EPER Editorial Policy


 Page Contents:  Notes for Contributors      Document Templates      Guide for Reviewers



Notes for Contributors (Styleguide)


Papers should be submitted in accordance with the following guidelines. Papers that do not adhere to them will not be accepted.

  1. Originality: The paper has to contain original and unpublished work, not submitted for publication elsewhere. 

  2. File Format: Papers should be submitted as Microsoft Word files (*.doc) or as Rich Text Format files (*.rtf).  

  3. General Format: Papers should be written in English, single spaced (Times New Roman, 12 point), with wide margins (4.7cm on top, left and right side, 5.5cm at bottom).

  4. Paragraph Format: Paragraphs should be justified. Each Paragraph should be preceded by a blank line. Paragraphs should not be indented (i.e. there should be no leading blanks in front of a paragraph). 

  5. Length: Papers should be no longer than 50,000 characters, footnotes included, excluding the bibliography.

  6. Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively and incorporated in the text. Tables and figures should not be wider than 11.6cm (i.e. they should not extend into the margins). All text should be in Times New Roman, size 9-12 points. 

  7. Headlines should be short, using bold letters (Times New Roman, 12 point) and Arabic numbers (e.g.: 1. Introduction, 2. Methodology, 2.1 Survey, 2.2 Interviews, 3. …). Headlines should be preceded by two, and followed by one blank line(s).

  8. Footnotes should be kept to a minimum and numbered consecutively throughout the text with superscript Arabic numerals. Footnotes should have a hanging indent (0.5cm) and appear in smaller letters (Times New Roman, 10 point).  

  9. Quotes: Quotes of more than 50 characters length should be in smaller font (Times New Roman, 10 point), should be indented on both sides by 0.5cm, and should be proceeded and followed by one blank line (10 point). Single Quotation Marks (‘xxx’, not “xxx”) should be used.

  10. Authors' Details: The first footnote (which should not be included in the consecutive numbering of footnotes, but use an asterisk instead, placed at the end of the title) should give the title, name, position and institutional affiliation of the authors(s) (however not the address or e-mail).

  11. Contact Information: A separate page should list the name, institutional affiliation, address, telephone and fax numbers, and the e-mail address of the corresponding author, as well as the number of characters (including all footnotes, excluding the bibliography).  

  12. Abstract and Keywords etc.: The first page of the actual article should contain following information: (a) the title, (b) the name(s) of the author(s); (c) an abstract of not more than 100 words, (d) two to five key words (see for example JEL classifications: www.aeaweb.org/journal/elclasjn. html). The introduction should start on the second page.

  13. Acknowledgements and information on grants received can be given in a final section (after the conclusion, before the bibliography).

  14. References to publications should follow the Harvard referencing system and be presented in the text (not in footnotes) in the following way: 'Smith (1997) explains that...', or 'This case has been studied previously (Smith 1992: 21)'.

  15. Bibliography: The list of references should appear in a Bibliography at the end of the main text and be listed in alphabetical order by author's name. The Bibliography should have a hanging indent (0.5cm) and appear in smaller letters (Times New Roman, 10 point). Each reference is to be followed by one blank line.

In the Bibliography, References should appear as follows:  

For monographs

VAN EVERA Stephen (1997), Guide to Methods for Students of Political Science, Ithaca, NY, Cornell University Press.

For contributions to collective works

TOOZE Roger (1999), "International Political Economy in an Age of Globalization", in: BAYLIS John, SMITH Steve (Eds.), The Globalization of World Politics. An Introduction to International Relations, Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 202-230.

For periodicals

HALL Peter (1993), " Policy paradigms, social learning and the state. The case of economic policy-making in Britain ", Comparative Politics, 25 (3), April, pp. 275-296. [volume (number), month, pages]

Note that journal titles should not be abbreviated.

For papers published online

RADAELLI Claudio M. (2000), "Whither Europeanization? Concept stretching and substantive change", European Integration online Papers (EIoP), 4 (8), http://eiop.or.at/eiop/texte/2000-008a.htm  [volume (number), month, web address]

  1. Proofs: A Microsoft Word (*.doc) file of the page proofs will be sent by e-mail to the author. Proofs should be corrected carefully, the responsibility for detecting errors lies solely with the author(s). Corrections should be restricted to instances in which the proof is at variance with the manuscript. No deviations from the version accepted by the editors are permissible without the prior and explicit approval by the editors.

  2. Rejection: Any manuscript that does not conform to these instructions will be rejected.

  3. Template: Document templates with the required style can be downloaded here. We require authors to use one of these templates. Please follow the instructions for their use, which can be found below.


  click here for a print version of the Notes for Contributors 


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Document Templates for EPER


Articles should be submitted as Microsoft Word files (*.doc). A Microsoft Word document template (eper.dot) designed specifically for article submissions to EPER can be downloaded here. (A separate file for book reviews is available here.)

We suggest that authors cut the text from their original files and paste it into the Microsoft Notepad (which can be found in the Accessories sub folder of the Programs folder on any computer using Windows), without footnotes. This is to remove all original formatting. Authors then should cut the text from the Notepad and past it into the EPER template. Footnotes have to be reassigned one by one. First, cut and paste all footnotes into the Notepad, and then cut and paste them one-by-one form the Notepad into the new document. This way, the text will have the correct format.  

   download MS Word Template for EPER articles here

   download MS Word Template for EPER book reviews here

Detailed instructions on how to use MS Word templates and on how to use MS Word for writing academic articles in general can be found here.


For users of Scientific Workplace, LaTeX and similar programs:

Authors using Scientific Workplace, LaTeX or similar scientific word programs such as TeX, TeTeX, TrueTex, BibTex, LyX, and  Omega may submit their articles as PDF files.

A LaTeX 2e document class file (eper.cls) for these programs can be downloaded here

   download LaTeX Document Class for EPER

The file has been designed specifically for submissions to EPER. It replaces the use of article.cls. This file should thus be used without a4 extension.

NB: The eper.cls file has not been tested in depth.  We regret that we cannot give support for the use of this file. Furthermore, we stress that it is solely the author's responsibility to ensure that their submission corresponds to EPER’s Notes for Contributors as outlined above. 


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Guide for Reviewers


In order to give authors additional assistance, EPER has decided to publish its Guide for Reviewers. It is used by EPER's reviewers as a guideline for reviewing articles. Potential authors might want to have a look at it, as it outlines what EPER is looking for in submitted articles.

Click here to download the Guide for Reviewers.


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