JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies

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Edited By: Michelle Cini and Amy Verdun

Impact Factor: 1.855

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 9/85 (International Relations); 19/161 (Political Science); 49/333 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1468-5965

Author Guidelines

- Guidelines for Submission

- Write a Book Review

- Style Guide

- Most common causes of delay in processing your paper

Guidelines for Submission

JCMS has a strict word length and anonymity policy. Please read the information in the document below and in our Style Guide before starting your online submission.

Additional information can be found in our Common Errors document.

1. General Requirements

1.1 Manuscripts must be original work and must fall within the JCMS mission statement (overview). Submission will be taken to mean that the work is unpublished, including in a language other than English, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere — whether in its entirety or a substantial part thereof. Where the editors decide to send a manuscript out for review, it will normally go to three reviewers. The editors make the final decision on whether to accept or reject a manuscript. They may decide to do this without resorting to external review (a desk rejection).

1.2 JCMS accepts article submissions that are between 6500 and 8500 words long. However, if your submission includes figures/tables/charts, your word length may be lower than 6500 words. Please refer to our Style Guide for guidance on calculating your total word length where tables etc are included in a submission.

1.3 Research notes or ‘agenda’ items are occasionally published by JCMS. These should be between 3500 and 5000 words. Authors must state clearly, in their Cover Letter to the editors, that a submission falls into this category.

1.4 Please use the Cover Letter to identify any unusual or distinctive aspects of your submission, which could help speed up the processing of your article. This information does not go to reviewers. Also, if you wish to include acknowledgements, please put that text in the Cover Letter not in the version of the manuscript that will be sent to reviewers.

1.5 Authors must include with their submission an anonymized abstract of no more than 150 words. The abstract should provide an engaging summary of the article. It should not be identical to any part of the introduction. Remember that the abstract is the first text reviewers read before deciding to review your article. Please make sure that your Introduction includes, in good English, a clear research question, indicates the argument and contribution made by the manuscript and explains its content.

1.6 The Journal follows the code of conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). It is expected that manuscripts submitted to the Journal will be the author(s)'s own work; the unreferenced use of another's published or unpublished work or ideas (i.e. plagiarism) is prohibited. The Journal uses the iThenticate plagiarism detection software to reveal overlap with previously published material. If plagiarism is discovered the manuscript will be rejected; the author(s)'s superiors may also be informed.

2. Online Submission

2.1 To submit an article to JCMS, use our online system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jocms and follow the instructions from this page. 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 (+1 434 817 2040 ext. 167) Monday-Friday, or at http://mchelp.manuscriptcentral.com/gethelpnow/inde x.html. If you cannot submit online, please contact Claire-Lise Braun (Editorial Office) by e-mail (jcms@bristol.ac.uk).

2.2 You must submit Word files (not PDFs). However, if you are using LaTeX, you must provide both the PDF and the .tex files with your submission.

2.3 Articles must be accompanied by a separate document (Title Page) which comprises the lead author and co- authors’ names, affiliations and full contact details (including e-mail addresses). Please specify corresponding author. This document is not sent to reviewers.

3. Style Guide

You must present your submission in line with our Style Guide. Failure to do so is likely to lead to the return/unsubmission of your article. We aim to complete the review process in 30 - 60 days from submission. This can be considerably longer if your initial submission does not conform to our requirements.

4. Production Process

4.1 Copyright and Permissions

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

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 http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp

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):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

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: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.

4.2 You are strongly advised to proof-read your submission. At the proof-reading stage the corresponding author will receive an email containing a link to a web site. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF 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: www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html. 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. At this stage substantive changes cannot be made.

4.3 A list of abstracting and indexing services is available here.

4.4 Where permissions are required, authors can find the necessary information here.

4.5 Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley-Blackwell’s Author Services. Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit http://authorservices.wiley.com for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

4.6 JCMS is covered by Wiley-Blackwell’s Early View service which enables complete full-text articles to be published online in advance of their publication in a print issue. Early View articles are complete and final, but as they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers they are 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. Except for volume, issue and page numbers, there will be no difference between the online and print version of the manuscript (that is, no changes can be made to the article once it is published online on Early View).

4.7 A free copy of the issue in which the published manuscript appears and electronic offprints will be sent to each contributor. This (along with any other postal correspondence from Wiley) will be sent to the address provided in your Title Page so please ensure this is up to date at the time of production.

4.8 Authors must ensure that the editorial office is notified of any change to affiliation or contact details.

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Write a Book Review

The aim of the review section of the Journal of Common Market Studies is to provide readers with an up to date critical assessment of new publications in European integration and European Studies across disciplines. Book reviews are intended to give an account of the content, style, quality, argument and significance of recent publications for the research and teaching community, as well as practitioners. As such, there should a descriptive and a critical dimension, and sometimes a practical dimension. The balance between these will depend on the book in question and the reviewer’s own assessment of it. The book review editors are:

Gaby Umbach / Ruby Gropas

Global Governance Programme
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies
European University Institute
Villa La Fonte
Via delle Fontanelle 18
I-50014 San Domenico di Fiesole


Information for prospective reviewers

We are always looking for new people willing to write reviews and book notes for the JCMS. We particularly invite young scholars and junior researchers (including PhD students), as well as practitioners to contact us. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, please send an email to the book review editors’ email address mentioned above. Your email should include the following points (which you might like to paste into your email):

  • Full name (including title, e.g. Prof, Dr, Mr, Mrs, Ms etc.)

  • Name of university / institution

  • Position at university / institution

  • Email address

  • Full postal address (where do you want the book sent?)

  • Review interests (keywords)

  • Country expertise / interest

  • Languages you can read

Based on the information provided by you, we will enter your detail into our database and contact you if there is a book which coincides with your interests. If you agree to do a review, we will send you the book and guidelines once you have send us a completed copyright license form (included in the invitation). We usually allow two months for completing the review and of course, you get to keep the book.

Please note that we only solicit reviews for books sent to us by publishers and which we have decided to review for the journal. We do not accept requests from reviewers or authors for specific titles in order to avoid conflicts of interest. Any author who would like there book considered for review by JCMS, please request your publisher to send us a copy.

Information for reviewers

Please observe the deadlines indicated in the invitation send to you by email. Send your review of max. 450 words to us by email preferably in a Word attachment, called ‘JCMS-author’s surname-your surname’. Please email your review to JCMSBookReviews@eui.eu

Important: In terms of house style, the following format for titles should be used.

Title [followed, after a colon, by any subtitle if applicable]. Continue with comma, name of author(s) or editors, then (in brackets) place of publication, colon, publishers, comma, [indicate 2nd or later edition where appropriate, comma], year, comma ISBN [13 digit] close brackets, semi-colon, and finally number of preliminary + ordinary pages (pp.) comma, price [np if no price is specified], hb and / or pb / or eb as appropriate ending with a full stop.

For example:

The Institutions of the European Union, edited by J. Peterson and M. Shackleton (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2nd edn, 2006, ISBN 9780199279005); xxii+390pp., £21.99 pb.

At the end of all forms of review, contributors should list their name in capital letters and their institutional affiliation, where appropriate (underneath, in italics, not in capital letters). Book reviews should not carry any notes or references. Please note that book reviews exceeding 450 words will be returned to the author to be condensed.

Manuscripts should meet the highest standards of academic writing. Book reviews that do not meet this standard will not be published. Authors for whom English is a second language should take extra care to meet the highest standards of academic writing. In addition, proof reading will be carried out by the review editors.

Please avoid all unnecessary formatting. Texts should be single-spaced in 12 point, Times New Roman and fully justified. For quotes please use single inverted commas. For other stylistic questions, you may refer to the style guidelines at the JCMS website:


How to write a Book Review

Below is a checklist of possible points for your consideration, in no particular order.

  • Bigger question / bone of contention / puzzle

  • Timeliness in relation to events / developments

  • Originality / novelty….or titles/authors that are similar

  • Structure / order / thread

  • Author background / qualifications

  • Strengths / most interesting or convincing parts / what it adds to our understanding / what it deals with

  • Possible focus on a particular author contribution or chapter or issue

  • Weaknesses / least interesting or convincing parts / what it fails to address / ignores

  • What research it draws on / data collection and analysis / research methods

  • Main argument – convincing or shaky?

  • Use of theory / conceptual frameworks

  • Opportunities and relevance for teaching / effectiveness

  • Potential audience / readership

  • Essential reading or supplementary / recommended, i.e. overall usefulness contribution to the literature on the topic

  • How the book opens and concludes

  • Price / publisher / series in which the title fits

………think about the language of your review

  • Tone / voice / authority

  • Rhetorical devices / use of questions? / How to be engaging?

  • Balanced criticism

We acknowledge that edited volumes can sometimes be more challenging to review, particularly when there are 10-20 authors. In such cases, we would advise reviewers to concentrate on the coherence of the overall book in terms of the broader topic and whether or not the aims set by the editors of the book have been met.

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Style Guide

1. Manuscripts (including Abstracts) must meet the highest standards of academic writing. Those that do not will not be sent to reviewers, and will be unsubmitted or rejected. Authors for whom English is a second language should take extra care. Editing services are available from Wiley (http://wileyeditingservices.com/en/), or you may wish to use an independent provider. All services are to be arranged and paid for by authors. Use of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

2. Word length. Articles must not exceed 8500 words (inclusive of footnotes, appendices, references and figures, tables or charts) and should normally be over 6500 words, especially if no tables, figures or charts are included with the text. Check with the Editorial Office – jcms@bristol.ac.uk – if you are unsure. Manuscripts over the word limit will be unsubmitted.

3. Figures, tables and charts count for the space they take up in the published article. The editorial office counts each half page figure or table as 250 words; a full page as 500 words. The editors may be willing to accept supplementary materials (data; methodology) over and above the 8500 word limit to be included on the JCMS webpage, but not within the article or in the hard copy of the journal. Readers would be alerted to its existence in a footnote. Please make it very clear in your Cover Letter if you think this might apply to your manuscript.

4. Figures, tables and charts must be supplied in black and white and placed at the end of the document (with place markers in the text). For images please supply either .tif or .eps files at a resolution of 300dpi for photos/pictures and 600dpi for line drawings/graphs. For tables supply the original source file, e.g. if they are produced in excel please provide the .xls file. For further information see our electronic artwork guidelines: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/illustration.asp.

5. Manuscripts should be double-spaced throughout (including footnotes and references).

6.1 Articles must facilitate anonymous refereeing, avoiding sentence constructions such as 'as I have argued previously'; 'drawing on my recent work'; keep self-references to a minimum — no more than three, deleting most references to self for the version that goes out to reviewers. Articles will be returned where they do not meet this requirement.

6.2 Please make sure that any similar papers associated with your or any co-author's name are not easily found online when searching for the submission title (e.g. in a google search of your title). Where such papers exist authors should make sure that the title of the submitted manuscript is changed (or that the online paper is taken down) for the duration of the review process. Please remove acknowledgements in the version of the article under review and forthcoming work which might leave reviewers to identify the author(s) of the submission (you are encouraged to provide the editors with this information in the cover letter). This information can be reinserted at a later stage in the process.

7. Indent quotations over 40 words and remove quotation marks. Do not italicize quotations.

8. Please use no more than two levels of headings. Do not use two headings next to each other without text in-between.

9. Bibliographical references must be incorporated into the text using the author-date system, with page numbers where necessary. Please use the following presentation: (Rawls, 1971) and (Rawls, 1971, p. 21). References must be listed alphabetically at the end of the article in a continuous list (except for interviews – see below). All references must be complete (including recurring author names) and must appear in the text (and vice versa) aside from those omitted to ensure anonymity. For journal articles, the volume and issue number, month and year of publication and inclusive page numbers should be provided. For chapters in books provide full reference information including page numbers. Bibliographical references should follow the style used in the latest issues of the journal. See below for examples:

Journal articles: Benedetto, G. (2005) ‘Rapporteurs as Legislative Entrepreneurs: The Dynamics of the Codecision Procedure in Europe’s Parliament’. Journal of European Public Policy, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 67–88.

Books: Corbett, R., Jacobs, F. and Shackleton, M. (2005) The European Parliament, 6th edn, (London: John Harper).

Chapter in a book: Wallace, H. (2005) ‘Power and Influence: Assessing Member States’ Roles in EU Governance and Negotiation.’ In Bulmer, S. and Lequesne, C. (eds) Member States and the European Union (Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp. 25-44.

Edited book: Bulmer, S. and Lequesne, C. (eds) (2005) Member States and the European Union (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Working paper: McElroy, G. (2001) ‘Committees and Party Cohesion in the European Parliament’. EPRG Working Paper, No. 8.

Paper presented at a conference: Smith, M. (2007) ‘The Changing Logic of the European Parliament: From Co-operation to Competition between Parliamentary Committees’. Paper presented at the 10th Biennial Conference of the European Union Studies Association, Montreal, 17-19 May.

Websites: Fisher, I. (1930) The Theory of Interest. Library of Economics and Liberty. Available at «http://econlib.org/library/YPDBooks/Fisher/fshTOI.html».

Official document: European Commission (2014c) President Juncker’s Mission Letter to Federica Mogherini, 1 November. Available at «http://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/cwt/files/commissioner_mission_letters/ mogherini_en.pdf» Accessed 4 June 2015.

10. Interviews must be cited in the references section, normally in a separate list following the References. Unless an interview is on the record, interview citations can be very general, though authors must at the very least provide information about the interview subject, the date of interview, and name of interviewer, adding city/state/country/institution as appropriate.

11. Footnotes should be numbered consecutively, double-spaced and should not solely comprise references. Footnotes should be kept to a minimum. Do not use endnotes.

12. JCMS uses British English spelling unless otherwise stated below.

  • Use –ize, -ization, -ized, -yze and not –ise, -isation, -ised, -yse.

  • Hyphenate words such as co-operate and policy-making.

  • Use referendums and forums, not referenda and fora.

  • Dates should be set out as 1965-67 and not 1965-1967.

  • Spell out numbers one to ten, but use digits for 11 onwards. Write per cent, not %.

  • Use italics for foreign words (Bundestag, acquis communautaire) unless they are in common usage in English (elite, status quo).

  • Use lower-case where possible economic and monetary union, central and eastern Europe).

  • Place quotes in single inverted commas, with double inside.

  • Do not number sections.

  • Do not use ibid in-text.

13. Tables, Figures and Charts

  • Refer to points 3 and 4 in this document.

  • Equations: These must be numbered in parenthesis, ranged right. Text starts full left after.

  • Table contents must be presented as: Table 5: Attitudes Towards the EU and Economic Management (%).

  • Sources must be presented as: Source: Authors’ Survey (see Appendix).

  • Notes must be presented as: Notes: The two items in Table 3 were combined and transformed into a 0-10 scale.

  • Figures. Please check the most recent issue of journal for acceptable layout examples. Delete gridlines and background tints. Captions should read as follows: Figure 1: Member State Performance in Downloading EU Environmental Policies.

For further instructions on house style beyond those contained within these guidelines, please refer to the Wiley-Blackwell house style. You might also find it helpful to consult the most recent issue of JCMS for general guidance on style and presentation. The JCMS Editorial Office – jcms@bristol.ac.uk – can also provide answers to specific queries.

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Most common causes of delay in processing your paper:

While academic journals differ in their requirements, the following guidance applies to all submission to JCMS. You paper will not be sent for review if it fails to comply with these requirements.

Word count

  • JCMS allows a maximum of 8,500 words, with no margin above this. Authors submitting papers of more than 8,500 words will be asked to reduce their word count before the paper can be passed to the editors.

  • Include footnotes and references in your word count – we do. In MS Word, you can make sure footnotes are included by ticking the box in the dialogue that opens when you click on word count.

  • The word count does not include the abstract or text contained in tables (see below).]
    Word Count

  • Table and figures add to the word count in terms of the space they take – 250 words per half-page.

    • Words in tables are not double-counted (i.e. tables are removed before counting actual words and tables are only counted in terms of the space they take).


CountsMain, footnotes, referencesMinimum of 250 for up to half a page, 500 per whole page Minimum of 250 for up to half a page, 500 per whole page
Does not countAbstract, titleText inside a tableMinimum of 250 for up to half a page, 500 per whole page

Title anonymity

Articles should be accompanied by a separate note of the authors’ names, affiliation and full contact details (including e-mail address) for use by the editorial office and production.

Articles should be written to facilitate anonymous refereeing. This includes making sure that any working papers with a similar title to that submitted for blind review are not easily found online. 1

Where such papers exist, there are two options for authors before their paper can be sent for review:

1. Propose a working title for the submitted manuscript that does not return results in the author’s or any co-authors’ name. Sometimes this means choosing a “bland” or “neutral” title for the duration of the review, but the title can be changed for publication if and when the article is accepted. This is usually faster than option 2. (see below), though may require a bit of trial and error i.e. thinking of alternative titles and testing them in a search engine.

2. Ensuring that the online paper(s) is/are taken down for the duration of the review process. This can cause delays in the progression of the submissions because even once the content managers have removed it, it can take a while for search engines to “catch up”, and cached results keep being returned by searches.


1 Non-anonymous titles are one of the two main causes of delays in progressing submissions to JCMS, however they are not the only obstacle to a blind review which you must take into consideration (see Author guidelines).

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