Submission guidelines and requirements

Journal’s publication areas

The journal’s research areas are the same as the School’s three research groups.

  • Conflict, Security and Human Rights Group
  • Comparative Politics Group
  • Political and Social Thought Group

More generally, we are welcoming submissions from any of the many fields of political science including, but not limited to:

  • Political Theory
  • British Politics
  • Terrorism Studies
  • Conflict Analysis
  • European Politics
  • Ethics in International Relations


Requirements for submission of papers

Type of work

For this first issue, essays from undergraduate and postgraduate students will be considered. As this issue will be focused on “Europe in the World”, we encourage submissions which would relate to this theme. However, submissions on other topics are also welcomed and will be considered for publication.

The essays will need to have achieved 65% or over in order to be considered. Students need to have implemented the feedback which was given to them on the essay before submitting them for publication in the journal.


Word count, formatting and style

The word-limit will be of 3’500 words. The +/- 10% word-limit rule applies, however essays over 3850 words will not be considered.

All submissions that were originally submitted as essays must have an original title. This is to protect the copyright of the module convener over the essay questions.

Submissions must be fully referenced and provide a bibliography, using the Chicago Manual of Style guidelines for references. If you are unsure, these can be found here:

Including sub-headings throughout the essay are appreciated.

All in text references must use footnotes and not in-text or endnotes.

Line spacing must be set at 1.5, font size at 12pt and font to Arial.

All submissions must be in .doc format, and contain a cover sheet in the same file.



Submissions should be original work that you believe contributes to, or portrays the existing literature in the field in an interesting way. We are looking for work that exemplifies original and imaginative work. If this sounds intimidating do not worry; you are often more innovative than you think you are!

Work should put forward a clear argument, rather than providing purely descriptive material.

While being specialist, papers should be accessible to all readers and also be structured in a clear and concise manner, using appropriate paragraphing. Advice on this can be obtained from the Unit for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching workshops or via their website.

For work which was not course specific, we are more than happy to consider work that has not been written specifically for your degree, and this will not put your submission at a disadvantage.

All work, whether course related or not, must be thoroughly proof read and referenced before submission.


Cover Sheet

On the cover sheet please include the following information:

  • Your name.
  • Your email for correspondence.
  • The title of your submission.
  • Word count.
  • The name of the module the piece was originally written for (if applicable), and its module convener.
  • The exact mark it was given.
  • A short abstract of 100-200 words, detailing in brief the contents of your article.


Deadline and Where to Submit

The email for submissions to be sent to is:

The deadline for submissions for the first issue is Saturday 22nd February 2013.



All authors published will retain full copyright of their work. This means that students who go on to further study will be able to revise and reuse material in order to support their career. All we request is that if work is revised and republished in future, you credit this journal as the first place of publication.

Any updates regarding this will be published on the journal blog should there be any changes.


If you have any questions, please get in touch with us via email:

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