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Author Guidelines

Normally, articles survey relatively narrow areas of research. This makes the job of writing and maintaining them more tractable for authors. It also keeps articles more concise, a characteristic that makes them more usable in a hypertext environment. By including and cross-linking many articles on specific subjects, the journal as a whole pursues comprehensive coverage of the study of democracy. Articles should aim at a length of between 8,000 and 12,000 words and follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition (for a quick guide, see the Chicago Manual of Style website). The first manuscript should be submitted as PDF, double-spaced, all figures and tables placed within the text, with the author's details appearing on a separate page. For production purposes, we require the document in MS Word or OpenOffice format, all tables and figures placed within the text. Any graphics included in the article should be added to the submission also as separate files (preferably in a vector format like .wmf, .emf, .eps or .pdf). Further guidelines are available on request. It is the responsibility of the editorial team to convert text documents into electronic form.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, OpenOffice or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have to be provided according to the following scheme:

    • Books: If the book can be previewed at (no snippet view), include the link at the end of the reference (separated by a period) in the format "URL (cited on dd month yyyy): link."
      Example: "George, Alexander L. & Andrew Bennett 2005. Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences. Cambridge: MIT Press. URL (cited on 21 Jan 2010):"

    • Journal articles: If the article is available online, check if there exists a doi number (see If so, append a link at the end of the reference with "doi:doi number" as link text and " number" as link target. Use a comma instead of a period to separate the doi link from the rest of the reference.
      Example: "Anderson, Liam. 2001. The Implications of Institutional Design for Macroeconomic Performance.  Comparative Political Studies 34(4): 429-52, doi: 10.1177/0010414001034004004

    • All other references (web pages, working papers, journal articles without doi number etc): Append "URL (cited on dd month yyyy): link." to the end of the reference separated by a period.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines (see above).
  6. Make sure the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review) have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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