The American Journal of Political Science (AJPS) seeks manuscripts that make outstanding contributions to scholarly knowledge about notable theoretical concerns, empirical issues, or methodological strategies in any subfield of political science. The AJPS will not review manuscripts that are under consideration for publication elsewhere, manuscripts with contents that have been substantially published elsewhere, or new versions of manuscripts that have been rejected previously by the Journal. Papers that do not meet the formatting and submission guidelines described below and on the “Guidelines for Manuscripts” page will not be sent out for review.
Articles are selected for publication in the AJPS on the basis of a double-blind review process. Authors and co-authors of submissions to the AJPS are expected to review manuscripts for the Journal. The AJPS Editor reserves the right to refuse submissions from authors who repeatedly fail to provide reviews for the Journal when invited to do so.
Submissions to the AJPS should be no longer than 10,000 words. The word count includes the main body of text, notes, references, and the headers of tables and figures. It does not include the title page, Abstract, or Supporting Information. Manuscripts at or near the maximum length will be subjected to special editorial review to determine whether their length is justified. A manuscript that exceeds the 10,000 word limit will be returned without review unless the author specifically requests and justifies an exemption, and the Editor grants the request.
Manuscripts must be submitted through the Editorial Manager online system. The AJPS Editorial Offices and Editorial Manager will be closed to new and revised manuscript submissions from July 18 through August 18, 2015, and from December 12, 2015 through January 4, 2016. With the exception of these time periods, manuscripts can be submitted through Editorial Manager at any time.
Before submitting your manuscript, please visit the Guidelines for Manuscripts page. There you will find important information about preparing your manuscript for submission and about the submission process itself. Submissions that do not conform to the requirements listed in the Guidelines may not be reviewed.
Manuscripts that have been accepted for publication in the AJPS have additional requirements with respect to style, formatting, and availability of replication files. These are described on the Guidelines for Accepted Articles page. Note that these additional requirements generally must be addressed before the final draft of the manuscript is submitted and sent to the publisher.