Aims and Scope

Political Observer, formerly and nationally known as the Portuguese Journal of Political Science, is a peer reviewed journal that provides an outlet for an interdisciplinary and international exploration of the meaning, function and impact of political standards. The focus of the journal is on political observation on how political factors (state forms, wars, boundaries) and cultural factors (language, music, gender, religion, media, etc.) contribute to the formation and expression on how politics is understood and on how these factors have been shaped and changed over time. The historical significance of the relation between political and cultural terms is considered in relationship to other important and in some cases countervailing forms of identity such as religion, region, nation or class.

The variety of viewpoints published in the journal engenders a multifaceted understanding of political identity, and the journal therefore welcomes papers from a wide range of disciplines, including literature, history, geography, religion and sociology, among others social sciences. Comparative perspectives are encouraged, and the journal features regular review essays as well as book reviews.

Political Observer publishes papers that reflect on social sciences from any relevant discipline, provided they make an original academic contribution to the study of political science. Papers based on research that is primarily ‘instrumental’ (such as market research) or on research designed for the advocacy of a preconceived institutional position will not be accepted. This does not exclude applied research of high academic quality, particularly research that advances methodology.

The Journal addresses itself to all those with a serious intellectual interest in how and why different agencies and agents attempt to work on the political science and values of individuals and societies. As an interdisciplinary and international Journal, it requires its contributors to write in a clear and readable style. Some editions of the Journal are designed around particular themes, which may relate to a specific set of issues, a geographical region or a particular political practice. If you wish to propose a special issue on a particular theme, please contact the Editor.

Peer Review Policy:

All articles in this Journal have undergone initial editor screening and when selected, subject to rigorous peer review, based on double-blind refereeing by at least two referees.

Political Observer is committed to peer-review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review. Once your paper has been assessed for suitability by the editor, it will then be double blind peer reviewed by independent, anonymous expert referees.