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Organized Section Journals

APSA Organized Sections have added journal subscriptions as part of their section membership benefits, or have sponsored journals as part of their activities. These section journal opportunities provide access to scholarship across a number of fields and include leading journals like Political Behavior, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, Publius, and Political Analysis. In each case, the section has negotiated significant discounts for section members over the traditional individual subscription rate making this a great bargain for section members.

Organized Sections, which are groups organized by members around common scholarly and professional interests, promote networking among members who share an interest in a particular subfield, and provide their membership with outlets for research and opportunities for scholarship.

Journal of Experimental Political Science

The Journal of Experimental Political Science (JEPS) features research—be it theoretical, empirical, methodological, or some combination thereof—that utilizes experimental methods or experimental reasoning based on naturally occurring data. JEPS defines experimental methods broadly: research featuring random (or quasi-random) assignment of subjects to different treatments in an effort to isolate causal relationships between variables of interest. JEPS embraces all of the different types of experiments carried out as part of political science research, including survey experiments, laboratory experiments, field experiments, lab experiments in the field, and natural and neurological experiments. 

JEPS invites authors to submit concise articles (around 2500 words) that immediately address the subject of the research; however, the editors will also consider more lengthy articles in appropriate cases. JEPS strongly encourages authors to submit null or inconsistent results from well-designed, executed, and analyzed experiments as well as replication studies of earlier experiments.

Journal of Information Technology and Politics

Published by the Informational Technology and Politics section, the Journal of Information Technology & Politics (JITP) seeks high-quality manuscripts on the challenges and opportunities presented by information technology in politics and government. The primary objectives of the journal are to

  • promote a better understanding of how evolving information technologies interact with political and governmental processes and outcomes at many levels,
  • encourage the development of governmental and political processes that employ IT in novel and interesting ways, and 
  • foster the development of new information technology tools and theories that can capture, analyze, and report on these developments.

Journal of Law and Courts

Journal of Law and Courts (JLC) is a peer-reviewed journal for members of the law and courts intellectual community. It is interdisciplinary in scope and encourages connections between different scholarly approaches to the field.

Sponsored by the Law and Courts section but published for all scholars interested in legal institutions, actors, processes, and policy, the journal is dedicated to combating intellectual fragmentation and promoting communication and fertilization across traditional boundaries. JLC publishes articles that tackle theoretical and empirical questions that strike a wide audience of scholars as important. JLC employs highly rigorous arguments and methods and is written in a manner interesting and accessible to scholars with perspectives different from the author's. (first published in March 2013)

Journal of Political Science Education

Published by the Political Science Education section, the Journal of Political Science Education focuses on the central concept of teaching and learning about politics. The journal has topics ranging from pedagogical scholarship to reviews of textbooks and relevant teaching tools and technologies available to political scientists. The journal aims to represent the full range of questions, issues, and approaches to political science education such as methods and techniques, educational assessment in political science, and other teaching-related issues.

Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (Forthcoming)

Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (JREP) is the official journal of the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics section of the American Political Science Association. JREP highlights critical and timely research into the multiple junctures between politics and issues of race, ethnicity, immigration, and indigeneity as well as their intersections with other axes of identity and marginalization. The journal publishes work that broadly focuses on racial and ethnic politics, from scholars across all subfields of political science and allied disciplines. The key distinguishing feature of the journal is its focus on politics, whether in a single country, across countries, or transnationally.

JREP is open with respect to areas of substantive focus, with methods and approaches ranging from political theory and critical studies, to qualitative, statistical, and experimental approaches. The journal will also provide opportunities for enhanced academic engagement, including a guest column section featuring perspectives from practitioners in political and policy worlds, specialized symposia on timely topics, and blog postings and media engagement by authors, reviewers, and editors.

The Law and Politics Book Review

Published by the Law and Courts section, the Law and Politics Book Review  is published electronically. The electronic medium enables us to review almost every book about the legal process and politics, to do longer reviews than are usually published, and to make the reviews available within six months of our receipt of the book.

Legislative Studies Quarterly

Published by the Legislative Studies section, the Legislative Studies Quarterly is an international journal devoted to the publication of research on representative assemblies. Its purpose is to disseminate scholarly work on parliaments and legislatures, their relations to other political institutions, their functions in the political system, and the activities of their members both within the institution and outside.

New Political Science

Published by the New Political Science section, the focus of New Political Science as official journal of the CNPS, is to develop analyses which reflect a commitment to progressive social change and which treat topics that are within exploratory phases of development in political science. It insists on the broadest possible definition of 'politics', and holds that political and cultural development cannot be understood in isolation from each other. 

Party Politics

Affiliated with the Political Organizations and Parties (POP) section, Party Politics is an international journal for the study of political parties and political organization. Party Politics also has a relationship with the Keele European Parties Research Unit (KEPRU) at Keele University in the United Kingdom, the home of the PhD Summer School on European Parties and Party Systems, which is supported by the journal. Through an informal network of overlapping memberships, Party Politics has kinship with the Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties specialist group (EPOP) of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom.

Policy Studies Journal

Published on behalf of the Policy Studies Organization and the Public Policy section, the primary focus of the Policy Studies Journal (PSJ) is the study of public policy. PSJ publishes individually-submitted articles and symposia of exceptional quality by social scientists and other public policy researchers and leaders. The journal addresses a wide range of public policy issues at all levels of government, and welcomes a comparative approach.

Political Analysis

Published by the Political Methodology section, the goal of Political Analysis is to advance the field of political methodology, broadly defined, and articles cover the entire range of interests and problems centering upon how political enquiry can be conducted. In particular, Political Analysis encourages submissions dealing with the logic of inquiry, measurement, estimation and specification, and theory development. It is the only journal dedicated to publishing methodology papers in political science. 

Political Behavior

Published by the Election, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior section, Political Behavior publishes original research in field of political behavior as well as institutions, processes, and policies. The journal is interdisciplinary and integrates economic, psychological, sociological and political approaches.

Political Communication

Published by the Political Communication section, Political Communication is an interdisciplinary, international journal, published quarterly, that features cutting-edge research at the intersection of politics and communication, broadly conceived. Its expansive subject is the site of rapid changes and pressing policy concerns worldwide.

Politics & Gender

Published by the Women and Politics Research section, Politics & Gender is an agenda-setting journal that publishes the highest quality scholarship on gender and politics and on women and politics. It aims to represent the full range of questions, issues, and approaches on gender and women across the major subfields of political science, including comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and US politics. Click here for Membership Access»

Politics & Religion

Published by the Religion and Politics section, Politics and Religion will provide original research into all aspects of the relationship between politics and religion around the world. The impact of religion on political attitudes, decision-making, and public policy development will be analyzed, with topics ranging from abortion laws, sex education in schools, and stem cell research to transnational terrorism, morality, social justice, and human rights.Politics and Religion will be multidisciplinary and international in scope, with contributions coming from all relevant areas, including political science, law, philosophy, sociology, history, area studies, and economics. Studies of public religion, secular-religious conflicts, and political divisions within a religion from within and outside the Judeo-Christian tradition, including works from Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist and scholars of Eastern traditions are especially welcome. Book reviews will also be part of the journals coverage. Click here for Membership Access»

Publius

Published by the Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations, Publius is an international journal and is interested in publishing work on federalist systems throughout the world. Its goal is to publish the latest research from around the world on federalism theory and practice; the dynamics of federal systems; intergovernmental relations and administration; regional, state and provincial governance; and comparative federalism.

Representation

Representation, published by the Representation and Electoral Systems section, seeks contributions that explore the interface between democratic practice and theory. It has been publishing since the 1960s and has a general interest in all matters relating to the theme of representative democracy. For example, theoretical discussion could make a significant contribution to current practices in topics such as the democratic deficit, representation for women and minorities, modernizing elections, voter education, and democratic institutions at the transnational or global level.

Representation offers a place for debates and scholarship, both empirical and normative, on democrat practices around the world.

Representation is a peer-reviewed journal. All submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the editors, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. Peer review is double blind and submission is online via ScholarOne.

Review of Policy Research

Published by the Science, Technology & Environmental Politics section, Review of Policy Research (RPR) is an international peer-reviewed journal devoted to the publication of research and analysis examining the politics and policy of science and technology. These may include issues of science policy, environment, resource management, information networks, cultural industries, biotechnology, security and surveillance, privacy, globalization, education, research and innovation, development, intellectual property, health, and demographics. The journal encompasses research and analysis on politics and the outcomes and consequences of policy change in domestic and comparative contexts.

State Politics and Policy Quarterly

Published by the State Politics and Policy section, State Politics & Policy Quarterly (SPPQ) features studies that develop general hypotheses of political behavior and policymaking and test these hypotheses using the unique methodological advantages of the states.

Urban Affairs Review

Published by the Urban Politics section, Urban Affairs Review focuses on urban issues and themes. The journal covers topics ranging from urban policy and economic development to residential and community planning. It also covers governance issues as well as comparative and international urban research.

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