Political Studies Review

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Edited By: Cees van der Eijk, Vivien Lowndes, Christopher Pierson and Mark Wenman

Impact Factor: 1.214

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 42/161 (Political Science)

Online ISSN: 1478-9302

Associated Title(s): The British Journal of Politics & International Relations, Political Insight, Political Studies, Politics

Author Guidelines

This Page now also Contains Important Information about Open Access and the Licencing Options Associated with it

Review Article Guidelines

Book Review Guidelines

Review Article Guidelines

Political Studies Review
provides unrivalled review coverage of new books and literature on political science and international relations and does so in a timely and comprehensive way. In addition to providing a comprehensive range of reviews of books in politics, PSR is a forum for a range of approaches to reviews and debate in the discipline. PSR both commissions original review essays and strongly encourages submission of review articles, review symposia, longer reviews of books and debates relating to theories and methods in the study of politics. The editors are particularly keen to develop new and exciting approaches to reviewing the discipline and would be happy to consider a range of ideas and suggestions.

Word length
Review articles are no more than 5000 words in length inclusive of all notes and references

Submit online
To submit a review article to Political Studies Review, please prepare a Word document and upload it via the online editorial site for Political Studies Review at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/psr/. You will first need to create an author account and then follow the instructions for manuscript submission from there.

Style guide
For details on how to handle references and other matters to do with style,please go to http://www.politicalstudiesreview.org/styleguide.asp

Book Review Guidelines

Political Studies Review
aims to provide one of the world's more extensive review services for books on politics, a tradition maintained since the first issue of Political Studies in 1953. The journal receives around 1500 books a year for review, not all of which can currently be reviewed, since space is limited. We aim to publish printed reviews of 300 to 400 books per year. The two foundations of our strategy are:

  • to provide short, accessible and authoritative reviews
  • in a timely manner.

Reviewers undertake these short reviews without payment, as a professional service to colleagues. Reviewers can, of course, keep the books they have covered.

Books available for review
To request a book to review, email Alex Windsor, the Reviews Co-ordinator, at psr@nottingham.ac.uk and tell us your name, institutional affiliation and brief details of your research interests and publications.

Word length
Book reviews are no longer than 400 words per book.

Scope and style
Use the first half of the review to tell readers what the book is about: its fundamental argument; its approach; the topics, countries or cases the author analyses; and what kind of readers the book is aimed at. Use the remainder of the review to give an assessment of how well it succeeds. Does the author succeed in his/her goals? Is the book innovative or noteworthy in theory, method or empirical work? Are there gaps or anomalies in its coverage? How plausible are the author's arguments? Is the book well written? The editors are keen for reviewers to make grounded criticisms and to benchmark books dispassionately against professional standards. But there is no need to cultivate either a 'hanging judge' mentality or an over-praising style.

Submit by email
To submit a book review to Political Studies Review, please prepare a Word document and send it as an email attachment to Alex Windsor at psr@nottingham.ac.uk

Thank you for contributing to Political Studies Review.

Open Access/Online Open and Political Studies Review Licencing

1. For Authors Signing the Exclusive License Form
Authors will be required to sign an Exclusive License Form (ELF) for all papers accepted for publication unless Online Open is selected (see below). For articles where Online Open is not selected signature of the ELF is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless a signed form has been received. Please note that signature of the ELF does not affect ownership of copyright in the material. Government employees need to complete the Author Warranty sections, although copyright in such cases does not need to be assigned.
After submission authors will retain the right to publish their paper in various media/circumstances (please see the form for further details). The form is available for download here Book reviewers can download a review form here.

For authors signing the ELF: A Note about the Deposit of the Accepted Article Version

i. Funder arrangements: Certain funders, including the NIH, members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust require deposit of the Accepted Version in a repository after an embargo period. Details of funding arrangements are set out at the following website

Please contact the Journal production editor if you have additional funding requirements.

ii. Institutions: Wiley has arrangements with certain academic institutions to permit the deposit of the Accepted Version in the institutional repository after an embargo period. Details of such arrangements are set out at the following website: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.

2. For authors choosing Online Open
If you decide to select the Online Open option please use the links below to obtain an open access agreement to sign (this will supersede the ELF). By selecting the Online Open option, you have the choice of the following Creative Commons Licence open access agreements:-

Creative Commons Attribution Licence OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Licence OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial – No Derivatives Licence OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please click the License types above and visit:-

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you may publish your article under a CC-BY licence 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.

Please be aware that the Political Studies Association (UK) has issued the following statement about the CC-BY license:-

PSA Statement on CC-BY
The Political Studies Association endorses the principle of freedom of choice and is thus prepared to offer authors choosing to pay an Article Processing Charge under Online Open the option of publishing under a CC-BY licence. However, the Association wishes to draw the attention of authors to the following risks associated with CC-BY licences:-

● Lack of requirement under the terms of the current CC-BY licence (version 3.0) for other parties to give any indication as to how the original work has been modified in any derivative product
● Lack of protection against poor translation
● Lack of recourse against the work being quoted out of context
● Lack of recourse against the work being reprinted in anthologies where the context is offensive to the author
● Lack of recourse against intermediaries republishing work for commercial gain

RCUK is not expecting immediate full compliance with the mandate.

For RCUK and Wellcome Trust authors who decide to comply with funder mandates by signing the CC-BY licence, click on the link below to preview the terms and conditions of this licence: Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

For RCUK and Wellcome Trust authors selecting OnlineOpen who decide not to comply with these mandates, you have the choice of the following Creative Commons license open access agreements or the standard Exclusive license Form:-

Creative Commons Attribution Licence OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Licence OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial – No Derivatives Licence OAA