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Politics & Gender is an agenda-setting journal that publishes the highest quality scholarship on gender and politics and on women and politics. It aims to represent the full range of questions, issues, and approaches to gender and women across the major subfields of political science, including comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and U.S. politics. The Editors welcome studies that address fundamental questions in politics and political science from the perspective of gender difference, as well as those that interrogate and challenge standard analytical categories and conventional methodologies.

All submissions to the journal are processed through the Editorial Manager system:


Manuscripts should be uploaded in Word and should be no longer than 12,000 words including text, tables and figures, references, and appendices. The entire manuscript (including notes and references) should be double-spaced.

Authors should remove all identifying information from the manuscript, including acknowledgments of funding, student assistance, or other institutional or personal identifications that could identify the author(s). Such information should be provided in a separate title page.

Submissions should include an abstract of no more than 150 words. Abstracts should clearly state the theme or research question addressed in the paper, situate the problem within political science (broadly construed), and summarize the findings.

In an effort to enhance readability for manuscript reviewers, we ask that submissions include tables, figures, and other images at the appropriate place within the text, rather than separately at the end of the submission. For example, instead of saying "Table 1 Here," please just go ahead and insert the table or figure where you would like it to appear. If your manuscript is accepted, you will be provided with more detailed instructions for formatting tables, figures, and references.

References and notes should conform to the APSA Style Manual. Endnotes should be used (rather than footnotes). Numbered notes should appear at the end of a sentence and be numbered consecutively throughout the article.

References should appear at the end of the article. Be sure to include full volume, issue, and page numbers for all references.

Competing interests

All authors must include a competing interest declaration in their 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”. 


All submissions will go through an initial review by one of the Journal's co-editors. Christina Wolbrecht (University of Notre Dame) will oversee all submissions in the areas of gender and American politics and gender and political theory. Susan Franceschet (University of Calgary) will oversee all manuscripts in the subfields of gender and comparative politics and gender and international relations.

Due to the large number of submissions received by the Journal and the editors' wish to respect the time commitments of our reviewers, we are unable to send all manuscripts submitted for external review. Submissions that do not meet the journal's standards in terms of fit and quality may be desk-rejected. If an editor believes the submission meets the Journal's standards, the manuscript enters into a double-blind peer review process.

Although the editors are committed to processing submissions as quickly as possible, a rigorous peer review process takes time. Our goal is to make decisions on manuscripts within approximately three months of submission, but at times, the wait may be longer.

Politics & Gender will suspend new submissions from December 15th to January 15th each year. During this time, the editors will continue to work on manuscripts that are already in the review or production process but will not accept new submissions.


Please visit our Open Access page ( for information on our open access policies, compliance with major finding bodies, and guidelines on depositing your manuscript in an institutional repository.


Contributions written in English are welcomed from all countries. Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the editor and any reviewers. Cambridge offers a service which authors can learn about here: Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge published journal.

Last revised 30th July 2019