The Loop, launching 2020
This exciting new ECPR blogsite, launching autumn 2020, will bring together multiple and potentially complex threads of ideas, research and content from all reaches of political science and indeed the world, processing them into accessible and engaging (almost) bitesize chunks to inform, educate and entertain.
Johanne Døhlie Saltnes, ARENA Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo, and Martin J. Bull, University of Salford, have been appointed as co-editors.
We'll be inviting authors to submit short articles (max. 1,000 words) on politics, policy programmes, societal and political issues displaying the work of the discipline at its best – to fellow practitioners and to a more general audience including policy-makers, journalists, businesspeople and the general public.
Articles might summarise a piece of research (which might be presented in full form in a political science journal), or analyse topical political news stories from the perspective of a political scientist who can offer insights that might escape journalists.
The angle and tone of the published pieces will be just as accessible to academics working in fields outside political science as they would be to an informed member of the general public.
Readers will be able to post below-the-line comments after each article, promoting lively debate and exchange of views.
The Loop will draw content from a number of sources: providing a platform for easily digestible shorter-form impact pieces based on accepted articles from across our journal publishing programme; content from our 50+ Standing Groups and Research Networks; as well as contributions from across our membership and the wider community.