Politics & Policy

Cover image for Vol. 45 Issue 4

Edited by: David Mena. Managing Editor: Emma R. Norman

Online ISSN: 1747-1346

Author Guidelines

Call for Review Essays and Book Reviews
We are especially interested in considering review essays of three or more recent titles in the fields of political science and international relations. Also, see our dynamic review section for single books available for review, or contact our Book Review Editor with your innovative ideas or suggestions for new books to review.

What kind of papers are accepted?
We pride ourselves on the literary, lucid, accessible quality of the articles published in Politics & Policy. This maintains the broad appeal and readership of the journal that, in turn, provides a particularly attractive forum for authors wishing to reach wider audiences with their research. Articles containing excessive use of obscure jargon or highly technical, specialized terminology are actively discouraged. The array of articles we are interested in publishing in future issues of Politics & Policy include, but are not restricted to: international or cross-national politics and political issues with a comparative focus; policy theory and political theory; comparative public policy, public administration and international political economy; comparative studies in development, democratization, democracy, participation, voting behavior, electoral politics and policy, and security strategy; international relations and foreign policy; analyses of the theory, values, and/or public/political support influencing policy trends, adoption, contestation, or change; policy framing in comparative perspective; the challenges, and opportunities facing policy networks; policy design and misdesign.

Strong preference will be given to submissions demonstrating a balanced comparative treatment of policy in more than one country. Trans-border, cross-national or wider international research emphasizing a comparative study’s political implications are especially welcome. Manuscripts dealing comparatively with aspects of democracy and democratization, global governance, or policies that transcend, or resist, the advent of porous borders are also actively invited, as are robust review articles on the current state of the literature.

Manuscript Submission
Politics and Policy prefers to receive all manuscript submissions electronically using Manuscript Central. To submit a manuscript, please follow the instructions below.

Getting Started

  1. Launch your web browser (Internet Explorer 5 or higher, Netscape 7 or higher, Firefox 1.0.4 or Safari 1.2.4) and go to the Politics and Policy Manuscript Central homepage (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/polpol).
  2. Log-in or click the “Create Account” option if you are a first-time user of Manuscript Central.
  3. If you are creating a new account.

·        After clicking on “Create Account”, enter your name and e-mail information and click “Next”. Your e-mail information is very important.

·        Enter your institution and address information as appropriate, and then click “Next.”

·        Enter a user ID and password of your choice (we recommend using your e-mail address as your user ID), and then select your area of expertise. Click “Finish”.

  1. If you have an account but have forgotten your log in details, go to “Password Help” on Politics and Policy's  Manuscript Central homepage and enter your email address. The system will send you an automatic user ID and password reminder.
  2. Log-in and select “Author Center.”


Submitting Your Manuscript

  1. After you have logged in, click the “Submit a Manuscript” link in the menu bar.
  2. Enter data and answer questions as appropriate.
  3. Click the “Next” button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.
  4. You are required to upload your files.

·        Click on the “Browse” button and locate the file on your computer.

·        Select the designation of each file in the drop down next to the Browse button.

·        When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the “Upload Files” button. 

  1. Review your submission (in both PDF and HTML formats) before sending to the Journal. Click the “Submit” button when you are finished reviewing.

You may suspend a submission at any phase before clicking the “Submit” button and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You can also access Manuscript Central any time to check the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.


Getting Help With Your Submission

Each page of the Manuscript Central website has a ‘Get Help Now’ link connecting directly to the online support system and telephone support is available through the US ScholarOne support office on: 434 817 2040. If you do not have Internet access or cannot submit online, the Editorial Office will help with online submissions. Please contact the Editorial Office by e-mail politics.policy@ipsonet.org


Preparation of Manuscripts 

Manuscripts should have no author identification in the cover sheets, text, notes, or sources, and should be presented in justified alignment.  Please identify all authors along with contact information for each in the email message.  All text should be double-spaced, 12-pitch type with reasonable margins, using MS Word format.  Consult The Chicago Manual of Style for text and citation format.  Authors should use parenthetical references showing author and year of publication in the text. End notes may be used for explanatory purposes only. An abstract of no more than 150 words should accompany the submission.

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 https://authorservices.wiley.com/home.html for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Politics & Policy prides itself on the accessibility and clarity of its articles which makes them appealing and useful to non-specialists and experts alike. Authors should therefore write for a broad – if educated – audience and include clear organization and adequate literature review.

Copyright Agreement and OnlineOpen

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.

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 certain funders [e.g. The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)] you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with your Funder requirements. More information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy can be found here.

How do I make the most of publishing online?
Read our guide to preparing your article.

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Book Review Editor:
Dr. Amalendu Misra
39 Vincent Street
Lancaster, LA1 3BA
United Kingdom
Ph: + 44 779 6263 604
Email: pp.bookreviews@ipsonet.org and  a.misra@lancaster.ac.uk

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