Publishing FAQs

Listed below are commonly asked questions about APSA publications. If your question is not listed, please e-mail our publications department at [email protected].

↕ How do I access my APSA journals?

(1) Go to apsanet.org and click 'Login' in the upper righthand corner (2) Enter your APSA username and password (3) Click your name in the upper righthand corner (4) Find links to your available journals under 'APSA Journals.' 

↕ How do I access my section journals?

See above question. However, some section journals are available only in print.

↕ How do I change my journal mailing preferences?

Login to your MyAPSA account and click on the Journal Delivery Preferences button in the welcome page. You can also change your mailing preferences in Privacy under Account Actions.
Note: You may have to add an additional address in My Addresses under Account Actions if you would like your journal sent to a home or work address that is different from your listed address.

↕ I just joined APSA, but I did not get a journal this month. Why not?

Due to print deadlines, the journal is usually printed two weeks before its issue month. Members who renew at the beginning of a month will most likely not receive the journal for that particular month, but will receive the journal of the following month.

For example, members who join on the first of January will receive the February journal; however, members who join during the last half of January will most likely miss the February journal and will have to await the March journal.

If you miss your first journal for this reason, please email [email protected] so that we can personally request for your journal to be sent to you.

↕ How do I purchase journals?

For nonmembers who would like to purchase APSA journals, email the publisher of the APSA journal directly. In Cambridge's case, this email is [email protected]

↕ Where do I learn about copyright if I'm submitting a manuscript?

Official Copyright Transfer Agreements for each APSA journal can be found on the publisher's website under the journal's information. For easier access, use our "Journals" page and click on any of the "Info" buttons to be taken to each publisher's website. The forms are straightforward, but if any questions arise, use the journal's customer service email or, if already working on a submission, contact the editor that you have been working with.

More copyright and permissions information can be found in the APSA Style Manual for Political Science

↕ Where can I ask for permissions to use APSA content?

The three APSA journals, PS: Political Science and Politics, Perspectives on Politics, and the American Political Science Review, are all published by Cambridge University Press. Permission requests can be directed to Cambridge online.

Note: APSA journal authors are granted the right to reproduce their article or an adapted version of it in any volume of which they are the editor or author. Permission is automatically granted to the publisher of such volume, subject to normal acknowledgement. View copyright transfer agreements in the previous question.

To request permissions of other publications published by APSA (such as Teaching Civic Engagement, Navigating Political Science, etc.), contact [email protected].

More copyright and permissions information can be found in the APSA Style Manual for Political Science

↕ What is DA-RT? Where can I find out more information?

DA-RT began as an idea, a set of principles included in the 2012 changes to the APSA ethics guide. Following lengthy discussion and debate, DA-RT culminated in a joint statement among 27 political science journals (including the American Political Science Review), seeking to implement the following by January 15, 2016:

  • Require authors to ensure that cited data are available at the time of publication through a trusted digital repository.
  • Require authors to delineate clearly the analytic procedures upon which their published claims rely, and where possible to provide access to all relevant analytic materials.
  • Maintain a consistent data citation policy to increase the credit that data creators and suppliers receive for their work. These policies include using data citation practices that identify a dataset’s author(s), title, date, version, and a persistent identifier.
  • Ensure that journal style guides, codes of ethics, publication manuals, and other forms of guidance are updated and expanded to include improved data access and research transparency requirements.

For more information regarding DA-RT principles, visit the official website.

Further DA-RT resources:

↕ How do I submit an In Memoriam tribute?

In PS: Political Science and Politics, APSA publishes an In Memoriam section to honor the lives and work of political scientists who have recently passed away. To submit a tribute or to request guidelines, contact Henry Chen at [email protected]

↕ How can I get my book reviewed?

Perspectives on Politics publishes book reviews, and the journals book review editorial operations are now incorporated within the broader operations of Perspectives and housed within the journal’s main office at University of Florida. To request more information about submitting a book for review, contact [email protected] All reviews, review essays, and symposia are commissioned and edited by the editor-in-chief.

PS: Political Science and Politics publishes a section called “Books by Our Readers” that includes titles of books published by APSA members. Contact Henry Chen at [email protected] to submit a title for listing.

↕ How do I access past conference papers?

Links to papers and programs from past meetings can be found on our website here: http://www.apsanet.org/EVENTS/Upcoming-APSA-Conferences/Past-APSA-Conferences.

For convenience, here are direct links to recent meeting paper archives:

↕ How do I purchase individual copies of APSA print journals?

Cambridge does supply individual current print copies (within one year of publication) for members for purchase upon request at the present rates below.

APSR: $2 per issue
PS: $1.50 per issue
Perspectives: $1.75 per issue

If earlier back issues, back volumes, or backsets in print are desired, members will need to contact:

Periodicals Service Company,
11 Main Street,
Germantown, NY 12526

Telephone: +1 5185374700
Fax: +1 5185375899
E-mail: [email protected]