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With this issue, we take over full editorial responsibility for the Swiss Political Science Review (SPSR) from Daniele Caramani. We are grateful to Daniele and his editorial team at the University of St-Gallen who, for the past four years, have done a remarkable job in improving the review’s reputation and impact on our field. In close cooperation with Simon Hug -- the former President of the Swiss Political Science Association -- Daniele was also instrumental in the transfer of SPSR to Wiley-Blackwell, a leading publisher with global reach. This opens new and exciting perspectives for SPSR.

We will share the role of editor and will be assisted by an editorial assistant, Jan Rosset, and by an editorial committee including six colleagues based in Swiss universities: Giuliano Bonoli from the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) in Lausanne; Fabrizio Gilardi from the University of Zürich; Stephanie Hofmann from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva; Annabelle Lever from the University of Geneva; Lionel Marquis from the University of Lausanne and Fritz Sager from the University of Bern. They will help us attract and manage high-quality submissions from a broad range of subfields and research traditions in political science. We are grateful for their willingness to commit in advance to this demanding task. We also thank colleagues in Europe and in North America who have agreed to serve on the international advisory board and help us increase the visibility of SPSR on the European continent and beyond.

Editorial objectives

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  2. Editorial objectives
  3. Special issues, research notes, review articles, book reviews and debates
  4. Submission procedures

Our role as editors is to promote SPSR as a pluralist platform for advancing academic knowledge and debate in the field of political science, and in particular for developing intellectual exchange across traditional boundaries between its subfields and with its neighbouring disciplines. Accordingly, SPSR will continue to publish original and innovative works that make a theoretical or empirical contribution to the study of political phenomena.

While open to submissions on all topics relevant to political science, SPSR, with its roots in Switzerland, has been a leading outlet for publications focusing on federalism, direct democracy, consensus politics, and small (or neutral) states in international relations. We will continue to welcome contributions on such topics but will seek to promote a broader view of SPSR that is also in line with being a Swiss-based journal. For instance, authors working on participatory politics and the emergence of new actors, on multiculturalism, and on flexible integration in Europe should all find SPSR to be a privileged publication outlet given Switzerland’s peculiar and rich experience in these domains. More broadly, we particularly welcome work engaging with changes in modes and structures of governance, and the challenges this presents for political actors at the local, national or international level.

Special issues, research notes, review articles, book reviews and debates

  1. Top of page
  2. Editorial objectives
  3. Special issues, research notes, review articles, book reviews and debates
  4. Submission procedures

We will continue to foster SPSR as a multi-faceted journal. Besides stand-alone articles, we will seek to publish one special issue on a common theme each year. We will also continue to welcome research notes and to provide in each normal issue a section devoted to book reviews that cover the whole spectrum of the scope of SPSR. As a new or renewed development, we will try to commission, on the one hand, first-rate review articles on recent work in subfields marked by important changes or transformations and, on the other, debates on ongoing political processes and developments. Articles proposed for a special issue, research notes and review articles will each be refereed individually in accordance with normal practice for stand-alone articles, whereas we will adopt more flexible procedures for debates and book reviews.

Submission procedures

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  2. Editorial objectives
  3. Special issues, research notes, review articles, book reviews and debates
  4. Submission procedures

SPSR publishes original articles or contributions and will not accept manuscripts for review that are concurrently sent to other journals. We hope to be able to benefit from our new collaboration with Wiley-Blackwell to improve communication and turnaround times with authors. As of early April 2011, all new submissions should be submitted online through the electronic system ScholarOne® at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/spsr. The management of the editorial work via that system will undoubtedly help us in our quest to make SPSR attractive to a broader community of scholars. This is both a challenging and exciting time for the editors.