As a general Political Science journal, IAPSS Politikon aims to contribute to the academic debate in all major subfields of the discipline and remains open to submissions from neighboring disciplines (Human Rights, Law, Public Policy) if their questions demonstrate relevance to Political Science as well. The quality of each final article is ensured by a double-blind peer-review process, handled primarily by researchers who are part of the journal’s extensive reviewer database.
Being open to submissions from scholars of all levels, it uniquely endeavors to give a strong voice to students and junior scholars while retaining close links to established senior scholars through its International Advisory Committee. In order to facilitate reflections of junior scholars on the existing academic works, it publishes book reviews and review essays besides full-fledged research papers. To support the timely publication of important partial research frameworks and new data, it offers space for research notes that prioritize the novelty of data or of the theoretical developments over complex data analysis that may follow from them in the subsequent stages of the research process.
In addition, IAPSS Politikon benefits from IAPSS’s partnerships with other established political science associations – including the International Political Science Association (IPSA) and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).
Thanks to IAPSS' Crossref membership, each IAPSS Politikon new issue and published text receives a unique DOI (digital object identifier). In addition, IAPSS Politikon is currently indexed in:
The Editorial Note to Volume 41 explains the journal's philosophy when it comes to the evaluation of manuscripts on the intersection of excellence, empowerment and expression: 'In the past months, the efforts to further improve the performance and outreach of IAPSS Politikon led to the preparation of an annual report, covering the period from June 2018 to May 2019. One of the findings of this report is that the journal received 90 submissions, with a desk-rejection rate of 63 percent and a rejection rate (including desk-rejections) of 71 percent. The acceptance rate (excluding articles withdrawn by authors at some stage of the review process) equals 19 percent. These basic statistics match the journal’s ambition to meet high standards of academic quality (hence the relatively low acceptance rate). At the same time, the higher desk-rejection rate mostly due to submissions not meeting the formal requirements and the authors not rectifying them as requested, but relatively low rate of rejections in the main review process indicate inclusivity of authors from disadvantaged (educational, language, financial) backgrounds. In other words, authors who place considerable efforts into improving their manuscripts normally have a good chance of getting them accepted to the journal.'
Please note: Politikon: IAPSS Journal of Political Science is in no way affiliated with Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies, SAAPS or Taylor & Francis.