ISSN 0718-090X online version
ISSN 0716-1417 print version


Scope and policy

The editors of RCP invite submissions of previously unpublished work that makes a substantive contribution to advance political science research. The journal accepts manuscripts in the fields of political theory, comparative politics, international relations, methodology, and public policy. The submission and possible publication in RCP is free of charge for authors. All articles have undergone rigorous double-blind peer review and are available to read and download free of charge (open access).

Submission of manuscripts

All manuscripts must be uploaded electronically through the online submission system provided:

Preferred file formats for submissions are Microsoft Word and LaTeX. Submissions prepared in LaTeX should be accompanied by a compiled Portable Document Format (PDF) version of the manuscript.

Authors will be asked to confirm the originality of the manuscript upon submission. Articles which have been published elsewhere, or which have been submitted to other editorial referees as a part of a more extended version must be accompanied by a letter that makes this explicit.

Form and preparation of manuscripts

On a separate cover sheet, which will be removed for the purpose of blind peer review, authors should supply a short biography of 50-100 words, along with details regarding the institutional affiliation of the author(s), and contact details for the corresponding author, including a full mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number.Manuscripts should be formatted in 1.5 spacing throughout with generous left- and right-hand margins. Pages must be numbered sequentially.

Two abstracts, one in English and the other in Spanish, should precede the main text. Abstracts must be a maximum of 120 words each, and should be accompanied by up to five key words.

The maximum word length for articles is 9000 words, including notes, tables, and references. For research notes the maximum length is 5000 words, including the corresponding abstracts (the same guidelines apply) and three key words.

Titles and section headings should be clear and brief. They should not be underlined. Quotations that exceed 40 words should be indented in the text. Tables and Figures should have short, descriptive titles. Table descriptions and references to sources should be placed below the respective table.

In order to ensure anonymity during the peer-review process, self-citations should be removed from the manuscript.

Manuscripts must contain a complete, alphabetically-ordered bibliography at the end of the main text. Both in-text and footnote citation is accepted but the following style is preferred: (Waltz 1979: 16). Multiple citations should be ordered chronologically and separated by a semi-colon: (Waltz 1979; Mearsheimer 2001). Multiple works by the same author should also be listed in chronological order and separated by a comma (Rawls 1971, 1993, 2001). Use “et al.” when citing a work with more than two authors.

Please refer to the following citation examples:

Journal articles:
Jones, Mark P. 1995. “A Guide to the Electoral System of the Americas”. Electoral Studies 14 (1): 5-2.

Journal articles (multiple authors):
Downs, George W., David M. Rocke and Peter N. Barsoom. 1996. "Is the Good News About Compliance Good News About Cooperation?". International Organization 50(3): 379-406.

Dahl, Robert. 1971. Polyarchy: Participation and Opposition. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Book chapters:
Scully, Timothy R. 1995. “Reconstituting Party Politics in Chile”. In Building Democratic Institutions, edited by Scott Mainwaring and Timothy R. Scully. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 100-137.

Conference proceedings and working papers:
Achen, Christopher H. 2001. “Why Lagged Dependent Variables Can Suppress the Explanatory Power of Other Independent Variables”. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Political Methodology Section of the American Political Science Association, Los Angeles, 20-22 July.

Electronic sources (with author):
Harzing, Anne-Wil. 2016, 6 February. "Publish or Perish". Retrieved on 26 February from

Electronic sources (no author):
The Economist. 2006, 7 December. “Latin America: It's Democracy, Stupid”. Retrieved on 26 November 2016 from

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