Publication Ethics & Malpractice Statement

Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science (IAPSS Politikon) is a peer-reviewed journal published by the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS). It focuses on all general areas of Political Science and is open to all theoretical and methodological traditions and submissions from all over the world.

All the manuscripts received are evaluated by the Editorial Board and by external reviewers. Academic excellence is a necessary condition for publication. In particular, submissions are evaluated on the basis of a proper use of terms, the quality of writing, the soundness of methodology, the depth of engagement with existing scholarship, as well as the originality and overall significance of the contribution. 

In order to ensure a double-blind review process, authors are required to submit two separate files containing: a manuscript without any information susceptible of identifying the author/s; and title page, indicating the author’s name, position, short presentation of the author as requested by the Paper Submission Guidelines, article title and e-mail address. An insufficient level of anonymity may result in a delay during the review process.

IAPSS Politikon receives submissions of original articles, research notes, review essays and book reviews.


By submitting a manuscript to IAPSS Politikon the authors must confirm:

  • the originality of the work;
  • that the manuscript was not previously published elsewhere (and is not under evaluation by another Journal);
  • that they own (jointly, in case of co-authorships all the copyrights related to the manuscript;
  • whether there is any conflict of interest;
  • the list of sources used;
  • the acceptance of the Journal's guidelines and policies;
  • the publisher’s right to publish the manuscript in printed or electronic form, as well as to include it in one or more databases.

Instructions for authors 

Submissions should be accompanied by an assurance that the manuscript has not been published, submitted, or accepted for publication elsewhere. Submissions, in an electronic form only, are to be sent to the Editorial Boards of IAPSS Politikon ( Submissions linked to Latin American politics are encouraged to be sent to Encuentro Latinoamericanothe specialized IAPSS journal on Latin American politics. If the authors choose this option, they can offer the manuscript to IAPSS Politikon only once it is no longer under consideration for Encuentro Latinoamericano.

Manuscript submission guidelines

A manuscript that does not meet the formal requirements presented in the Paper Submission Guidelines cannot be accepted.

IAPSS Politikon publishes all content exclusively in English. 

The journal strongly recommends the authors to consult their manuscript with other scholars or qualified peers and, in case they are not native speakers of English, to submit their texts to a proofreading process before submission, provided that they have such an option. Manuscripts that do not match basic academic writing standards will not be accepted.

Copyright and originality of the offered manuscript
  1. It is assumed that the manuscript submitted has not been previously published. It is expected that the authors will inform the respective editorial board if the entire manuscript, parts of it or some relevant results have been previously published in a different publication. Should either of the editorial boards conclude that this condition is not fulfilled, the review process may be terminated.
  2. The manuscript submitted must be an original academic work. If that is not the case, the author needs to provide information regarding all circumstances that could raise doubts on whether the manuscript is the outcome of original research.
  3. The journal screens for plagiarism by requesting its editors and reviewers to assess whether the manuscript is an original work to the best of their ability. The Editorial Board members make use of access to anti-plagiarism software (Turnitin) via their institutions.
  4. By submitting the manuscript the authors acknowledge that after the publication by IAPSS Politikon of their work will be made available online at IAPSS website, as well as through the databases where the journal is indexed.


By agreeing to review a manuscript, the reviewer undertakes to:

  • Immediately inform the editor if there is a conflict of interest (which includes relations based on cooperation or connections with any of the authors, organizations and institutions connected with the given work), and ensure that all information related to/contained in the manuscript remains confidential;
  • Let the editor be aware of all circumstances that could be a reason for rejecting the publication of the manuscript;
  • Evaluate manuscripts based on their content;
  • Write a review report by filling in the standardized review form provided by the Editorial Board;
  • Inform the editor in case they do not feel sufficiently qualified to professionally evaluate the manuscript or if they cannot carry out the review process for any other reason.


  • All articles published in IAPSS Politikon have been subjected to a detailed review process, which includes a first evaluation by the editor and a double-blind evaluation by at least two anonymous referees.
  • The Editor-in-Chief of the journal together with the Editorial Board member in charge of the respective manuscript decide on the publication of the given manuscript. In doing so, they are required to follow the standards set out in this Statement and ensure, to the best of their abilities, that there is no copyright infringement or plagiarism (as defined by the IAPSS Declaration on Plagiarism).
  • The evaluation of the manuscript is based on its intellectual content, regardless of the race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic background, citizenship, political orientations or any other characteristics of the authors.
  • The Editorial Board may not disclose any information about submitted manuscripts to any other person than the authors, referees, members of the International Advisory Committee and the Head of the IAPSS Academic Department or their Deputy as the publisher's representatives.
  • The editor’s duty is to ensure just and relevant review process. The editor must refuse to take part in reviewing the manuscripts (i.e. must ask another editor or a member of the editorial board to manage the review and evaluation process), whenever there is a conflict of interest due relations based on cooperation or connections with any of the authors, organizations and institutions connected with the given work. The editor must require all contributors to specify all conflicts of interest and publish a correction if a conflict of interest occurred after the article was published.
  • The editor must not use unpublished materials from submitted manuscripts for their own research without explicit written approval of the author(s). Protected information and ideas received during the review process must be considered confidential and may not be used for personal benefit. It is the editor’s responsibility to ensure that editorial decisions are not influenced by income from advertising, reprint and other commercial activities.


  • IAPSS Politikon is interested in having the roles of the publisher and the editors well defined to ensure the autonomy of editorial decisions without any influence from advertisers and other commercial partners.
  • The publisher is obliged to archive the signed license agreements with the author, which guarantees the absence of conflicts of interest concerning financing of publication and research, as well as academic honesty.
  • The publisher coordinates the administration and functioning of the online facilities of the journals, and ensures their functioning in cooperation with the overall IAPSS website coordinator. IAPSS Politikon guarantees open access to published manuscripts.
  • If any instance of plagiarism or any other scientific misconduct is discovered after the publication, the publisher, in cooperation with the editors, is obliged to adopt all necessary measures to either publish and announce a corrected version of the article or retract it from the publication.

Last edited: 15 January 2021 (specification of the anti-plagiarism software used).