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Edited By: Martin Coward and Kyle Grayson
Impact Factor: 0.477
ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 99/157 (Political Science)
Online ISSN: 1467-9256
This page now also contains important information about Open Access and the licencing options associated with it.
Politics is published four times a year. The editors invite original articles in any area of politics and international studies -- including research in learning and teaching. All submissions will be considered without prejudice to the area of the discipline covered or the viewpoints expressed.
All substantive articles published in Politics are subject to peer review. The editorial team reserve the right to decline to send a submission for peer review. A decision regarding whether submissions are sent for peer review is made initially by a minimum of 2 members of the editorial team. Final decisions regarding publication lie with the editors.
Politics accepts articles between 4000 and 8000 words in length: these might include full length research articles as well as shorter research notes. All contributions - regardless of length - must make an original contribution to their field. Expectations regarding the extent of this contribution will obviously 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.
Special Issues/Sections, Forums and Responses
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.
Guidelines for Submission to Politics
Politics uses ScholarOne Manuscripts for online submissions and peer review. ScholarOne has a number of benefits including:
- Quick and easy submission;
- Administration is centralised and reduced;
- Significant decrease in peer review times.
All submissions to the journal must be made online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/politics. Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you require assistance then click the 'Get Help Now' link which appears on the top right of every ScholarOne page. If you cannot submit online please contact the editorial office by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Submissions should be double-spaced and formatted for A4 paper. Politics uses endnotes which should be kept to a minimum and used for substantive comment only. 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 in the Politics style guide .
During the submission process authors will be asked to provide an accurate indication of the number of words, any figures and an abstract of not more than 100 words that gives the article's main message in a clear and accessible way. Authors will also be required to provide a list of up to five key words (which will appear immediately below the abstract in a published article). If the article is accepted for publication authors will be asked to provide a brief (1-2 sentence) biographical note as well as any acknowledgements.
Politics defines plagarism as the use and/or close imitation of text and/or language and/or ideas and/or data and/or images and/or models of other authors(s) without sufficient acknowledgement using established scholarly practices of citation and reference - formatted according to the journal's author guidelines - such that the work of others is represented as one's own original contribution.
Politics takes plagarism very seriously and will investigate any complaints rigorously according to COPE guidelines. Anyone with any concerns should contact the editors directly.
Open Access/Online Open and Politics Licencing
1. For Authors Signing the Exclusive Licence Form
Authors will be required to sign an Exclusive Licence Form (ELF) for all papers accepted for publication unless Online Open is selected (see below). For articles where Online Open is not selected signature of the ELF is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless a signed form has been received. Please note that signature of the ELF does not affect ownership of copyright in the material. Government employees need to complete the Author Warranty sections, although copyright in such cases does not need to be assigned.
After submission authors will retain the right to publish their paper in various media/circumstances (please see the form for further details). The form is available for download here.
For authors signing the ELF: A Note about the Deposit of the Accepted Article Version
i. Funder arrangements: Certain funders, including the NIH, members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust require deposit of the Accepted Version in a repository after an embargo period. Details of funding arrangements are set out at the following website
http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement. Please contact the Journal production editor if you have additional funding requirements.
ii. Institutions: Wiley has arrangements with certain academic institutions to permit the deposit of the Accepted Version in the institutional repository after an embargo period. Details of such arrangements are set out at the following website: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.
2. For authors choosing Online Open
If you decide to select the Online Open option please use the links below to obtain an open access agreement to sign (this will supersede the ELF). By selecting the Online Open option, you have the choice of the following Creative Commons Licence open access agreements:-
Creative Commons Attribution Licence OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Licence OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial –No Derivatives Licence OAA
To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please click the Licence types above and visit
If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you may publish your article under a CC-BY licence supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.
Please be aware that the Political Studies Association (UK) has issued the following statement about the CC-BY Licence:-
PSA Statement on CC-BY
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
RCUK is not expecting immediate full compliance with the mandate.
For RCUK and Wellcome Trust authors who decide to comply with funder mandates by signing the CC-BY Licence, click on the link below to preview the terms and conditions of this Licence: Creative Commons Attribution Licence.
For RCUK and Wellcome Trust authors selecting OnlineOpen who decide not to comply with these mandates, you have the choice of the following Creative Commons Licence open access agreements or the standard Exclusive Licence Form:-
The editors can be contacted at:
The Editors, Politics, Politics Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne UK NE1 7RU
Tel: 44 (0) 191 222 5836