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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • Remove any sort of personal identifiers from file (name, student ID #, etc.) in order to ensure a blind review process.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Use 2.54 cm margins (1 inch) on all sides.
  • Use Canadian spelling.
  • Remove page numbers on submissions.
  • Use a space in between paragraphs.
  • All citations are correct and complete
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word.
  • The text is double-spaced and uses a 12-point font.
  • Indicate in the "Additional Refinements Subject" box of Step 3 box which area(s) of political science this paper would belong to (e.g. Canadian Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Gender Politics, Political Philosophy).

Author Guidelines

  • Papers must have been written for a Political Science (POL S) or a Political Studies (AUPOL) undergraduate class at the University of Alberta. 
  • We recommend that you only submit papers that have received a grade of A-minus or higher. 
  • Submitted papers should be approximately between 1000-5000 words in length. 
  • Articles must be accompanied by a short abstract (between 150-200 words in length) that gives a brief description of what the paper is about.
  • Consider a larger academic audience: as the paper you are submitting has probably been written for a specific class, consider providing additional information and/or context that may be relevant to readers that may not be necessarily familiar with the concepts you used. This may include explaining specific details and/or providing additional background.
  • Submissions must be the author’s own original work and should not have been previously published.
  • The PSUR does not accept policy briefs. 
  • The PSUR accepts all well-recognized and widely-used citation styles.

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Plagiarism Notice 

The Political Science Undergraduate Review is not responsible or liable for papers that contain elements of being plagiarized. The liability rests with the author of that particular paper and by submitting a paper, the author consents to this statement.