Required Paper Format
Contents: Cover page, abstract, keywords, main body of the paper, references, appendices (if applicable), name and short presentation of the author.
- Font: Garamond 12, spacing 1.5;
- Abstract: Max. 150 words, Garamond 12, spacing 1.15, italic;
- Keywords: Five to ten, Garamond 12, spacing 1.15;
- Main Title (Heading): Garamond 16, bold;
- Subtitles (Section Headings): Garamond 14, bold;
- Sub-Subtitles (Sub-section Headings) (if applicable): Garamond 12, bold, italic;
- Footnotes: Garamond 10, spacing 1.0;
- Presentation: Garamond 12, spacing 1.15, italic.
Paragraphs: first line indentation 1.25 cm, no spaces between paragraphs
Borders: top and bottom 2,5 cm, left and right 3,00cm (default)
Quotes: sectioned off in more than two sentences; Garamond 11, indented 1.25 cm
Tables and Charts are continuously numbered, each fits on one page at maximum, and all are sourced (if original, use ”Source: Author.”)
Title of the submission file: LASTNAME_Initial_Title_mm_yyyy.doc(x)
A good academic paper features:
- Academic style of writing and structure (see section “Recommended Academic Paper Structure”);
- Grammatically correct language;
- Constistency in language conventions (e.g. usage of either British or American English, but not both) and grammatical person (e.g. usage of either first or third person singular, eventually first person plural, also depending on the number of authors of the paper);
- Between 4,000 and 6,000 words, without bibliography and appendices.
Please see this Microsoft Word document for sample formatting; you may insert the text of your manuscript directly into the document by saving it and replacing the sample text with your submission while retaining the original formatting.
Required Formatting of References
In text: (Author, YEAR: page; Co-author and Co-author, YEAR: page; Co-author et al. YEAR: page)
Reference section: Garamond 12, 6 pt before paragraph, 12 pt after paragraph, spacing 1.0)
Websites: use “Available at” (no WWW needed)
Surname, First Name (YEAR): Title of the Book. Edition [If applicable] City: Publisher. [If available] DOI:
One author: Giddens, Anthony (2009): Sociology. 6 ed. Cambridge/Malden: Polity Press.
Two authors: Vermeule, Adrian and Eric Posner (2010): The Executive Unbound: After the Madisonian Republic. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Three or more: Kapiszewski, Diana et al. (2015): Field Research in Political Science: Practices and Principles (Strategies for Social Inquiry). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Translated and/or revised text: Plato. (1992): Republic. 2 ed. Trans. G. M. A. Grube. Rev. C. D. C. Reeve. Indianapolis/Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company.
Surname, First Name and First Name Surname (eds.) (YEAR): Title of the Book. City: Publisher. [If available] DOI:
Goodin, Robert E. and Charles Tilly (eds.) (2008): The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Surname, First Name (YEAR): ‘Title of the Journal Article’, Journal Name Nr. (Issue Nr.): pp. XX. [If available] DOI:
Fukuyama, Francis (2013): ‘What is Governance?’, Governance 26(3): pp. 347-368. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/gove.12035
Surname, First Name (YEAR): ‘Title of the Chapter’, in First Name Surname and First Name Surname (eds.) Title of the Book. City: Publisher. pp. XX. [If available] DOI:
Pettit, Philip (2008): ‘Why and How Philosophy Matters’, in Goodin, Robert E. and Charles Tilly (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 35-57.
Surname, First Name (YEAR): ‘Title of the Thesis or the Conference Paper’, XX thesis, University of XX, City / XX conference paper, City, Date.
[Thesis] Barham, Elena (2016): ‘Passing the Buck: World Bank Anti-Corruption Reform and the Politics of Implementation’, PhD thesis, Northwestern University. Available at: https://www.polisci.northwestern.edu/documents/2016%20Janda%20Winner%20Barham1.pdf (24 June 2018).
[Conference paper] Ruscoe, Gordon. (1970): ‘Reviewed Work: Political Order in Changing Societies by Samuel P. Huntington’ Comparative Education Review 14(3), Papers and Proceedings: Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Atlanta, March 22-24, 1970, pp. 385-386.
Website Owner / News author or site / Project Leader (YEAR): Name of the Database / Title of the News Reports. News site (if not mentioned previously). Accessible at: http XXXXXX (date when last accessed). [If available] DOI:
[Database] The Economist (2018): ‘The Inclusive Internet Index’. Accessible at: https://theinclusiveinternet.eiu.com/ (21 May 2018).
[News site with identifiable author] Davies, William (2017): ‘How statistics lost their power and why we should fear what comes next’. The Guardian. Accessible at: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jan/19/crisis-of-statistics-big-data-democracy (21 May 2018).
[News site without identifiable author] BBC (2018): ‘Brexit: Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron hold talks’. Accessible at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-45056341 (3 August 2018).
Law. Country (YEAR): Original name/number, date. Name in English (if applicable). Available at: (date when last accessed).
Brazil (2014): Lei nº 12.965, 23 april 2014. Brazil Civil Rights Framework for the Internet. Available at: http://www.planalto.gov.br/ccivil_03/_ato2011-2014/2014/lei/l12965.htm (29 May 2018).
Treaty. Countries/Organization. Original name/number, date. Name in English (if applicable). Available at: (date when last accessed).
Israel and Egypt (1978): Camp David Accords, 17 September 1978. Available at: http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/foreignpolicy/peace/guide/pages/camp%20david%20accords.aspx (29 May 2018).
United Nations. The UN Charter, 26 June 1945. Available at: http://www.un.org/en/charter-united-nations/ (29 May 2018).
Constitution. Country (YEAR): Name, date. Available at: (date when last accessed).
South Africa (1996). Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 8 May 1996. Available at: http://www.wipo.int/edocs/lexdocs/laws/en/za/za107en.pdf 29 May 2018).
Legal disputes. Country (YEAR): ‘Name/number’, Court, citation (if applicable), date. (If applicable) Available at: (date when last accessed).
USA (1803): ‘Marbury v. Madison’, US Supreme Court, 5 US 137, 24 Feb 1803. Available at: https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/5/137/ (29 May 2018).
Brazil (2012). ‘AP nº 470’, Federal Supreme Court, 17 Dec 2012. Available at: http://www.stf.jus.br/portal/processo/verProcessoAndamento.asp?numero=470&classe=AP&origem=AP&recurso=0&tipoJulgamento=M (29 May 2018).
Please note that non-compliance with the required paper format and formatting of references may result in desk rejection without any evaluation of the other aspects of the paper.
Recommended Academic Paper Structure
Title and sub-title(s) of your paper. Your Personal data incl. your full name, your institutional affilitation (university) and study degree, your e-mail address and postal address.
Research question, original parts of research, overview on used methodology, conclusion(s).
General and specific, in alphabetical order.
What is the research question and why should academics research it, scientific and societal relevance.
What has been written on the topic previously, what conclusions did others reach.
(Model construction) and theoretical framework
What theoretical framework and approach is used and why. If applicable, causal model may be shown at this point, or later, after data investigation.
Conceptualization and operationalization
Definition of basic terms and their indicators, choice of variables and their validity testing. Formulation of hypotheses (explicit or implicit) based on the theory/theories. Elaboration of specific claim(s) in the investigated theory/theories. If applicable, description of the causal mechanism, i.e. the chain of events purported to link your explanatory variables to the specific outcome.
Description of the specific research method used (i.e., process-tracing, discursive analysis, MLA, etc.), its advantages and weaknesses and why it is chosen.
Description of the data used, number of cases, method of case-selection, source of data, method of data collection, sampling method.
Analysis and findings
What the data show in detail, general tendencies and interesting particularities.
(Model construction) and Conclusions
Causal models may be formulated and general conclusions reached. Conclusions may or may not specifically challenge or support findings in existing literature.
Possibilities of future research for the researcher or other scholars, promising directions, requirements for future research.
List of References (Bibliography)
Structured in the required format.
Every piece of data used shown so as to facilitate potential replications. If possible, data shared publicly and/or presented together with the manuscript.
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‘Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgement. All published and unpublished material, whether in manuscript, printed or electronic form, is covered under this definition. Plagiarism may be intentional or reckless, or unintentional.’
We strongly recommend our members and other followers who are considering to submit a paper to one of IAPSS events or our journals or a contribution to our blog A Different View, to study the guidelines of Oxford University or similar guidelines carefully and adhere to the referencing requirements listed therein.
 University of Oxford. 2016. ‘Plagiarism’. Available at [Accessed 20.08.2016]: https://www.ox.ac.uk/students/academic/guidance/skills/plagiarism?wssl=1.
 For example, University of Melbourne. 2016. ‘Academic honesty and plagiarism’. Available at [Accessed 20.08.2016]: https://academichonesty.unimelb.edu.au/.
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