ISSN print 0044-3360
Frequency: 4 x per year print and online
Unsolicited manuscripts submitted to the journal for publication will be reviewed anonymously by at least two experts. An anonymised version of each manuscript should therefore be sent to the ZfP’s editorial office in a digital form if possible (preferably by Email). This anonymised version should contain no indications as to the author’s identity, which includes references in the manuscript to other publications by the author or other such pointers.
The Zeitschrift für Politik is not an open access journal. However, it is possible to publish individual articles in the journal open access by making the digital version freely available under a Creative Commons license chosen by the respective author(s). The publisher requires a fee to cover the publication costs (Article Processing Charge – APC) in the amount of 1,990.00 EUR (plus VAT). Many scientific institutions and science funding bodies provide corresponding funds for the publication of research results.
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The publishers of the Zeitschrift für Politik (Journal for Politics) decide whether unsolicited essays submitted to the journal are accepted or rejected in collaboration with external reviewers and in agreement with the editor. The review takes the form of a completely anonymous double-blind process, i.e. neither does the reviewer know the name of the author nor the author the name of the reviewer.
The review process usually lasts for a maximum of three months, during which time the author is continually kept updated on its progress.
The editor first forwards all submitted essays to the publishers in an anonymised form, asking them to vote on the manuscript and suggest possible external reviewers.
Without exception, distinguished academics (professors and postdocs) from universities all over the world work as reviewers for the ZfP in their own subject and depending on the subject of the essay under review. As the ZfP endeavours to cover the entire spectrum of topics related to political science and its related disciplines, the reviewers are representatives of all those disciplines, including those represented in the editorial board (comparative political science and political systems, the political history of ideas and philosophy, international relations, history, communication studies, sociology, economics, public law and legal theory).
If the publishers decide in their own evaluation to not want to publish an essay, it will be rejected without undergoing the external review process, with the author being informed of the reasons why.
If, based on their own expertise, the publishers come to the unanimous decision that an essay is to be accepted (with revisions where appropriate), it will be accepted and returned to the author in order for the necessary changes to be made.
If the publishers conclude that an essay can be fundamentally considered for publication but that an external review is necessary, the editor will forward that essay to two external reviewers in an anonymised form.
If both external reviewers decide that an essay warrants being published (with revisions where appropriate), it will be incorporated into one of the journal’s forthcoming issues. Should both external reviewers evaluate the essay differently, it will be assessed by a third reviewer. If this third reviewer evaluates the essay positively, it will be accepted for publication (with revisions where appropriate). Should the third review be negative, however, the essay will be rejected, with the author being informed of the principal reasons why.
If, during the review process, indications of possible academic misconduct or plagiarism arise, they will be examined more closely. Should further concrete proof of such impropriety emerge, the author will be presented with these findings and the essay will be rejected.
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