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Notes to Authors

Political parties are intrinsic to every democratic political system, and with the dramatic changes that regularly sweep the political landscape, the study of their function and form is one of the most dynamic areas within contemporary scholarship. Party Politics is dedicated to the study of this integral component within political science.

This major international journal provides a forum for the analysis of political parties, including their historical development, structure, policy programmes, ideology, electoral and campaign strategies, and their role within the various national and international political systems of which they are a part. Authors are invited to submit articles for publication that conform to the following criteria:

Manuscript Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit articles for publication that conform to the following criteria.

  • Articles offered for publication must be typed in double spacing throughout, with generous left- and right-hand margins.
    • The word length for articles is 8000 words, including notes and references.
    • An abstract of up to 150 words should precede the main text, accompanied by up to five key words.
    • Please select the key words using the menus in the Party Politics authority list at <>.
    • For research notes the preferred length is 4000 words, with an abstract and three keywords.
  • Titles and section headings should be clear and brief.
    • Lengthy quotations (exceeding 40 words) should be displayed, indented, in the text. British or American spellings may be used. British spellings should use the 'z' in those words where it has generally replaced the 's', e.g. organize.
    • Indicate italic type by underlining, and use single quotation marks.
    • Dates should be in the form 9 May 1994. Take out points in USA and other such abbreviations and do not use points after Dr; Mr; Mrs, etc.
    • When referring to pagination and dates use the smallest number of numerals possible (e.g. 10-19, 42-5, 1961-4, 1978-85).
  • Tables and figures should have short, descriptive titles.
    • All footnotes to tables and their source(s) should be typed below the tables.
    • Column headings should clearly define the data presented.
    • Camera-ready artwork for all figures must be supplied.
    • Artwork intended for same-size use should have a maximum size of 170:100mm (page depth:page width); oversized artwork should be prepared in the same proportions.
  • Essential notes should be indicated by superscript numbers in the text and collected on a single page at the end of the text.
    • References cited in the text should read thus: Brown (1990: 63-4), Brown and Smith (1985. 1990).
    • Use 'et al.' when citing a work by more than two authors, e.g. Brown et al. (1991).
    • The letters a, b, c, etc., should be used to distinguish citations of different works by the same author in the same year, e.g. Brown (1975a, b).
    • All references cited in the text should be listed alphabetically and presented in full after the notes, in the following style:

    Articles in journals:
    Muller, Wolfgang C. (1993) 'After the "Golden Age": Research into Austrian Political Parties since the 1980s', European Journal of Political Research 23: 439-63.
    Bartolini, Stefano and Peter Mair (1990) Identity, Competition, and Electoral Availability: The Stabilisation of European Electorates 1885-1985. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    Articles in books:
    Lawson, Kay (1988) 'When Linkage Fails', in Kay Lawson and Peter H. Merkl (eds) When Parties Fail: Emerging Alternative Organizations, pp. 13-38. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
    Unpublished works:
    Bardi, Luciano (1992) 'The Empirical Study of Party Membership Change', Mimeo, Università di Bologna.
Articles that do not conform to the fundamentals of this style will be returned to the authors for revision.

ALSO: All authors of quantitative empirical articles are encouraged to make the data available for the data replication purposes. Party Politics can host such data on the journal's website, and authors wishing to avail themselves of this facility should supply all files electronically once an article has been accepted for publication. Required materials typically include all data used for the analysis, specialized computer programs or the source code of these algorithms, program recodes and a file which details what is included in the data set and how the results can be reproduced. Confidential material such as the names of survey respondents must be removed.  All material will be published on the website of the journal together with the online version of the article. Authors will be responsible for responding to enquiries about data replication.

Submission guidelines:

All submissions should be made online at the Party Politics SAGETRACK website ( Please log onto the website. New users will first need to create an account. This is a 3-step system that takes a matter of minutes to set up. Log-in information is sent via email immediately upon completion. Full instructions for uploading the manuscript are provided on the website. If you have already created an account but have forgotten your details type your email address in the 'Password Help' to receive an emailed reminder.

Submissions should be made via the Author Center and the 'Click here to Submit a New Manuscript' option. For questions and a user guide, please use the 'Get Help Now' button at the top right of every screen. Further help is available through ScholarOne's Manuscript Central customer support at +1 434-817-2040 x 167, or email:

Please ensure that your Microsoft Word or RTF document does NOT include a title page or page numbers; the Party Politics SAGETRACK system will generate them for you. It is imperative that authors remove from their submissions any information that will identify them or their affiliations to reviewers. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revisions, will be by email.

Authors will receive proofs of their articles and controlled access to a pdf of the published version, plus one copy of the journal. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.

If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please contact the Editor, David Farrell: Email:

Professor David M. Farrell
School of Social Sciences
University of Manchester
Manchester M13 9PL, UK.

Professor Paul Webb
School of Social Sciences, Arts A
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton, BN1 95N, UK.

Professor Kenneth Janda
Department of Political Science
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL 60208, USA.

The Associate editor /Review editor can be contacted directly:

Professor Aleks Szczerbiak
School of Social Sciences, Arts E
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton BNI 95N, UK.
email: a.a

Copyright: Before publication authors are requested to assign copyright to SAGE Publications; they retain their right to reuse the material in other publications, written or edited by themselves, and due to be published at least one year after initial publication in the Journal.