Information For Authors

The Icelandic Review of Politics and Administration (IRPA) publishes original research on Icelandic politics and policy related subjects. Articles with a broader political science relevance may also be considered, especially articles of a sufficiently high standard with a comparative focus or containing theoretical and methodological innovations. The journal is open to submission from political scientists and researchers in related fields dealing with politics, public administration and policy relevant issues.

Novelty is essential for publication in the journal, and it is the author’s responsibility to illustrate it. Material that has been published previously in books or academic journals is generally not accepted. Novelty can consist in theoretical contributions, methodology and the presentation of new data.

Common requirements in Social Science journals are that articles contain:

  1. An account of the study’s novelty.
  2. An overview of other academics’ writing and research related to the subject.
  3. Explanations of concepts, measurement tools and the methodology of the study discussed in the article.
  4. Analysis of the data.
  5. An account of the main results.
  6. Journal articles are published in English or Icelandic. Articles in Icelandic are accompanied with abstracts and bibliographic information in English.

IRPA is a peer reviewed journal that is double blind; where the reviewer does not receive information on authors and authors do not receive information on reviewers. The Icelandic academic community is relatively small, therefore it is recommended that authors and reviewers alike hand in their work in a way that minimizes the possibility of tracing the material.

There are four possible outcomes of peer-review:

  1. the article is accepted;
  2. the article is accepted subject to certain changes (a statement listing the changes that were made must accompany the next draft);
  3. revise and resubmit: major changes must be made to the article, however, the author maysubmit a revised article for peer-review (same reviewers);
  4. the article is rejected

IRPA journal articles are published in English or Icelandic. Articles in Icelandic are accompanied with abstracts and bibliographic information in English.

Publication dates on the web are: mid-June and mid-December. A printed edition of the two volume issues is published in March the following year.

Submission deadlines are as follows: 1st of April for the June issue and 1st of October for the December issue. 

Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process by choosing USER HOME. The Journal Ethics can be read here.

We recommend that you review the About the Journal page for the journal’s section policies, as well as the Submission Guidelines and the Guidelines for Authors.

Authors are expected to submit articles in the journals format. The basic template for these can be downloaded from the following link: peer-reviewed article.

Peer reviewed articles published in IRPA are graded in the highest category of the evaluation system of public universities in Iceland.