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Introducing APSA Preprints

Launching in the summer of 2019, APSA Preprints is a free-to-access pre-publication platform dedicated to early research outputs in political science and related disciplines, and developed through the collaboration of the American Political Science Association and Cambridge University Press. 

APSA Preprints will deliver the very latest research and data, prior to the application of formal peer review or production processes. It will make these materials available to anyone with an internet connection within 3-5 business days of submission, greatly accelerating the speed, transparency, and impact of research communication in political science. Authors will be able to deposit their papers for free and will retain copyright to their work. Submissions will not be peer reviewed. More details can be found in the FAQs

Authors and readers will benefit from comprehensive article-level metrics, the latest social sharing tools, and commenting functionality, as well as the powerful search and discovery features already in place on the Cambridge Core platform.

APSA Preprints will give researchers and members of the wider public an early window into academic insights and analysis, and extend the support provided to researchers across the research cycle by connecting APSA conference papers and other early research outputs with the submission, peer review, and production process of journals such as American Political Science Review, PS: Political Science & Politics or Perspectives on Politics.

How can you help to shape APSA Preprints?

You can become involved with APSA Preprints in the following ways:

1.    Become part of our user panel

We are creating a balanced user panel in order to shape this exciting new site, running regular consultations to help us understand more about what you as a researcher need from a pre-print server. By becoming a member of the user panel, you can influence the development of APSA Preprints.

Register your interest in joining the APSA user panel here.

2.    Be an Early Adopter - submit your new paper to APSA Preprints

There is an opportunity to submit your work prior to the official launch. You will be able to post your work during the final development stage from late May 2019, and help test and trial this new initiative for the political science community.

Register for further information on submitting your paper here.

When will APSA Preprints go live?

APSA Preprints will initially go live in late May 2019, with further user-testing and refinement taking place ahead of the formal launch at the APSA Annual Meeting in late August 2019.

If you have any additional questions about APSA Preprints please contact