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World Political Science

Edited by: Linda Cardinal

World Political Science has ceased publication.

World Political Science (WPS) publishes translations of prize-winning articles nominated by prominent national political science associations and journals around the world. Scholars in a field as international as political science need to know about important political research produced outside the English-speaking world. Sponsored by the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the premiere global political science organization with membership from national assoications 50 countries worldwide WPS gathers together and translates an ever-increasing number of countries' best political science articles, bridging the language barriers that have made this cutting-edge research inaccessible up to now.

Articles in the World Political Science cover a wide range of subjects of interest to readers concerned with the systematic analysis of political issues facing national, sub-national and international governments and societies. Fields include Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Sociology, Political Theory, Political Economy, and Public Administration and Policy. Anyone interested in the central issues of the day, whether they are students, policy makers, or other citizens, will benefit from greater familiarity with debates about the nature and solutions to social, economic and political problems carried on in non-English language forums.

The journal's editorial board consists of representatives from the participating national and sub-national associations and journals. These currently include Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, Italy, Norway, Lithuania, Switzerland Brazil, South Africa, South Korea, Hungary, Canada, Quebec, Japan, France, Slovenia, Chile, Czech Republic and Taiwan,  World Political Science Review was previously published under the title Encounters: Political Science in Translation, under the former ISSN 1715-0647.

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This document provides authors with details on policy, copyediting, formatting, and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to this journal. All manuscripts must have correct formatting to be considered ready for publication.


The World Political Science (WPS) publishes translations of prize-winning articles nominated by prominent national political science associations and journals around the world. Sponsored by the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the premiere global political science organization with membership from national associations in 50 countries worldwide WPS gathers together and translates an ever-increasing number of countries' best political science articles, bridging the language barriers that have made this cutting-edge research inaccessible up to now.

Consequently, WPS does not accepted unsolicited manuscript submissions.

Permissions: It is the authors’ responsibility to obtain permission to reproduce original or modified material that has been previously published. Any permissions fees are the responsibility of the author(s).

Offprints: The electronic files of typeset articles in Adobe Acrobat PDF format are provided free of charge; corresponding authors receive notification that their article has been published online. Paper offprints can be ordered in addition; an offprint order form will accompany the page proofs and should be completed and returned with the corrected proofs immediately.


The ScholarOne system has been designed to improve the scholarly publication process for authors. Among the many improvements we offer over traditional journals, the most significant is that we have dramatically shortened the period between the initial submission and the final publication of a peer-reviewed article. Much of this time savings is due to the innovative use of electronic publication. These innovations, however, require certain changes in the way authors need to prepare accepted manuscripts for electronic publication.

De Gruyter does provide a light copyedit of manuscripts for this journal, but authors remain responsible for being their own copyeditors.


-Manuscripts should be submitted as Word, docx, rtf, or LaTex files

-If your manuscript contains special characters, equations, etc. please make sure to also supply a PDF version as a reference file. This will be used to ensure any formatting issues introduced during the submission process can be corrected accurately.

-Write your article in English

-Use the following document structure:

• Introduction (titling this section is optional)

• Subsequent sections which include tables, references to figures and figure captions.

• Appendices (if any).

• Explanation of symbols mentioned in the text.

• References - Include a proper bibliography following the guidelines in the References section below.

• Please supply figures in separate files, in addition to being embedded in the text. Please see the "Tables, Figures, and Graphs" section below for more detailed instructions regarding figure submission.


Only use Unicode fonts (e.g. Times New Roman, Arial)


Set the font color to black for the majority of the text. De Gruyter encourages authors to take advantage of the ability to use color in the production of figures, maps, images, and graphs. However, you need to appreciate that this will cause some of your readers problems when they print the document on a black and white printer. For this reason, you are advised to avoid the use of colors in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.


To indicate text you wish to emphasize, use italics rather than underlining. The use of color to emphasize text is discouraged.

Foreign terms should be set in italics rather than underlined.

Titles of books, movies, etc., should be set in italics rather than underlined.


The use of abbreviations and acronyms is permitted provided they are defined the first time they are used.


Headings (e.g., title of sections) should be distinguished from the main body text:

• Clearly indicate the heading hierarchy.

• Be consistent in whether or not you use headline case, or you capitalize the first word and leave the rest in lower-case.


Footnotes must appear at the bottom of the page on which they are referenced rather than at the end of the paper.

Excessively long footnotes are better handled in an appendix.


General requirements: All illustrations must be of reproduction-ready quality and in EPS, TIF, or JPG format. They will be reduced in size to fit, whenever possible, the width of a single column. Lettering of all figures within the article should be uniform in style (preferably a sans serif typeface like Helvetica) and of sufficient size (ca. 8 pt.).Uppercase letters A, B, C, etc. should be used to identify parts of multi-part figures. Cite all figures in the text in numerical order. Indicate the approximate placement of each figure. Do not embed figures within the text body of the manuscript; submit figures in separate files. Only figures (graphs, line drawings, photographs, etc) should be labeled as ‘figures’, not tables or equations.

Halftone figures (grayscale and color) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and be of good contrast. Authors are welcome to submit color illustrations. We are pleased to offer both Print and Online publication of color figures free of charge, but please keep in mind that the use of color to convey information may be lost in a black and white reproduction of the article such as a photocopy.

Line drawings must be of reproduction-ready quality. Please note that faint shading may be lost upon reproduction. When drawing bar graphs, use patterning instead of grey scales. Lettering of all figures should be uniform in style. A resolution of 1200 dpi is recommended.

Figure legends: Provide a short descriptive title and a legend to make each figure self-explanatory on separate pages. Explain all symbols used in the figures. Remember to use the same abbreviations as in the text body.

Number tables consecutively using Arabic numerals. Tables should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Provide a short descriptive title, column headings, and (if necessary) footnotes to make each table self-explanatory.

Refer to tables in the text as Table 1, 2 etc. Use Table 1, etc. in the table legends.

Tables must not be displayed as images.


Roman letters used in mathematical expressions as variables must be italicized. Roman letters used as part of multi-letter function names should not be italicized. Subscripts and superscripts must be a smaller font size than the main text.

Type short mathematical expressions inline.

Longer expressions must appear as display math, as must expressions using many different levels (e.g., such as fractions).

Ensure that Equations are typed or created with a plug-in, such as Word Formula Editor or MathType. Mathematical expressions must not be displayed as images

Important definitions or concepts can also be set off as display math.

Number your equations sequentially.

Insert a blank line before and after each equation.

Whether equation numbers are on the right or left is the choice of the author(s). However, make sure to be consistent in this.

When proofing your document, pay particular attention to the rendering of the mathematics, especially symbols and notation drawn from other-than-standard fonts.



Within the text of your manuscript, use the author-date method of citation. For example, "(Author Last Name 1997)."


Please follow the following structure for Reference List entries:

Stubb, Alexander (1997). "The 1996 Intergovernmental Conference and the management of flexible Integration", Journal of European Public Policy 4:1 March, 37- 55.

Zielonka, Jan (2001). "How new enlarged borders will reshape the European Union", Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol 39. No.1. 507-36.

Hybrid Open Access

For complete details on hybrid open access publishing at De Gruyter please see: https://www.degruyter.com/page/560

Effective 1st January 2016, authors from an institution affiliated with either the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries or some UK libraries participating in the Jisc Collections SMP  may publish primary research and review articles open access in any of De Gruyter’s OnlineOpen journals at a discount of 90% of the APC price. For more information and to confirm whether your institution is eligible please see the following:

The Netherlands: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1461
The UK: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1462
Switzerland:  https://www.degruyter.com/page/1463


Linda Cardinal, University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Canada), linda.cardinal@uottawa.ca

Editorial Board Members

  • Daniel Buquet, Professor and researcher in political science at the Instituto de
    Ciencia Política, Universidad de la República (Uruguay)
  • Oxana Gaman-Golutvina, President of the Russian Association of Political
    Science and Head of the Comparative Politics Department at the Moscow State 2
    Institute (University) of International Relations (MGIMO-University) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.
  • Rieko Kage, Associate Professor, Political Science, Department of Advanced
    Social and International Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo.
  • Dirk Kotzé, University of South Africa (UNISA)
  • Haček Miro, Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science,
    University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), Vice-President of Central European Political
    Science Association. Editor In-Chief of Journal of Comparative Politics
  • Pablo Oñate Rubalcaba, Professor of Political Science, University of Valencia (Spain)
  • Maryam Ben Salem, Adjunct Professor, Political Science, Sousse University (Tunisia)
  • Füsun Türkmen, Professor of International Relations, Holder of the Leopold
    Senghor Chair for La Francophonie, Galatasaray University (Istanbul)
  • Immaculada Szmolka Vida, Professor of Political Science, Department of
    Political Science and Administration, University of Granada (Spain)

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