For Authors

General rules:

All articles published in the Political Science Quarterly “e-Politikon” are reviewed. The Editorial Board is obliged to observe the rules of scientific diligence and honesty. We assure the Authors that they will receive competent reviews of the sent articles, written by independent Reviewers.

1. The Authors are responsible for the content of their articles.

2. The main responsibility lies on the Author sending the article.

3. The Authors send a text already formatted in a way compatible with the detailed editorial recommendations (see below).

4. The Authors correct their texts according to the Reviewers’ instructions and introduce the author’s adjustments.

5. The Editorial Board does not send back texts that were not commissioned and secures its right to edit and shorten them, if necessary.

6. We would like to emphasize that ghostwriting and guest authorship are considered as academic dishonesty and will be exposed, which will include informing proper subjects (institutions employing the Authors in question, scientific associations, scientific editors’ associations etc.).


Stages of publishing:

1. Submitting the article to the Editorial Board (e-mail:

The following documents have to be attached to the article:

a. a statement concerning the input of each Author [download]

b. a statement concerning the sources of financing the publication [download]

The statements mentioned above must be handed in personally or sent to:

Ośrodek Analiz Politologicznych UW

Nowy Świat 69, room 215

00-927 Warszawa

2. Editorial Board’s initial verification of the article.

Texts sent to be published in the Quarterly must be accepted by the Editorial Board.

a. The Chief Editor is responsible for the initial qualification of the text; next, he asks the Thematic Editor specializing in the topic of the text for his opinion on it.

b. The Chief Editor and the Thematic Editor decide on following matters: choosing two independent Reviewers for the article; asking the Author to complete or correct the text, where necessary; rejecting the text entirely.

3. Notifying the Author/Authors about the Council’s decision, in case of the Editorial Board’s decision to review the article – making it anonymous and forwarding it to the Reviewers (these actions are taken by the Secretary of the Editorial Board).

4. Reviewing process – done according to the rules of the double-blind review process – Authors and Reviewers do not know their identities.

Review’s possible outcomes:

a. a negative review

b. a review suggesting corrections and the need of having the article reviewed again

c. a review suggesting corrections without the need of having the article reviewed again

d. a positive review, deeming the article ready for being published in its original form

e. condition for the publication of the article – two positive reviews

In order for an article to qualify for publication, it needs to receive two positive reviews. In case of acquiring both the positive and negative assessments, the Chief Editor selects a third additional reviewer whose opinion is conclusive.

5. Sending the Author/Authors the license contract concerning the future use of the copyright to the article (these actions are taken by the Secretary of the Editorial Board).

6. Making possible corrections by the Author/Authors (possibly submitting it to further reviews) and corrections by the Editorial Board.

7. Text typesetting.

8. Publishing the issue on the Quarterly’s Internet page and sending it to the newsletter’s subscribers.


Instructions for Authors Submitting Manuscripts in English to e-Politikon

File format

The manuscript should be sent in .doc or .docx format.


Submissions should not have been previously published elsewhere (including in a language other than English), either in a journal or conference proceedings, or be submitted for publication elsewhere whilst under consideration by e-Politikon.


All submissions must be written in high quality English to enable editors and reviewers assess the work presented. Please use UK spelling.


There are no fees for submission, processing, or publication.


All named Authors must have contributed to the paper, and not just be supervisors or funders of the research. It is strongly advised that the order of Authors and the Corresponding Author details are correct at the time of submission of the manuscript. Once the manuscript has been accepted for publications, no changes to the authorship can be made.


Results should be presented honestly and without any inappropriate manipulation of the data, including visual data. Authors should properly acknowledge others’ work. Plagiarism will not be tolerated (text, tables and any other visual data). Untrue statements about an individual or another entity that could potentially be seen as personal attacks or allegations should be avoided.

Responsible research conduct

The research being reported should have been conducted ethically and responsibly. It should have been approved by the appropriate institutional committee(s) and comply with all relevant legislation and institutional guidelines. In research involving human subjects, the manuscript needs to contain a statement that informed consent was obtained. The corresponding Author should be prepared to gather documentation related to ethical compliance and respond to any questions the Editorial Board may have.


The Author(s) must declare all sources of research funding, provision of fieldwork equipment or other materials (as appropriate) as well as other support such as statistical or transcribing assistance. The role of the funder(s)/sponsor(s) in the research being reported (for example in the research design, interpretation, or analysis) must be disclosed. Names of the funding or sponsoring bodies need to be spelt out in full.


Write clearly and for a wide-ranging political sciences audience (academics, postgraduate students, and practitioners). Methods, theories, concepts, terminology, and data commonly found in the textbooks do not need to be explained in any detail. More advanced topics need to be explained.

Word limit

The maximum length is 7,000 words (excluding abstract, list of references, acknowledgments and note about the Author(s)).

Manuscript structure

It is recommended that submitted manuscripts are generally structured around the following headings:

  • Introduction – Introduction to the issue/context; summary of current knowledge; why the research was needed; purpose of the paper (aims, research questions or hypotheses), etc.
  • Data and Methods – Data used; methods employed in answering research questions, etc.
  • Results – Succinct and clear description of main findings.
  • Discussion – Might include: what the findings mean; relationship to other studies; implications for research, policy, practice (where relevant), etc.
  • Conclusions – Might include: brief summary of findings; contributions of the paper; strengths/weaknesses; further research avenues, etc.
  • References

Alternative structures may be used where it is sensible to do so.


All articles should be accompanied by an abstract of maximum 150 words with the following subheadings:

  • Background – Context and justification for the study
  • Aims – Research questions, aims or hypotheses
  • Data and methods – Data used and methods applied
  • Results – Key findings
  • Conclusions – What the findings mean and what the paper’s contribution is.

Suggested reviewers

At the time of submitting the manuscript, the Corresponding Author (on behalf of all Authors, if applicable) will provide the names, affiliations, and email addresses of 3 possible reviewers for their paper. These reviewers should not include individuals with whom any of the Authors has a close professional or personal relationship. These reviewers should be (a) academics or professionals working in the migration or a cognate field and (b) native English speakers or working in English on a daily basis.


References in the text of the paper should be listed like this:

… Smith (1999) found that …

… political public relations definitions (Shaw et al. 2005 pp. 62-77) …

… according to previous research (e.g. Kowalski 2017; McDonald 2009) …

The Reference list at the end of the paper should be formatted alphabetically. Please observe the following guidelines for different types of sources:

Journal papers

Surname Initials (Year) Paper title. Journal Name Volume (Issue): page numbers.


Surname Initials (Year) Book Title. Place: Publisher.

Chapters in edited books

Surname Initials (Year) Chapter title. In: Editor’s Surname, Initials (ed.) Book Title. Place: Publisher; chapter page numbers.

Working papers and reports

Surname Initials (Year) Paper/report title. Working paper series name, Paper/report number. Department/Centre, Institution, Place.

Statistical office publications

Organisation name (Year) Publication Title. Catalogue number. Place: Publisher.


Surname Initials / Organisation name (Year) Website or webpage title. URL. Accessed on dd month yyyy.

Text layout for submitted manuscripts:

  1. Full name of the Author(s) (left, bolded), email and postal address of the Corresponding Author
  2. Title (centered, bolded)
  3. Abstract
  4. Keywords (up to 5)
  5. Body text (Calibri font 12 adjusted; paragraph: first line – indented 1.25 cm; 1.5 line spacing, standard 2.54cm margins left & right, top & bottom)
  6. References
  7. About the Author(s): affiliation of each Author and their academic degree

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