SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission page to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines will be returned.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of the Global Journal of Political and Social Research will be reviewed.

As part of the submission process, you will be required to warrant that:

  • You are submitting your original work,
  • You have the rights in the work,
  • You have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you,
  • You are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and
  • It is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere.

Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that the journal may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system.

Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal’s author archiving policy. If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

What We Publish

The Editors invite submissions from the global community of social science scholars that make a substantive contribution to the development of theory and/or theoretically-informed empirical analysis across the field of international relations. Genuine interdisciplinary engagement is warmly welcomed. Only manuscripts of sufficient scholarly quality that meet the aims and scope of the Global Journal of Political and Social Research will be reviewed.

Aims & Scope

Before submitting your manuscript to the Global Journal of Political and Social Research please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

Article Types

1) Original Research: 

The GJPSR welcomes original research papers. Research manuscripts may not be currently under review elsewhere. Manuscripts submitted should normally be within 7,000-10,000 words, and under no circumstances longer than 11,000 words, including all notes and references.  

2) Review Essays (Commentaries):

Original review essays provide a critical and constructive analysis of existing published literature in a field, through summary, analysis, and comparison, often identifying specific gaps or problems and providing recommendations for future research. Review essays submitted should normally be within 4,000- 5,000 words, and under no circumstances longer than 6,000 words.

3) Book Reviews:

The aim of book reviews is to provide insight and opinion on recently published scholarly books. Unsolicited book reviews are not accepted for publication in the Global Journal of Political and Social Research.  If you would like to review a book for the journal, please contact the Board of Editors. Book Reviews submitted should normally be within 1,000- 1,500 words, and under no circumstances longer than 2,000 words.

We draw author’s attention to research showing gendered, regional, and theoretical/philosophical biases in citation practices and ask authors to bear this in mind when preparing their manuscripts for submission to the GJPSR.

Editorial Policies

Peer Review Policy

Authors submitting their work to the GJPSR may expect the highest standards of editorial professionalism. Articles will first be screened for quality and for compliance with the aims and scope of the journal. Some material received may not be sent out for review. The GJPSR adheres to a double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. All referees will be asked to review re-submissions that may be requested of authors by the Editors. Additional reviewers will be brought in where necessary. While the views of external reviewers and members of the Editorial Board will be both respected and of primary influence on editorial decisions, the Editors alone remain responsible for all eventual decisions to publish (or not) the material submitted by authors.

The GJPSR is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors.  For further information please visit the website of the Committee at: www.publicationethics.org

Authorship

All parties, and yet only those who have made a substantive contribution to the article, should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. Please note that a student is usually listed as the principal author on any multiple-authored publication if it substantially derives from the student’s dissertation, thesis, or independent research.

Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an “Acknowledgements” section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

Third Party Submissions

Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the “Acknowledgements” section of the manuscript. The statements must:

  • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
  • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
  • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc. Where appropriate, the GJPSR reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves. Where appropriate, the GPSR reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

Funding

If the research has been funded by any grant or institution, The Global Journal of Political and Social Research requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. 

Declaration of Conflicting Interests

The Global Journal of Political and Social Research encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests.

Publishing Policies

Publication Ethics

The Global Journal of Political and Social Research is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. In turn, authors will be held responsible for academic integrity and publication ethics. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors. 

Plagiarism

The Global Journal of Political and Social Research takes issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. For example, where an article is found to have plagiarized other work, or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate administrative or legal action.

Prior Publication and Originality

If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in the Global Journal of Political and Social Research. However, there may be certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. The journal also fully understands that authors build on previously published work. Authors should fully and transparently account for the relationship between their submission and previously published work and/or work under submission elsewhere in a cover letter to the Editors that accompanies the submission process. While originality depends upon the theoretical claims and the findings as well as on the originality of the data, the Global Journal of Political and Social Research shares with other journals the ‘50% rule’ whereby on balance at least half or more of the content of the new submission must be original relative to previously published work and/or work under submission elsewhere. Authors should also be fully transparent in the cover letter about earlier rejected (by the GJPSR) submissions that might overlap with their current submission. Any ‘new’ resubmissions are only considered at the explicit invitation and discretion of the Editors.

Contributor's Publishing Agreement

Before publication, the Global Journal of Political and Social Research requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. This is an exclusive license agreement, which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants the Global Journal of Political and Social Research the sole and exclusive right and license to publish for the full legal term of copyright, including publishing the manuscript/article in e-journal and print format, and on other electronic/social platforms.

Datasets and Author Archiving

Authors submitting quantitative empirical work must, upon request, be willing to provide datasets to accompany their submissions or give the location of the datasets they are using. Quantitative articles will not be accepted for publication without information enabling access to the original datasets and replication code used to produce all empirical results presented in the paper; this information will be posted publicly upon publication.

For authors submitting qualitative work, the Editors may occasionally request to see qualitative source material, such as (anonymized) interview transcripts or documents not publicly available, on which a submission to GJPSR draws. The Editors act as guarantors of quality, and we believe this should extend to due diligence in terms of checking the authenticity of sources not just for quantitative but also for qualitative data. We will not routinely ask for and check such sources, but reserve the right to do so, in particular when Editors or reviewers have concerns about authenticity. Only materials explicitly referred to in publications will be subject to possible requests for sharing. This material will be treated confidentially by the Editors, and will be shared with reviewers or others only when expressly permitted by the author(s). The Editors understand and accept the need to keep some forms of subject-related data confidential, especially in relation to research council funding ethics and integrity guidelines.

Preparing Your Manuscript

The Editors recognize that journal publication can be a frustrating quest and that every journal has its own peculiar house style. Authors submitting new material will not be required to adhere strictly to all details of the GJPSR  ‘house style’, e.g. headings, referencing, and bibliographies, until the article has been in principle accepted for publication. However, the Editors insist that all required elements of the article be present and that the system of referencing conforms to the APA referencing style (7th edition) (see below). Authors will be requested to convert fully to house style once an article has been accepted. Failure to do so at this stage may be considered grounds for withdrawing the offer of publication.

Formatting

The preferred format for your manuscript is Word Document. Authors should remove material that may result in identification that is contained in any supplementary files. The “blinded” version of the manuscript will be stripped of all information that might lead to identification such as acknowledgements to colleagues, to funding agencies, of conference presentations, and so on. This also means that there should be no references to the author’s prior work on the topic or other material that could be readily used to identify the author, either in the text or in the list of references. While authors need to exercise discretion in relation to context, should self-citations be necessary to the development of the argument, authors should simply refer to their past texts as Author (year .. ab/b/c etc.) unless in their judgement anonymity is well preserved despite the author’s name appearing in the references in the text. The full bibliographical reference material may be reinserted in the text and references once the piece has completed the review process and has been accepted for publication.

Begin the document with title, author’s name, author’s position (e.g. professor, lecturer, graduate student, independent scholar), author’s academic department and affiliation (with city and state location or equivalent), and the author’s email address.

All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words.  Please supply up to five keywords.  The word Keywords should be italicized and followed by a colon; the words themselves should be separated by a comma and should not be italicized; no period at the end of the list.   This paragraph should be placed at the end of the abstract, preceded and followed by a line space.

Do NOT include page numbers, headers, or footers. These will be added by the editors. Do NOT utilize automatic formatting for paragraph indents or for space following subheads and paragraphs.

Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures and appendices, as a single Microsoft Word file. Page size should be 8.5 x 11 inches.  All margins (left, right, top and bottom) should be 1-inch, including your tables and figures.  Single space your text.  Use a single column layout with both left and right margins justified.  Main body text font: 12 pt. Times New Roman.  If figures are included, use high-resolution figures, preferably encoded as encapsulated PostScript.

Do NOT indent paragraphs.  A line space should follow each paragraph.  Subheads are in bold, flush left, separated by a line space above and below.  Long quotations should be placed in a separate paragraph with a .5-inch hanging indent, no quotation marks, and preceded and followed by one-line spaces. 

Write your article in English.  Except for common non-standard English terminology, the use of non-standard English terms should be avoided.  Authors should use proper, standard English grammar.  Suggested guides include The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White, and The Chicago Manual of Style, University of Chicago Press. 

Underlining in the text is discouraged.  Whenever possible use italics to indicate text that you wish to emphasize.  Use italics for book titles, movie titles, etc., and for foreign terms.  Using colored text is prohibited.  However, we encourage authors to take advantage of the ability to use color in the production of figures, maps, etc.  To the extent possible, tables and figures should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text.  Large tables or figures should be put on pages by themselves.  Avoid the use of overly small type in tables.  In no case should tables or figures be in a separate document or file.  All tables and figures must fit within 1-inch margins on all sides, in both portrait and landscape view.

Using footnotes is discouraged; however, when used, they should appear at the bottom of the page on which they are referenced.  Footnotes should be in 10 pt. Times New Roman, single spaced, and flush left, ragged right.  There should be a footnote separator rule (line).  Footnote numbers or symbols in the text must follow, rather than precede, punctuation.  Exceedingly long footnotes are probably better handled as an endnote. 

The subhead References should appear right after the end of the document, beginning on the last page if possible.  They should be flush left, ragged right.  Use the APA format.

Artwork, Figures and Other Graphics

To make reviewers’ work easier, authors are requested to submit articles with tables and figures embedded in the text to the extent this is practicable in the software chosen. At the final submission/acceptance stage, some file formats will nonetheless need to be submitted separately.

Figures supplied in color will appear in color online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in color in the printed version. For specifically requested color reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from the Global Journal of Political and Social Research after receipt of your accepted article.

Supplemental Material

Please refer to the journal’s transparency and data access policy at 3.4 above. This journal will be able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please contact the Editors.

Reference Style

The Global Journal of Political and Social Research adheres to the APA referencing style (7th edition). To ensure your manuscript conforms to this referencing style, view, for example, the tutorial at https://www.librarydevelopment.group.shef.ac.uk/referencing/apa-7ed.html

English Language and Editing Services

American spelling throughout the manuscript is preferred. Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using language services of the Global Journal of Political and Social Research.

Submitting Your Manuscript

The Global Journal of Political and Social Research is hosted on www.nunavutnetwork.com , which provides a web based online submission and peer review system. To submit your article online, first please complete your registration through the “My Account” button in the navigation bar.

ORCID

As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process, the editors of the Global Journal of Political and Social Research supports the system of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized. 

The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of academic journals. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process.

Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one.

Information Required for Completing Your Submission

You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the “corresponding author”. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant). You will also require an abstract of not more than 250 words.

Permissions

Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.

On Acceptance and Publication

The GJPSR Production

Your GJPSR production editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorizing the change.

Online First Publication

Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication.

Access to Your Published Article

The Global Journal of Political and Social Research provides authors with online access to their final article.

Promoting Your Article

Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure that it is as widely read and cited as possible through actively using various social platforms.

Further Information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Global Journal of Political and Social Research using the contact form located in the contact us page.