The field of political theory has changed dramatically in recent years, as the international and global dimensions of contemporary life have driven political inquiry beyond its traditional domestic boundaries. The Journal of International Political Theory (JIPT) aspires to enhance the possibilities for the development and exchange of ideas regarding political theory into the realm of international and world affairs, and encourages innovative theoretical engagement with a wide array of issues including human rights, global social justice, world order, armed conflict, peace, neocolonialism, climate change, international history, and globalization.
International in coverage and broad in scope, the Journal of International Political Theory is committed to theoretical and philosophical diversity in the study of international political thought. JIPT welcomes submissions that focus on individual thinkers, particular social and political concepts (such as justice, power, equality, sovereignty, hegemony, freedom, responsibility, dialogue, and democracy), and various schools of thought (such as liberalism, feminism, cosmopolitanism, poststructuralism, realism, postcolonialism, critical theory, and comparative political theory). JIPT asks contributors to draw out the international or global implications of the theories or ideas concerned.
The Journal of International Political Theory invites submissions from diverse approaches across disciplines including political theory, philosophy, international relations, legal studies, the history of ideas, sociology, and cultural studies. Through a rigorous process of initial editorial screening and subsequent double-blind external peer review, JIPT publishes theoretically guided articles and thematic symposia contributing to the burgeoning scholarship on international political theory.
The Journal of International Political Theory (JIPT) is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed forum to explore international and global politics from a range of theoretical and philosophical perspectives. The journal welcomes approaches that are historical, analytical, comparative and normative, and it provides a common venue for scholars across the social sciences and humanities seeking to advance a new generation of thinking on the breadth of interests concerning international political theory.
|Anthony F Lang, Jr||University of St Andrews, UK|
|Patrick Hayden||University of St Andrews, UK|
|Natasha Saunders||University of St Andrews, UK|
|William Bain||National University of Singapore, Singapore|
|Richard Beardsworth||University of Leeds, UK|
|Garrett Wallace Brown||University of Leeds, UK|
|Jean Cohen||Columbia University, New York, USA|
|Toni Erskine||Australian National University, Australia|
|Antonio Franceschet||University of Calgary, Canada|
|Harry Gould||Florida International University, USA|
|Ayten Gündogdu||Barnard College-Columbia University|
|Kimberly Hutchings||Queen Mary University of London, UK|
|Beate Jahn||University of Sussex, United Kingdom|
|Sungmoon Kim||City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Tarik Kochi||University of Sussex, UK|
|Catherine Lu||McGill University, Canada|
|Thaddeus Metz||University of Pretoria, South Africa|
|Jeanne Moorefield||Oxford University, UK|
|Peter Niesen||University of Hamburg, Germany|
|Lars Rensmann||University of Passau, Germany|
|Fiona Robinson||Carleton University, Canada|
|William Scheuerman||University of Indiana, USA|
|Kate Schick||Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington|
|Robbie Shilliam||Johns Hopkins University, USA|
|Gabriella Slomp||University of St Andrews, UK|
|Brent J. Steele||University of Utah, USA|
|Atsuko Watanabe||Kanazawa University, Japan|
|Jennifer Welsh||McGill University, Canada|
Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Journal of International Political Theory
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jipt to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of International Political Theory will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that the journal may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.
If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplemental material
4.4 Reference style
4.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
6.1 SAGE Production
6.2 Online First publication
6.3 Access to your published article
6.4 Promoting your article
- Further information
Before submitting your manuscript to Journal of International Political Theory, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
Journal of International Political Theory welcomes submission of material for consideration as a main article or as a review article. Manuscripts must be original and not currently under review elsewhere. Main articles should not normally exceed 9,000 words in length and review essays should not normally exceed 6,000 words, including all notes and references. Main articles should be accompanied by an abstract of 200 words maximum and 4-6 keywords suitable for online search purposes. Review articles are designed to provide an in-depth discussion of several (typically 2-4) recently published books in relation to general themes or key issues of the field.
Journal of International Political Theory publishes occasional special symposia comprised of several articles on significant and innovative common themes. Proposals for future special symposia may be sent directly to the Editor by email.
Proposals for book review essays may be sent directly to the Associate Editor by email.
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online
Journal of International Political Theory operates a strictly anonymous double-anonymize peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Each manuscript submitted to the Journal of International Political Theory first undergoes an internal review by the Editor to determine whether it should be sent out for further external peer review. This step of the review process is designed, in part, to ensure that submissions are an appropriate fit with the journal's particular remit, as well as to ensure that manuscripts meet adequate standards to be sent for external peer review. Each manuscript sent for external peer review is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within twelve weeks of submission.
As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of two peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:
- The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
- The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
- Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted
Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.
2.3.1 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:
- Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
- Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
- Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.
Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
Journal of International Political Theory requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Journal of International Political Theory encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and verification process for academic journal articles.
Journal of International Political Theory requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles to be published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for third-party data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editor(s) may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data. The editor(s) [can/will] also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office.
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway
Journal of International Political Theory and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
3.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway
Journal of International Political Theory offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information on Open Access publishing options at SAGE please visit SAGE Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online and in the print issue. There is no charge for reproducing figures in colour in the printed version.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files
Journal of International Political Theory adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
Journal of International Political Theory is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit [SAGE Track site URL] to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.
The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.
SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Editor as follows:
Professor Patrick Hayden
School of International Relations
University of St Andrews
Fife KY16 9AL
Associate Editor: Dr Natasha Saunders