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What are we looking for?

  • Research Articles: EJPG values diverse thematic foci, is global in its geographic coverage, and respects methodological and epistemological pluralism. Theoretical pieces and empirical analyses are equally welcomed. Empirical contributions may be single-country case studies or cross-national comparative work, large or small, and employing a range of methodological approaches and research designs. The core criteria for acceptance for publication in EJPG are innovation and academic rigour. Eligible articles should have something new to say, even when they address ‘traditional’ questions. Contributions should have a clear ‘take home message’, for example, extending the research agenda through identifying new research questions; adding nuance to extant understandings of, or approaches to, particular topics, issues, or problems; and by developing conceptual frameworks, or bringing new empirical insights that advance analysis in new theoretical or empirical directions. Research articles must not exceed 8000 words in length, including any notes, references, tables, figures etc.

  • State of the Art: articles that provide a literature review on a subfield of politics and gender. Authors will identify new puzzles and dilemmas and propose new avenues for future research agendas. State of the Art articles will be solicited by the editorial team. If you would like to write an article for this section, please contact the editors for an informal discussion first (editors@ejpg-journal.com). State of the Art articles must not exceed 8000 words in length, including any notes, references, tables, figures etc.

  • Gender Updates: short and informative pieces on gender-related politics and policy across European countries. Topics include, but are not limited to, analysis of election results, policy changes, new regulation, social mobilization. Gender Update pieces will be solicited by the editorial team. If you would like to write a piece for this section, please contact the editors for an informal discussion first (editors@ejpg-journal.com). Contributions to the Gender Updates section must not exceed 1000 words in length, with up to 6 key words/short phrases. They do not require an abastract nor key messages.

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How to Submit

All submissions should be made online at the European Journal of Politics and Gender Editorial Manager website: http://www.editorialmanager.com/ejpg/default.aspx.

Editorial Manager

Manuscripts must be in Word or Rich Text Format (not pdf). New users should first create an account, specify their areas of interest and provide full contact details.

Preparing your anonymised manuscript

Your initial submission must consist of the following separate files:

    1. A cover page including: the article title, author name(s) and affiliations (institution affiliation and country only, no department details required), an abstract up to 150 words (except Gender Updates), up to 6 key words/short phrases and the article word count including references. A cover page template is available to download here.

    2. A fully anonymised manuscript which does not include any of the information included in the cover page. It should not include any acknowledgments, funding details, or conflicts of interest that would identify the author(s). Avoid, or try to minimise, self-citation; authors may include a very limited number of self-references where this is key to the paper and/or to avoid creating the impression of not being aware of this literature.  We normally expect to see no more than 5 self-references (all authors included) in the entire manuscript. As we read the paper, if we feel that the number of self-references is too high, we will return the paper to you asking you to reduce the number of self-references. Where you do need to cite your own work please make sure that you anonymise the reference e.g. write "Smith has argued", not "I have argued". Please note that submissions that have not been sufficiently anonymised or that contain too many self-citations will be returned.

    3. If you have any Figures and Tables these  can be included in the manuscript on first submission but must  be uploaded as separate files at the end of the manuscript when submitting the final version. Please indicate where these should be placed in the text by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources where appropriate. 

For help submitting an article via Editorial Manager, please view our online tutorial.

Once a submission has been conditionally accepted, you will be invited to submit a final, non-anonymised version.

Checklist: what to include in your final non-anonymised manuscript:

A cover page including:

  1. Title: short and concise running title and, if necessary, a (short) informative subtitle;
  2. Author names and affiliations (institution affiliation and country only, no department details required);
  3. Abstract: no longer than 150 words, outlining the central question, approach/method, findings and take home message (not needed for Gender Updates);
  4. Key words: up to 6 maximum.

The main manuscript including

  1. The non-anonymised text of your article: Research Articles and State of the Art articles not exceeding 8000 words including notes, references, tables, figures etc.; manuscripts for the Gender Updates section should not exceed 1000 words. This applies to all stages of the review process. Please note that submissions which exceed the word limit will be returned for shortening.
  2. Key messages: Each article (except Gender Updates) must include 3-4 ‘key messages’ summarising the main messages from the paper in bullet points. The contribution made by the paper to the field should be clear from these key messages. Each bullet point must be less than 100 characters. These points may be used by the editorial board to promote your article on Twitter.
  3. Funding details: list any funding including the grant numbers you have received for the research covered in your article as follows: ‘This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx].’ 
  4. Conflict of interest statement: please declare any possible conflicts of interest, or state ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’ if there are none.
  5. Acknowledgements: acknowledge people who have provided you with any substantial assistance or advice with collecting the data, developing your ideas, editing or any other comments to develop your argument or text. 
  6. Bio note: supply a short biographical statement for each of the authors of maximum 50 words. 
  7. Figures and Tables: should be submitted as separate files. Figures should ideally be in an Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) file format. Please indicate where figures and tables should be placed in the text by inserting: ‘Figure/Table X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).
  8. Supplemental data: We recommend that any supplemental data is hosted in a data repository (such as figshare) for maximum exposure, and is cited as a reference in the article.
  9. Copyright Assignment agreement: please upload a scanned copy of the completed and signed Copyright Assignment agreement with your final non-anonymised manuscript. The Copyright Assignment agreement can be downloaded here.

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Editorial Review Process

All submissions are first desk-reviewed by the editorial board who will assess whether the manuscript fits the aims and scope of EJPG as well as the quality standards of the journal. Papers that are selected to be sent out for review will be evaluated through a double anonymous peer review by at least two referees. EJPG aims to return the reviews along with an initial decision within two months of submission.

Please also read our Journals Editorial Policies and Ethical Guidelines.

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Copyright & Permissions

The European Journal of Politics and Gender is published by Bristol University Press in association with the European Conference on Politics and Gender. Articles are considered for publication on the understanding that on acceptance the entire copyright shall pass to the European Conference on Politics and Gender and Bristol University Press.

Authors will be asked to sign a copyright agreement to this effect, which should be submitted online along with the final manuscript. All authors should agree to the copyright assignment. For jointly authored articles the corresponding author may sign on behalf of co-authors provided that s/he has obtained their consent for copyright assignment. The copyright assignment agreement can be downloaded here.

Where copyright is not owned by the author(s), the corresponding author is responsible for obtaining the consent of the copyright holder. This includes figures, tables, and excerpts. Evidence of this permission should be provided to Bristol University Press. General information on rights and permissions can be found here.

To request permission to reproduce any part of articles published in the European Journal of Politics and Gender please email Bristol University Press: bup-info@bristol.ac.uk.

For information on what is permissible use for different versions of your article please see our policy on self archiving and institutional repositories.

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  • British English spelling and punctuation is preferred.
  • Non-discriminatory language is mandatory.
  • Explanatory notes should be kept to a minimum. If it is necessary to use them, they must be numbered consecutively in the text and listed at the end of the article. Please do not embed notes in the text.
  • Please do not embed bibliographic references in the text, footnotes, live links or macros; the final submitted file should be clear of track changes and ready for print.
  • Tables and charts should be separated from the text and submitted in a Word or Excel file, with their placement in the text clearly indicated by inserting: ‘Table X here’. Please provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).
  • Figures, diagrams and maps should be separated from the text and, ideally, submitted in an Encapsulated PostScript (.eps) file. Figures created in Word or Excel are acceptable in those file formats. If the figures, diagrams and maps are in other formats (i.e. have been pasted into a Word file rather than created in it) please contact dave.j.worth@bristol.ac.uk for advice. Please indicate where figures should be placed in the text, by inserting: ‘Figure X here’ and provide numbers, titles and sources (where appropriate).


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Download the Endnote output style for Policy Press and Bristol University Press Journals.

Bristol University Press uses a custom version of the Harvard system of referencing:

  • In-text citations: give the author’s surname followed by year of publication in brackets;
  • List all references in full at the end of the article and remove any references not cited in the text;
  • Book and journal titles should be in italics;
  • Website details should be placed at the end of the reference;
  • Spell out all acronyms in the first instance.


Example of book reference:
Aghtaie, N. and Gangoli, G. (2015) National and international perspectives to gender based violence, Abingdon: Routledge.

Example of journal reference:
Williamson, E. and Abrahams, HA. (2014) ‘A review of the provision of intervention programmes for female victims and survivors of domestic abuse in the UK’, Journal of Women and Social Work, vol 29, no 1, pp 178-191.

Example of chapter within edited / multi-authored publication:
Hester, M. (2012) ‘Globalization, activism and local contexts: Development of policy on domestic violence in China and England’, in MT Segal, EN Chow and V Demos (eds) Social production and reproduction at the interface of public and private spheres, London: Emerald, pp 273-294.

Example of website reference:
Womensaid (2016) What is domestic abuse, Available:. https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/what-is-domestic-abuse/ [24 Aug 2016].

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