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These Guidelines were in use until 15 September 2019. Please visit for the new Guidelines. The journal will consider manuscripts formatted according to the old Guidelines until 15 December 2019 but the usage of the new Guidelines is preferred. After this date, only manuscripts formatted according to the new Guidelines will be considered.

Politikon is the flagship publication of the International Association for Political Science Students. It is open to submissions by students and scholars of all levels of academic qualification with the usual frequency of four issues per year.

Politikon publishes:

  • Full academic papers with original research based on new primary data or review of existing literature with strong personal input (see Instructions for Authors) and the length of up to 6,000 words
  • Research notes based on field work notes, raw data and observations with first level of analysis and the length of up to 2,000 words
  • Book reviews of the length of up to 600 words.

Papers for publication are accepted on a continuous basis. The next deadline for submissions to an individual issue is 15 September 2019. Subsequent, preliminarily scheduled deadlines are 15 December 2019 and 15 March 2020. All articles should respect the formal structure and all requirements stated in the “Instructions for Authors” subsection of IAPSS Publications. The Editorial Board will contact the authors in order to communicate the results of each evaluation. All submitted papers and research notes are first subject to an Editorial Board Evaluation that may result in desk-rejection (communicated to the authors with a brief justification) or acceptance of the submission to the main, double-blind external peer review process. The results of the peer review (publish, publish with minor revisions, revise and resubmit or reject) are then communicated to the authors.

Book reviews are normally subject to an Editorial Board Evaluation only, unless the need for expertise in a specific subfield that is not present in the Editorial Board necessitates the commissioning of an external peer-review on a double-blind basis.

Submissions are to be sent exclusively in electronic format to

The Editorial Board will not evaluate articles by authors who already (co-)authored other articles currently under evaluation. Articles published or under consideration in another publication or publishing platform will not be considered. Disseminating final articles published in Politikon through publicly accessible institutional and/or centrally organised repositories (such as SSRN, ResearchGate, Academia) is allowed three months after publication the earliest and provided that a link is inserted to the respective article at Politikon’s website.

Paper submission guidelines

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)

Bibliography examples

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:  

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: (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: (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: (21 May 2018).

[News site without identifiable author] BBC (2018): ‘Brexit: Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron hold talks’. Accessible at: (3 August 2018).

Legal documents

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: (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:  (29 May 2018).

United Nations. The UN Charter, 26 June 1945. Available at:  (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:  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: (29 May 2018).

Brazil (2012). ‘AP nº 470’, Federal Supreme Court, 17 Dec 2012. Available at:  (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

Cover Page

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.

Literature review

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.

Future research

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.

Note on Plagiarism

As the global representation of political science students, we are committed to the highest international standards of academic and scientific honesty. Therefore, we strictly refuse to accept any piece of work, oral or written, that is a product of plagiarism. We subscribe to the definition and characteristic of plagiarism of Oxford University, according to which

‘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.’[1]

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[2] carefully and adhere to the referencing requirements listed therein.   

[1] University of Oxford. 2016. ‘Plagiarism’. Available at [Accessed 20.08.2016]:

[2] For example, University of Melbourne. 2016. ‘Academic honesty and plagiarism’. Available at [Accessed 20.08.2016]:

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Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement of the IAPSS Journals (Politikon, Encuentro Latinoamericano)

Politikon and Encuentro Latinoamericano (ELA) are peer-reviewed journals published by the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS). The former focuses on all general areas of Political Science and the latter on Latin American politics in particular. Both journals are open to all theoretical and methodological traditions and submissions from all over the world.

All the manuscripts received are evaluated by the editorial boards and by external reviewers. Academic excellence is a necessary condition for publication. The submissions are evaluated also on the basis of a proper use of terms, the quality of writing

In order to ensure a double-blind review process, authors are required to submit two separate files containing: a manuscript without any information susceptible of identifying the author/s; and title page, indicating the author’s name, position, short presentation of the author as requested by the Paper Submission Guidelines, article title and e-mail address. An insufficient level of anonymity may result in a delay during the review process.

Politikon and ELA receive submissions of original articles, research notes and book reviews.


By submitting a manuscript to ELA Journal the author must confirm:

  • The originality of the work.
  • That the manuscript was not published previously elsewhere (and is not under evaluation by another Journal).
  • That the author owns all the copyrights related to the manuscript (it is necessary to inform about co-authors).
  • If there is any conflict of interest.
  • The list of sources used.
  • The acceptation of the Journal guidelines and policies.
  • The publisher’s right to publish the manuscript in printed or electronic form, as well as to include the article in one or more databases.

Instructions for authors 

Submissions should be accompanied by an assurance that the manuscript has not been published, submitted, or accepted for publication elsewhere. Submissions, in an electronic form only, are to be sent to the editorial boards of Politikon ( and ELA ( Submissions linked to Latin American politics should be submitted to ELA.

Manuscript submission guidelines

A manuscript that does not meet the formal requirements presented in the Section ‘Required Paper Format’ of the online Paper Submission Guidelines cannot be accepted.

Politikon publishes all content exclusively in English; ELA publishes articles written in Spanish, Portuguese or English. However, abstracts for ELA articles should be written in two languages: one of them must be English.

The journals strongly advise authors to submit their texts to a proofreading process before sending them to the editorial board. Articles that do not match basic academic writing standards will not be accepted.

Copyright and originality of the offered manuscript
  1. It is assumed that the manuscript submitted has not been previously published. It is expected that the authors will inform the respective editorial board if the entire manuscript, parts of it or some relevant results have been previously published in a different publication. Should either of the editorial boards conclude that this condition is not fulfilled, the review process may be terminated.
  2. The manuscript submitted must be an original academic work. If that is not the case the author needs to provide information regarding all circumstances that could raise doubts on whether the manuscript is the outcome of original research.
  3. By submitting the manuscript the author acknowledges that after the publication by Politikon or ELA her/his work will be made available online at IAPSS website, as well as on the databases where the journal is indexed.


By agreeing to review a manuscript, the reviewer undertakes to:

  • Immediately inform the editor if there is a conflict of interest, and to ensure that all information related to/ contained in the manuscript remains confidential;
  • Let the editor be aware of all circumstances that could be a reason for rejecting the publication of the manuscript;
  • Evaluate manuscripts based on their content;
  • Write a review report by filling in the standardized review form provided by the Editorial Board;
  • Inform the editor in case he does not feel sufficiently qualified to professionally evaluate the manuscript or if he cannot elaborate in the review process for any other reason.


  • All articles published in this journal have been subjected to a detailed review process, which includes a first evaluation by the editor and a blind evaluation by at least two anonymous referees.
  • The Editor-in-Chiefs of the journal together with the publisher decide which articles submitted to the journal shall be published. They follow the policy of IAPSS and ensure there is no copyright infringement or plagiarism (as defined by the IAPSS Declaration on Plagiarism).
  • The editor evaluates the manuscript based on its intellectual content, regardless of the race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic background, citizenship and political orientations of the author.
  • The editor, or any other member of the editorial board may not disclose any information about submitted manuscripts to any other person than the author, referees, other editorial advisers and the publisher.
  • The editor’s duty is to ensure just and relevant review process. The editor must refuse to take part in reviewing the manuscripts (i.e. must ask another editor or a member of the editorial board to manage the review and evaluation process), whenever there is a conflict of interest due relations based on cooperation or connections with any of the authors, organizations and institutions connected with the given work. The editor must require all contributors to specify all conflicts of interest and publish a correction if a conflict of interest occurred after the article was published.
  • The editor must not use unpublished materials from submitted manuscripts for own research without explicit written approval of the author(s). Protected information and ideas received during the review process must be considered confidential and may not be used for personal benefit. It is the editor’s responsibility to ensure that editorial decisions are not influenced by income from advertising, reprint and other commercial activities.


  • Politikon and ELA are interested in having the roles of the publisher and the editors well defined to ensure the autonomy of editorial decisions without any influence from advertisers and other commercial partners.
  • The publisher is obliged to archive the signed license agreements with the author, which guarantees the absence of conflicts of interest concerning financing of publication and research, as well as academic honesty.
  • The publisher coordinates the administration and functioning of the online facilities of the journals, and ensures their functioning in cooperation with the overall IAPSS website coordinator. Both journals have an advance access of 30 days to IAPSS members, after which the publisher shall ensure that there is open access to the respective issue of the IAPSS journal.
  • If any instance of plagiarism or any other scientific misconduct is discovered after the publication, the publisher, in cooperation with the editors, is obliged to adopt all necessary measures to either publish and announce a corrected version of the article or retract it from the publication.