Founded in 1948, World Politics is an internationally renowned quarterly journal of political science published by Cambridge University Press and produced under the editorial sponsorship of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies at Princeton University. Open to contributions by all scholars, the editors invite submission of analytical/theoretical articles, review articles and research notes bearing on problems in international relations and comparative politics. The journal does not publish strictly historical material, articles on current affairs, policy pieces or narratives of a journalistic nature. Articles submitted for consideration are unsolicited, except for review articles, which are usually commissioned. The journal is published in both print and online versions.

Procedures for manuscripts are based on the anonymity of the author and the confidentiality of readers' and editors' reports; author anonymity is preserved, as well, during the editorial decision-making process. Self-references should therefore be removed. Referees are drawn from Princeton and other institutions; published articles have usually been reviewed by the editors and at least two readers from other institutions. Referees for the previous calendar year are acknowledged in the July issue of the journal. 

World Politics does not accept manuscripts that have already been published, are scheduled for publication elsewhere, or have been simultaneously submitted to another journal; this applies to both print and online formats. Statements of fact and opinion appearing in the journal are the responsibility of the authors alone and do not imply the endorsement of the editors or publisher. The journal does not publish communications to the editor or rejoinders to specific articles. Scholars who believe they have been challenged are encouraged to submit an article that will advance the scholarly debate.

Manuscripts should be submitted with an abstract to Manuscript Central at Word count should be indicated. Research articles and review articles may be up to 12,500 words in length, including notes. Tables, figures, and appendixes need not be included in the word count. Authors can expect to receive decisions on their submissions within four months.


Joy M. Scharfstein

Joy M. Scharfstein

Executive Editor

World Politics

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