The Academic Department of IAPSS is at the heart of the academic pillar of the Association. It is designed to offer a number of unique opportunities to students of political science and related disciplines to develop their skills in academic research, writing and presentation at conferences and other events.

The current structure of the Academic Department consists of six branches: two journals (Politikon and Encurentro Latinoamericano) one blog (A Different View), the Academic Think Tank, Student Research Committees and Delegations. In 2018, the six branches encompass more than 60 individual IAPSS members from all over the world. For each branch, one IAPSS Board member (a Coordinator or an Editor-in-Chief) is responsible, together with the Head of the Department.

The two IAPSS journals (the flagship journal Politikon with a general focus and Encuentro Latinoamericano, which focuses on Latin American Studies) run a double-blind peer review process, as any professional journal. This, together with the expertise of the Editorial Boards, the Advisory Committee members and the Paper Submission Guidelines ensures that each issue includes a number of high-quality articles, written predominantly by students and junior researchers.

Those who are interested in contributing with shorter reflection pieces, can apply to join the Authorial Board of our blog ‘A Different View’ or submit a guest contribution to it. The Academic Think Tank (ATT) is loosely focused on the Annual Theme of IAPSS and since late 2017 it functions as the IAPSS Academic Committee as well. Each year, a competitive call for applications is launched to select a small group of graduate or postgraduate students or more experienced junior researchers who will work together on a prescribed general theme, helped by the Academic Coordinator.

The Student Research Committees offer another range of opportunities to IAPSS members. After a successful application process, students and junior researchers can become members of an IAPSS SRC focused on a particular subfield in political science and related disciplines. Within the SRC, they interact with other individuals with similar interests, work together with the other members on papers and other forms of research outputs and form panels for the IAPSS conferences as well as conferences held by IAPSS’ partner organizations.

Last but not least, IAPSS Delegations are a prime outcome of the partnership of IAPSS with renowned academic and professional associations, such as IPSA (International Political Science Association), ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research), ISA (International Studies Association) or UACES (Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies). IAPSS panels at the conferences of these organizations feature selected work of the Academic Department affiliates and if capacity allows, separate Calls for Applications are launched for applicants who wish to submit abstracts for these panels.

If you are interested to learn more, please go to the respective sections of this webpage. In addition, do not hesitate to contact the respective Coordinator/Editor-in-Chief or the Head of the Department (, with your questions or suggestions.


Picture courtesy of the University of Nottingham. Published under the Creative Commons license