Guidelines for Authors

1. Articles in the The International Review of Political Thought (RIPP) are the result of original research which covers a wide range of aspects on political thought. This includes research in political philosophy, political science or legal philosophy. 
The journal is published annually. Each year, the deadline for submission for the next volume is set in October. It is published in the first month of the following year.
Papers are accepted in English or Spanish according to the criteria established by the Editorial and Programming Committee.
2. The works submitted must be original, must not have been previously published or accepted for publication, and must not be in the process of evaluation in other journal. In exceptional cases, annotated translations of significant texts may be published in the Miscellaneous Studies section. Any data that could lead to their identity being known (in the text or in the properties of the document) must be removed.
Articles will be checked to detect plagiarism
3. The articles will be submitted to two external evaluations (double-blind peer review) with those who have academic or kinship relationships abstaining from the debate and designation for the sake of greater impartiality and objectivity. 
In this evaluation, articles must obtain two positive reports for publication. In the event of discrepancy between the two reports, a third referee report will be used. The articles can be accepted definitively or provisionally and conditioned to the authors revising their articles incorporating the objections and suggestions of the evaluations. They will then be re-examined and may be accepted definitively.
The Editorial and Programming Committee of the journal will make a reasoned decision on the acceptance of the article for publication. The reasons for the acceptance, revision or rejection of the article will be notified, together with the evaluation reports. The reports will complete the evaluation form, which consists of the following sections: a) originality and/or scientific interest of the subject, b) bibliography and citations, c) approach and writing, d) contents, e) other aspects to be specified. The reports conclude with one of the following recommendations: a) Not publishable, b) Publishable with severe modifications, c) Publishable with slight modifications, d) Not publishable. 
4. Log in or sign in. From 2022, you need to provide your ORCID profile number. 
5. You must prepare two documents: the manuscript of your article and your short biography.
5.1 Your biography: This is a short text about your research career for the knowledge of the editorial committee, not for those reviewing your article. Name the document with your Surname_FirstName and, inside, head it with your full name, the institution you belong to (it is possible to identify yourself as independent) and your e-mail. 
5.2 The manuscript (and attached documents, if necessary):
5a. Should be uploaded in Microsoft Word™ format, Times New Roman font, 12, with symmetrical margins of 2.5 cms, paginated, single and half spaced, with the exception of footnotes which will be in Times New Roman 10, single spaced, and separate quotations which will be in 11.
5b. Articles should be no longer than 12,000 words and no shorter than 6,000 words, and bibliographical reviews should be no longer than 2,500 words. 
5c. Under no circumstances should inverted commas, underlining, tabs or italics be used for highlighting. The titles of articles and book chapters, reports, dossiers, etc. must be placed in inverted commas. The titles of journals, books, reports, files, etc. should be italicised.
5d. Quotations in the text of more than three lines should be tabulated, in a separate paragraph, 1 cm. to the left only and without inverted commas.  Remember Times New Roman font, size 11, with a full stop at the end of the paragraph.
5e. The document must contain a bibliography list / references at the end. 
6. The first page of the article will include the title of the paper in the main language and English (do not use capital letters for the whole title), an analytical abstract in the main language and English (approximately 100 words), and keywords in both languages (between 4 and 6 words).  Please, add those keywords separately.
7. Tables, charts, graphs and figures should be included in the text in an orderly fashion and with references to the source. Each of them must bear the type (table, chart, graph or figure) accompanied by a number and ordered from smallest to largest. These tables, charts, graphs or figures must also be sent separately in JPGE or PNG format and, in the event that they are protected by commercial rights, you must state that you have obtained permission to use them.
8. Chicago, APA or Harvard citation systems can be used. In the text, author, date and page in parentheses in the body of the article, or by means of the footnote citation system. In both cases, a general bibliography should be placed at the end of the article with all the details of the works referenced. In the case of repeated authorship, do not use "---" to avoid repetition. 
Example of in-text citations:  (Díaz de la Hoz, 2000: 9).
Harvard: APA:

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, 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, 49-75.

9. As an example, check the journal's website for articles from the latest issue: title, abstracts and keywords, as well as the list of headings.  You must adapt the text of your article to this sequence of items.


Conscientious objection (Article title in lower case and bold type)
Spanish translation (lowercase and bold)
Keywords (Place keywords of an article: 4 to 6, separately)
Keywords in Spanish (Place keywords with the same format)
Abstract (Place an abstract of an article of approximately 100 words)
Abstract in Spanish (Place an abstract of an article of approximately 100 words)
1. For arguments (in bold)
1.1 First Argument (italicise headings)
1.2 Second argument (in italics the headings)
2. Counter-arguments (in bold type)
2.1 First argument (headings in italics)
2.2 Second argument (headings in italics)
3. Bibliography (in bold)
In alphabetical order. If you repeat authorship, do not use hyphens and repeat surname, first name. 
Other minor paragraphs should always be in lower case, without bold, italics or underlining.
10. Your first document is almost ready. Avoid leaving any trace of your identity, especially in relation to the document properties. If you do not know the procedure, please visit this COMUNICAR journal tutorial or contact

You should then have the necessary documents to start the submission process.  


Please send both documents (or more) in a double way in all cases:
1) via the journal's procedure (see below); and 
2) by sending an email to, to the attention of the journal editor with attachments.
If you have chosen a monograph issue, please get in touch with the coordinator for details on how to manage it. Under no circumstances should the steps described above be omitted.
The procedure of the journal
A. Once inside your submission profile, and with your legal consent, you can upload the core document/s of your research as "article text". Remember that this document is the one that will be sent for review and must be anonymised. Attachments will be counted in the last step.
B. The second step is to secure the title of your paper. 
C. In the third step, you must attach the second document, your bio: click on "send another file" and add the documents you need without forgetting the brief biographical sketch of the author(s), five to ten lines, which will be published in the corresponding section of the journal.
Contribution of authorship: In the case of co-authorship, you must indicate the level of contribution in each of the phases of both the research and the writing of the contribution. For this purpose, it is recommended to follow the CRediT taxonomy
D. Enter the requested and compulsory data: title, abstract, other signatures, keywords (separated by "intro"), and references, include your complete bibiography separated with a blank line.  Under Funding: declare the funding received for your research by indicating the funding agency, programme and award code.   
E. RIPP will get in touch via mail, the first communication being the acknowledgement of receipt of the submitted paper. Articles will be evaluated by the double-blind system within three months after receipt.