Open Access Policy, Archiving and Publishing License

Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science is an open access journal. All its content is freely available online immediately upon publication. The journal is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License which allows the authors to distribute their published manuscripts with no restrictions, provided that due attribution to the source of publication is included and academic standards of reproducing the original text are upheld (such as indicating quotations to the original source or paraphrases in cases of reproduction of ideas with due reference provided).

The open access publishing format enables greater visibility and facilitates impact of the published manuscript while retaining all requirements of academic quality and excellence in publishing. Published manuscripts may be deposited in university repositories and in other academic platforms.

There is no article processing charge associated with submitting to or publishing in the journal.

The journal has enabled LOCKSS to store and distribute journal content and it also independently archives its content on the internal servers available to the publisher that would allow the restoration of content in case of any loss of access to the main platform.

The sample publishing license is as follows:

The Author grants to the International Association for Political Science Students (“the Publisher”) the following licence.


This agreement concerns the publishing of the manuscript X (“Manuscript”), and is intended to reflect a balance between the rights of the Author and the Publisher, according to the following principles:

  • The Author and the Publisher believe it is in the general interest to grant maximum access to scholarly and/or scientific works without compromising quality or academic freedom;
  • The Publisher wishes to stimulate participation in its activities and projects;
  • The Author and the Publisher believe that scholarly and scientific works should be publicly available.

Clause 1: Definitions

The following words shall have the following meanings:

  1. Acceptance: the communication to the Author by the Publisher of their willingness to publish the Author’s work.
  2. Publication: IAPSS Politikon.

Clause 2: Licence of rights

  1. Upon Acceptance, the Author grants to the Publisher a sole licence to exploit the rights listed in clause 2.2 in the Manuscript throughout the world for the full term of the copyright.
  2. The sole licence mentioned in clause 2.1 encompasses the right for the Publisher:
    1. to reproduce the Manuscript in whole or in part, and to communicate the Manuscript to the public in print and/or digital form, whether or not in combination with the works of others, for example the making available to the public via internet or any other network, as part of a database, on-line or off-line, for use by third parties;
    2. to translate the Manuscript into other languages and to communicate the translation of the Manuscript to the public;
    3. to create adaptations, summaries or extracts of the Manuscript or other derivative works based on the Manuscript and exercise all of the rights in such adaptations, summaries, extracts and derivative works;
    4. to include the Manuscript, whether in translation or as adaptation or summary, in whole or in part in a computerised database and to make this database available to third parties;
    5. to include the Manuscript, in whole or in part, whether in translation or as adaptation or summary, in a reader or compilation;
    6. to rent or lend the Manuscript to third parties.
  3. The Publisher undertakes that the name of the Author and the source is acknowledged in standard bibliographic citation form

Clause 3 Rights reserved by Author

The Author can exercise the following rights:

Educational or research use

To communicate the Manuscript or to make it available to the public, in print form, whether as part of a course pack or a compilation, for use in education or research within the Author’s own institution or the institutions with which the Author is affiliated.


To upload the Manuscript primarily but not exclusively

  1. a) onto the closed network (e.g. intranet system) of the Author’s home institution or another appropriate institutions; and/or
  2. b) onto publicly accessible institutional and/or centrally organised repositories (such as SSRN, ResearchGate,,

provided that a link is inserted to the Manuscript on the publisher’s website.


To grant to the Author’s own institution (or another appropriate organisation) the authorisation to reproduce the Manuscript for the purpose of preventing it from deteriorating, or if the original is currently in an obsolete format or the technology required to use the original is unavailable, for the purpose of ensuring that the Article continues to be available for education and research purposes.

Personal use

To present the Manuscript at a meeting or conference and to hand out copies of the Manuscript to the delegates attending the meeting.

  1. For every form of (re)use of the Manuscript as described in the above paragraphs, the Author or the Publisher undertakes always to include the complete source (at least the Author’s name, the title and the number of the Publication, and the name of the Publisher), unless this is impossible.

Clause 4: Moral rights

This agreement does not affect the moral rights of the Author in or to the Manuscript. More specifically, the Author asserts their right to be identified as the Author and the right to object to derogatory treatment.

Clause 5: Warranty

1.    The Author warrants that he/she is the sole creator of the Manuscript and that the Manuscript does not infringe any existing third-party copyright or moral right.

2.    The Author shall hold harmless and indemnify the Publisher from any third-party claims resulting from the publication of the Manuscript should there be a breach of this warranty. The warranties contained in this clause also apply to any drawing, photograph or other illustration included in the Manuscript and delivered by the Author.

3.    The Author authorises the Publisher to institute, in co-operation with the Author, the necessary steps to prevent third party infringement of the copyright in the Article. The Author and Publisher undertake to provide each other full co-operation and complete information in this regard.

Clause 6: Obligation to publish

Subject to the Acceptance by the Publisher undertakes to publish the Manuscript to the customary standard of the Publisher at the cost and expense of the Publisher within a reasonable period after Acceptance.

Clause 7: Legal relationship

  1. The Publisher may transfer the exploitation rights on the Manuscript to a third party, provided that this third party fulfils the Publisher’s obligations contained in this agreement towards the Author.
  2. If the Author can show that their moral rights are affected by the use of their Manuscript by the Publisher pursuant to a licence, the Author may demand that the Publisher stop said use. The Publisher must honour the request unless this cannot be reasonably asked of them in view of the scientific or historical value of the Manuscript.
  3. The Author has the right to terminate this agreement if the Publisher goes into liquidation.
  4. Termination of this agreement does not affect any prior valid agreement made by the Publisher with third parties.
  5. Nothing in this agreement is intended to confer rights on any third party.

Clause 8: Multiple Authors

In the case of multiple authors, the Author has the consent of each author to enter this Licence to publish on behalf of them.

Clause 9: Applicable Law

This agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the country of residence of the Author whose courts shall be courts of competent jurisdiction.

Clause 10: Final clause

The agreement comes into effect immediately on Acceptance and shall remain in force for the lifetime of the copyright of the Manuscript.