Instruction for Authors

Polis publishes high-quality peer-reviewed original articles that are not under review in any other academic outlet. Please be advised that Polis relies on anti-plagiarism programs and submission for publication implies permission for the editors to put the article through such program. Before submitting your paper for review make sure that it follows the Journal’s established guidelines.

Articles should be between 7000 – 10,000 words long including endnotes and references.

All articles should be written in English;
Articles should be typed in Times New Roman, 12 pdf, and be double spaced throughout including endnotes and references;
Review Articles should not exceed 3,000 words, and Book Reviews should not exceed 1,000 words.

A word count must be provided in all cases.
Articles should have an abstract of 200-250 words long
Articles should have 3-6 keywords at the end of the abstract;
The cover page of the article should include the name of the author, academic title, institution affiliation, and a short bibliographical note on the author;
Anonymization. We strongly advise authors not to refer to themselves by name in the text of their article so that the review process can be undertaken fully anonymously.

The ‘APA’ references system should be used for bibliographical references in the text and notes. For more information, please consult reputable citation guidelines.

Polis publishes original articles by authors which have not previously been published and which are not under consideration for publication in other journals. The submission of a manuscript implies its publication has been approved by all co-authors.

If and when the manuscript is accepted for publication, authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal. All materials in Polis are published under an open-access license that gives authors permanent ownership of their work.


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After the article is accepted, it is published online for early view so that accepted articles do not have to wait for the scheduled print issue to become public.

The initial appraisal of each manuscript is made by the Editors. In case the topic, treatment and geographical focus fit to journal’s aims and objectives, the anonymized manuscript is assigned to peer-reviewers.

Once the reviewers have made a determination, i.e. acceptance, revision, or rejection of your manuscript, the Editor-in-Chief makes the final decision.

We apply a double-blind peer review, meaning that the author’s name and affiliation are not made public to the referee. The referee’s name and affiliation are also not revealed to the author.

Review requests are sent to peers that are qualified to assess the works in terms of the relevance of their thematic, theoretical, methodological, and/or geographic expertise. In cases of desk-rejections, the argumentation will be motivated, but cannot unfortunately be extended and detailed. A rejection based on the outcome of a review process will be backed up by the actual reviews, and a motivation by the editor.

A decision on the manuscript generally may be expected within 5 weeks of submission, although delays in obtaining reviews may prolong this process. Manuscripts are sent out for review electronically, and all correspondence takes place via e-mail. If reviewers recommend revision of the manuscript, authors are requested to resubmit their revisions within 5 weeks after receiving the notification. They are asked to then also submit a letter  (as attachment to the notify editor e-mail) with a detailed description of how they have responded to the separate issues raised by the reviewers.

Occasionally, Polis invites guest-editors who wish to organize a special issue. In such cases, the guest-editors are responsible for setting up and carrying out the review process. After completion of the review process, they will issue an editorial advice. Also in this case, the Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the final decision.

All accepted manuscripts will also be checked for plagiarism using the Turnitin platform. Authors of finally accepted manuscripts will be asked to make the revision of proofs before printing.

Polis Journal does not charge any fees for the publication of scientific articles.

Authors are free to deposit a copy of their paper in any form (submitted version, accepted version/manuscript, or published version) to any institutional or other repository of their choice.

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