Author Instructions

All submissions to the JPIPE are first considered by the editor-in-chief and one or more associate editors. Papers that, in our judgment, warrant further review will normally receive two external reviews.

Initial Submissions

Manuscripts submitted for review to the Journal of Political Institutions and Political Economy (JPIPE) should be no longer than 35 pages, including all text, footnotes/endnotes, references, and tables/figures. The title page and abstract do not count against the 35-page limit.

Authors should double-space text and appendix materials in a standard 12-point type font, with one-inch margins, using a standard paper size (8-1/2” x 11” or A4). Footnotes and “notes” for tables and figures can be single spaced and in smaller font (no less than 10 point). In-text citations should follow Modern Language Association (MLA) style, with parenthetical citations. Thus all manuscripts need to have a separate references section at the end of the manuscript that is ordered alphabetically. Tables and figures may be single-spaced.

Any manuscript that uses or refers to supplementary/supporting information and analyses should include that material in a clearly marked, separate appendix file that must be submitted as an "Online Appendix" in Editorial Express; note that the appendix material does not count against the 35-page limit of the submitted file. (Upon publication, these files will be archived online as part of the paper.)

An abstract is required for all submitted manuscripts. The abstract should be a single paragraph of 150 words or less that succinctly describes the research question addressed, the analytical approach, and the major findings of the manuscript. References and citations to other work should not be included in the abstract.

The JPIPE employs a double-blind review process. Therefore, authors should remove all self-identification information from the version of the manuscript that will be sent out to referees. Authors should also remove all acknowledgments, expressions of gratitude, and statements about grants or other financial support for the research reported in the manuscript. Any references to personal interactions with other scholars (e.g., a note stating “I received the data from __”) should be taken out. Authors may leave citations to their own work in the manuscript, as long as those citations refer to published work and do not self-identify themselves in any way (i.e., no personal pronouns). Authors should avoid citations to their doctoral dissertations, working papers, or forthcoming publications.

The JPIPE accepts only electronic submissions, through Editorial Express. Authors should submit an anonymous version of the manuscript in PDF format.

To submit a paper, click here: Editorial Express.

The submitting author declares that the manuscript has not been previously published, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and that its publication is approved by all co-authors (if any). Further, if accepted, the work will not be published elsewhere in similar form.

Editors’ Goals for Turnaround

The editors review each submission prior to seeking reviewers. We will often “desk-reject” papers that do not fit the journal scope, or that we believe for other reasons are unlikely to end up being accepted. If we decide to desk-reject, we will seek to act quickly so that the authors can move on to another journal. Authors should also feel free to inquire informally about whether their paper is a fit for the JPIPE prior to submission.

The JPIPE editors and the JPIPE office staff make every effort to process manuscripts as quickly as possible. However, the double-blind refereeing process can be slow. It is impossible to predict the length of time that will be required to process any given manuscript.

We aim in most cases to provide authors with a clear editorial decision by the end of the second review round (accept, conditionally accept, or reject). We will normally request a second “revise and resubmit” only when the first round entailed a substantial rewrite, or in other unusual circumstances.

The JPIPE editors will not accept appeals except in rare cases involving procedural errors relating to the assignment or actions (but not opinions) of reviewers.

Datasets and Proofs

Authors of empirical papers that receive an initial “accept to publish” decision will be required to submit a replication dataset and statistical code to the JPIPE Dataverse page (prior to publication). Full acceptance is thus conditional on the authors posting their data and code on the JPIPE’s Dataverse page. The JPIPE will make the dataset and code publicly available at the time of publication. An author may propose, or the editors may request, creation of an online appendix containing additional results.

Final Submissions

Accepted manuscripts will be typeset and proofread, so it is not necessary to prepare camera-ready copy.

The title page of your paper should include the title, full author names, affiliations and e-mail addresses, a corresponding author, abstract, and 3-5 keywords.

After a manuscript is accepted for publication, graphics for the final version must be submitted as separate files. When supplying color figures or halftones (photos), ensure that there is sufficient contrast to enable clear black and white printing. Use either Times New Roman or Arial typefaces on all figures. Do not put boxes around figures. Halftones should be supplied in 300 dpi resolution.

Supplementary material and online appendices should be submitted separately from the final accepted paper.