Political Insight

Cover image for Vol. 6 Issue 3

Edited By: Peter Geoghegan

Online ISSN: 2041-9066

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

Author Guidelines

Manuscripts must be original contributions which are not under consideration for publication elsewhere and should be submitted to:

Editor, Political Insight

Feature articles will normally be in the range of 2000–2500 words and should include tables, charts, graphs and diagrams wherever possible. Columns such as ‘country focus’, ‘in focus’, ‘research methods’, ‘research impact’, ‘debates’, ‘controversy’ and ‘author meets critic’ and opinion pieces will normally be in the range 800-2000 words. All word counts will be agreed with the editor prior to commissioning.

Authors are encouraged to supply or make suggestions for suitable illustrative material, including cartoons and colour photographs and simple, interesting graphics, tables, graphs and pie-charts.

The magazine is available on private subscription, as well as being supplied to members of the Political Studies Association as part of their membership benefits.

Submission must be in electronic form, by e-mail as a Word attachment.

Submissions should be written in a clear, accessible way, suitable for a wide international readership. References should be kept to a minimum and certainly no more than 5 or 6. References must be in the Harvard style. Footnotes should be avoided.
All articles will be edited for accessibility, readability and length and to ensure that they are suitable for the intended audience. Authors will not receive article proofs or notification of editorial changes unless substantial changes have been made to the original article submitted. In such cases the editor will contact the author to discuss changes made.

All articles will be illustrated, and authors are encouraged to supply or to make suggestions for suitable illustrations. However, any material supplied will not be used unless the authors have ensured that all necessary permissions have been obtained (where appropriate). In the event of a large number of illustrations the word count may have to be revised downwards to take account of the demands that these make on space.

All submissions must be accompanied by a 20 to 50 word summary paragraph explaining the article’s argument in clear, concise language. Authors should also include a brief biography and details of major publications up to a maximum of 25 words.

Authors will be required to sign an Exclusive Licence Form (ELF) for all papers accepted for publication. 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 Exclusive Licence Form 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). To assist authors an appropriate form will be supplied by the editorial office. Alternatively a copy of the ELF can be downloaded from here.

Political Insight shall, at its sole discretion, have the right to change titles. Submissions will only be considered in English.

Authors of all submissions except news items will receive without charge one complimentary copy of Political Insight. This will accompany article payment.

We appreciate that constraints of time may make it difficult for authors to follow all of these rules, especially if they differ markedly from your standard style. However, it would help us greatly in the editing process if you could adhere to them as far as possible.

In general, use British rather than American style and spelling.

Use -ise spellings (recognise, organise) and British spelling of all other words (labour, labelled, programme).

Capitals should be used for proper names and for recognised ethnic groups, for example Jews, African-Caribbeans, but lower case should be used for `blacks', `whites', etc. Capitals should be used for Parliament but not for parliamentary and for President but not for presidential.

One through nine should be spelled, but figures should be used thereafter, unless followed by weight, measure, percent or million/billion. Avoid figures at start of sentences. Where space allows, use per cent (not %). Commas should be used in numerals four digits and over (2,040; 25,300).

Please use the straight-forward 23 April 2010; 1990s; 19th century (noun); 19th-century (adjective).

For quotes please use single inverted commas and double inverted commas for a quote within a quote; put the final punctuation outside closing quote unless the quotation forms a finished sentence.

Reference citations should be kept to a minimum – they should be used to help the interested reader to find more information. References should be in the Harvard style.

Suggestions for illustrations are especially welcome. We are looking for any appropriate material – for example, photos, cartoons, drawings, maps, graphs, charts, tables. We like to have at least two illustrations per page. Please also supply a detailed caption. The use of tables and graphs is encouraged. All graphs and tables must have a clear, self-explanatory title, including information on any units of measurement. Scales on graphs should be carefully chosen and axes must be clearly labelled. Numbers and percentages should be appropriately rounded.

The most striking illustrations qualify for consideration for publication on the cover.

It is preferable that illustrations are submitted electronically. Note that images produced for the web are not normally suitable. We require high resolution images (300 dpi or greater) as separate graphic files. If you have to send hardcopy originals, please send photos. When submitting originals, please indicate which illustrations you wish to be returned to you, and include a self-addressed stamped label or envelope.