European Political Science

European Political Science  
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Eur. Polit. Sci.
Discipline Political science, international relations
Language English
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 1680-4333 (print)
1682-0983 (web)
LCCN 2006238655
OCLC no. 884650554

European Political Science (EPS) is a peer-reviewed academic journal. The professional journal of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), it has been published in collaboration with Palgrave Macmillan since 2005. The journal's interpretation of 'political science' is wide, and encompasses comparative politics, political economy, international relations, public administration, political theory, European studies and related disciplines. It publishes pieces on how the discipline is, can be and ought to be. Articles address research matters (including debates in the discipline, research projects, political science information sources, funding opportunities); professional matters (such as career structures and prospects, external evaluation, higher education reforms, accreditation issues); doctoral training provision and teaching matters; and relations between academics and politicians, policy-makers, journalists and ordinary citizens. EPS also includes more substantive pieces that provide a political science perspective on important current events. In addition to original articles, the journal carries shorter notes, review articles and symposia, progress reports on lively areas of research and profiles of people in the profession. Each issue of EPS also contains book reviews.

The main content of the journal is edited by Martin Bull (Academic Director of the ECPR), Luis de Sousa, Jonathon Moses and Jacqui Briggs. The Reviews section of each issue is edited by Lasse Thomassen. EPS has published reviews by leading European and international political scientists and theorists such as Jean Blondel, Rachel A Epstein, Michelle Everson, Michael Freeden, Michael Keating, Peter Lassman, Peter Mair, Glyn Morgan, Gianfranco Pasquino, and Philippe C. Schmitter. Other reviewers have included John Bruton, former Prime Minister of Ireland and EU Ambassador to the United States, and senior EU officials such as Albrecht Rothacher and Martin Westlake.


The journal emerged from the old ECPR News, starting in 2001 as an in-house publication distributed free to members by the ECPR before moving to Palgrave Macmillan in 2005. The full text of these early issues (Vols 1-3) is available online for free.

Abstracting and indexing

The journal is abstracted in The International Political Science Abstracts, a publication of the International Political Science Association. It is also covered in Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, European Sources Online and the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences.

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2014 impact factor of 0.705, ranking it 84th out of 161 journals in the category "Political Science".[1]


  1. "Journals Ranked by Impact: Political Science". 2014 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2015.

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