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State Politics & Policy Quarterly (SPPQ), peer-reviewed and published quarterly, is the premier publication outlet for original research on state politics and policy. The official publication of the State Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Science Association, SPPQ publishes high quality academic studies that develop and test general hypotheses of political phenomena and policymaking by exploiting the unique advantages of the American states.

The editors seek manuscripts examining any aspect of political behavior, practices, institutions, and policy in the American states, as well as methodologies used to study these processes. The editors encourage manuscripts from a variety of methodological or theoretical approaches.  Studies that deal with other sub-national units of government in the U.S. and studies that examine the American states or local governments compared with others from around the world may also be considered for publication.

To submit your manuscript, please visit the journal’s article submission site at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sppq. You will need to create an account in order to submit your manuscript.

SPPQ uses a double-blind review process and does not consider manuscripts under review elsewhere.

Submissions should be no more than 10,000 words (including text, tables, citations, footnotes, and references) and should include an abstract of no more than 200 words. 

Submissions must be anonymous with all author-identifying information removed. This includes any acknowledgements or expressions of gratitude, competing interest statements, research funding or grant disclosures, and direct references to the author’s university or department. In addition, authors are welcome to include a reasonable number of citations to their own work, so long as they cannot be used to identify the manuscript’s author. Authors should avoid citing their own doctoral dissertations, conference papers, manuscripts in review, and forthcoming publications. In the event a manuscript is accepted for publication, any self-identifying citations or information can be added to the final version.

Any supplementary material (i.e., online appendices) should be submitted as a separate file (using the Supplementary Material option) at the time of submission.

Submissions should also include a separate title page and/or cover letter. These documents can include author contact information, acknowledgements or expressions of gratitude and research funding or grant disclosures.

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”. 

Submissions must also include 5-10 keywords. Keywords help identify potential reviewers and should be general descriptors of the main topics of the article.

Authors may also suggest appropriate reviewers and/or “oppose” individuals to review their manuscript. The editors will consult these names, but they are not obliged to use these recommendations.

All manuscripts accepted for publication will undergo a data verification process.  Replication materials for an accepted article must be made publicly available. Publication is contingent on a successful data verification process.  Please see: Data Verification and Replication for more information. 

SPPQ follows the APSA Style Manual for Political Science. Any manuscripts accepted for publication must follow this style.  We encourage authors to submit manuscripts in this format, but initial submissions adhering to other styles will be considered for review.  

SPPQ requires the submitting author to link their ORCID to the submission. We strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID to the submission as well. If you do not already have an ORCID please follow this link to create one or visit the Guide to ORCID to learn more.

If you have any questions, please contact Conor Dowling, Tracy Osborn, and Jonathan Winburn, editors of State Politics & Policy Quarterly, at sppq@olemiss.edu.