Guidelines for Authors

1. International Journal of Political Thought (IJPT) publishes articles that result from an original research on subjects related to political thought. This includes researches on Political Philosophy, Political Science and Philosophy of Law.

The Journal is yearly published. It has both a printed and a digital edition. Articles in digital edition can be freely accessed by anyone from the moment they are published, to be printed or transmitted freely but never with an aim of commercial profit. Editorial deadline ends on November and the correspondent issue is published in January. Works in English, French, Portuguese and Italian are admitted, following the criteria established by the Editorial and Programming Board.

2. Articles must be original and unpublished, and/or neither accepted for publishing or being evaluated for publishing in any other medium or journal. In exceptional cases, commented translations of significant texts may be published under the section Several Studies.

3. Articles will be submitted to two external reviewers (double blind peer review system). Reviewers will be designated by the Board, and for further objectivity and fairness, those who may have an academic relation, or of kinship, with the authors will be excluded from the process.

Articles must obtain positive reports from both reviewers. In case of discrepancy, a third arbitral reviewer may be consulted. Articles may be definitively or provisionally accepted, with the condition that authors revise the text incorporating suggestions and/or corrections indicated by the reviewers. In this case, once received and evaluated for a second time, they may be definitively accepted for publishing.

4. Articles must be submitted, using this Journal workflow. Please, click on the submit button and follow the instructions. IJTP will keep in touch with the authors via e-mail.

5. Articles must be in Microsoft Word™ format, space and a half, Thimes New Roman font, size 12, symmetrical margins of 2,5 cm and paginated. The length of articles should not exceed 12,000 words or less than 6,000, and bibliographic reviews shall not exceed 2,500 words. Italics are not allowed. All the work will be in times New Roman 12 letter always in space and a half between lines (titles, keywords, summaries, chapters, epigraphs, text) except for the footnotes and quotations that will go in Times New Roman 10, to a space.

In no case can you use italics (except epigraphs), quotation marks, underlines, tabs (except quotations in text of more than three lines, which may be italicized), etc. The bibliography will follow the instructions in the section below in all cases.

6. The first page of every article must contain the title in both Spanish and English, an abstract in both Spanish and English (of around 100 words), and keywords in both English and Spanish (between 4 and 6). At the very end f the submission process, you will have the chance to upload a short CV in another document, from five to ten lines.

7. Tables, charts, graphics and figures included within the articles must be integrated within the text, properly ordered and with reference to the source. Each of them must be ordered by type (table, chart, graphic and figure) and number from lower to higher. Said tables, charts, graphics and figures must also be sent independently in either RTF or JPGE format.

8. Authors can either use in-text citations, noting the cited author along with the date and page within brackets, or footnote citations. If the author chooses in-text citation, he must also provide a bibliographical entry at the end of the article with all the information of the cited works. Author/s are able to choose between the classic or the modern style of citation: 

Examples of the classic style include: Examples of the modern style include:

- Pérez Luño, A.E., Derechos Humanos, Estado de Derecho y Constitución, Tecnos, Madrid, 1984

- Alarcón, C., "Análisis comparativo de los sistemas electorales", Revista Internacional de Pensamiento Político, vol. 1, 2006, pp. 123-144.

- Mora Molina, J.J., "Democracia, Constitución y Estado de Derecho ¿Hasta dónde nos sirve el modelo garantista?", en vol. col. J.J. Mora Molina (coord.) Jaque a la democracia, Sepha, Málaga, 2011, pp. 49-75.

- Pérez Luño, A.E. (1984) Derechos Humanos, Estado de Derecho y Constitución, Madrid, Tecnos.

- Alarcón, C. (2006) "Análisis comparativo de los sistemas electorales", Revista Internacional de Pensamiento Político, vol. 1, pp. 123-144.

- Mora Molina, J.J. (2011) "Democracia, Constitución y Estado de Derecho ¿Hasta dónde nos sirve el modelo garantista?", en vol. col. J.J. Mora Molina (coord.) Jaque a la democracia, Málaga, Sepha, pp. 49-75.

9. Authors should visit the journal’s website to follow examples of previous articles: title, authorship, abstracts and keywords; as well as the body divisions. Articles must follow this order:


Concientious objection (Title of the article in bold low-case)

Translation (Bold low-case)

(AVOID personal data)

Keywords: (From 4 to 6 keywords)

Translated Keywords: (Same as above)

Abstract: (About 100 words)

Translation: (Same as above)

1. Arguments in favour (bold)

1.1 First argument (italics)

1.2 Second argument (italics)

2. Arguments against (bold)

2.1 First argument (italics)

2.2 Second argument (italics)

The article must be in Times New Roman font, size 12, space and a half (titles, keywords, abstracts, sections, subsections, text) with the exception of notes and footnote citations which must be in Times New Roman 10 font. Minor subsections must be in italics and underlined.

10. Articles must be sent in *.docx format and titled with the manuscript name, as first step. The second step is set for you to check the title again, while the third step is for the authors to also submit, in a idfferent *.docx , a brief biographical profile, between five and ten lines, that will be included in the corresponding section of the journal. This .docx will be titled with the author’s surname plus CV. Example: MolinaAgenjoCV.doc.

11. Reception of the articles will be notified within a week. Articles will be reviewed following the double-blind peer review system in no more than two months after their reception, and authors will be immediately notified of the result, which can be: a) accepted; b) accepted but conditioned under the corrections and suggestions made by reviewers; c) not accepted. Articles under conditional acceptance must be sent again in no more than one week.

12. All authors must include their ORCID profile, as well as their full name, institution and email address. In case of doubt, please check the following guide: 



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