European Journal of Political Research

Cover image for Vol. 56 Issue 2

Edited By: Cas Mudde and Yannis Papadopoulos

Impact Factor: 2.525

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 9/163 (Political Science)

Online ISSN: 1475-6765

Associated Title(s): European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook

Author Guidelines


Submission of manuscripts. To submit a manuscript to the European Journal of Political Research, authors should go to, where they may upload the manuscript and other materials they would like to communicate to the editors. To upload a manuscript, the following files should be prepared:

(1) an abstract of 500 words maximum;

(2) the fully anonymized text of the manuscript including the list of references and notes

Original manuscripts should normally not exceed 10,000 words in length.
Research notes should not exceed 5,000 words. This includes the main text of the manuscript, footnotes, tables, figures and references.
Overlength manuscripts will be returned to the authors. Manuscripts must be submitted in a Microsoft Office-compatible file format; in other words, we do not accept PDF or Latex submissions.

At EJPR we are committed to transparency in research. We therefore strongly advise authors to make data and any other supporting information available in an anonymised appendix file. Those materials will be sent to the reviewers together with the PDF proof of the manuscript. Materials in the appendix do not count towards the 10,000 words limit. Manuscripts accepted for publication are required to be in line with the common ECPR policy on data access and research transparency.

Revised manuscripts. If you are submitting a revised manuscript, please include an anonymised file with your response to the reviewers' comments. This file will be sent to the reviewers, this is why it is important that it does not contain your name and affiliation. You can use this file to document any changes you make to the original manuscript. In order to expedite the processing of the revised manuscript, please be as specific as possible in your response to the reviewer(s).

Special issues and forum sections. Special issues include an introduction, up to ten articles, and a conclusion. The introduction should present the theoretical and empirical contributions of the special issue, and the conclusion should tie together the main insights from the individual articles and highlight the cumulative contribution of the special issue. Each article should meet the same standards as any individual EJPR article, i.e. make a substantial (comparative) contribution to the literature, as well as make a specific contribution to the special issue. The EJPR also publishes special sections with fewer articles.

Special issue proposals should include an abstract and a detailed outline of the special issue (objectives and research questions, approach, innovation and relevance), abstracts of the proposed articles, short bios of both the guest editors and the article authors, and a time-plan for submission. Proposals are submitted to the EJPR editors. The journal editors decide whether special issues and sections will be accepted, rejected or are subject to revisions, if necessary in consultation with the editorial board and external reviewers.

Acceptance of a proposal does not guarantee publication of the special issue or section; this is because too few manuscripts might survive the reviewing process. However, the journal may then offer to publish accepted manuscripts as individual articles. Each manuscript is subject to the normal double-blind refereeing process. The journal editors, who may consult with the guest editors, select reviewers and take editorial decisions.

State-of-the-field review articles. EJPR occasionally publishes state-of-the-field review articles on key topics in the discipline. In these articles leading scholars critically survey and summarize the most important academic contributions in their field and discuss the particular relevance to the comparative study of politics in general, and European politics in particular. Authors identify crucial theoretical and conceptual debates, raise new and exciting research questions and, in doing so, inspire innovative empirical projects in the future. State-of-the-field review articles are normally initiated by the editors of the journal, but interested authors are welcome to propose topics ( Articles will be reviewed by members of the editorial board and have a maximum length of 5,000 words.

Guidelines for manuscripts accepted for publication

Symbols and units.  The conventions for abbreviations of units and symbols are those recommended by the British Standards Institution (leaflet B.S. 5775).

References. Use the Harvard style of referencing.  In the case of books and chapters in books, and chapters in books, the reference should include details of the publisher and the place and date of publication; in the case of journal articles, the references should include details of the volume and issue number of the journal, as well as the page numbers.  Page numbers should also be indicated in references to chapters in books.

We recommend the use of a tool such as Endnote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

Tables and Illustrations should be submitted as separate files, with their location noted in the text. The preferred format for tables is Microsoft Excel. The preferred formats for figures are tif or eps.The publisher will typeset the tables, graphs and diagrams (illustrations).  Table and figure references should be in a consistent style: (e.g. Table 1 note Table One).  Captions for illustrations should be listed in a separate file.

Formatting. Text, References and a list of Figure captions should be included, without any character and paragraph style formatting. Turn off hyphenation; one font size throughout; do not justify at the right; do not indent paragraphs; do not use bold text in headings.

Headings and subheadings. Type these at the left margin (do not centre or indent), utilising the following simplified hierarchy: (a) upper case throughout (no full point at the end), preceded and followed by two hard returns, (b) upper (first letter of first word) and then lower case (no full point at the end), preceded and followed by two hard returns, (c) upper (first letter of first word) and then lower case (no full point at the end), preceded and followed by two spaces, then text. Separate all paragraphs by two hard returns.

References. Separate all references by two hard returns; do not indent turnover lines (the second and subsequent lines of a reference). 

Proofs. PDF proofs will be sent directly to the authors by the publisher, and should be returned immediately after correction.


Offprints. A PDF offprint of each article will be provided free of charge to the first-named contributor.  Additional offprints may be purchased from the publisher according to a scale of charges.

Editing. The editor retains the right to make minor stylistic changes to the finally accepted typescript.  Any substantial changes will, of course, be referred back first to the author.

Open Access and the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS). 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 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 (CTA). If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the CTA to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs.

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 CC BY

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License CC BY-NC

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License CC BY NC-ND

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services: Copyright FAQs . You may also wish to visit the Wiley Open Access License website.

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 the Funding Statement website.