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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.

  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Anyone willing to submit the article to the peer review process can become the author of the Czech Journal of Political Science. The anonymity of both reviewers and authors that is maintained during the peer review process contributes to the cultivation of the scientific community and ensures a high quality of published texts. We welcome theoretical contributions as well as texts applying or testing theories, and we accept not only manuscripts written by established scholars but also texts by young researchers, e.g., doctoral students.

The Czech Journal of Political Science publishes scholarly articles corresponding to its specialization. Manuscripts sent to the journal may not be submitted simultaneously for publication or evaluation to any other periodical. If the submitted manuscript fulfills formal requirements for an academic text, it is subjected to a double-blind peer review. Final acceptance of the text is approved by the editorial board, which decides on the basis of this peer review process. The process is anonymous, based on the opinions of two independent reviewers. Manuscripts should be submitted in formats supported by MS Word. The texts must comply with the instructions described below and with the citation norm of the Czech Journal of Political Science. The accompanying letter should contain a full contact address, including a telephone number and e-mail, and brief information about the author. 


The length of the submission should correspond with the article type:

  • 8 000 words for research articles
  • 2 000 words for a review
  • 4 000 words for review essay
  • 1 000 words for information.

All texts should be submitted in English. The journal provides its own proofreading services.


Recommended structure for research articles:

  • Introduction (including purpose statement/justification for the text)
  • Literature review/research context
  • Theory and methodology
  • Presentation of results
  • Conclusions and discussion


Submissions should contain the following:

  • title and short summary in English language (abstract), placed in the introduction to the contribution (below the title and the author’s name); the length of the abstract should be 10–15 lines,
  • keywords in English must be stated beneath the abstract
  • on the first page of the contribution, the author’s contact has to be given in the form of a footnote, containing the full name and address of the author’s workplace, and email address
  • the corresponding author should be clearly highlighted, with the contact info provided
  • any conflict of interest should be stated
  • submissions must contain a manuscript with full author details as described above, and a full anonymized manuscript without author details
  • any supplemental material (data sets, review transcripts, research models, graphic supplements, etc.) should be submitted as "other".

The authors of the texts accepted for publication in the Czech Journal of Political Science agree that these texts may be published online.


Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Czech Journal of Political Science/Politologický časopis is committed to ensuring ethics in publication and the quality of articles. All parties involved (authors, editors, reviewers, and the publisher) are expected to conform to standards of ethical behaviour.

Authors: Authors should present an objective discussion of the significance of the research work as well as sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the experiments. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable. The authors should ensure that their work is entirely original, and if the work and/or words of others have been used, they must be appropriately acknowledged or referenced. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. The corresponding author (if there is more than one author) should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication.

Editors: Editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively based on their academic merit. An editor must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the author's express written consent. Editors should take responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper. Editors must ensure that every document sent to reviewers for peer review is anonymized and that an unbiased review process is assured.

Reviewers: Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments so that authors can use them to improve the paper. Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts where they might be in a conflict of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors connected to the papers.

These guidelines are based on the COPE Code of Conduct.


Articles may either present results of original empirical research or contribute to theoretical or methodological discussions of contemporary political science. The length of submitted articles should not exceed 8 000 words (excl. references and tables). Articles pass through a peer review process, have to be properly referenced and contain bibliography complying with citation norm of the Czech Journal of Political Science.


Reviews should present and critically evaluate monographs dealing with topics relevant to contemporary political science or international relations. A review should briefly introduce the author of the reviewed publication, provide information about structure and content of the book and evaluate its contribution to contemporary research in the field. The reviewed book should not be more than two years old. Reviews are not peer reviewed and they do not need to contain references. The maximum lenght of a review is 2,000 words. Reviews are evaluated by the editors, who decides on acceptance.

Review Essays

Review essays should meet the same basic structural requirements as reviews (i.e. brief introduction of the author, information about the structure and content of the book and its relation to contemporary research) but do not need to contain references. Review essay should present and critically evaluate monographs dealing with topics relevant to contemporary political science and international relations. Authors should provide a full-fledged review on the background of a broader theoretical or societal discussion and relate it to contemporary issues within the field. The reviewed books should not be more than two yeras old. The maximum lenght of a review essay is 4,000 words. Review essays are evaluated by the editors, who decides on their acceptance.