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The Forum

A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics

Ed. by Disalvo, Daniel / Stonecash, Jeffrey

4 Issues per year

IMPACT FACTOR 2017: 0.536

CiteScore 2017: 0.48

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2017: 0.265
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2017: 0.723

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    Your benefits
    • Interdisciplinary outlook on American politics
    • Most recent researches
    • Analytic reasoning
    • Contemporary, historical, or comparative perspective
    • Politically independent
    • Editorial board including top figures in American political science
    • The Forum bridges the gap between academic political science and real-world politics
    • Open access publication

    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.

    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

    • American politics
    • Political parties
    • Elections and political participation
    • The news media
    • Interest groups
    • Congress and the Presidency
    • Courts
    • Trends in public finance
    • American foreign policy

    Article formats
    Texts longer than newspaper columns but shorter than orthodox journal articles

    Information on submission process

    Supplementary Information


    Type of Publication:

    Professional political scientists, as well as a wide audience of anyone interested in American politics

    Submission of Manuscripts

    Instructions for Authors

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

    • Text should be double-spaced, in Times New Roman, with twelve-point font, and indentations to the first sentence of each paragraph. Either footnotes or 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 keywords
      5. A one- or two-sentence biography of each author
    • References: Please use the 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

    Your benefits of publishing with us
    • Insightful reviews
    • High citation rates, abstracting and indexing of your article
    • Top journal in political sciences
    • Every article easily discoverable because of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and comprehensive abstracting and indexing services
    • Increasing Impact Factor
    • Convenient citation tracking via e-mail alert
    • Secure archiving by De Gruyter and the independent archiving service Portico
    • Professional sales and marketing activities

    Submission process

    Please note
    • Once your article is accepted you have the option to publish it open access
    • Our repository policy allows you to distribute 30 PDF copies of your published article to colleagues (the PDF has to include the information that it is an author's copy). Please also feel free to distribute the link to the online abstract
    • If you have any general questions please visit our FAQ page for authors

    We look forward to receiving your manuscript!

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

    Abstracting & Indexing

    The Forum is covered by the following services:

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    • EBSCO (relevant databases)
    • EBSCO Discovery Service
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    • IBR (International Bibliography of Reviews of Scholarly Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
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    • J-Gate
    • Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition
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    • ProQuest (relevant databases)
    • Publons
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    • SCImago (SJR)
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    • TDNet
    • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory/ulrichsweb
    • WanFang Data
    • Web of Science - Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • Web of Science - Social Sciences Citation Index
    • WorldCat (OCLC)

    Editorial Information

    Daniel DiSalvo, City College, City University of New York
    Jeffrey Stonecash, Syracuse University

    Book Review Editor
    David Parker, Montana State University

    Editorial Assistant
    Regina Wagner, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Editorial Board
    Sarah A. Binder, George Washington University
    Edward G. Carmines, Indiana University
    James W. Ceaser, University of Virginia
    Daniel Galvin, Northwestern University
    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
    Byron E. Shafer, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Peter N. Skerry, Boston College
    Paul M. Sniderman, Stanford University
    Laura Stoker, University of California, Berkeley
    Amber Wichowsky, Marquette University

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    • Could I be told of my manuscript status. I sent it back (I believe) in early summer), and it dealt with result-oriented jurisprudence and the death penalty. Thanks -- Danny Adkison

      posted by: Danny Adkison on 2018-10-10 08:59 PM (Europe/Berlin)