Instruction for Authors 

Texts offered for publication are accepted in electronic form at the email address evs@fss_muni_cz as attachments in doc or rtf formats. It is necessary for the magazine that the author state the institution he/she represents, and his/her email address.

For publications in the section of Studies, we prefer methodologically oriented texts aiming at familiarizing the reader with the latest trends in electoral research, the possibilities of applying various methods, both on theoretical level and with specific examples. Further, we accept detailed analyses of electoral competitions, effects of electoral reforms, strategic effects of electoral systems, changes in electoral behaviour, and electoral campaigns. The length of a Study should be 20 – 25 pages.

In the section of Articles, we can publish texts that are related to the magazines technical orientation and whose length or subject doesn’t meet the requirements for a Study (narrowly focused analyses, solving partial problems). The length of Articles should be 5 – 15 pages. A special category is Elections Monitoring. The aim of these texts is to familiarize the reader with current electoral competitions. Their length should be 5 – 10 pages, and they must include (1.) accurate and detailed description of the electoral system involved, (2.) full official election results as published by the official authorities of the country holding the elections, (3.) basic differences in territorial support of the crucial parties or candidates.

Review Articles and Reviews not exceeding 10 pages will also be accepted for publication. It is also possible to publish Discussion Contributions focused on current research problems or disputable moments in current technical discussion.

All texts are submitted for anonymous review procedures.


Formal Requirements for Texts Submitted for Review Procedure

Text layout:

Font size 12, spacing 1.5

Form of references:

In-text references (in parentheses) are preferred. Footnotes must be limited only to necessary cases. If used, they shall be inserted in the corresponding page of the text (Insert - Reference - Footnote), with Arabic number format.

Bibliography:

The text must include a list of sources and literature used whose internal division is up to the author. Access date is required for electronic sources.

Reference example:

In text: (Birch 2003: 146)

In bibliography: Birch, S. (2003): Electoral Systems and Political Transformation in Post-Communist Europe, New York, Palgrave Macmillan.

Format of tables, graphs, schemes, and maps:

When used, they must have the source stated (unless it is obvious from the text itself). Arranging data in tables is preferred to dividing into columns.

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