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Author Guidelines

  • Any academic and/or journalistic writing that is the original, independent work of the author and is directly relevant to political science
  • Examples of articles that may be submitted are research papers, term papers and chapters of senior theses
  • Submissions must be 1,500-5,000 words in length and accompanied by a 200-word or less abstract of the article that provides a clear definition of the paper's topic and thesis
  • Article must be in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx), single-spaced and Arial size 12 font
  • At least two relevant photos or illustrations, with captions and sources (from the public domain), must accompany the submitted article
  • Article must reference sources following the Chicago Manual of Style 16th Ed.
  • Contact information, including name, class year, department, and headshot must be included with each submission
  • Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis for both the fall and spring publications
  • After final submission decisions are made, contributors will be contacted regardless of acceptance status
  • Submissions are to be sent via email to
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Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

    1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
    2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
    3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).
    4. Authors are required to agree to the following license terms:

License Agreement

I grant to Boston College the right to include and publish the above-described submission in both the print and online versions of the journal, Colloquium: The Political Science Journal of Boston College. I will retain copyright ownership but hereby grant to Boston College the non-exclusive, world-wide, royalty-free right to use, copy, distribute, and display my submission in any format or medium for any educational, non-commercial purposes, including as part of the online and print journals. Boston College will apply the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License to all works published in Colloquium: The Political Science Journal of Boston College.

These rights include, without limitation, the right to maintain one or more copies of the submission in multiple formats for security, back-up, and preservation purposes, and to allow a third party to hold one or more copies solely for such purposes.

I represent and warrant that the submission is my/our original work, that I have the right to grant the permission in this agreement and that, to the best of my knowledge, the submission will not infringe upon anyone’s intellectual property rights. I represent and warrant and that the work is not libelous, does not violate any right of privacy or contain otherwise unlawful matter. I have obtained all necessary permissions to include in my/our submission any materials created or owned by third parties and any such third party material is clearly identified and acknowledged within the content of the submission. I agree to submit a copy of each such permission to the editors of Elements upon submission of the finalized version of the work for publication.

If the submission is based upon work that has been sponsored or supported by an organization or agency other than Boston College, I certify that I have fulfilled any right of review or other obligations required by any contract or agreement with such agency or organization.

I agree that others may review the work and that editors of Colloquium: The Political Science Journal of Boston College may edit the work, as they deem necessary after reviewing proposed revisions with me. Boston College will clearly identify my/our name(s) as the author(s) or owner(s) of the submission.

Nothing in this agreement shall be deemed to obligate Boston College to publish the submission.


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