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The Forum

A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics

Ed. by Shafer, Byron / Disalvo, Daniel

4 Issues per year

IMPACT FACTOR increased in 2014: 0.377

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2014: 0.268
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2014: 0.241
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2014: 0.198

Aims and Scope

This journal provides a forum for professionally informed commentary on issues affecting contemporary American politics. This includes but is not limited to issues engaging parties, elections, and political participation; the news media, interest groups, Congress, the Presidency, and the Courts; trends in public finance, presidential popularity, congressional productivity; in contemporary, historical, or comparative perspective.

The journal is motivated by the view that social scientists, historians, and legal scholars frequently have important insights into the concerns that arise in contemporary politics and government, drawing upon the disciplinary knowledge at their command. Yet they frequently lack a publishing outlet willing to print the analytic reasoning that gives weight to the resulting commentary. The Forum is designed to fill this gap.

We contemplate a journal free of fixed position and requiring no particular verdict with respect to policies, institutions, or processes. Well-reasoned discussion disciplined by reference to established bodies of knowledge or aimed at stimulating the creation of such knowledge is the goal of this journal.

Supplementary Information

Type of Publication:


A first in political science, The Forum is the sole venue where professional political scientists analyze and comment on contemporary American politics, with peer-reviewed articles that are relevant and accessible to a wide audience. Topics include parties, elections, the news media, Congress, the Presidency, American foreign policy, and American politics in comparative perspective. The journal is edited by Byron Shafer (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Ray La Raja (University of Massachusetts, Amherst); its editorial board includes many of the top figures in American political science. Articles have been featured on NPR and are discussed frequently on blogs around the Web. With timely and topical pieces that tend to be longer than newspaper columns but shorter than orthodox journal articles, The Forum bridges the gap between academic political science and real-world politics.


Publication History


Four issues/year
Content available since 2002 (Volume 1, Issue 1)
ISSN: 1540-8884


What scholars are saying about The Forum


Over recent years I have seen the wealth of articles available through this electronic journal and consider it a valuable resource both for my own research and for keeping in touch with the field generally.


James F. Guyot, Professor, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, CUNY


This is a major new initiative in electronic publishing, featuring contributions by some of the best U.S. and international scholars of political science and public policy.


Joe Atkinson, Senior Lecturer and Research Director, Political Science, University of Auckland


Its editors have succeeded in attracting knowledgeable and articulate scholars as authors of articles that deal with important issues in a manner that will appeal to a wide range of college educated readers.


Christian Soe, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Long Beach


This electronic journal consistently provides high level cutting edge research which is extremely timely and cogent with respect to the topics which are important to my research and teaching. Anyone in the field of American government and politics would benefit from the most current issue of The Forum for example.


John Jackson, Professor, Southern Illinois University Carbondale


This publication is increasingly becoming a "must have" for study of American government.


Melvin J. Dubnick, Professor, University of New Hampshire

Instructions for Authors

Submissions to The Forum should be emailed directly to the editors at theforum.degruyter@gmail.com in MS Word.

Text should be double-spaced, in Times New Roman, with twelve-point font, and indentations to the first sentence of each paragraph.  Either footnotes are scientific notation are acceptable (a list of references should follow at the end of the document).  Exhibits can be in any standard, easily edited format.

Submissions will be acknowledged expeditiously.

Please include cover page with the following:

1. The title
2. The names of authors, with their institutional affiliations and email addresses
3. A single-spaced abstract of about 150-250 words
4. Three to five key words
5. A one- or two-sentence biography of each author. 


Please use the Chicago Manual of Style author-date system for parenthetical citation in the text and the related reference list entry. For more specific details please visit http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html and click on the Author-Date tab.

IMPORTANT:  By submitting to The Forum, you are agreeing to the terms of the De Gruyter Copyright Agreement.  To view the full CTA, please visit the following link: De Gruyter Copyright Agreement.

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Byron E. Shafer, Editor
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Daniel DiSalvo, Coeditor
City College of New York
Daniel Galvin, Book Review Editor
Northwestern University

Regina L. Wagner, Editorial Assistant
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Editorial Board

Sarah A. Binder
George Washington University

Edward G. Carmines
Indiana University

James W. Ceaser
University of Virginia

D. Sunshine Hillygus
Duke University

Gary C. Jacobson
University of California, San Diego

Richard G.C. Johnston
University of British Columbia

Raymond J. La Raja
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

David R. Mayhew
Yale University

James Lee Ray
Vanderbilt University

Peter N. Skerry
Boston College

Paul M. Sniderman
Stanford University

Laura Stoker
University of California, Berkeley

Amber Wichowsky
Marquette University

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