Reviews of Peer-Reviewed Journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences

We give you the scuttlebutt on academic journals—aiding you in selecting the right journal for publication—in reviews that are sometimes snarky, sometimes lengthy, always helpful. Written by Princeton University graduate students and Wendy Laura Belcher.

American Political Science Review

For those interested in publishing articles that address political theory, American politics, public policy, public administration, comparative politics, and international relations.

American Political Science Review is political science’s premier scholarly research journal, providing peer-reviewed articles and review essays from subfields throughout the discipline. They have published continuously since 1906. The majority of the articles focus on quantitative political science. Articles in the field of American politics primarily center political institutions. Behavioral articles tend to be in comparative politics. Articles on race or gender in the American context are uncommon. However, articles related to gender are relatively common in the comparative context. Experimental work is relatively common. Article titles are often straightforward questions that begin with “Does…” There is a substantial gender gap in publication in APSR (Teele and Thelen). Articles that are published in this journal are overwhelmingly authored by men and this included co-authored pieces.

Useful for submission

Word Count: typical length 12,000 words

Issues per year: 4

Current volume number: 113

Citation style: The 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style

Abstract length: 150 words

Upcoming special issues (if available):

Relevant Editors: Markus Prior, Princeton University, USA; Claudine Gay, Harvard University, USA

Open access?: Partial

Online: Yes

Bibliography (articles in journal consulted for this review):

Davenport, Lauren D. “Beyond black and white: Biracial attitudes in contemporary US politics.” American Political Science Review 110.1 (2016): 52-67.

O’brien, Diana Z., and Johanna Rickne. “Gender quotas and women’s political leadership.” American Political Science Review 110.1 (2016): 112-126

Huddy, Leonie, Lilliana Mason, and Lene Aarøe. “Expressive partisanship: Campaign involvement, political emotion, and partisan identity.” American Political Science Review 109.1 (2015): 1-17.

About Wendy Belcher

Associate Professor, Princeton University, Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for African American Studies. Author of Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success. Instructor of Deep Reading Journals as Publishing Praxis.


This entry was posted on February 11, 2019 in Political Science Journals.