Scandinavian Political Studies

Cover image for Vol. 39 Issue 2

Edited By: Åse Gornitzka and Carl-Henrik Knutsen

Impact Factor: 1.114

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 50/161 (Political Science)

Online ISSN: 1467-9477

Author Guidelines

When preparing manuscripts for submission to Scandinavian Political Studies, authors should refer to current copies of the Journal and follow its style as closely as possible. The maximum word limit for Research Articles is 9000 words, which includes tables, notes and references. In addition to Research Articles, SPS also publishes shorter Research Notes. These may be a maximum of 5000 words (including notes, references and tables). Research Notes may, for example, present and discuss interesting empirical findings, focusing on data and core results, that are perhaps not suitable for a full-scale article, but still of interest to the scholarly community. As for Research Articles, SPS will only publish Research Notes that conform to the highest standards of research.

Scandinavian Political Studiesprefers to receive all manuscript submissions electronically using ScholarOne Manuscripts. To submit a manuscript, please follow the instructions below.

Getting Started
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Submitting Your Manuscript
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You may suspend a submission at any phase before clicking the 'Submit' button and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You can also access Manuscript Central any time to check the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.

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Manuscript Format
Figures and tables files should be supplied to the following specifications: 300dpi for images; 600dpi for line drawings. The author should retain a complete copy of the manuscript for proof-reading. The manuscript should be clearly typewritten on one side only of standard-sized paper, double-spaced throughout, with 3 cm wide margins, and should be arranged as follows:

Title page. The title of the article should appear on a separate title page, with the name(s) and institutional affiliation(s) of the author(s), and the full postal address of the author to whom proofs, offprints and other correspondence should be sent.

Abstract. An abstract not exceeding 250 words, including the aim, scope, and main conclusions of the article, should also be presented on a separate page.

Main text. Use three or fewer grades of heading. All headings should start at the left margin and be typewritten with capital initials; they are not to be underlined (except those to be italicized). Indicate in the margin where Figures and Tables should be placed. The words `Fig.', `Figs.') and `Table' (unabbreviated) are to be written with capital initials.

Figures. Originals should be submitted camera-ready, identified on the back, and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Legends must be typed on a separate sheet(s). Please do not prepare graphs in color.

Tables. Each table should be typed, double-spaced, on a separate sheet(s) and should have a short descriptive heading. Tables are to be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Use table function or tabs when you make tables. Do not put manual spaces between columns.

Notes. Notes should be typed on separate sheets and numbered consecutively. They will appear at the end of the text. They should be brief and limited to essential explanation.

References. The list of references, typed on a separate sheet(s), should be unnumbered and in alphabetical order and should include all authors referred to in the text and in tables or legends.

Example of reference list:

Damgaard, E. 1974. `Stability and Change in the Danish Party System over Half a Century', Scandinavian Political Studies 9, 103-25.
Pesonen, P. 1968. An Election in Finland. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Rokkan, S. 1975. `Towards a Generalized Concept of Verzuiling', Paper, ECPR Workshop on Religion and Language in Politics, London.
Valen, H. & Rokkan, S. 1977. `Norway: Conflict Structure and Mass Politics in a European Periphery', in Rose, R., ed., Electoral Behavior: A Comparative Handbook. New York: Free Press.

References in the text appear as follows: Rokkan (1975) or (Benedictow 1974; Valen & Rokkan 1977) or (Pesonen 1968, 15; Damgaard 1974, 103; Uusitalo 1975, 15).

Suporting Information
Supporting Information can be a useful way for an author to include important but ancillary information with the online version of an article. Examples of Supporting Information include additional tables, figures, data sets, codebooks, movie files, audio clips, and lengthy Appendix discussions. Supporting Information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legend should be included. It is published as supplied by the author, and a proof is not made available prior to publication; for these reasons, authors should provide any Supporting Information in the desired final format.

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The corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to a web site. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following web site:

This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Hard copy proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available. Excessive changes made by the author in the proofs, excluding typesetting errors, will be charged separately.

Authors will be provided with an electronic offprint (PDF) of their article.

Copyright Transfer Agreement

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For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

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If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license 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:

Early View
Scandinavian Political Studies is covered by Wiley-Blackwell’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.