Publishing Resources

Journal Directories and Resources

Author Resources

  • Fair Use Best Practices (Center for Social Media, American University): This guide identifies four situations that represent the current consensus within the community of communication scholars about acceptable practices for the fair use of copyrighted materials.
  • Register for an ORCID iD: To connect research and researchers, ORCID has created an identifier that authors and researchers can use with their names to maintain transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and their affiliations. Learn more here.
  • Find Publishing Ethics Resources: COPE is a forum for editors and publishers of peer reviewed journals to discuss all aspects of publication ethics. It also advises editors on how to handle cases of research and publication misconduct. Read more about COPE here.
  • The Scholarly Kitchen: Read daily publishing tips and updates, ideas, and advice from the scholarly publishing world.
  • Chicago Manual of Style: Search and consult the industry standard publishing manual (and the manual on which APSA style is based).
  • CrossRef: Read about a not-for-profit membership organization that works to make scholarly publishing accessible.
  • Cambridge Core: Learn more about becoming an author with Cambridge University Press on their new and improved online journal interface here. Cambridge also offers the Author Hub to provide more tools to authors.
  • 6 Steps to Publishing: Publisher Taylor & Francis offers six helpful steps to publishing. Read the steps and more here.
  • Basic English Grammar Check: GrammarCheck searches text for basic English grammar, spelling, and style mistakes. This site does not require registration and offers checks for free.

Reviewer Resources

Thank you for desiring to serve as a reviewer for the APSA journals. Please register in the Editorial Manager database as a reviewer to provide your contact information and subfields of expertise. You may already be in our Editorial Manager database if you have submitted papers to any of our journals. If so you will be listed as an “author.” Please also indicate that you will serve as a reviewer. If you register for APSR, your name and information is automatically available to our two other journals, as they share the database. 

Be recognized for your reviewer work! We encourage you to sign up for an ORCiD identifier number also to have your reviews as part of your publication record (the actual article you review is not specified, only the journal name for which you review).

For details about how to be a peer reviewer and the ethics that guide this process please see the ethical standards of Cambridge University Press.

You can also find information at the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)—our journals are members of COPE.

A helpful article can be found in PS: Political Science & Politics—How to Be a Peer Reviewer. It can be found on Cambridge Core

To learn more about Ethics in publications processes, See page 14 in the Ethics Guide on this webpage.

As noted on page 14:

16. Appraising manuscripts and reviewing books are serious scholarly responsibilities. 
16.1 Those invited to make appraisals or to write reviews should disqualify themselves if they have a reasonable doubt about whether they can exercise the responsibility with scholarly detachment. Such doubt might be raised, for example, by an invitation to appraise the manuscript or review the book of a close personal friend or of a departmental colleague. 
16.2 Insofar as possible, editors and book-review editors should themselves act in conformity with the above principles. Moreover, in connection with the appraisal of manuscripts, editors should take all reasonable precautions to avoid revealing the names of the author and the reader to each other.

Thank you for wanting to serve.