Submit Manuscript

First, review the Guidelines for Manuscripts and details of Manuscript Preparation here.

Manuscript Submission:  A manuscript intended for review by AJPS must be submitted through the online editorial system, Editorial Manager, as follows:

  • If a manuscript has multiple authors, then one author must be designated as the corresponding author. That person will act for the full team of authors as the sole contact for communications with the AJPS Editorial Offices throughout the review process.
  • Before starting the submission process, the corresponding author for the manuscript should have available the names and e-mail addresses of all authors; for each author of the submitted paper, a list of co-authors from the previous five years; the abstract text; and a list of proposed and opposed reviewers for the manuscript. It is expected that the corresponding author will confirm whether any of the authors on the submitted paper have a conflict of interest with the editorial team, and the nature of that conflict of interest.
  • During the submission process, the corresponding author must declare whether the research reported in the submitted manuscript has received IRB approval or exemption, if necessary. We define “human subjects” research using the current Federal definition: i.e., living individuals from whom data was obtained by intervention or interaction with the individual or from whom identifiable private information was obtained. If the research relies on publicly available data which received IRB approval for the original data collection, IRB approval or exemption is not required for submission to the AJPS (though this policy may differ from the authors’ home universities/colleges). If the original data collection did not secure IRB approval or exemption, then IRB review from the author’s home institution is required. Authors’ whose institutions do not have Institutional Review Boards should contact the editorial office on how to proceed.
  • During the submission process, the corresponding author also needs to identify a research subfield for the manuscript and also designate several keywords that identify the topics for which the manuscript is relevant. An author invited to submit a revised manuscript needs to provide the original manuscript number (i.e., that used during the initial review by the AJPS).
  • An original or revised manuscript must include one anonymous (PDF, Word, or LaTex) file. For original submissions, the corresponding author must submit a fully anonymous version of the manuscript (see above). The file containing the manuscript should be marked “anonymous” in the document summary tab and the file must be printable. For (invited) revised submissions, the corresponding author must also upload the response memorandum as an anonymous PDF attached to the top of the anonymous manuscript.
  • A corresponding author may, but is not required to, include comments to the Editor, acknowledgments, and details on where the paper has been presented in the “Author Comments” field in Editorial Manager. This is the only place that these details should be included while the manuscript is under review; if accepted, they can be added into the final version of the paper submitted for publication.
  • If Supporting Information (SI) of no more than 20 pages is included as part of a manuscript submission, it must be uploaded as an “Appendix” in the Editorial Manager system, and complete the “Description” text box associated with the SI file with “Online Appendix.” This designation allows the file to be available to reviewers, but excluded from the print edition of the AJPSif the manuscript is accepted for publication. Please note that any file uploaded to Editorial Manager as a “Supplemental appendix not included in PDF” will not be accessible to the referees during the external review process.
  • A corresponding author may recommend up to three or four individuals who are particularly qualified to review the manuscript. Recommendations cannot include an author’s doctoral dissertation supervisor, someone with whom an author has co-authored work in the past five years, colleagues in an author’s department or comparable employment unit, or anyone with whom an author has a familial or other personal relationship. Recommendations are strictly that; none, one, or all of the author-recommended individuals may be selected to review the manuscript. An e-mail address for each person recommended is appreciated.
  • Authors may also designate up to three or four individuals that they prefer not to review the manuscript. In such cases, the author must specify why the individuals should be disqualified from serving as referees. The selection of individuals opposed by the authors as reviewers is up to the discretion of the editor.
  • If a manuscript is accepted for publication, additional formatting and verification requirements must be met prior to publication. See “Guidelines for Accepted Articles

Updated April 2, 2019

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The American Journal of Political Science (AJPS) is the flagship journal of the Midwest Political Science Association and is published by Wiley.

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