Political Research Exchange

Political Research Exchange (PRX)

♦ Launching January 2019

♦ Published in partnership with Taylor & Francis

♦ Gold Open Access


Editors in Chief

Alexandra Segerberg (Stockholm University)

Simona Guerra (University of Leicester)


PRX – aims and scope of the ECPR's first Open Access journal

Political Research Exchange (PRX) offers a dynamic platform to advance research, innovation and debate across the breadth of political science. It welcomes significant theoretical, methodological, and empirical contributions from all fields, including comparative politics, international politics/international relations, political communication, political sociology, political thought, public administration, and interdisciplinary work with a predominantly political dimension.

The journal, published online with Gold Open Access and swift publication times, leverages the digital format to deepen and enrich scholarly communication. With significant subsidies on the normal up front costs of Open Access, PRX signals a commitment of the ECPR as a scholarly association to forging a cogent path for the research community at this crucial juncture when academic publishing is becoming fundamentally transformed.

PRX builds on four pillars:


The journal promotes original research of the highest standards in terms of craftsmanship and contribution. It maintains corresponding standards of quality control, drawing on the expertise of an international group of associate editors representing the scope and breadth of the ECPR through its Standing Groups and implementing a policy of triple-blind external peer review. 


The journal supports thorough, transparent and sustainable scholarship. Editorial evaluation and independent peer review of submissions combined with a state-of-the-art online platform is tailored to underpin rigorous political analysis in all its variety. The platform enables embedded evidence (including video, audio and data visualisation), active linking to datasets, code, and supplementary materials, and ensures that articles and supplementary content remain available in an enduring manner.


The journal endorses the spirit of accessible and fair scholarship. The ECPR subsidises the author-side publication costs often associated with Open Access (with deep discounts for its affiliate members) to ensure the availability of quality research and publication channels irrespective of funding. In keeping with the broader stance, the journal works actively to welcome and acknowledge contributions across gender, generations and geographies.


The journal seeks to serve as a platform for synergy and exchange across and beyond the study of politics. To this end, it prioritises articles that speak to key issues and across sub-fields as well as research that engages those working in other sectors such as government, politics, the media and the economy. Rapid online publication facilitates timely dissemination, and its blog offers a forum for further diffusion, intervention and debate, increasing the impact of political science research.

Call for papers

PRX will invite submissions from spring 2018. Full details of the online submission system will be published here in the summer. In the meantime potential authors should contact the Editors in Chief Alexandra Segerberg and Simona Guerra. As a Gold Open Access journal, PRX will charge an Author Processing Charge to authors once an article has been accepted for publication. All APCs will be waived in 2018 and 2019 and thereafter will be significantly lower than industry standards, with even deeper discounts for individuals from ECPR member institutions.



"To govern is to choose" - Duc de Lévis

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