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Instructions to Authors

Author Guidelines

Foreign Policy Analysis is distributed to all members of the International Studies Association, as well as several thousand institutional and library subscribers. As a result, the review guidelines are intended not only to ensure the highest quality in the research published, but also to provide value to such a large and diverse audience. Authors are asked to ensure that their articles are written to be accessible to all researchers in international studies. Authors should submit their papers via ScholarOne: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/fpa.

We seek to maintain a “big tent” approach to foreign policy analysis. This journal was founded on the notion that the “ground” of foreign policy analysis was actor-specific—meaning that the focus would be on individuals and groups making decisions leading to foreign policy actions and outcomes (Hudson, 2005).  We continue to believe that this focus is what separates foreign policy analysis from other subfields in the discipline; yet we also recognize that much can be learned about foreign policy processes and outcomes as they intersect with other intellectual traditions with slightly different “grounds.” The connection to foreign policy processes and outcomes must be explicit in all manuscripts considered for review at the journal, and should not be tacked on to the beginning and end of a paper that might be better suited to one of the other ISA journals. In other words, we intend to publish papers explicitly motivated by foreign policy theories, by particular cases of foreign policy processes or outcomes, as well as more general approaches to understanding and explaining foreign policy processes or outcomes.

Types of Submissions

FPA publishes research articles, research notes, and occasionally special issues and forums. All types of submissions should be constituted by original work. We will not consider manuscripts concurrently under review or already published in some form elsewhere. All manuscripts will be checked with plagiarism detection software. Manuscripts do not need to be in our required format at the time of submission, but they must be brought into conformity for final acceptance. Manuscripts should follow the Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition. A brief CMS checklist can be found here.

A research article is the standard, long-form manuscript submission. Research articles should not exceed 11,000 words including references, tables and figures. Online supplementary information does not contribute to the word count. A research article should have a well-developed theoretical argument and appropriate supporting substantive arguments or empirical evidence. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, 12-point font, and formatted with at least one-inch margins. Manuscripts should include an abstract of about 150 words.

A research note may take the form of a novel contribution to empirical knowledge in a given domain (e.g., new dataset, new operational measures or robustness analyses of predominant empirical findings) or theoretical knowledge (e.g., conceptual debate or technical contribution to formal modeling). Research notes should range from 3,000-6,000 words, exclusive of online supplementary materials.

A special issue involves a number of research articles linked together under a common theme. The articles may occupy an entire issue or part of an issue. We do not appoint guest editors for special issues, but manage the review process ourselves. All articles in the special issue are reviewed separately. Proposals for a special issue should be sent directly to the Editor-in-Chief through the fpa@asu.edu email address. The editorial team will review the merits of the proposed special issue weighing the benefits of the contributions to our readership versus the costs of setting aside limited journal space. Proposals should be no more than 3,000 words and clearly explain the proposed content of the special issue, the contributors and a justification of the importance and quality of the special issue. In situations where only some of the papers survive the review process, we may still offer authors the ability to publish their manuscripts as stand-alone articles.

A forum features a coherent set of up to a half a dozen shorter pieces (3,000-4,000 words per piece and maximum of 24,000 words for the set) covering some substantive area of FPA from various theoretical/meta-theoretical or methodological angles. The editors may solicit a forum based on a conference panel or roundtable at one of the ISA meetings, or individuals may propose them. Such a forum would be subject to full peer review, though the constituent parts would be reviewed as a set. Proposals for a forum, whether solicited or not, should be sent directly to the Editor-in-Chief through the fpa@asu.edu email address. The editorial team will review the merits of the proposed forum weighing the benefits of the contributions to our readership versus the costs of setting aside limited journal space. Proposals should be no more than 3,000 words and clearly explain the proposed content of the forum, the contributors and a justification of the importance and quality of the forum.

Review Process

Research articles and notes will normally be processed and returned in three months or less. After submission of your manuscript, you should receive an e-mail acknowledgment. Your manuscript will be examined by our Editor-in-Chief and by at least one of the Associate Editors. If the paper meets our initial standards, we will assign each paper to reviewers who we believe can offer constructive comments to the authors and a fair assessment regarding its publication potential to the editors.

The review process at Foreign Policy Analysis is double-blind. That is, authors will not be identified in the copies given to reviewers, and reviewers will not identify themselves in their review. Normally we will assign manuscripts to two or three referees who will be asked to complete their reviews of the manuscript in about five weeks.

Authors will be sent copies of the referee reports via e-mail, as well as a letter from the Editor-in-Chief in which the Editorial Team's decision is explained. Referees will also receive anonymous copies of their and other referee's comments, and a copy of the Editor's decision letter with the author's name deleted.

Invitations to revise and resubmit manuscripts will only be given in instances when the Editors believe that there is a high probability that a revision in line with the reviews can be completed and the manuscript accepted for publication. Authors will be expected to complete their revisions in six months time, though they may petition for an extension if necessary.

FPA has also implemented a replication and data archiving policy, which requires that all quantitative analyses be replicated by our analyst prior to publication. We also require that datasets and replication materials be posted on our Dataverse site: https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataverse/FPA. We recommend that qualitative analyses also post materials essential to their interpretations on the Dataverse site, though we do not require it. Please read the replication and data archiving policy in its entirety prior to submission.

FPA is increasing its use of social media to provide companion materials and increased exposure for our published papers. Authors may be contacted by the editorial team and asked to participate in such activities.

Open Access

Foreign Policy Analysis authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative, whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted, the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory license to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access.

If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access, and you will not be charged. Authors publishing in FPA can use the following licenses for their articles:

  • Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY)
  • Creative Commons Non-Commercial license (CC BY-NC)
  • Creative Commons Non-Commercial No Derivatives license (CC BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about Creative Commons licenses.

The open access charges are as follows.

  • Regular charge: £1700 / $3000 / €2550
  • Reduced Rate Developing Country charge*: £850 / $1500 / €1275
  • Free Developing Country charge*: £0 /$0 / €0

*Visit our developing countries page (click here for a list of qualifying countries). You can pay open access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.

Color Charges

Authors are charged for the print reproduction of color figures. The cost is $600/£350/€525 per figure. Authors should state in their cover letter whether they will bear the cost of reproducing their color figures, or whether they prefer to have them published in black and white at no cost.

FPA Replication Policy

Crossref Funding Data Registry

In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.

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