Author Guidelines

General recommendations

Articles written in English, French or Romanian will be of 3000 to 7000 words (including abstract, key words, notes and bibliography). Articles must be accompanied by an abstract that should not exceed 300 words. The abstract will be followed by no more than six key words. The article title, abstract and key words will be written in the original language of the article and in English.

All contributions (articles or reviews) must be in Microsoft Word (.doc file format), using Times New Roman, 12, A4 (letter) format, single-spaced and 2.5 cm borders.


1)Manuscripts submitted to the editors must be original works.

2)Manuscripts must comply with the recommended template.

3)The following deadlines are essential:

- Paper submission: 30th of April

- Completing the papers after the peer review process: 30th of June

Texts and all relevant information will be sent to the following e-mail address:

Manuscripts will be examined by two anonymous reviewers. Reviewing may take no longer than three months, and the authors will be informed about the results. It is possible that authors should be asked to make modifications to the text. Likewise, authors must follow accurately all the technical recommendations suggested by the editors and submit detailed contact data.

In order to ensure the peer review process the journal contributors are kindly asked to submit two copies of their articles, out of which one should contain no identification data and no information about its author.

Typographical and Style Recommendations

Authors are kindly asked to follow the indications below concerning the article structure:

1. TITLE in the original language of the article and in English (capital letters, Times New Roman, 14, centered);

2. FIRST NAME and FAMILY NAME (capital letters, Times New Roman, 12, Italic, aligned right)

3. Contact data as footnote, one for each author: academic title, name of department and institution with which the author is affiliated, e-mail address; acknowledgements, if necessary;

4. Abstract in the original language of the article and in English: 150-200 words, Times New Roman, 12, Justified, as for the text of the article; the title, Abstract, will be written in Bold and aligned left;

5. Key words in the original language of the article and in English: no more than six words, Times New Roman, 12; the title Key words will be written in Bold and aligned left;

6. Body text: Times New Roman, 12, Justified;

7. Bibliography, without numbering;

8. Pages should not be numbered.

Tables and images

1.Tables and images (figures) will bear a title and will carry Arabic numbers (e. g. Table 1, Figure 2); the source must be mentioned under tables and figures.

2. Image quality should be printable. Please avoid scanned or low-resolution images.

3. Table sizes must fit the final page format of the journal, which is 240 x 170 mm.

4. Table or figure title must be written in capital initial letters and placed in front of the table.

5. The table content must comply with the following: names of rows and columns must be written in capital initial letters. Short titles are preferred. Technical or methodological details must be described in the names or notes that refer to the tables. Only one decimal digit will be used for writing numbers.

Authors are kindly asked to pay heed to the following style recommendations:

1. Title/subtitle of a section should be underlined bold, start with capital letter and be aligned left;

2. Numbering should use Arabic numerals;

3. Avoid very short or one-sentence paragraphs;

4. Use bold for emphasis in body text only for (numbered and aligned left) subtitles;

5. Use only Italics for any other kind of emphasis, emphasis should never be underlined in the body text;

6. Numbers from one to ten should be written in words, but for numerals above ten, figures must be used;

7. All acronyms will be accompanied by the full title or name which they abbreviate when they appear in the text for the first time, even those which are frequently used (UK, EU, etc);

8. Footnotes will be used only for remarks and collateral explanations, and not for bibliographic references;

9. In the text, please write percent (and not %), except for the explanations given within parentheses;

10. Do not space punctuation marks from preceding text; please space punctuation marks from subsequent text.

Notes and references:

Citation and bibliographic references will comply with the APA style publication requirements (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association), by using in-text citation enclosed within parentheses (author-year citation system).

For instance, a book with only one author will be cited in the text by mentioning the author`s name followed by the year of publication (Lijphart, 1994) and, if necessary, the page where the cited information can be found (Rustow, 1970, p. 68).

Comprehensive bibliographic references should be placed at the end of the article.


Lijphart, A. (1994). Electoral systems and party systems: A study of twenty-seven democracies 1945-1990. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.

Mungiu-Pippidi, A., & Munteanu, I. (2009). Moldova`s "Twitter Revolution." Journal Of Democracy, 20(3), 136-142.

Rustow, D. (1970). Transitions to Democracy. The Journal of Comparative Politics, 2(3), 67-72.


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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