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European Political Science

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European Political Science (EPS)

Published in association with Palgrave Macmillan

4.3 CiteScore 2022
64/652 Political Science and International Relations Scopus 2022
81/186 Political Science Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics) 2022
2.0 Impact Factor 2022


European Political Science (EPS) is the professional journal of the ECPR, devoted to publishing contributions by and for the political science community. Its interpretation of 'political science' is wide and encompasses comparative politics, political economy, international relations, public administration, political theory, European studies and related disciplines. It publishes pieces on how the discipline is, can and ought to be.

Articles address research matters (including debates in the discipline, research projects, political science information sources, funding opportunities); professional matters (such as career structures and prospects, external evaluation, higher education reforms, accreditation issues); doctoral training provision and teaching matters; and relations between academia and politicians, policy makers, journalists and ordinary citizens. EPS also includes more substantive pieces that provide a political science perspective on important current events. In addition to original articles, the journal carries shorter notes, review articles and symposia, progress reports on lively areas of research and profiles of people in the profession.

To contribute or to make a query, contact Editorial Coordinator Anna Hubbard on

EPS is a publication that aims to address the professional needs and aspirations of all political scientists, and as such, access to it is a benefit of ECPR membership.

If your institution is a member but you do not have access, contact

Editorial team

Stella Ladi

Stella Ladi
Queen Mary University of London and Panteion University

Linda Basile

Linda Basile
University of Siena

Luis Ramiro

Luis Ramiro
Reviews Editor


Contributions to EPS generally cover the following five categories.


A Symposium is a collection of four or five articles (maximum length 25,000 words) on a specific topic and under the coordination of one or two guest editors. The articles must cover either research matters (including discipline, methodological and conceptual developments and research findings that may contribute to an advancement of the discipline) or professional matters (such as career structures and prospects, external evaluation, higher education reforms, accreditation issues and funding trends).

A Debate is a collection of four articles (maximum 20,000 words) that provides a political science perspective on important current affairs to generate awareness and reactions from the political science community.


These articles are on conceptual, methodological, and theoretical developments and trends in political science. Articles aimed at this section should be intellectually stimulating, conceptually rigorous, critical and above all agenda-setting. All research articles must be accompanied by the respective datasets and a short codebook. These will be made available to our readers in an open access repository on our website.


This includes articles about the state of the discipline, and where it is heading, relations between academia and politicians, policy-makers, journalists and ordinary citizens.

Teaching and Learning articles

This section of the journal seeks to explore the full range of issues that define and analyse contemporary debates and developments relating to the teaching and learning of European political science. This includes debates surrounding methodological and theoretical approaches, curriculum design and developments, assessment, and technological innovation which offer both informative discussion and practical models to the reader.

The journal is particularly keen to receive articles that engage with the latest education literature and which address key developments in the discipline through rigorous scholarship. Recent articles and symposia have for example, examined, pedagogic design and developments in IR distance learning, teaching and learning political science using an audience response system, and operationalising a European Union simulation.


The journal also hosts original datasets accompanied by a short explanatory note explaining the dataset, its novelty, the variables included and the data sources. The descriptive piece will be under copyright, but not the dataset. This format allows authors to get their dataset published and cited, but also allows them and others them and others to use the data for research articles.

Jacqui Briggs Prize

Since 2015, the ECPR and EPS team have awarded the Jacqui Briggs prize for the best article appearing in the previous year's volume of EPS. The prize is named in honour of former EPS Editor, Jacqui Briggs, who passed away in 2018, and is given to an article that makes a substantial contribution to the field of political science, especially articles that contribute to the understanding of new and innovative trends in political science or to innovative approaches to teaching and learning in the profession.