The JOP will go on Winter Break from the morning of December 17 through the morning of January 22. During this break, we will not accept new submissions, but will continue to accept reviews and revised manuscripts. Also during this break, the new Field Editor team will begin work. R&Rs during this time will be handled by editors from both teams.
Beginning with the October 2018 issue, the JOP's Book Review section will focus on book review essays based on multiple books instead of stand-alone reviews of single books.
Book review essays will focus on 3-4 books, organized around a common theme. Authors are encouraged to construct their essays as "critical reviews," and thus go beyond simply critiquing the books and build independent arguments.
More information on the book review essays can be found here: http://www.thejournalofpolitics.org/book-reviews.html
The Journal of Politics is starting a new Symposium section, which will include several short articles built around a particular topic. The topics will be based on important issues (often with a real-world component) or involve retrospectives of important books. The Symposium articles, which will be roughly half as long as the usual articles in the JOP, will be original research.
Article proposals for future Symposia will be selected via an open call (details below). Authors will be invited (all flight/hotel expenses paid) to a one-day workshop at the University of Southern California to present their article drafts and receive feedback, and revised drafts will be editorially reviewed before they are published. And a note summarizing the symposium process — as separate from the usual peer-review process — will appear at the bottom of the first page of each article to ensure transparency.
Each JOP Symposium will include 4 to 6 papers.
Request for Proposals
There will be two Symposia Workshops at USC in Fall 2018. The topics will be:
(1) Race and Law Enforcement (October 30)
(2) Foreign Policy in the Age of Trump (December 4)
Paper proposals for either Symposium should be 1-2 pages in length, and include (a) the research question and (b) a short research design. Papers proposals can be standard normal-science (and thus the RD should include the data and methods to be used) or more conceptual in nature.
Proposals should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 1. Decisions will be made by July 27.
If you already have papers that might fit the topic area, please include a URL or attachment. Note that said papers cannot be published or under review elsewhere.
The JOP will be on Summer Break in 2018 from Wednesday, August 1, through Wednesday, September 5. We will not accept new submissions during this break. Please continue to submit reviews and revised manuscripts through Editorial Manager.
The Journal of Politics will be on winter break between December 16, 2016 and January 17, 2017. We will not accept new submissions during this time, but we will continue to conduct editorial review. Reviews and revised manuscripts should be submitted to Editorial Manager as usual.
The JOP will be on summer break between Monday, August 1, 2016 and Tuesday, September 6, 2016. We will not accept new submissions during this time, but we will continue to conduct editorial review. Reviews and revised manuscripts should be submitted to Editorial Manager as usual.
The Journal of Politics is pleased to announce and begin accepting submissions for a new "Short Articles" section. This section will appear as necessary, in accordance with the volume of high-quality submissions received. Like standard articles, these brief contributions will appear in both the print and online editions of the Journal. Short paper submissions will be limited to 10 pages, double spaced -- and must follow the formatting guidelines laid out in the instructions to authors.
The Editorial Team encourages authors to submit original papers with narrower substantive focus and replications of important findings. The goal of this additional section is to promote the dissemination of ideas and findings that would otherwise be ignored because of the prioritization of novelty at general interest political science journals. In light of a growing body of research about publication bias, the Editorial Team has elected to provide authors with an opportunity to submit high-quality work that makes narrower - but critically important - contributions to existing areas of research.
The first “Short Articles” section should appear in the January 2017 issue of the Journal. Authors who have questions about the appropriateness of their submission for the short paper section are encouraged to contact the Journal at: email@example.com.
The JOP will be on winter break between December 20 and January 5. We will not accept new submissions during this time, but we will continue to conduct editorial review and (happily) receive referee reports.
The Journal of Politics summer hiatus will run from Saturday, August 8, 2015 through Monday, September 7, 2015. During this period we will not accept new manuscripts. However, the JOP will accept revised manuscripts, process incoming reviews, already-received manuscripts, and issue editorial decisions. Reviewers may login to Editorial Manager to submit their reviews during this period.
Authors will not be able to check the status of manuscripts through Editorial Manager during this period. If you would like to check your manuscript's status, please send an e-mail request with your manuscript number to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to assist you.
If you are in the process of preparing a manuscript for submission, please mark your calendars. Again, the JOP will be closed to new and revised manuscripts from August 8, 2015 through September 7, 2015.
Jeffery A. Jenkins
Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Politics