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Edited By: Alasdair Roberts and Robert H. Cox

Impact Factor: 3.424

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 2/47 (Public Administration); 5/163 (Political Science)

Online ISSN: 1468-0491

Author Guidelines

>Easy and Effective Things Authors Can Do to Increase Readership and Citations

Notes for Contributors

Governance is published under the auspices of the International Political Science Association Research Committee on the Structure and Organization of Government (SOG). The editors are Alasdair Roberts (University of Missouri) and Robert Henry Cox (University of South Carolina).

Governance is an international journal devoted to the study of executive politics, public policy, administration, and the organization of the state. Papers that adopt a comparative perspective are of particular interest. The editors welcome articles employing any methodological approach that addresses themes of relevance to these topics. Articles addressing specific events, policies, politicians, or structures must have some general theoretical significance. The editors strongly encourage public servants and politicians as well as academics to submit articles that meet these criteria.

Manuscripts should be submitted online at Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. Support can be contacted by phone (888-503-1050), or via the red Get Help Now link in the upper right-hand corner of the login screen. In the event that online submissions are impossible for an author, attachments of manuscripts should be submitted by email to Alasdair Roberts at and Robert Henry Cox at Manuscripts submitted by email should in MS Word format, double-spaced with the author’s name and affiliation removed..

Each manuscript will be reviewed anonymously by at least two referees. The coeditors will make the final decision on publication. Submission of an article implies that it has not been published, has not been committed to another publication, and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Books for review or book reviews for consideration for publication should be sent to Clay Wescott, Book Review Editor, at, or Asia Pacific Governance Institute, 2819 Ellicott St NW, Washington, DC 20008. 

Authors who want to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider utilizing the services of English Language Editing Services (

If English language, grammar and syntax need extensive revisions, authors may be asked to use a translation service at their own expense (


1.  Title, Abstract, Length:  The title of the manuscript should be descriptive and short, usually not more than 12 words.

The manuscript should lead with an abstract of about 150 words. The abstract should summarize, not introduce, the manuscript.
Manuscripts should be no longer than 9,000 words, including all text, notes, references, appendices, figures, and tables.

2.  Heading:  Use three levels of headings in the manuscript, in both upper- and lowercase letters: 

Primary headings (first order) should be centered in boldface type. 

Secondary headings (2nd order) should be flush left in boldface type.
Tertiary headings (3rd order) should be flush left, underlined, with headline-style capitalization and a period at the end.

Primary Heading

     Secondary Heading
 Tertiary Heading.  Text text text text.

3.  References should be composed in a scientific format with a reference bibliography at the end    of each paper.



 Pusey, Michael. 1991. Economic Rationalism in Canberra: A Nation-Building State Changes Its Mind. Third edition Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

        Chapter in multiauthor collection:

Campbell, Colin. 1988b. 'Mulroney’s Broker Politics: The Ultimate in Politicized Incompetence.' In Canada Under Mulroney: An End-of-Term Report, ed. Andrew B. Gollner and Daniel Salee. Montreal: Vehicule, 133-152.

        Journal article:

Trier, Shawn, and Simon Jackman. 2008. “Democracy as a Latent Variable.” American Journal of Political Science 52 (1): 201–217.

Krasner, Stephen D., and Thomas Risse. 2013. “External Actors, State-Building, and Service Provision in Areas of Limited Statehood: Introduction.” Governance. Advance online publication. DOI:10.1111/gove.12065

        Website with source:

 Harding, Don. 1999. 'What Incentives Does Job Network Create?' Mercer–Melbourne Institute Quarterly Bulletin of Economic Trends File 50. Available online at

All references should be complete (contain page numbers, the name of the book in which the article appears, etc.) and self-contained. A chapter in an edited volume, for example, should repeat the full citation to the volume even if more than one selection in the volume has been cited elsewhere in the references.   
Also be sure that all citations are listed in the References list and vice-versa.

Two References by the same author in the same year should be denoted by use of a lowercase letter beside the date in both the citation and the reference (e.g., 1997a). 

Language:  If a source is in a language other than English, an English translation should be provided of both article title and (where applicable) journal or newspaper title. Exceptions to the latter include well-known periodicals such as Le Monde or Die Welt.
Provide translation:  The translation should be provided in brackets immediately after the non-English title.
Capitalization conventions of each individual language should be followed. 

Citations in the text should be in parentheses and should cite dates.
Page Numbers should be cited when there is a direct quote, a paraphrase, or a sufficiently specific point that is not otherwise a broad theme of the article, monograph, or publication being cited.
Names:  When an author’s name is mentioned in the text, parenthetical citations are necessary only if specific pages are being cited or the date must be provided according to the above criterion; in that case, the parenthetical cite should appear directly after the name if possible.
Multiple Sources listed inside a single parenthetical note should be separated by semicolons and listed in alphabetical order.

Multiple Authors:  Sources by three or fewer authors should be cited with all author names; sources by more than three authors should be cited with all author names the first time they appear and cited as “[First author] et al.] every time thereafter.


                    This emphasis applied especially to the hope that the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) would assume responsibility “for overall monitoring and coordination of policies” (Boston and Pallot, 395; Elspeth, Jones, and McCready; Sarahnen, Armstrong, Hopkins and Tuttle).

                    However, its principal advocates betrayed a decidedly American view of the political process (Buchanan and Tullock; Niskanen 1971; Sarahnen et al.).

                    Delmer Dunn’s (2000, 142) more recent interview study of ministers and officials soon before the fall of Labor and early into the Coalition government corroborates Campbell and Halligan’s symbiosis thesis.

Complete Reference Information:  All references should be complete (contain page   numbers, the name of the book in which the article appears, etc.) and self-contained.
Edited Volumes:  A chapter in an edited volume, for example, should repeat the full citation to the volume even if more than one selection in the volume has been cited elsewhere in the references.   

All Citations must be listed in the references list, and vice versa.
Sources listed in references and not cited in the body of the paper will be struck.

4.    First Mentions of authors in the text of a paper (as opposed to parenthetical notes or references) should include both first and last names.
Subsequent Mentions may refer only to last names unless the paper cites more than one author by the same last name.

5.   Endnotes are for discursive purposes only; however, these discussions may cite references.
Endnotes should immediately precede the list of references in the manuscript.
All nonimbedded figures or tables should come after the references section, and all figures should precede tables.
Tables and Figures should be either all imbedded in the text or all nonimbedded.

6.    Define Abbreviations the first time they appear in the text and then use the abbreviation consistently thereafter (e.g., use “the United Nations (U.N.)” the first time it appears in the text, then simply “the U.N.” thereafter.)

7.    Close up simple prefixes (e.g., “reconfigure” or “predestined”); however, hyphenate compound adjectives (e.g., “decision-making role”).

8.    All nonstandard non-English phrases should appear in italics the first time they are used, preferably with a definition.
(If a non-English phrase can be found in a standard good-quality dictionary, it is considered to be standardized and is exempted from this rule.)

9.    Specific titles of offices, etc., should appear in lower case unless they refer to a specific person (e.g., “U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan” or “The Secretary General observed that…”)     

10.    Use American English spellings, not British spellings. However, British words such as “whilst” are fine.

11. When a person is first mentioned in an article (particularly a political figure), list the person’s full name, not just the surname.
Include the person’s title, such as “Prime Minister,” e.g., Prime Minister Tony Blair.

12. The terms “Right” and “Left” should be capitalized when used as nouns, but left in lowercase for adjectival forms.

13. Quotes of 60 words or more from a secondary source or an interview should be indented 0.5” on either side and set off from preceding and subsequent text by an extra line.
Shorter quotes should be incorporated into the text.

14. Writing in the first person should be avoided whenever possible.

15. In the text of a paper, the numbers one through ten should be spelled out; the numbers from 11 and up can be expressed as numerals.

Exception: if a sentence begins with a number, that number should always be spelled out.

16. Textual emphasis should be indicated with italics, rather than bold or underlined text.
When text in a quote from a secondary source is italicized, please make clear whether that emphasis is in the original source or has been added by the Governance author.

17. The United States should be abbreviated U.S., and the United Kingdom the U.K.

18. Itemized lists should be numbered using Arabic numerals.

19. Interviews must be cited in the references section.
Unless an interview is on the record, interview citations can be very general; authors need provide only general type of interview subject (e.g. “government official”, “ten-year-old boy”) date of interview, and name of interviewer, adding city/state/country if possible.

20. Major governmental documents—the American Declaration of Independence, the French Constitution—need not be cited in the references section. However, any discussion in the text of specific clauses etc. in such a document should be accompanied there by a citation of the particular article, section, etc. in which that clause appears.


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