Author guidelines

Studia Politica. Romanian Political Science Review publishes high quality, peer-reviewed articles in the field of political science, comparative politics, political sociology, international relations, and European studies. It also welcomes book reviews and review essays that compare and critique 2-3 books on a given topic. Books under consideration should be recently published (no more than 3 years old).

Manuscripts will be accepted on the understanding that their content is original and that they have not been previously published in a different form or language. No manuscript will be considered for publication if it is concurrently under consideration by another journal or press or is soon to be published elsewhere. 


Preparation of the Manuscript: Articles should be 8.000 - 9.000 words long, book review essays should be 3.500-5.000 words, and book reviews 1000-2000 words. Word counts include footnotes. An abstract of not more than 200 words should be included, followed by 5 keywords at the beginning of the article. Pages should be numbered sequentially and submitted in Word format following the style guidelines below.

Style Guidelines for Manuscripts: 

  • Text: Times New Roman, 11 point, single-spaced.
  • Margins: 1.5 inch.
  • Footnotes, tables, charts, table titles, quotes: Times New Roman, 9 point.
  • Article title: Times New Roman, 18 point.
  • Article subtitle: Times New Roman, 16 point.
  • Authors' names: Times New Roman, 11 point.
  • Headings, level 1: Times New Roman, 14 point, centered, uppercase.
  • Headings, level 2: Times New Roman, 14 point, italics.
  • Inverted commas: E “n” gl ‘i’ sh / R „o” ma ‚n’ ian / Fr « e » nc ‘h’ 
  • Graphics and figures: saved as .png files.
  • Footnotes: numbered throughout.

Double-blinded Peer Review: Manuscripts submitted for review are evaluated anonymously by two scholars. However, the Editors alone are responsible for every final decision on publication of manuscripts. The Editors may suggest changes in the manuscript in the interest of clarity and economy of expression. Such changes are not to be made without consultation with the author(s). The authors should ensure that the manuscript is submitted in final form.

Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted to info@studiapolitica.eu in word format and must contain

  1. A completely anonymized manuscript (including title and abstract), which should not contain any information identifying the author
  2. A title page with the further information - the complete title of the manuscript; the names and full (professional) affiliation of all author(s), with e-mail address(es), weblink to their institution, full postal address, and telephone number where they can be reached; and a short CV of 200 words maximum;

The title page will not be accessible to the referees.

The abstract should be a single paragraph of 200 words or less that briefly describes the research question addressed, the analytical and theoretical approach, and the major findings of the manuscript.


Style and Format: Studia Politica uses the Chicago Manual of Style in matters of punctuation, capitalization and the like. 

Studia Politica uses footnotes, which should conform to the format below (for more details please visit the Chicago Manual of Style website).

Books:

  • Notes:
    1. Zadie Smith, Swing Time (New York: Penguin Press, 2016), 315–16. 
    2. Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman, A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015), 12.
  • Shortened notes:
    1. Smith, Swing Time, 320. 
    2. Grazer and Fishman, Curious Mind, 37.

Chapter or part of an edited book:

In a note, cite specific pages. In the bibliography, include the page range for the chapter or part.
  • Note
    1. Henry David Thoreau, “Walking,” in The Making of the American Essay, ed. John D’Agata (Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2016), 177–78.
  • Shortened note
    1. Thoreau, “Walking,” 182.


In some cases, you may want to cite the collection as a whole instead.

  • Note
    1. John D’Agata, ed., The Making of the American Essay (Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2016), 177–78.
  • Shortened note
    1. D’Agata, American Essay, 182.


Translated book:

  • Note:
    1. Jhumpa Lahiri, In Other Words, trans. Ann Goldstein (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016), 146.
  • Shortened note:
    1. Lahiri, In Other Words, 184.


E-book:

For books consulted online, include a URL or the name of the database. For other types of e-books, name the format. If no fixed page numbers are available, cite a section title or a chapter or other number in the notes, if any (or simply omit).

  • Notes:
    1. Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851), 627, http://mel.hofstra.edu/moby-dick-the-whale-proofs.html. 
    2. Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner, eds., The Founders’ Constitution (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987), chap. 10, doc. 19, http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/. 
    3. Brooke Borel, The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016), 92, ProQuest Ebrary
    4. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (New York: Penguin Classics, 2007), chap. 3, Kindle.
  • Shortened notes:
    1. Melville, Moby-Dick, 722–23.
    2. Kurland and Lerner, Founders’ Constitution, chap. 4, doc. 29.
    3. Borel, Fact-Checking, 104–5.
    4. Austen, Pride and Prejudice, chap. 14.

Journal article:

In a note, cite specific page numbers. In the bibliography, include the page range for the whole article. For articles consulted online, include a URL or the name of the database. Many journal articles list a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). A DOI forms a permanent URL that begins https://doi.org/. This URL is preferable to the URL that appears in your browser’s address bar.

  • Notes:
    1. Susan Satterfield, “Livy and the Pax Deum,” Classical Philology 111, no. 2 (April 2016): 170.
    2. Shao-Hsun Keng, Chun-Hung Lin, and Peter F. Orazem, “Expanding College Access in Taiwan, 1978–2014: Effects on Graduate Quality and Income Inequality,” Journal of Human Capital 11, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 9–10, https://doi.org/10.1086/690235.
    3. Peter LaSalle, “Conundrum: A Story about Reading,” New England Review 38, no. 1 (2017): 95, Project MUSE.
  • Shortened notes:
    1. Satterfield, “Livy,” 172–73.
    2. Keng, Lin, and Orazem, “Expanding College Access,” 23.
    3. LaSalle, “Conundrum,” 101.

Journal articles often list many authors, especially in the sciences. If there are four or more authors, list up to ten in the bibliography; in a note, list only the first, followed by et al. (“and others”). For more than ten authors (not shown here), list the first seven in the bibliography, followed by et al.

  • Note:
    1. Rachel A. Bay et al., “Predicting Responses to Contemporary Environmental Change Using Evolutionary Response Architectures.” American Naturalist 189, no. 5 (May 2017): 465, https://doi.org/10.1086/691233.
  • Shortened note:
    1. Bay et al., “Predicting Responses,” 466.

News or magazine article:

Articles from newspapers or news sites, magazines, blogs, and the like are cited similarly. Page numbers, if any, can be cited in a note but are omitted from a bibliography entry. If you consulted the article online, include a URL or the name of the database.

  • Notes:
    1. Rebecca Mead, “The Prophet of Dystopia,” New Yorker, April 17, 2017, 43.
    2. Farhad Manjoo, “Snap Makes a Bet on the Cultural Supremacy of the Camera,” New York Times, March 8, 2017, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/08/technology/snap-makes-a-bet-on-the-cultural-supremacy-of-the-camera.html.
    3. Rob Pegoraro, “Apple’s iPhone Is Sleek, Smart and Simple,” Washington Post, July 5, 2007, LexisNexis Academic.
    4. Tanya Pai, “The Squishy, Sugary History of Peeps,” Vox, April 11, 2017, http://www.vox.com/culture/2017/4/11/15209084/peeps-easter.
  • Shortened notes:
    1. Mead, “Dystopia,” 47.
    2. Manjoo, “Snap.”
    3. Pegoraro, “Apple’s iPhone.”
    4. Pai, “History of Peeps.”

Readers’ comments are cited in the text or in a note but omitted from a bibliography.
  • Note:
    1. Eduardo B (Los Angeles), March 9, 2017, comment on Manjoo, “Snap.”

Book review:

  • Note:
    1. Michiko Kakutani, “Friendship Takes a Path That Diverges,” review of Swing Time, by Zadie Smith, New York Times, November 7, 2016.
  • Shortened note:
    1. Kakutani, “Friendship.”

Interview:

  • Note:
    1. Kory Stamper, “From ‘F-Bomb’ to ‘Photobomb,’ How the Dictionary Keeps Up with English,” interview by Terry Gross, Fresh Air, NPR, April 19, 2017, audio, 35:25, http://www.npr.org/2017/04/19/524618639/from-f-bomb-to-photobomb-how-the-dictionary-keeps-up-with-english.
  • Shortened note:
    1. Stamper, interview.


Thesis or dissertation:

  • Note:
    1. Cynthia Lillian Rutz, “King Lear and Its Folktale Analogues” (PhD diss., University of Chicago, 2013), 99–100.
  • Shortened note:
    1. Rutz, “King Lear,” 158.


Website content:

It is often sufficient simply to describe web pages and other website content in the text (“As of May 1, 2017, Yale’s home page listed ...”). If a more formal citation is needed, it may be styled like the examples below. For a source that does not list a date of publication or revision, include an access date (as in example note 2).
  • Notes:
    1. “Privacy Policy,” Privacy & Terms, Google, last modified April 17, 2017, https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.
    2. “About Yale: Yale Facts,” Yale University, accessed May 1, 2017, https://www.yale.edu/about-yale/yale-facts.
    3. Katie Bouman, “How to Take a Picture of a Black Hole,” filmed November 2016 at TEDxBeaconStreet, Brookline, MA, video, 12:51, https://www.ted.com/talks/katie_bouman_what_does_a_black_hole_look_like.
  • Shortened notes:
    1. Google, “Privacy Policy.”
    2. “Yale Facts.”
    3. Bouman, “Black Hole.”

Social media content:

Citations of content shared through social media can usually be limited to the text (as in the first example below). A note may be added if a more formal citation is needed. In rare cases, a bibliography entry may also be appropriate. In place of a title, quote up to the first 160 characters of the post. Comments are cited in reference to the original post.
  • Text:
Conan O’Brien’s tweet was characteristically deadpan: “In honor of Earth Day, I’m recycling my tweets” (@ConanOBrien, April 22, 2015).
  • Notes:
    1. Pete Souza (@petesouza), “President Obama bids farewell to President Xi of China at the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit,” Instagram photo, April 1, 2016, https://www.instagram.com/p/BDrmfXTtNCt/.
    2. Chicago Manual of Style, “Is the world ready for singular they? We thought so back in 1993,” Facebook, April 17, 2015, https://www.facebook.com/ChicagoManual/posts/10152906193679151.
  • Shortened notes:
    1. Souza, “President Obama.”
    2. Michele Truty, April 17, 2015, 1:09 p.m., comment on Chicago Manual of Style, “singular they.”


Style Guidelines for Book Reviews

For single-authored books:

Giovanni Sartori

Parties and Party Systems: A Framework for Analysis

ECPR Press, UK, 2005, 368 pp.

 

For edited books:

Francesco Cavatorta (ed.).

Civil Society Activism under Authoritarian Rule – A comparative perspective

Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, London and New York, 2012, 274 pp.

 

Please type your name and institution, exactly as you wish it to be published, at the end of the review. For example:

Maria Ionescu, University of Bucharest.