On Elections

How people elect parliaments

Journals

AJPS: American Journal of Political Science, 1956 – present. Published by the Midwest Political Science Association. Formerly known as the Midwest Journal of Political Science. The journal publishes articles on all areas of political science. According to the 2008 edition of the Journal Citation Reports, its impact factor is 2.397, ranking it third out of 99 listed journals in the category ‘Political Science’.

APSR: American Political Science Review, 1906 – present. The flagship publication of the American Political Science Association. The most prestigious journal in political science according to the ISI 2004 Journal Citation Report. A refereed journal, it publishes work in all areas of political science.

AusJPH: Australian Journal of Politics and History, 1955 – present. An academic journal that includes articles about history, political studies, and international affairs, concentrating on Australia, the Asia-Pacific region, and modern Europe. Published triennially until 1997. In 1998 it began publishing quarterly. Currently (2012) edited by Ian Ward and Andrew Bonnell.

AusJPS: Australian Journal of Political Science, ?? – present. The official journal of the Australasian Political Studies Association. Publishes articles on all aspects of politics. Published three times a year, in March, July and November; three issues constitute one volume. Current (2012) editor is Ian McAllister.

CPL: Commonwealth Parliamentary Library, or Library of the Parliament of Australia – publishes research papers and briefs.

BJPS: British Journal of Political Science, xxx- present. A broadly based journal aiming to cover developments across a wide range of countries and specialisms. Contributions are drawn from all fields of political science (including political theory political behaviour public policy and international relations) and articles from scholars in related disciplines (sociology social psychology economics and philosophy) appear frequently. A measure of the journal’s success is shown by its high placing in the Political Science category of the ISI Social Science Citation Index, with an impact factor of 1.54.

CPL: Commonwealth Parliamentary Library (or Library of the Parliament of Australia) – publishes research papers and briefs.

ES: Electoral Studies, 1982 – present. A leading international journal on issues relating to elections, voting and electoral systems, political historical developments and party-related strategies and phenomena – See journals.elsevier.com/electoral-studies.

EPS: European Political Science, 2001 – present. A peer-reviewed academic journal published by the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), since 2005 in collaboration with Palgrave Macmillan. The journal covers comparative politics, political economy, international relations, public administration, political theory, European studies and related disciplines.

IPSR: International Political Science Review, 1980 – present. In French, Revue Internationale de Science Politique. A peer-reviewed academic journal covering the field of political science. Published by SAGE Publications on behalf of the International Political Science Association. The editors-in-chief are Yvonne Galligan (Queen’s University Belfast) and Mark Kesselman (Columbia University). The journal is abstracted and indexed in Scopus and the Social Sciences Citation Index. According to the Journal Citation Reports, its 2010 impact factor is 0.585, ranking it 78th out of 139 journals in the category ‘Political Science’.

JD: Journal of Democracy, 1990 – present. Quarterly journal of the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the US National Endowment for Democracy. Covers the study of democracy, democratic regimes, and pro-democracy movements throughout the world. Online at journalofdemocracy.org.

JEP: Journal of Economic Perspectives, 1987 –  present. A journal published by the American Economic Association.

JEPOP: Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 1991 – present. Official Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties (EPOP) Section of the Political Science Association (UK). A peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes articles relating to elections, public opinion, participation, and political parties. Formerly known as British Elections and Parties Yearbook (1991 – 1996) and British Elections & Parties Review (1997 – 2004).

PA: Parliamentary Affairs, 1947 – present. A British peer-reviewed quarterly academic journal. Founded in 1947, it focuses on the government and politics of the United Kingdom, and also covers parliamentary systems across the world. It is published by the Oxford Journals section of Oxford University Press, in partnership with the Hansard Society, which was created to promote parliamentary democracy throughout the world. The journal is available online, and also produces podcasts. Parliamentary Affairs has an impact factor of 1.238 and is ranked 54/99 in the ‘Political Science’ category of the Institute for Scientific Information Social Science Citation Index (2008).

PS: Political Studies, ??? – present. Journal of the Political Studies Association of the UK. A leading international journal, committed to publishing high-quality research in all areas of politics and international relations

Rep: Representation, 1982- present. A specialist journal published four times a year by Routledge Journals, in association with the McDougall Trust, with a primary focus on the study of elections and voting systems, but also a general interest in all matters relating to the theme of ‘representative democracy’ Read primarily by academics and students, journalists and election practitioners, but aims to be accessible to political informed lay readers.

VM: Voting Matters, 1994 – present. A peer-reviewed academic journal, originally published by the Electoral Reform Society (1994–2003), and now a publication of the McDougall Trust. The current (2012) editor is Nicolaus Tideman. The majority of papers deal with the STV voting system. The journal has also republished several seminal papers on STV by Thomas Hare, Droop, and Meek.

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