in politics and international studies.
|Caroline Moulin Aguiar||Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Jacquie Briggs||University of Lincoln, UK|
|Steven Curtis||London Metropolitan University and The Higher Education Academy, UK|
|Cathy Gormley-Heenan||University of Ulster, UK|
|Penny Griffin||UNSW, Australia|
|Siba Grovogui||Cornell University, USA|
|Gulshan Khan||University of Nottingham, UK|
|Christine Mahoney||University of Virginia, USA|
|Heather Smith||University of Northern British Columbia, Canada|
|Heather Stoll||University of California, Santa Barbara, USA|
|Jonas Tallberg||University of Stockholm, Sweden|
|Stephen Thornton||Cardiff University, UK|
|Ann Towns||University of Gothenburg, Sweden|
|Laura Valentini||London School of Economics and Political Science, UK|
|Matthew Watson||University of Warwick, UK|
|Fengshi Wu||RSIS, Nanyan Technological University, Singapore|
Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Politics
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/politics 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 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.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
3.4 PSA Statement on CC-BY
- 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 Politics, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
The editors invite original articles in any area of politics and international studies -- including research in learning and teaching. Politics accepts articles between 4000 and 8000 words in length. All contributions - regardless of length - must make an original contribution to their field. Expectations regarding the extent of this contribution will depend on the length of an article. These word limits include notes, bibliography and supplementary material (e.g., tables) but exclude abstract, acknowledgments and biography.
Politics invites proposals for special issues/sections and forums. Those interested in proposing special issues/sections and forums should send a proposal to the editors for initial consideration. The proposal should: 1) outline the research problematic which runs across the papers; 2) state the case for the relevance and original contribution of the special issue/section/forum to the discipline of politics/international studies; 3) show how the issue/section would speak to the journal’s generalist audience; and 4) provide author details, titles and abstracts for the papers the special issue/section/forum would contain.
Politics does not normally publish responses to articles unless they make an original and substantive contribution to the field in their own right. Those interested in writing a response should contact the editors in the first place to discuss how to proceed. All responses published in Politics will be peer reviewed. A right of reply to any responses will be at the discretion of the editors.
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.
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.
The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.
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.
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.
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
SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.
Politics requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles 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 editor 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.
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.
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.
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.
Politics 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 SAGE Production Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (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.
Politics uses a modified version of the Harvard system of referencing and submissions that are not in the journal's house style will be returned to the author for reformatting. Details of the Politics referencing style can be found below:
Case 1: Bovens and Wille (2011: 64–85) 'quoted text'.
Case 2: Stilz (2013: 335–336) illustrates the claim as follows: 'quoted text'.
Case 3: Carens (2013: 9) describes his approach as 'quoted text'.
Case 4: Bovens and Wille (2011: 64–85) 'quoted text', but also stated ‘quoted text’ (Bovens and Wille, 2011: 102).
(a) ‘pp’ or ‘p’ should only be used for articles reviewing a single specific work to avoid repetition.
(b) Displayed quotes should include full citation information at the end of the extracted quote.
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Chapter in a Book
Benjamin W (1986) A critique of violence. In: Demetz P (ed.) Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings. New York: Schocken Books, pp.277–300.
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van Dijk TA (1992) Discourse and the denial of racism. Discourse and Society 3(1): 87–118.
Gavin N, Saunders D, Brooks T, et al. (2003) The press and its influences on British political attitudes under New Labour. Political Studies 51(3): 573–591.
Grove J (2015) Of an apocalyptic tone recently adopted in everything: The anthropocene or peak humanity? Theory and Event [online] 18(3). Available at: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/theory_and_event/v018/18.3.grove.html (accessed 25 September 2015).
Epub Ahead of Print
Musliu V and Orbie J (2015) MetaKosovo: Local and international narratives. The British Journal of Politics & International Relations. Epub ahead of print 14 July. DOI: 10.1111/1467-856X.12069.
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Clark JM and Smith P (2002) Latest research on car exhaust manifolds. In: 17th international conference on strain analysis (ed. L Macadam), London, UK, 23–25 September 2010, pp.12–14. London: Professional Engineering Publishing.
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Act of Parliament
Great Britain (2002) Adoption of Children Act 2002. London: Stationery Office.
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Council Directive 2001/29/EC of 22 May 2001 on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society.
Heath A (2010) A critical reading of EH Carr. Unpublished PhD Thesis, Politics, Newcastle University.
Heath A (2010) A Critical Reading of EH Carr. PhD Thesis, Politics, Newcastle University.
Ma D (2012) Why China wants to slow down its own economy. The Atlantic. 12 June, p.10
Ma D (2012) Why China wants to slow down its own economy. The Atlantic [online]. Available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/03/why-china-wants-to-slow-down-its-own-economy/254374/ (accessed 13 March 2012).
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Report by Organisation
HM Government (2010) Securing Britain in an Age of Uncertainty: The Strategic Defence and Security Review. London: Stationery Office.
Lowles N and Painter A (2011) Fear and HOPE: The New Politics of Identity [online]. Ilford: Searchlight Educational Trust. Available at: http://www.fearandhope.org.uk/project-report/ (accessed 17 October 2011).
Webpage or Blog
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Patent and patent applications
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Please keep endnotes to an absolute minimum and use only for essential contextual background, to provide details of variables or methods, or for similar material which, while essential, would nonetheless be disruptive to the flow of the main text, or of interest only to a minority of readers.
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.
Politics is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/politics 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.
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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.
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).
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 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.
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. 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.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Politics editorial office as follows:
The Editors, Politics, Politics Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne UK NE1 7RU
Tel: 44 (0) 191 222 5836