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COVID-19 NOTICE - We will do all we can to keep Government & Opposition running as smoothly as possible, providing an outlet for your scholarship and a source of informed debate during the current coronavirus pandemic. However, there will be inevitable disruptions and we ask you to bear with us as we try to navigate this new terrain.

For our authors: we know you may need longer to revise and resubmit your papers. We may also be slower than usual in turning around your articles for review and publication. Reviewers may take longer to submit their reviews, but we will get there by pulling together.

For our reviewers: we know that you may not be able to review for us during the pandemic. If you can, we know that you may need longer to undertake reviews. Thank you for whatever you can do.

Thank you for working with us to get through this extraordinary period.


Government and Opposition has a tradition of publishing in a style accessible to any interested reader, and we encourage authors to write in a style as clear and simple as the subject matter allows.

Articles should include a word count: in general the length of articles, including references and notes, should be limited to 8,000 words, but we would consider longer articles of up to 10,000 words where the comparative focus of the submission moves beyond a single country case. Articles should be made anonymous, with all self-identifying mention removed (including in the file name) to enable the blind-reviewing process. Articles should be accompanied by an abstract of around 150 words and between four and six keywords. We also give authors the opportunity to submit datasets along with their work should they wish. Datasets will not be subject to peer review and will be hosted on the publisher’s platform alongside the article.

If you request colour figures in the printed version, you will be contacted by CCC-Rightslink who are acting on our behalf to collect Author Charges. Please follow their instructions in order to avoid any delay in the publication of your article.

Articles should conform to the Government and Opposition house style.

Competing interests 

All authors must include a competing interest declaration in an accompanying title page. This declaration will be subject to editorial review and may be published in the article. Competing interests are situations that could be perceived to exert an undue influence on the content or publication of an author’s work. They may include, but are not limited to, financial, professional, contractual or personal relationships or situations. If the manuscript has multiple authors, the author submitting must include competing interest declarations relevant to all contributing authors. 

Example wording for a declaration is as follows: “Competing interests: Author A is employed at company B. Author C owns shares in company D, is on the Board of company E and is a member of organisation F. Author G has received grants from company H.” If no competing interests exist, the declaration should state “Competing interests: The author(s) declare none”. 

Online Manuscript Submission

All manuscripts must be submitted online at

You must be registered on the online system in order to submit a manuscript. If you do not yet have an account on the submission site, please click the link “Register here” and follow the registration steps. You will be able to choose your user name and password during registration (and you can change them at any time if needed via the “Edit Account” link once you are logged in). If you are unsure whether you have an account or in case you have forgotten your login details, please enter your e-mail address in the Password Help field and click “Go”; do not create a new account. Your login details will be e-mailed to you straight away if an account for you exists.

For help with the ScholarOne Manuscripts system, please visit the ScholarOne Support site:

The policy of Government and Opposition is that authors (or in some cases their employers) retain copyright and grant Cambridge University Press a licence to publish their work. In the case of gold open access articles this is a non-exclusive licence. Authors must complete and return an author publishing agreement form as soon as their article has been accepted for publication; the journal is unable to publish without this. Please download the appropriate publishing agreement here.

For open access articles, the form also sets out the Creative Commons licence under which the article is made available to end users: a fundamental principle of open access is that content should not simply be accessible but should also be freely re-usable. Articles will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY) by default. This means that the article is freely available to read, copy and redistribute, and can also be adapted (users can “remix, transform, and build upon” the work) for any commercial or non-commercial purpose, as long as proper attribution is given. Authors can, in the publishing agreement form, choose a different kind of Creative Commons license (including those prohibiting non-commercial and derivative use) if they prefer.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material in which they do not own copyright, to be used both in print and electronic media, and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgements are included in their manuscript.


Government and Opposition now requires that all corresponding authors identify themselves using their ORCID iD when submitting a manuscript to the journal. ORCID provides a unique identifier for researchers and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript submission and grant applications, provides the following benefits:

  • Discoverability: ORCID increases the discoverability of your publications, by enabling smarter publisher systems and by helping readers to reliably find work that you’ve authored.
  • Convenience: As more organisations use ORCID, providing your iD or using it to register for services will automatically link activities to your ORCID record, and will enable you to share this information with other systems and platforms you use, saving you re-keying information multiple times.
  • Keeping track: Your ORCID record is a neat place to store and (if you choose) share validated information about your research activities and affiliations.

If you don’t already have an iD, you’ll need to create one if you decide to submit a manuscript to Government and Opposition. You can register for one directly from your user account on Scholar One or via

If you already have an iD, please use this when submitting, either by linking it to your Scholar One account or supplying it during submission by using the “Associate your existing ORCID ID” button.

Publishing your article as Gold Open Access

You will have the option to publish your article as Gold Open Access, enabling the final published version to be made freely available under a Creative Commons license. You might be required to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) for Gold Open Access. You may be eligible for a waiver or discount, for example if your institution is part of a Read and Publish sales agreement with Cambridge University Press. For more information about your Open Access options, please see here. For more information about the benefits of choosing to publish Open Access, see here.

Last updated May 5th, 2020.