Research notes in political science journals


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In addition to ‘regular’ articles, some political science journals publish shorter manuscripts as well. They are often called research notes, but the name, and indeed the format itself, can differ from one journal to another. Yet, this definition, by Public Opinion Quarterly, covers a lot of common ground:

Research Notes are shorter reports … of single findings, important extensions or replications of previous research, or other major additions to the literature that warrant publication, and which can be communicated effectively without the more extended theoretical development or detailed analysis characteristic of regular articles.

I have gone through the ‘author guidelines’ of more than three hundred political science journals and put together a list of journals that publish research notes. You can also click on the hyperlinks under Format Name to learn more about the format in each journal.

Journal Format Name Length h5-index
American Political Science Review Letter 4k words 58
Journal of Politics Short Article 10 pages 50
Journal of Common Market Studies Research Note 3.5k – 5k words 48
International Organization Research Note 8k words 47
British Journal of Political Science Letter 4k words 44
West European Politics Research Note 3k words 41
Party Politics Research Note 4k words 41
International Studies Quarterly Research Note 4k – 8k words 41
European Journal of Political Research Research Note 5k words 39
Electoral Studies Research Note 4k – 6k words 37
Electoral Studies Notes on New Data Sets 4k words 37
Environmental Politics In Brief 3k words 36
Political Analysis Letter 1.5k – 3k words 33
Public Opinion Quarterly Research Note 3k words 33
Regulation & Governance Research Forum 6k words 30
Global Environmental Politics Research Note 3k – 5k words 28
European Union Politics Letter 1k – 2k words 27
African Affairs Research Note 4k – 5k words 27
International Political Science Review Research Report 6k words 26
Political Science Research and Methods Research Note 4k words 26
Politics, Groups, and Identities Research Note 3.5k words 24
Comparative Politics Research Note 6k words 23
International Journal of Public Opinion Research Research Note 3.5k words 23
Foreign Policy Analysis Research Note 3k – 6k words 23
Urban Affairs Review Research Note 6k words 23
American Politics Research Research Note 10 pages 21
Swiss Political Science Review Research Note 3k – 5k words 20
Legislative Studies Quarterly Short Form 4.5k words 19
Politics and Governance Short Note 2k words 19
International Interactions Research Note 6k words 19
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy Research Note 3k – 4k words 17
Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties Research Note 4k words 17
Journal of Legislative Studies Research Note 4k words 17
Research & Politics Research Article 4k words 17
Research & Politics Research Note 2k words 17
British Politics Forward Thinking 4k – 5k words 16
Ethnopolitics Research Note 5k words 16
Intelligence and National Security Short Note N/A 16
Nations and Nationalism Research Note 3k – 5k words 16
Revista de ciencia polÍtica Research Note 5k words 16
Journal of Women, Politics and Policy Research Note 5k – 6k words 15
Political Studies Review Early Results 3k words 15
Political Studies Review Null Hypothesis 3k – 5k words 15
Scandinavian Political Studies Research Note 4k words 15
Representation Research Note 4k words 14
Canadian Journal of Political Science Research Note 6k words 12
International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society Research Note N/A 12
Irish Political Studies Research Note* 10 pages 12
French Politics Data, Methods, and Measures 4k – 8k words 11
Brazilian Political Science Review Research in Progress 2.5k words 10
Japanese Journal of Political Science Research Note 4k – 8k words 10
IAPSS Politikon Research Note 2k – 4k words 3
Frontiers in Political Science Brief Research Report 4k words N/A
Hobbes Studies Research Note 5k words N/A
International Journal of Parliamentary Studies Reports, Analyses 3.5k – 6.5k words N/A
Journal of Experimental Political Science Meta-Analysis 3k words N/A
Journal of Experimental Political Science Replication 3k words N/A
Journal of Experimental Political Science Short Report 1k words N/A
Journal of International Affairs Feature 1.2k – 2k words N/A
Political Research Exchange Research Note 5k – 8k words N/A
Political Science Research Note N/A N/A

Please bear in mind that this is not an exhaustive list and that editorial policies change. If you notice that one or more journals are missing, or that one or more existing entries need updating, please send me an email. I would be happy to hear from you.

* Based on direct communication from editors.