Information for authors
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS AND SOCIETY encourages authors to submit
for publication manuscripts that analyze or discuss
- foreign policy issues proper (including security policy)
- political developments in certain regions of the world
- political developments (including foreign policy debates)
in particular countries, to the extent they are internationally
significant or paradigmatic for other countries as well
- transnational developments that are or can become politically
relevant (e.g. global market or international communication
trends, issues of global governance, etc.)
- societal developments and issues that are not confined
to a specific country but apply to a significant part of the
world (e.g. democracy in „Third World" countries, rise of
fundamentalism, changing gender roles, changing patterns of
work and employment, welfare state issues, etc.).
We also welcome manuscripts that take well-argued position
– also if it is not our own – in current debates on foreign
or international policy issues.
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS AND SOCIETY prefers a form of presentation
that aims at maximum in-formation and insights per unit
of reading time. Articles should have less than 6,000
words, if possible.
As an author, keep in mind that your article will enter a
highly contested market for attention, i.e. that readers have
to be seduced to start and to go on reading. Titles, headlines,
introductory sentences should raise the reader’s expectation
that the article will be
- highly informative and/or
- intellectually stimulating and/or
- entertaining (without being superficial).
Announce the main points you are going to make at the
beginning of your contribution (so as to structure the
reader’s expectation and to provide an incentive to read on).
Try to get a bit of message into the title. Avoid titles such
as „The EU at the Crossroads", „The Future of Transatlantic
Relations" or „Whither the Welfare State?"
Do not only address the small community of your expert colleagues
but a wider public that might be interested your topic. Avoid
insider language. Use footnotes thriftily, if at all.
Accentuate your points without unduly simplifying them.
You can choose yourself the format of quotations and references
to literature. But ensure internal consistency (commas, periods,
colons; names, first names, initials; etc.)
Attach an executive summary (not an abstract!)
of about 300-600 words. It should present the article’s main
line of reasoning and the conclusion it arrives at but not
describe its intentions or its structure. Use direct language.
Never write „the article discusses…" or „the author shows…"!
The members of the journal’s editorial board decide jointly
on the selection of manuscripts, if deemed necessary
after consulting with outside experts. These decisions are taken
on the basis of the quality of manuscripts and the importance
of their topic as well as with a view on the journal’s longer-run
thematic balance. Authors are notified as soon as a decision
has been taken.
The editors reserve the right to shorten manuscripts and to
change headings so as to enhance the article’s competitiveness
in the market for attention.
Send manuscripts as attached world-documents
via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or
else on diskette to Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft,
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, D-53170 Bonn, Germany