Instructions for Contributors

Instructions for Contributors to the Journal of Electoral Studies

Revised January 2015

Information for Authors

The Journal of Electoral Studies is devoted to publishing cutting edge papers on theory, methodology and substantial issues of electoral systems and electoral behavior. The Journal is interested in works that combine theory and empirical study. The Journal primarily focuses on studies in the field of political science, but also welcomes interdisciplinary works and contributions from the disciplines of sociology, communications, and statistics. With a strong peer-review process and indexed in TSSCI, the Journal of Electoral Studies is one of the most influential journals in Taiwan. The Journal of Electoral Studies now accepts manuscripts in Chinese and English. For more information on submission and subscription, please visit the website at Election Study Center, National Chengchi University

Submission Guidelines

The Journal of Electoral Studies invites original contributions that meet the Journal’s aims and scope. Manuscripts of articles must be in the range of 8,700-10,000 words. Authors should retain copies of their manuscripts and submit an electronic version in Microsoft Word format. Please submit your manuscript to <>.

The Journal of Electoral Studies accepts a manuscript on the understanding that the content is original and that the article has not been accepted for publication or reviewed elsewhere. Papers currently under review at other journals or that duplicate or overlap with parts of larger manuscripts submitted to other publishers are not considered. Once accepted for publication, the copyright resides with the journal, but authors may use their articles in course packs or other printed materials or post it at personal or institutional web sites as long as the journal’s copyright notice is included. Rejected manuscripts will not be returned.

Preparing the Manuscript

Prospective authors should follow the guidelines listed below for manuscript preparation. Manuscripts that do not conform to these guidelines will not be reviewed. Authors must submit two versions of the manuscripts, and each one should include the title and abstract in Chinese and English. One shall identify the names and email addresses of all authors. The other shall be anonymous. The entire paper, including references, must be double-spaced. Font size must be at least 11 point, including notes and references. Manuscripts should not be longer than 40 pages (21×29.7 cm) including text, all tables and figures, notes, references, and appendices. Authors shall follow the same protocol when submitting revised manuscripts. 

Spelling and Style: Generally, the Journal of Electoral Studies follows the style guidelines of the American Political Science Association’s Style Manual for Political Science and the Chicago Manual of Style as to matters of spelling, abbreviation, punctuation, etc. When an acronym or abbreviation is used in the manuscript, it should be spelled out in full for the first time.

Title: To reach scholars who use Chinese, please submit an article title in both Chinese and English.

Abstract: Write the abstract in direct, vigorous prose. Length should be 150 words or less. A list of up to ten keywords, expressing the precise content of the manuscript, should appear directly below the abstract. It should be written in both English and Chinese.

Figures and Tables: All figures and tables should be professional in appearance. Location of illustrations should be indicated by a note in the text (e.g., “Table 1 about here”).

References: The Journal of Electoral Studies uses The Chicago Manual of Style author-date system. All sources are cited in the text in parentheses by author’s last name and date of publication, with page numbers as appropriate (Cox 1997, 65). Endnotes should not be used for references and should be kept to a minimum. Acknowledgments should appear before the notes.

Books and Monographs:

Author’s Last Name, First Name Middle Name(initial.). Year. Complete Title of the Book. Location: Publisher.


Miller, Warren E., and J. Merrill Shanks. 1996. The New American Voter. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Articles in Journals:

Author’s Name. Year. “Title of the Article.” Title of the Periodical Volume Number(Issue Number): Page Numbers.


Page, Benjamin I., and Calvin C. Jones. 1979. “Reciprocal Effects of Policy Preferences, Party Loyalties, and the Vote.” American Political Science Review 73(4): 1071-89.

Chapters in Books:

Author’s Name. Year. “Title of the Article.” In Complete Title of the Book, ed(s). Location: Publisher.


Converse, Philip E. 1964. “The Nature of Belief Systems in Mass Publics.” In Ideology and Discontent, ed. David Apter. Glencoe: Free Press.

Dissertation or Thesis:

Author’s Name. Year. “Title of the Dissertation.” Ph. D. diss(or Master’s thesis). Name of the University.


Muger, Frank J. 1995. “Two-Party Politics in the State of Indiana.” Ph. D. diss. Harvard University.

English Translations:

Author’s Name. Year. Title of the Book. Translator’s Name, Trans. Location: Publisher.


Duverger, Maurice. 1954. Political Parties. Barbara North, and Robert North, Trans. New York: Wiley.

Online Sources:

Author’s Name. Year. “Title of the Article.” URL (The Date of Your Last Access).


King, Gary, Michael Tomz, and Jason Wittenberg. 1998. “Making the Most of Statistical Analyses: Improving Interpretation and Presentation.” (accessed October 22, 1998).

Paper Presented at a Meeting:

Author’s Name. Year. “Complete Title of the Paper.” Presented at Name of the Conference, Location.


Mefford, Dwain, and Brian Ripley. 1987. “The Cognitive Foundation of Regime Theory.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago.

For further information on references, please consult the APSA’s Style Manual for Political Science (revised August 2006), and The Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed, ch.16, 17). Please direct any questions to the journal editorial office at <>.