Review Process

The Polish Political Science Yearbook (PPSY) publishes only these paper which has received positive reviews. All articles and research reports submitted to the PPSY are double-blind reviewed by two independent peer reviewers. Positive reviews are the necessary condition to publish a paper – if assessments are profoundly different, the PPSY may ask another expert to deliver a final evaluation.

The accept only papers in British English, which meet formal standards and essential requirements. If the article fulfils these criteria, we send the anonymous copy to two independent reviewers. The review takes less than four months typically, however in some cases it may be extended up to six months. Two positive reviews are the necessary condition to publish a paper in the PPSY. Authors receive anonymous copies of reports, and they have a month to present the final version of the paper. The final version should answer all issues mentioned by the reviewers. Rejected papers can be resubmitted to the PPSY (after essential edition) not earlier than six months after the rejection.

Instructions for Reviewers

The Polish Political Science Yearbook (PPSY) uses the standardised procedure of paper's review. The assessment includes two stages: the initial review and the detailed review (see: the review form). The reviewer is asked to consider a general value of submitted paper, applied standards and possible impact on the discipline.

The initial review includes an overall evaluation of paper's contents, including following questions:

  • Is the paper meeting scientific standards?
  • Is the paper meeting research standards in the discipline?
  • Is the paper presenting its objectives?
  • Is the paper well structured?
  • Is the paper correctly using addition material, i.e. tables, image, charts or diagrams?
  • Is the paper referring to the essential literature?

The detailed review offers a developed assessment of paper's contents, including following questions:

  • Is the paper meeting best standards of study design?
  • Is the paper applying adequate methodologies?
  • Is the paper presenting valuable findings?
  • Is the paper contributing to the discipline?
  • Is the paper based on innovative approaches?
  • Is the paper presenting its findings?

The reviewer is also suggested to present comments to the paper and to recommend necessary and optional changes. In the final evaluation, the reviewer is asked to give an opinion if the article should be accepted, accepted after edition or rejected.

List of Reviewers

The Polish Political Science Yearbook's Review Policy protects the highest standard of papers published in the journal. We select our Reviewers for their research expertise and academic experience. Since 2016 more than 85% of them represent foreign institutions, including the most respected universities or research centres, e.g. Catholic University of Louvain, Charles University, European University Institute in Florence, Freie Universität Berlin, Leiden University, London School of Economics and Political Science, Moscow State University, New York University, Oklahoma State University, St. Francis Xavier University, Universite Paris 1 – Pantheon-Sorbonne, University College London, University of Amsterdam, University of Baltimore, University of Copenhagen, University of Glasgow, University of Heidelberg, University of Lausanne, University of Leicester, University of London, University of Massachusetts, University of Oslo, University of Ottawa, University of Oxford, University of Rhode Island, University of the Witwatersrand and Uppsala University.

Since 2016, the Polish Political Science Yearbook publishes the List of Reviewers yearly. It acknowledges all scholars who contributed to the assessment of submitted papers.

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