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The BJPolS team remains committed to minimising the disruption caused by the current outbreak. However, there will inevitably be some disruption for everyone involved with the journal. Authors will appreciate that editors and reviewers need a little longer than usual to turn papers around; similarly, we appreciate that authors will also need longer than usual. Anyone experiencing disruption and difficulties in meeting a deadline can contact us -- we will respond with flexibility and sympathy.

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British Journal of Political Science

Important notice

We have become aware that there are websites such as University Press Journals, Association of British University Presses and International Agency for Development of Culture, Education and Science (IADCES) which are claiming to offer publication in certain Cambridge University Press journals for a fee. We do not work with such companies.

Submissions to Cambridge University Press journals can only be made via the online peer review systems linked to from this Cambridge Core website, or else directly to the editorial offices of those journals that do not operate online peer review systems.

To submit a manuscripts, go to our online system Editorial Manager at: http://bjpols.edmgr.com, and follow the instructions.

For more information on predatory publishing, please visit the Think Check Submit website

Submissions

All manuscripts should be submitted via our online system, Editorial Manager at: http://bjpols.edmgr.com

Contributors should note the Journal's editorial policy, which is as stated below.

Editorial policy

The British Journal of Political Science is an independent journal, whose policy is set by its editorial team with the approval of 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.

Articles

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

The Journal usually publishes two types of articles: research articles and letters.

Research Articles should generally be between 4,000 and 10,000 words in length. Research articles above 10,000 words will be considered only in exceptional circumstances.

Letters are short (up to 4,000 words) and highly accessible articles making a big point shortly and succinctly.

The Journal will also on occasion publish Comments in response to BJPolS research articles or letters.

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.

An abstract not exceeding 150 words is required for all types of articles. Please also include 5-7 keywords.

NOTE: Please include all word counts in total. Programs like TexCount separate word count between main text, figure and table captions and footnotes. Be aware that this software notoriously underestimates word counts, struggling to properly estimate the word count produced when entering in-text references. Monterey Language Services provides a free (and fairly accurate) word count tool for counting words in PDFs.

Peer Review and Anonymity

Manuscripts are initially assessed by an editor. If the editor decides to send out a manuscript for review, the Journal applies a double-blind process usually involving at least two referees.

To maintain a double-blind review process, an anonymous version of the manuscript will be sent to reviewers. For the anonymous version, authors should remove any self identifying information, such as authors' names and affiliations, acknowledgements of funding or gratitude to specific readers and conference audiences, as well as links to personal or university websites that are affiliated with any of the authors. Authors may retain citations to their own work, if the citations are made in the third person. That is, the anonymous version of Dr.Patel's manuscript would cite her work as follows: "Patel (2014) argues that..." rather than "In my earlier work (Patel 2014), I argue that..." or "AUTHOR (2014) argues that..."

All manuscripts submitted to the journal will be run through plagiarism detection software.

ORCID

British Journal of Political Science now requires that all corresponding authors identify themselves using their ORCID iD when submitting a manuscript to the journal. ORCID provides a unique identifier for researchers and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript submission and grant applications, provides the following benefits:

  • Discoverability: ORCID increases the discoverability of your publications, by enabling smarter publisher systems and by helping readers to reliably find work that you’ve authored.
  • Convenience: As more organisations use ORCID, providing your iD or using it to register for services will automatically link activities to your ORCID record, and will enable you to share this information with other systems and platforms you use, saving you re-keying information multiple times.
  • Keeping track: Your ORCID record is a neat place to store and (if you choose) share validated information about your research activities and affiliations.

If you don’t already have an iD, you’ll need to create one if you decide to submit a manuscript to British Journal of Political Science. You can register for one directly from your user account on Scholar One or via https://ORCID.org/register.

If you already have an iD, please use this when submitting, either by linking it to your Scholar One account or supplying it during submission by using the “Associate your existing ORCID ID” button.

Style

Anyone preparing a manuscript for submission to the Journal is urged to follow the Journal's style guide, which covers a number of detailed points concerning footnotes, punctuation, spelling, etc. The Journal uses the in-text system for references.

At the end of an article there up to six additional sections available to authors. These should be placed before the list of references with the exception of the heading ‘Appendices’, which should appear after the references. We ask that authors make use of these headings, where appropriate, so that the important information they contain can be discovered easily by both human and machine readers.

There are three headings related to different types of materials that are additional to the text, tables and figures included in the main body of the article:

  1. i) Under Data Availability Statement authors should provide clear information on where their replication packages are hosted (usually on the BJPolS Dataverse site: see Replication Policy section below) and how users can access them. This should include a link to the dataset and its DOI where possible.
  2. ii) Under Supplementary Material authors can provide clear information on where to find documents with additional analyses or figures. Such documents can be hosted on the Cambridge platform and linked to the article, though they do not need to be. Please note that any materials to hosted by Cambridge should be submitted with the article but are not typeset or copyedited. Any materials hosted elsewhere should be openly and – as far as is possible – permanently available.
  3. iii) Finally, while we encourage authors to use the Supplementary Material option as far as possible, authors may still use the heading Appendices (which will appear at the very end of the paper, after the references) for any materials deemed sufficiently important to the reader’s understanding of the article that they should be included at the back of the typeset version of the article.

Authors should also use the following headings, also to be placed at the end of the article, as and when required:

  • The Acknowledgments section allows authors to thank people who were helpful in research and writing of the article.
  • The Funding section is used to declare whether, and if so who, supported the research. e.g. 'Support for this research was provided by the Economic and Social Research Council (Award no. ***).
  • The Conflicts of Interest section allow authors to declare any relevant conflicts of interest related to their paper.

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 (http://bit.ly/2eK7D90): this helps authors adhere to style guidelines and collaborate with co-authors - more details below.

Overleaf 

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: http://bit.ly/2eK7D90

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.

Charges

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. 

Replication Policy

The British Journal of Political Science (BJPolS) is a signatory of the Data Access and Research Transparency (DA-RT) statement, promoting data sharing and research transparency in Political Science. The journal thus maintains a strict policy requiring authors of accepted articles using quantitative data to provide all data and code necessary to reproduce their results.

Authors of accepted articles using quantitative data are required to deposit (1) their data, (2) the codebook or any other relevant description of the data, which includes information about the source of the analysis data and instructions for extracting the analysis data from source data, (3) a file containing the exact and detailed commands used by author to reproduce all tables, figures, and exhibits (i.e., “do” or “run” files), and (4) a file containing the actual output from the statistical software used (i.e., “log” or “output” file) on  the BJPolS Dataverse:

https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataverse/BJPolS

Authors may post the data on their own websites as well, but the version cited in the article must be the Dataverse one. Please include the following sentence following the acknowledgments:

“The data, replication instructions, and the data’s codebook can be found at https://dx.doi.org/doi xxxxxx.”

Where “xxx” is the article-specific DOI generated by Dataverse. 

Authors are encouraged to include additional information such as mentioning, listing, or describing any specialized software that competent scholars in the field might need to reproduce the results. The replication material has to be deposited on Dataverse as soon as possible after the acceptance of the manuscript.

Articles are held back at the copy editing stage until the replication materials are deposited and it has been checked that these materials have been properly deposited in Dataverse.

A step by step walkthrough for using the BJPolS Dataverse can be found here.

Additional materials that are non-essential to the replication of the published results, but which could be of interest to readers, can be provided as supplementary material with the article. These materials will be posted on the Cambridge Core platform alongside the article.

All analyses reported in the BJPolS are open and available to the scientific research community. Authors are not allowed to withhold information that has been used to perform an analysis featured in a BJPolS piece. Exemptions may exist, and can be granted, however in the case of restricted-access source data. Under those circumstances, the BJPolS Editorial Board will consider allowing an exception to the general policy of full data access upon the author’s request.  There may be other situations in which an exception is warranted and the editorial team will consider those if author(s) can show specific reasons why sharing data immediately is problematic.  Nonetheless, given the importance of transparency and replicability to the BJPolS, the strong presumption will be against such exceptions.

These instructions may probably not cover every possible situation that may arise, although they should be sufficient for most quantitative data analyses that are reported in the BJPolS. We also acknowledge that not all articles might be straightforwardly covered by DA-RT, which is why the BJPolS is equally sensitive to the needs of authors working in non-quantitative traditions. Any questions about the replication policy may be directed to the BJPolS Editorial Staff at jayned@essex.ac.uk.

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 C (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 C (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==

Proofs

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.

Permissions

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 sign a license to publish with Cambridge University Press (with certain rights reserved) and you will receive a 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.

Copyright

The policy of BJPolS is that authors (or in some cases their employers) retain copyright and grant Cambridge University Press a licence to publish their work. In the case of gold open access articles this is a non-exclusive licence. Authors must complete and return an author publishing agreement form as soon as their article has been accepted for publication; the journal is unable to publish without this. Please download the appropriate publishing agreement here.

Open Access Policies

Please visit our Open Access page for information on our open access policies, compliance with major funding bodies, and guidelines on depositing your manuscript in an institutional repository.

Last updated 5 May 2020