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Journal of Political Science

The Journal of Political Science (ISSN-0098-4612) is the official journal of the South Carolina Political Science Association and published annually by The Athenaeum Press. JoPS seeks to publish original research of high quality that contributes to all subfields of political science. We especially welcome research on Southern politics and politics on the state of South Carolina. 

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Current Issue

Journal of Political Science 2017 (v. 45)

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First in the South:?The Importance of South Carolina in Presidential Politics

Scott H. Huffmon, Winthrop University

H. Gibbs Knotts, College of Charleston

Seth C. Mckee, Texas Tech University

Palmetto State Primaries:
?An Examination of South Carolina's Nomination Contests

James S. Craven, College of Charleston

Jordan M. Ragusa, College of Charleston

John-Anthony G. Thevos, College of Charleston

The Boys Down There:
?South Carolina and Thurgood Marsahll's Appointment to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals

James O. Heath, “Race in the Americas” (

Explaining Policy Convergence in Europe: A Research Note

Amanda Michalski, Furman University

Brent F. Nelsen, Furman University

James L. Guth, Furman University

Does Globalization Encourage States to Be More Aggressive against "Modern Slavery"? Cross-National Analyses

Satoshi Machida, University of Nebraska at Kearney 



Subscription Rate

Domestic: $25 [no additional postage]  

International:  $35 [no additional postage] 

Subscription Contact

Dr. Min Ye
Associate Editor
Dept. of Politics and Geography
BRTH 344
Coastal Carolina University
Conway, South Carolina 29528-6054
Telephone: 843-349-2208
Fax: 843-349-2621


Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief Adam Chamberlain (Coastal Carolina University)

Associate Editor Min Ye (Coastal Carolina University)


Editorial Board Members

Steve Greene (NC State University)

Booker Ingram (Presbyterian College)

Karen Kedrowski (Winthrop University)

Carl Klarner (Indiana State University)

H. Gibbs Knotts (College of Charleston)

Guoli Liu (College of Charleston)

Trevor Rubenzer (USC-Upstate)

John Theilmann (Converse College)

Ling Zhu (University of Houston)



The Journal of Political Science (JoPS) is a refereed scholarly journal publishing original research in all areas of political science. We welcome articles with various methodological approaches. Each article that is initially approved by our editor will undergo "double-blind," anonymous peer review.

The submitted paper should not be under consideration by another publication. The author(s) should include the following statement on the cover page of the submitted paper:

“The author states that this manuscript has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere.”

All submissions must be in Microsoft Word (either .doc or .docx format) and be sent electronically to Manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words (including notes, references, appendixes, tables, and figures). The paper should start with an abstract of about 100-150 words. All details of the author’s institutional affiliation, contact information, brief biographical description (no more than 40 words), and any acknowledgements should be included on a separate cover sheet. Authors should not include any information that may indicate their identity in other parts of the paper.

All submissions must follow the APSA style manual. All the text, footnotes, bibliographic citations, and appendix materials in a manuscript must be double-spaced and printed in Times New Roman, 12-point font. Tables and figures should not be embedded in the text, but should be printed as separate sheets at the end of the manuscript. Tables and figures should be consecutively numbers. Each table and figure must have a heading, and be referred to in corresponding locations in the text.

JoPS welcomes international submissions. Authors whose native language is not English might consider professional editing assistance to refine their manuscripts. 

Replication Policy: For empirical research with data sets, it is the author’s responsibility to address the issue of data availability and replication in the first footnote.

Basic Facts

Year started: 1973
Affiliation: South Carolina Political Science Association
Publisher: the Athenaeum Press
Frequency: annually percent of articles given a “revise & resubmit”: 36%
Percent of “revise & resubmit” articles published: 83%
Acceptance rate: 27%
Percent of solicited articles: 0%
Review period: 2-4 months