Manuscript Presentation

All manuscripts should comply with the following guidelines. To submit a manuscript, please see How to Submit an Article

Manuscript Length

Manuscripts should normally not be longer than 10,000 words (including footnotes and section titles). Reviews should normally be no longer than 2,000 words (including footnotes and section titles).


Please anonymize your submission for blind review. In particular, the name of all authors should be removed from the title page or any other page of the manuscript; any acknowledgements or references to personal communication should also be removed; finally, remove all references to any of the authors’ unpublished manuscripts.


Please double space all material, including notes and references, and leave margins of at least 2.5cm.

Quotations of more than 40 words should be set off clearly by indentation.

Use single quotation marks for quotations, and double for quotations within quotations.

Please place periods and commas within closing quotation marks, and colons, semicolons, question marks and exclamation marks outside closing quotation marks, unless they are part of the originally quoted passage. In that case, they should fall within the scope of the quotation. These rules do not apply to the formatting of article titles within single quotation marks as part of referencing: please see 'References' below for details of how to format article titles.

Superscripts used for note reference numbers should follow punctuation marks and closing parentheses, but precede dashes.

Please leave one space on both sides of a dash.

Please include page numbers.

Use italics for any necessary emphases and for words or phrases which are not English, unless they are in standard usage (for example, ‘bona fide’).

Please include any acknowledgments as the last footnote at the end of the article.

All reviews require a title. Instead of an abstract please provide full reference to the book(s) reviewed (see below for the referencing style).


The journal’s language is English. British, American, or Australian English spelling and terminology may be used, but should be followed consistently throughout the article.


Please provide a short abstract of about 150 words at the start of the paper. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.


Please provide at least 5 key words or short phrases in alphabetical order separated by a semi-colon, immediately following the abstract.

Section and Subsection Headings

Section headings should be clearly distinguishable but not numbered. They should be in bold and italics. Subsection headings should only be in bold, whereas sub-subsection headings should only be in italics.

Please DO NOT insert any additional tabs or spaces at the start or end of paragraphs.

Please use the indent feature to indent quotations or other clauses. Please do not use the tab key to create an indent.


Please provide footnotes rather than endnotes.

All references to cited works should be included in the footnotes. Please do not provide a bibliography at the end of the article.

References to books should include the author’s full name; title; place of publication; publisher; year of publication; and page numbers. For instance:

Charles Beitz, Political Theory and International Relations (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999), p. 140.

References to articles in an edited collection should include the author’s full name; article title; editor’s name(s); title of collection; place of publication; publisher; year of publication; first and last page numbers of the article cited; and page reference, in the order given in the example below.

Michael Walzer, ‘Deliberation and What Else?’ in Stephen Macedo (ed.), Deliberative Politics: Essays on Democracy and Disagreement (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), 58-69, p. 60.

References to articles in periodicals should include the author’s full name; article title; full title of periodical; volume number (issue number where appropriate); year of publication; first and last page numbers; and page reference, in the order given in the example below.

Frank Lovett and Philip Pettit, ‘Neo-Republicanism: A Normative and Institutional Research Program’, Annual Review of Political Science 12/1 (2009), 18-29, p. 18.

References to forthcoming works should include as much information as currently known. For example:

Cecile Laborde and Miriam Ronzoni, ‘What is a Free State? Republican Internationalism and Globalization’, Political Studies (Forthcoming).

References to websites should follow as far as possible the format for references to articles, and include a full web address and the date it was accessed. For example:

David Black, ‘Canada, the G8, and Africa: The Rise and Decline of a Hegemonic Project’ (2011), <> (Accessed: 24 March 2015).

Please remember to give full pagination (in the shortest form that guarantees clarity) for all articles, whether in edited collections or in journals; and use ‘p.’ or ‘pp.’ only when indicating a specific page or pages immediately thereafter (see examples above). Use ‘Ch.’ or ‘Chs.’ when indicating a specific chapter or chapters.

Multiple references in a footnote should be separated by semi-colons.

Where referring to a work cited in the previous footnote, use: Ibid. Where referring to a work cited earlier, only use the author’s surname and year of publication, for example: Walzer (1999), p. 59.

Supported file formats 

Manuscripts should be prepared for submission in any of the following supported file formats: Word Document (.doc, .docx).


You will need to submit all figures, if any, as separate files in TIFF (.tif) or EPS (.eps) format. Do not submit GIF (.gif) or JPEG (.jpg) files. Only submit high-resolution images.

Further information 

If you have any questions please contact the Journal’s Editorial Assistant, Leonie Smith, at