JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies

Cover image for Vol. 55 Issue 2

Edited By: Michelle Cini and Amy Verdun

Impact Factor: 1.83

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 13/86 (International Relations); 26/163 (Political Science); 61/345 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1468-5965

Author Guidelines

- Guidelines for Submission

- Style Guide

- Common Errors

- Write a Book Review

1 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 submitting your manuscript.

Additional information can be found in our Common Errors document.

1.2 General Requirements

1.2.1 Manuscripts must be original work and must fall within the remit of 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 Submission will be taken to mean that the work is unpublished, including in a language other than English, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere — whether in its entirety or a substantial part thereof.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) or on the basis of fewer reviewers.

1.2.2 JCMS accepts manuscripts 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.

1.2.3 Research Notes and Agenda articles are occasionally published by JCMS. These should normally be between 3500 and 5000 words, unless otherwise approved by the editors. A Research Note is a contribution that comprises a discussion of novel data or research methods or a shorter treatment of an academic research question that fits in a shorter article-length. Agenda articles will normally offer an original perspective on a contemporary issue. Authors must state clearly in their Cover Letter to the editors that a submission falls into one of these two categories and they must also tick the relevant box in the online system.

1.2.4 Please use the Cover Letter to identify any unusual or distinctive aspects of your submission, which could help speed up the processing of your manuscript. 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, nor on the title page.

1.2.5 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 reviewers read before deciding to review your article.

1.2.6 Please make sure that the Introduction to your manuscript includes, in good English, a clear research question, indicates the argument and contribution made by the manuscript and explains its content.

1.2.7 Prospective authors should keep in mind that JCMS is an interdisciplinary journal. Authors should keep their technical writing to a minimum and consider that the journal has a wide readership. Authors are also advised to consider that the mission of the journal:

JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies is the leading journal in the field, publishing high quality, and accessible articles on the latest European Integration issues. For 50 years it has been the forum for the development and evaluation of theoretical and empirical issues in the politics and economics of European integration, focusing principally on developments within the EU. JCMS is committed to deepening the theoretical understanding of European integration and aims to achieve a disciplinary balance between political science, economics and international relations, including the various sub-disciplines such as international political economy.

1.2.8 If you are invited to revise-and-resubmit your manuscript, the title of the revised manuscript should not normally be altered in any way during the review process, even if requested by reviewers. Should you wish to change the manuscript title, please email the editorial assistant about this before finalising the manuscript at the end of the review process, as approval from the editors is required.

1.2.9 JCMS 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. JCMS 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)' institution or employers may also be informed

1.3 Online Submission

1.3.1 To submit an article to JCMS, authors are required to use the online system 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 obtained by phone (+1 434 817 2040 ext. 167) Monday-Friday, or from manuscript central. If you cannot submit online, please contact the editorial office by e-mail (jcms@bris.ac.uk).

1.3.2 Authors must submit Word files unless LaTeX is being used, in which case PDFs are accepted. However, please note that for the copy editing of accepted manuscripts the files will need to be provided as Word files (even if originally produced in LaTeX).

1.3.3 Manuscripts must be accompanied by a separate document (Title Page) which comprises the names of all authors, as well as their affiliations and full contact details (including e-mail addresses). Please specify the corresponding author. This document is not sent to reviewers.

1.4 Production Process

1.4.1 Copyright and Permissions:

If your manuscript is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to log 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:

In order to submit the CTA, authors should use the Wiley Author Services dashboard here.

For more information on licensing, copyright, and the CTA, please visit our FAQs page here.

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.

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 this site.

1.4.2 Authors must proofread their manuscripts. At the proofreading stage the corresponding author will receive an email containing a link to a website. 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 here. 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.

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

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

1.4.5 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 here for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

1.4.6 JCMS is covered by Wiley’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).

1.4.7 A free online copy of the issue in which the published manuscript appears and electronic offprints will be available to each contributor via Author Services.

1.4.8 Authors must ensure that the editorial office is notified of any change to affiliation or contact details. All postal correspondence from Wiley will be sent to the address provided in your Title Page so please ensure this is up to date before the manuscript enters production.

1.4.9 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 Wiley’s electronic artwork guidelines: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/illustration.asp.

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2 Style Guide

2.1 Manuscripts will only be considered if they comply with this JCMS Style Guide. Failure to do so will likely to lead to the return (unsubmission) of the manuscript. JCMS editors aim to complete the review process within 3 months of submission. If the manuscript does not conform to the JCMS Style Guide and related requirements, delays may ensue.

2.2 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 to ensure the manuscript meets these high standards. Editing services are available from Wiley here . Authors may wish to use these services or contact an independent provider. Please note, however, that all services are to be arranged and paid for by authors. Use of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

2.3. 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. Please note however that Research Notes, Agenda Articles and contributions to Symposia are normally 3500-5000 words in length. Check with the editorial office (jcms@bristol.ac.uk) if you are unsure. Manuscripts over the word limit will be unsubmitted and returned to authors. Where authors have been invited to revise and re-submit a manuscript they should pay particular attention to the word length requirement while they are making their revisions.

2.4. Figures, tables and charts are counted as the equivalent to a certain word length, reflecting the space that they typically take up in the published article. As a rule of thumb, 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 eventual published article or in the paper copy of the journal. If the author uses such supplementary materials online, readers would be alerted to its existence in a footnote. Authors wishing to benefit from this possibility should indicate this choice very clearly in their cover letter and in the submitted materials.

2.5. Figures, tables and charts must be placed at the end of the document (with place markers in the text).

2.6. Manuscripts must be double-spaced throughout (including footnotes and references).

2.7 Authors must facilitate anonymous refereeing in the following way: avoid sentence constructions such as 'as I have argued previously'; 'drawing on my recent work'; self-references must be kept to a minimum. As a rule of thumb, no more than three separate sources by the author should be listed in references. Please make every effort to ensure 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 and mention of forthcoming work, which might allow reviewers to identify the author(s) of the submission, in the version of the manuscript under review (authors are encouraged to provide the editors with this information in the cover letter). The editorial office may unsubmit manuscripts when they do not meet this requirement. If appropriate, authors may (re)insert references to self, acknowledgements and other amendments to the text at the final stage of the editorial process, prior to the article being sent to production.

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

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

2.10. 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 manuscript 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). The only exception to this requirement relates to excessive self-references which must be deleted from the References list at the end of the manuscript and from within the text for the duration of the review process. 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.

If you have a large number of references to newspaper articles you may be required to place these in footnotes rather than in the References list at the end of the manuscript. Please check with the Editors.

2.11. Interviews must be cited at the end of the manuscript, normally in a separate list following the References list. 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.

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

2.13. 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, but not euro area.

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). However, in some cases upper case makes more sense, as in ‘Western Balkans’, for example.

Use the following within the text and in references, as appropriate: EU Council, European Commission, not Commission of the European Communities (unless for referring to historical content); Court of Justice, not European Court of Justice (unless referring to historical content).

Place quotes in single inverted commas, with double inside.

Wording in quotations should remain as in the original text, including spelling, notation, and institutional name.

Do not number sections.

Do not use ibid or op-cit.

2.14. Tables, Figures and Charts

Refer to points 2.3 and 2. 4 in this document for information on translating tables etc. into the equivalent word-count.

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 house style. You might also find it helpful to consult the most recent issue of JCMS for general guidance on style and presentation. However, you should note that the guidance in this document may have been revised since the publication of the last available issue. The JCMS Editorial Office – jcms@bristol.ac.uk –will provide answers to specific queries on request.

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3 Common Errors

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

3.1 Word count

JCMS allows a maximum of 8,500 words. 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 bibliographical references in your word count. In MS Word, you can make sure footnotes are included by ticking the box in the dialogue that opens when you click on the word count.

The word count does not include the abstract or text contained in tables. However, table and figures add to the word count in terms of the space they take – 250 words per half-page.

Word Count

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, bibliographical references Minimum 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 tableText inside a figure

3.2 Title Page

Articles should be accompanied by a Title Page, which is a separate document comprising the authors’ names, affiliation and full contact details (including email address). This information is for use by the Editorial Office and production team.

3.3 Title anonymity

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

i. 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, before being sent for production. This is usually faster than option ii. (see below), though may require a bit of trial and error i.e. thinking of alternative titles and testing them in a search engine.

ii. 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.

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4 Guidance on Book Review

4.1 The aim of the JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies review section is to provide readers with an up-to-date critical assessment of new publications in European and regional 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 for practitioners. As such, there should a descriptive and a critical dimension, and where relevant 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 Schifanoia

Via Giovanni Boccaccio 121

50133 Florence Italy


Please contact them directly at: JCMSBookReviews@eui.eu

4.2. Information for prospective reviewers

The book reviews editors always looking for new authors willing to write reviews and book notes for JCMS. They particularly invite junior or early career scholars and researchers (including advanced PhD students), as well as practitioners, to contact them. Anyone interested in becoming a reviewer is invited to send an email to the book review editors’ email address mentioned above. This email should include the following points:

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

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

The information will be entered into a database. Prospective authors will be contacted if there is a book that coincides with the review interests entered into the database. Once a prospective reviewer agrees to do a review and has sent a scanned version of the completed copyright licence form by email, the book and guidelines will be sent out for review. The normal time to complete the review is two months. Once the review is completed, the reviewer may keep the book.  Please note that the book review editors do not accept direct requests from reviewers or authors for specific titles they want to review, or have reviewed. Therefore, the book reviews editors only solicit reviews for books sent to them by publishers and those which they have decided to review for the journal. Any author who would like his or her book considered for review by JCMS should ask their publisher to send a copy to the JCMS book reviews editors.

4.3. Information for reviewers

Please observe the deadlines indicated in the invitation email. Send the review of max. 450 words to the book review editors by email preferably in a Word attachment, called ‘JCMS-book author’s surname-=-reviewer’s 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 each 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 must 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. Please note that the review may be edited prior to publication.

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 guide available on the JCMS website: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291468-5965

4.4. How to write a Book Review

Below is a checklist of possible points for the consideration of prospective book reviewers, 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 not?

Use of theory / conceptual frameworks

Opportunities and relevance for teaching / effectiveness

Potential audience / readership

Essential reading or supplementary / recommended, i.e. overall usefulness and 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?

4.5. Balanced criticism

Edited volumes can sometimes be more challenging to review, particularly when the volume has 10-20 chapters. In such cases, the book reviews editors advise reviewers to concentrate on the coherence of the book as a whole in terms of the broader topic and the extent to which the aims set by the editors of the book have been met.

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