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Instructions for contributors

The BJPolS will be on winter break between December 12th 2017 and January 3rd 2018 inclusive. We will not accept new submissions during this break. Editors will process revisions of manuscripts, however, while reviewers/authors are advised to continue submitting reviews and revised manuscripts through Editorial Manager.

Download the BJPolS Instructions for Contributors here Download Instruction for Contributors in PDF. (56.3 KB)

Download BJPolS LaTeX File (20 KB).

BJPolS template in Overleaf, a collaborative authoring tool (more details

Guide for using BJPolS Dataverse Guide to using BJPolS Dataverse site (20 KB).

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British Journal of Political Science

All manuscripts should be submitted via our on line system, Editorial Manager at:

Contributors should note the Journal's editorial policy, which is as stated below and inside the front cover of printed issues of the journal.

Editorial policy

The British Journal of Political Science is an independent journal, whose policy is set by its editorial board. It is committed to no methodological orthodoxy over and above the normal canons of scholarship: clear and consistent use of words, logical and mathematical validity, and the use of appropriate evidence to substantiate empirical statements. Contributions are invited in all fields of political science and political theory, except the history of political thought. Innovative and authoritative work addressed to problems of general significance to students of politics will be published whatever the period(s) or place(s) drawn upon for evidence. The Editors reserve the right to decline articles if, according to their own judgement, they are inconsistent with editorial policy.


When submitting a piece to the Journal, authors are required to indicate the category into which their manuscript falls:

Featured Articles are short (4,000 word) and highly accessible articles making a big point shortly and succinctly, with the aid of at most one table or figure.

All other Research Articles should in general be between 5,000 and 12,000 words (or equivalent in tables and figures) in length. An abstract not exceeding 120 words is required.

Shorter Research Notes and Comments are also welcome. Research Notes should contain a body of original information, a new method for doing something or a new idea (speculation, argument, proof, etc.) presented in a brief and unadorned form without inessential commentary. Comments, typically a response to articles published in the Journal, will be considered for early publication, especially if they are short – say, under 1,000 words.

Some issues of the Journal also contain a 5,000 to 12,000 word Review Article – either a detailed discussion of a single book or a review of the state of some area of the discipline.


Anyone preparing a manuscript for submission to the Journal is urged to follow the Journal's style sheet, to be found at, which covers a number of detailed points concerning footnotes, punctuation, spelling, etc. The Journal uses the footnotes system for referencing and the final version of any manuscript accepted for publication will have to be submitted using that system. However, we accept initial submissions in Harvard or any other recognised (and consistently applied) referencing style.

A LaTeX style file is now available for use in preparing manuscripts for the Journal, and can be obtained here:

Alternatively try writing in the BJPolS template in the online authoring tool Overleaf ( this helps authors adhere to style guidelines and collaborate with co-authors - more details below.


Overleaf is a free online tool for writing and submitting scholarly manuscripts. A BJPolS article template is available in the tool, which allows authors to easily comply with the journal’s guidelines. Overleaf is based on LaTeX but includes a rich text mode: an author writing would need to have some knowledge of LaTeX in order to use it but could collaborate through the tool with an author who is not a LaTeX expert. Other benefits of Overleaf include: an intuitive interface; version control and a typset preview of the article; collaborative features (sharing with co-authors; highlighting and commenting on sections of the text). 

You can access BJPolS Overleaf template here:

Overleaf provides support for authors using the tool. At the end of the process, you will be guided to submit files into the BJPolS Editorial Manager system.


There is no charge for publishing figures in colour in the online version of the Journal. However, authors who choose to have figures in their article printed will need to pay a fee for colour printing. This fee is set at £200 per colour image (which is capped at £1000). If you request colour figures in the printed version, you will be contacted by CCC-Rightslink who are acting on our behalf to collect Author Charges. Please follow their instructions in order to avoid any delay in the publication of your article.

English Language Editing Services

Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the editor and any reviewers. We list a number of third-party services specialising in language editing and / or translation, and suggest that authors contact as appropriate. 

Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge Core published journal. 

Supplementary and replication materials

The British Journal of Political Science is a signatory of the Data Access and Research Transparency (DA-RT) statement, promoting data sharing and research transparency in political science. 

The BJPolS Dataverse site is dedicated to the replication data for the articles the Journal publishes. Authors of accepted articles need to deposit their data and any additional materials required to replicate an article's empirical analyses on this site, which can be found here:

(A step by step guide to uploading the data to the site can be found here:

Any additional materials that are non-essential to the replication of the published results, but which could be of interest to readers, should be published as supplementary material in on-line appendices to be hosted at Cambridge Core. 

We acknowledge that not all articles might be straightforwardly covered by DA-RT, which is why the Journal is equally sensitive to the needs of authors working in non-quantitative traditions as well as those authors that use quantitative data, but where the ability to share data is restricted because of sensitive human subject constraints. For that reason, the Journal will take a flexible approach to data sharing and transparency where these constraints exist. Having built a strong reputation over 40 years for taking a pluralistic view on both theoretical viewpoints as well as methodological approaches, we continue to encourage researchers of all traditions to submit their work to the Journal. 

Citing data 

Upon uploading replication data to the BJPolS Dataverse, the author will receive the citation information for the data – including a DOI:

Gandrud, Christopher, 2017, "Replication Data for: The Measurement of Real-Time Perceptions of Financial Stress: Implications for Political Science”, doi:10.7910/DVN/GSJO9Q, Harvard Dataverse, DRAFT VERSION

This should be placed in the article’s reference list and ordered alphabetically. Please replace the DRAFT VERSION with V1 and include the universal numerical footprint (UNF) if one has been provided:

Gandrud, Christopher, 2017, "Replication Data for: The Measurement of Real-Time Perceptions of Financial Stress: Implications for Political Science”, doi:10.7910/DVN/GSJO9Q, Harvard Dataverse, V1. UNF:6:1TrYcMQn4I4uDbBrh99dVA==

The data should also be cited in the first footnote of the manuscript, along with any acknowledgements of research support / assistance, e.g.

'Support for this research was provided by the Economic and Social Research Council (Award no. ***). Replication data is available at Gandrud 2017.’


You will be sent a copy-edited version as an attachment, along with any questions that have arisen, before the article goes to the printer. Please make sure that your manuscript is in a final form at this stage. Proofs are supplied only to ensure that the printed version coincides with the manuscript accepted. Rewriting an article in proof is not allowed.


Submission of an article is taken to imply that it has not been previously published and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission to publish material for which they do not own the copyright. Authors of articles published in the Journal assign copyright to Cambridge University Press (with certain rights reserved) and you will receive a copyright assignment form for signature on acceptance of your paper.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material in which they do not own copyright, to be used in both print and electronic media, and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgements are included in their manuscript.

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(Last updated 17th October 2017)