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PS: Political Science & Politics

APSA's Journal of Record for the Profession

PS: Political Science & Politics provides critical analyses of contemporary political phenomena and is the journal of record for the discipline of political science reporting on research, teaching, and professional development. PS, begun in 1968, is the only quarterly professional news and commentary journal in the field and is the prime source of information on political scientists' achievements and professional concerns.

Current Issue: July Issue, 2017

From the Editors' Corner: Our July issue features a marvelous essay by the board members of “Women Also Know Stuff” that provides one model. We asked this group of scholars to consider writing an essay because their initiative provides valuable object lessons not just for other underrepresented groups, but for any political scientist who “knows stuff” and is interested in talking and writing about it in public forums. We’re pleased they agreed to write their reflection essay.

Their essay provides us an opportunity to repeat our call for members who may want to consider submitting Reflection essays. Our intention is to provide an outlet for informal essays and commentaries on political science scholarship, teaching, and the profession. These are still subjected to peer review, while recognizing, in most cases, these essays will be non-anonymized.

We also continue to encourage proposals for Spotlights. Spotlights provide an opportunity for groups of scholars to address timely issues within the pages of PS on a single topic or related topics. We welcome Spotlight contributions on topics that originated as conference roundtables, a series of blog postings, or even informal discussions on social media. Spotlights are intended to be short (each essay between 750 and 1,000 words) and non-technical. Perhaps the best model for a Spotlight would be a thematic set of essays that regularly appear in the Monkey Cage, but a bit more formal, more structured, peer-reviewed, and let’s be honest, published in a format that you can list on your c.v. (Our “Ebola Spotlight” originated, in fact, with a number of blog postings on MC.)

Let’s shake things up a bit, political science! 

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Virtual Issues

Capitol Hill Insights: Voices from the Congressional Fellowship Program

PSC 49 V2 Cover This virtual issue features articles written by alumni of the American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellowship Program and published in PS: Political Science & Politics between 2010 and 2015. Established in 1953, the Congressional Fellowship Program brings select scholars and professionals to Washington, DC, each year to serve fellowship placements in congressional and other offices. The articles gathered here—written by alumni who are political scientists, journalists, health policy specialists, and other domestic and international professionals—illustrate the unique first-hand insights into Congress and the legislative process provided by the fellowship experience. 

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Navigating the Profession: Sage Advice from the Pages of PS

Navigating the Profession Cover This first virtual issue of PS: Political Science & Politics brings together some of the journal’s most highly cited articles about the profession from more than a dozen past issues. This practical material spans numerous topics that especially apply to young scholars. From “ideas and debates” of political science as a vocation, to the “nuts and bolts” of preparing a literature review and publishing as a graduate student, this virtual issue has something both for scholars just beginning their studies and for academics early in their careers.

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