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Information for Authors

1. TOPICS

The International Journal of Public Opinion Research welcomes full articles and research notes that describe:

- studies of public opinion that contribute to theory development and testing about political, social and current issues, particularly those that involve comparative analysis;

- the role of public opinion polls in political decision making, the development of public policies, electoral behavior, and mass communications;

- evaluations of and improvements in the methodology of public opinion surveys.

2. SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPTS

All manuscripts must be submitted online. Once you have prepared your manuscript according to the instructions below please visit the online submission web site. Instructions on submitting your manuscript online can be viewed here.

Manuscripts should relate to the field of public opinion research as indicated in the Aims and Functions pages. The manuscripts should be in English, as should the abstract, title of the manuscript and the authors's affiliations. Manuscripts should be submitted via the online submission system, which can be accessed by clicking here.

Please note: All manuscripts are double-blinded for peer review. The title page containing the author's details must therefore be submitted as a separate file to the manuscript.

Submission for an original paper to the journal will be taken to imply that it represents original work not previously published. Authors are requested not to submit manuscripts that are under consideration for publication elsewhere. The editors hope to provide authors with a decision on whether a manuscript will be accepted within ten weeks of receipt.

3. PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS

Click here for a template to use when preparing your manuscript.

Please click here for a template to use when preparing your separate title page.

Manuscript files should be uploaded as adjustable files (i.e., word documents) not pdf files.

Except where specified otherwise, manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) in terms of citation style, references, figures, tables, bias in language and all other elements. Full articles should be a maximum of 30 pages in length including the abstract and all references, tables, figures, appendices, and endnotes. Research notes should generally not comprise more than 3,500 words of texts (excluding the abstract and all references, tables, figures, appendices and endnotes) and not more than 2-3 tables or figures and do not contain an abstract when accepted for publication. Notes are refereed and subject to the same standards applied to other articles.

  • (1) The title page of the manuscript should provide complete contact information (address, telephone, fax and email) and a brief biographical statement for each author. The title page should be submitted separately from the manuscript, so as to enable blinded peer review.
  • (2) Page 1 of the manuscript must include an abstract (maximum of 120 words) and selected keywords.
  • (3) Page 2 starts with title and main text.
  • (4) Standard type (12-point font, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 1.0 inch margins) should be used throughout.
  • (5) Running head and page numbers on top right corner (header) of each page.
  • (6) Footnotes should be avoided or at least kept to a minimum, containing relevant information that cannot otherwise be accommodated in the manuscript.
  • (7) References are double-spaced and start on a new page. Please note that IJPOR uses the APA style of referencing 6th edition, with the inclusion of doi's when available.
  • (8) All tables, figures, appendices and footnotes should be placed after references.

Manuscripts that do not follow these requirements or that are otherwise deemed unsuitable for publication will be returned to the author(s) without review.

4. TABLES AND ILLUSTRATIONS

Tables and copies of illustrations should be appended to text, numbered and their position in the text clearly marked. They should be comprehensible without reading the text. Tables containing results from survey research should contain the following information:

  • (1) the exact wording of the questions asked;
  • (2) the exact wording of precoded answers (if applicable);
  • (3) the population under study;
  • (4) the year of the survey;
  • (5) the sample size and the number of the respondents in breakdown- columns;
  • (6) the total of percentages in each column.

For further information in the text, please consult the 'Code of Professional Ethics and Practices' of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. Response rates have to be reported according to that organization's 'Standard Definitions'.

When submitting illustrations please ensure that the prepared electronic image files print at a legible size and are of a high quality for publication. You can see our figure guidelines here.

5. COPYRIGHT/OFFPRINTS

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles

Print offprints may also be purchased using the Oxford Journals Author Services site. Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from elsewhere in the EU you or your institution should account for VAT by way of a reverse charge. Please provide us with your or your institution’s VAT number.

6. LANGUAGE EDITING

Particularly if English is not your first language, before submitting your manuscript you may wish to have it edited for language. This is not a mandatory step, but may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. If you would like information about one such service please click here. There are other specialist language editing companies that offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services. Authors are responsible for correct English when submitting the final version of the accepted manuscript.

7. FUNDING

Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled 'Funding'. This should appear before the 'Acknowledgements' section.

The following rules should be followed:

  • The sentence should begin: ‘This work was supported by …’
  • The full official funding agency name should be given, i.e. ‘National Institutes of Health’, not ‘NIH’ (full RIN-approved list of UK funding agencies) Grant numbers should be given in brackets as follows: ‘[grant number xxxx]’
  • Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma as follows: ‘[grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]’
  • Agencies should be separated by a semi-colon (plus ‘and’ before the last funding agency)
  • Where individuals need to be specified for certain sources of funding the following text should be added after the relevant agency or grant number 'to [author initials]'.

An example is given here: ‘This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [AA123456 to C.S., BB765432 to M.H.]; and the Alcohol & Education Research Council [hfygr667789].’

AUTHOR SELF-ARCHIVING/PUBLIC ACCESS POLICY FROM MAY 2005

For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page.

OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING

International Journal of Public opinion Research 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 licence 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.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in International Journal of Public opinion Research can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:
• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY)
• Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC-BY-NC)
• Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

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. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £1500/ $2400 / €1950
List B Developing country charge* - £750 / $1200 / €975
List A Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0

*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries

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.