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.

The Journal of Politics

For those interested in publishing articles in a top political science journal that is not staid.

A top journal in political science, this journal was established in 1939 and is the oldest regional political science journal in the United States. It published articles in all subfields of political science, including American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and political methodology. Despite its age, this is not a conservative journal but one that has, in recent years, published a fair number of articles on race, gender, and ethnicity and also publishes junior faculty. It has four sections: research articles, short articles, a symposium section, and review essays. Articles in this journal tend to be short (20 pages or less).

The journal states that “authors should allow three months from the date of submission for a publication decision.” The time between final decisions and print publications is about 9 to 12 months.

Useful for submission

Word Count: No more than 35 pages for research articles; 10 pages for “Short Articles”

Issues per year: 4

Current volume number: 81

Citation style: Follow the guidelines provided in The JOP Style Guide. Consult The Chicago Manual of Style or the Style Manual for Political Science.

Abstract length: 150 words (or less)

Open access?: No

Online: Yes

Bibliography (articles in journal consulted for this review):

Stephens, LaFleurm “Priming Racial Resentment Without Stereotypic Cues.” 2016 (experiment-based article)

Karpowitz, Christopher and Tali Mendelberg, “Do Enclaves Remediate Social Inequality.” 2018 (experiment-based article)

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 April 19, 2019 in Political Science Journals, Social Science Journals.