Authors guide


    The Armenian Journal of Political Science (ARJPS) strives to publish scholarly research of exceptional merit, focusing on important issues (in particular, Post-Soviet transformation, State Building, Democratisation and Human Rights, Conflict Resolution, Reconciliation Processes, Identity and Integration, South Caucasus in the Geopolitical Struggle, New World Order, etc.) and demonstrating the highest standards of excellence in conceptualisation, exposition and methodology. Authors must demonstrate how their analysis illuminates a significant research problem, or answer an important research question, of general interest in political science or interdisciplinary sphere. Authors must strive for a presentation that will be understandable to as many scholars as possible, consistent with the nature of their material.
    The ARJPS publishes original works. Therefore, authors should not submit articles containing tables, figures, or substantial amounts of text that have already been published or are forthcoming in other places, or that have been included in other manuscripts submitted for review to book publishers or periodicals (including on-line journals).



    Submission of papers

    Authors should send their articles as e-mail attachments or when there is a need to discuss the article prior to submission you are welcome to contact Tigran Torosyan at:

    The body of an e-mail letter should contain author’s phone number(s), a short biography of no more than 50 words outlining institutional affiliation; principal publications and research interests should be provided for each author.

    Files should be in Word format. Authors should retain one copy of their article on file. Authors should confirm at this point that their article is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

    Presentation of the paper

    Articles are accepted in English, Armenian or Russian text typed in 1.15 spacing, Times New Roman, 11,5 points (Title: 12 points, Bold; Name: 11 points, Institutional Affiliation: 10 Italics, Keywords: 10 points), Footnotes typed in single spacing, 10 points, Times New Roman, with pages numbered. Material in figures and tables may be single-spaced. Page margins should be a minimum of one each.

    Articles should not normally exceed 7,000 words in length. Review articles should normally be no more than 5,000 words in length. Book reviews should normally be between 750 and 1,400 words.

    An abstract of up to 200 words should precede the main text, accompanied by up to six keywords.

    Review articles and book reviews should also contain the bibliographic details of the book(s) in the following format:
    Title: subtitle
    Surname  Name,  Publisher, Year of Publication, Number of pages, ISBN

    Conflict Resolution in the Framework of International Law: Case of Nagorno Karabakh
    Torosyan Tigran, Tigran Mets Publishing House, 2010, P.333,  ISBN: 978-99941-0-375-1.

    Only main headings and sub-headings should be used in the main body of the text.


    The references should be  presented as footnotes.  Footnotes should be numbered consecutively throughout the article. The feature of building footnotes into the text should be used. The presented examples are in English language if the source is in other language use Roman Script and write language in brackets. The names of authors and volume numbers should be typed Bold. The footnotes should be written in the following manner:

      • Paper in journal
        • Gans-Morse J,
        • Searching for Transitologists: Contemporary Theories of Post-Communist Transitions and the Myth of a Dominant Paradigm, Post-Soviet Affairs, 2004, 20, 4, 320-349.
        • Torosyan T., Sukiasyan H.,
        • Three Stages of Post-Soviet Transformation, Three Groups and Paradigms, Armenian Journal of Political Science, 2014, 1, 20-34.
      • Paper, Advance Online Publication
        • Bansak K., et al,
        • Europeans support a proportional allocation of asylum seekers, Nature Human Behaviour 1, Article number: 0133 (2017), doi: 10.1038/s41562-017-0133.
      • Book
        • Torosyan T.,
        • Nagorno-Karabakh and Kosovo: Conflicts, Negotiations, Geopolitics, Yerevan, Tigran Mets, 2012, p. 48.
        • Brown C. (ed.),
        • Political restructuring in Europe: Ethical Perspectives, London: Routledge, 1994, p. 27.
      • Chapter in book
        • Hook G.D.,
        • Japanese Business in Triadic Globalization,H. Hasegawa and G.D. Hook (eds.) Japanese Business Management: Restructuring for Low Growth and Globalization, London, Routledge, pp. 19-38, 1998.
      • Conference paper
        • Medushevsky A. N.,
        • The Russian Constitution of 1993: What it Means Today?, “The Impact of Constitutional Processes on Post-Communist Transformation” International Conference, Yerevan, 2-3 November, 2014.
      • Thesis
        • Zito A.,
        • Epistemic Communities in European Policy-making. Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, 1994.
      • Newspaper article
        • Torosyan T.,
        • Ilham Aliyev Lost the Presidential Elections in Karabakh, IA REGNUM, 2012,, (dd/mm/yy*).
      • Website
        • Food and Drug Administration 2003, Pharmaceutical cGMPs for the 21st Century – A Risk Based Approach, (dd/mm/yy*).
      • Documents, Treaties, Declarations, Opinion, etc.
        • The first time a convention or treaty is mentioned, its full title must be given, and the abbreviation must be indicated in the brackets. However, only the initial letters of words that make up the acronym or conventional abbreviation should be capitalised:
          • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), , (12.04.2014).

          • UN Security Council Resolution 1244, 10 June, 1999, (14.02.2015).

          • Opinion on the amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine adopted on 8 December 2004, CDL-AD (2005) 015, (1.01.2015)

          • Decision of the Constitutional Court in case N 6-y2008 of 5 February 2008,, (20.01.2015).

      • Speeches
        • Serzh Sargsyan, Statement by President at the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly, September 24, 2014, (06.07.2017).
      • Sources in other Languages
        • >Makarenko B.,
        • Postsovetskaya partiya vlasti: ‘Edinaya Rossiya’ v sravnitel’nom kontekste, Polis, 2011, 1, 42–65 (in Russian).
      • Quotations
        • When quoting directly, double quotation marks should be used, except for quotations within quotations. Any quotations over 5 lines in length should remove the quotation marks, be separated from the rest of the paragraph by one free line above and below, intended both left and right, spaced 1,5.

        • Quotations can be edited by inserting words in square brackets to match the sense/grammar of the independent clause of the main sentence to the quotation. Explanatory information may also be added in square brackets to clarify the meaning of the quotation.

      • Funding Sources and Acknowledgments
        • The acknowledgments and funding sources are mentioned in the footnotes at the title (not numbered, marked with asterisk)

        • This study (research grant No. 15-01-0014) was supported by The National Research University – Higher School of Economics’ Academic Fund Program in 2015-2016.

        • We are grateful to Vincent Fert and Sarra Ben Hamida for their feedback on the first draft.

      • Previously cited works
        • In order to refer to the previously cited work/s use an abbreviation Op.Cit. or Ibid.

        • Use Ibid if the source was cited in the preceding footnote and is exactly the same including pages.

          • In order to refer to the previously cited work/s use an abbreviation Op.Cit. or Ibid.

          • Use Ibid if the source was cited in the preceding footnote and is exactly the same including pages.

            1. European Commission. European Neighborhood …, Op. cit., pp. 12-20.
            2. Ibid.
            3. Ibid.
          • Use Op. Cit. to refer the reader to a previously cited work that is not the immediately preceding one and dfferent pages are cited

            1. Lynch D., The EU: Toward A Strategy in The South Caucasus: A Challenge for the EU (Edited by D. Lynch), Chaillot Paper no. 65, EU Institute for Security Studies, Paris, 2003, p. 178.  

            2. Lynch D., Op. cit., p. 188.

      • Abbreviations
        • All abbreviations should be written out in full for the first time, both in the main text of the article  and in footnotes,  followed by the abbreviation in brackets

        • Council of Europe (CoE)

        • European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)

        • However, there is no need to do the same with the commonly understandable abbreviations as USA or UN.

      • Illustrations, Figures and Tables
        • It is strongly encouraged to use figures, tables or illustrations to demonstrate an argument. Tables should be placed in the text close to where discussed as editable text and not as images.  Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place any table notes below the table body.

        • Authors should ensure that the graphical content of any figures is clear and of high quality. The use of color should be minimized, as it cannot be included in the print version of the ARJPS.

        • Ensure that all tables, figures and illustrations are numbered consecutively and have captions. Keep text in the tables, figures and illustrations themselves to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used.

      • Unpublished data and personal Communications
        • In most cases try to avoid unpublished data and personal communications but if necessary the reference should include all the available information and a probable year of publication.

      • Other style notes
        • Spelling: use UK spelling and punctuation.

        • Use ~ise/~isation/~ising throughout.

        • Use full points after abbreviations (e.g., i.e., etc.) but not after units of measurement or contractions (kg vols eds). and do not use points after Dr; Mr; Mrs, etc.

        • Numbers: spell out numbers (whether ordinal or cardinal) below 100. Exceptions: a series of numbers appearing close together; numbers giving exact measurements or with abbreviated units of measurement such as 7 kg, 15.8 mm; in usual cases like 5.00 p.m. (but five o’clock); phrases involving hundreds, thousands, millions etc. where round numbers are given (e.g. two hundred, fifteen thousand); per cent (not percent); use % only in tables.

        • When referring to pagination and dates use the smallest number of numerals possible (e.g. 11-25, 86-8, 167-9, 1828-31).

        • Dates: use the style  31 January 1984; use 1930s, not thirties, 30s or ’30s.

        • If a reference has two authors, mention both of them, if there are more than two authors, put the name of the first author followed by et al.

        • Do not use available at: before URLs and last visited before the dates the URL was last accessed, indicate the date in brackets after the URL in e dd/mm/yy format.

        • Review articles and book reviews should not list the books under review but should list any other publications referred to in the text as in the other articles.

        • The journal does not publish unsolicited book reviews, but potential reviewers may send a brief CV together with a statement of interests to:

        • See the last published or on-line available numbers of the ARJPS in questionable cases (

    Editing and Peer-Review Policy

    Armenian Journal of Political Science operates a strictly double-blind peer-review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and the author’s name from the reviewer.

    Received articles may be reviewed initially by the Editors and only those meeting the aims and scope of the journal will be sent for outside review. Received articles that do not meet the formatting and submission guidelines described above will not be accepted. Each article is reviewed by at least two referees. All articles are reviewed as rapidly as possible. The final decision about acceptance or rejection of the received article will be made by the editorial board after the peer-review process.

    The editors retain the right to make minor stylistic changes to the finally accepted typescript. Any substantial changes will, of course, be referred back to the author.

    In order to maintain the integrity of the double-blind peer review process, the article must exclude any author-identifying information in the references, such as citations to one’s own published works. They should be made in the passive voice and referenced (e.g., “In earlier  work the problem was examined (the footnote is added)…”), not in the first person (e.g., “In earlier work, I examined … (Aramyan T.)”).

    If an article has multiple authors, one author must be designed as the corresponding author who will act for the full team of authors as a contact person with ARJPS Editors.

    After the acceptance of the Article the corresponding author will get notified and will receive the URL of the publication.

    Clearing Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing through any medium of communication those illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. Credit the source and copyright of photographs or figures in the accompanying captions.

    The journal’s policy is to own copyright in all contributions. Before publication authors assign copyright to the ARJPS, but retain their rights to republish this material in other works written or edited by them subject to full acknowledgement of the original source of publication.

    Publication ethics

    Though Armenian Journal of Political Science is not yet a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (, the Journal’s Ethics policy is based on the Codes of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines ( of the Committee and we thus expect all prospective authors to read and understand the Ethics Policy before submitting any article to ARJPS. The mentioned policy details the responsibilities of all authors, editors and reviewers working with the Journal as well as our own ethical responsibilities. This includes but is not limited to plagiarism, falsification of data, fabrication of the results, etc.

    * The date of last access is indicated in dd/mm/yy format