APSR Appeals Process

Individuals may appeal an adverse decision of the journal under limited circumstances. An author may initiate an appeal by sending a request to the journal email address ([email protected]).


Elements of an Appeal

In order for the editors to consider the appeal, an appeal request must lay out the grounds for the appeal, keeping in mind that mere disagreement with the editor’s reasoned decision is not likely to be successful and such appeals are discouraged. Appropriate grounds include:

  • Errors of fact in the letter or reviews
  • Procedural irregularities or improprieties in the review process
  • Unethical behavior by reviewers
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Other exceptional circumstances

The letter should also establish that these concerns have been material to the decision to reject the paper.



The APSR will not consider an appeal until three weeks after a decision has been rendered. An appeal must be submitted within two months of the date of the original decision letter.



One team member will be designated as the Appeals Editor and will be the first point of contact for appeals. The Appeals Editor will review the appeal. If the Appeals Editor determines that the appeal meets the threshold for further review, the Appeals Editor will identify another editor (who will be neither one of the lead editors nor the editor who issued the adverse decision) to review the appeal more fully. These editors will review all materials and recommend appropriate action, which may be to deny the appeal, to solicit new reviews, or to reverse or revise the original editorial decision.

The appeals editor will conduct the preliminary review within ten calendar days of receipt of the appeal. In the event that she decides the appeal merits further attention, a group of three editors (not the original assigned editor) will conduct a review within ten additional days. In the event that they vote to send the paper to a new editor for reconsideration, that editor will decide how to proceed within ten additional days. The process of determining the outcome of the appeal should take no more than one month, though if the outcome is to see additional review(s), the editors will await these reviews before making a final decision on the manuscript. The Appeals Editor will inform the appellant of the decision (and if the decision is to solicit new review(s), the Appeals Editor will inform the author that this process has been initiated).