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Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy

Editor: Paul Gronke

ISSN: 1533-1296 • Published Quarterly • Online ISSN: 1557-8062

Current Volume: 13

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  • Manuscript Submissions
  • NIH/HHMI Wellcome Trust Policies
  • Self-Archiving Policy
  • Open Access Policy
  • Manuscript Submissions

    Election Law Journal:  Rules, Politics, and Policy is a quarterly, peer-reviewed publication in print and online that covers legal, policy, and administrative issues surrounding elections and voting rights, including redistricting, election monitoring, contested elections, voting technology, political parties, ballot access, the initiative process, and campaign finance lobbying and ethics.  Election Law Journal:  Rules, Politics, and Policy is the only publication encompassing the entire spectrum of issues related to election law, a growing area of specialization both for practicing attorney and academics.

    We invite you to submit an original manuscript covering any aspect of election law. Articles should be accessible and of interest to government officials, practicing lawyers, journalists, academics from various disciplines including law, political science, public policy, history, and economics, and others with an interest in electoral institutions, law, and administration. The primary focus of the journal is the United States of America, but comparative articles and articles dealing with other individual countries are welcome. Articles should be written in a cogent style, appropriate to the reader groups identified above. Documentation should be provided to the extent necessary, but otherwise articles should not be heavily footnoted. Published articles ordinarily will not exceed 20,000 words, and articles of 15,000 words or less are preferred.

    ELJ  will accept a manuscript submitted by a law student if it is accompanied by a letter from a faculty member at the student's school, saying that the faculty member has read the article and believes it is worthy of serious consideration for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.  Articles submitted with such letters will continue to be considered and, assuming we believe they are worthy of being sent out for evaluation (a preliminary screening that occurs with all submissions), will be anonymously considered by referees who do not know they are written by students.


    All new manuscripts must be submitted online at:

    A cover letter should be included stating that the manuscript is original, never before published, and not submitted simultaneously to another publication. The cover letter should include all the authors’ names and affiliations.  Manuscripts must be double-spaced with ample margins (at least 1 inch) on the sides, top, and bottom of the page. The manuscript should be submitted as a file separate from the cover letter, with all self-identifying references removed; a redacted version of the manuscript is necessary to facilitate anonymous review.

    Tables and Illustrations

    Provide each table and its title in a separate file. Use Arabic numerals to number tables.

    All figures/illustrations should be numbered and labeled. The top of the illustration should be indicated. A legend should be supplied for each illustration and all legends should be numbered consecutively and provided (double spaced). Figures should be numbered in the order cited in the text. Images should not show the name of the manufacturer.  Please keep in mind that the figures will be reduced, so please do not submit large figures/graphs that contain small type because the text within the figure will not be readable after reduction.

    Please follow these guidelines for submitting figures:


    • Do NOT embed art files into a Word or PDF document.
    • Line illustrations should be submitted at 1200 dpi.
    • Halftones and color should be submitted at a minimum of 300 dpi.
    • Save figures as TIFF files.
    • Color art must be saved as CMYK - not RGB.
    • Black and white art must be submitted as grayscale – not RGB.
    • Do NOT submit PowerPoint, PDF, Bitmap or Excel files.

    Please name your artwork files with the submitting authors name i.e. SmithFig1.tif, SmithTable2.tif etc.

    Authors who do not follow these guidelines may have their submission returned to them without being reviewed.

    You will be given directions on how to correct any files which do not pass.

    Converting Word or Excel files:  Perhaps the best and easiest way to convert Word or Excel files into a format which is suitable for print is to scan them using the below guidelines:


    • All files should be scanned at 100% size.
    • 300 dpi
    • Final color mode: cmyk
    • save file as: tiff

    If you need directions on how to convert a Power Point slide to acceptable format go to http://www.liebertpub.com/MEDIA/pdf/ppconvert.pdf


    All authors are expected to disclose any institutional or commercial affiliations that might pose a conflict of interest regarding the publication of a manuscript. Institutional affiliations, as indicated on the title page, should include all corporate affiliations and any funding sources that support the work. Other types of affiliation, including consultantships, honoraria, stock ownership, equity interests, arrangements regarding patents, or other vested interests should be disclosed in the Acknowledgments section.


    We do not require a particular style for references. You may use law school “Blue Book” style, the style manual of the American Political Science Association, or any other style understandable to readers from a variety of professions and disciplinary backgrounds that contains necessary bibliographic information.


    The author must obtain permission to reproduce figures, tables, and text from previously published material, even if that is the author’s own work. Written permission must be obtained from the original copyright holder (generally the publisher, not the author or editor) of the journal or book concerned. An appropriate credit line should be included in the figure legend or table footnote, and full publication information should be included in the reference list.


    Reprints may be ordered by following the special instructions that will accompany page proofs, and should be ordered at the time the corresponding author returns the corrected page proofs to the Publisher. Reprints ordered after an issue is printed will be charged at a substantially higher rate.


    Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy is published quarterly by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., 140 Huguenot Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801-5215, Telephone: (914) 740–2100; fax: (914) 740–2108.

  • NIH/HHMI Wellcome Trust Policies

    NIH Public Access Policy: In order to assist our authors who have NIH funding to comply with this policy, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers will deposit the final accepted paper (after copy-editing and proofreading) to PubMed Central (PMC) on behalf of the authors. Authors need not take any action. The manuscript's public access posting on PMC will occur 12 months after final publication. This service is provided free of charge. Please note that authors may not deposit manuscripts directly to PMC or other sites without permission from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

  • Self-Archiving Policy

    Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. is a "blue" publisher (as defined by Sherpa), as we allow self-archiving of post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) or publisher's version/PDF.

    In assigning Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. copyright, the author retains the right to deposit such a 'post-print' on their own website, or on their institution's intranet, or within the Institutional Repository of their institution or company of employment, on the following condition, and with the following acknowledgement:

    This is a copy of an article published in the [JOURNAL TITLE] © [year of publication] [copyright Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.]; [JOURNAL TITLE] is available online at: http://online.liebertpub.com.

    Authors may also deposit this version on his/her funder's or funder's designated repository at the funder's request or as a result of a legal obligation, provided it is not made publicly available until 12 months after official publication.

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    • Fast Track online-ahead-of-print publication
    • Immediate upload to PubMed Central and other internationally recognized repositories*
    • Recognition on online Table of Contents with exclusive OA icon
    • Compliance with OA funding mandates with no embargo period
    • Savings on future OA article publication
    • Complimentary membership in AuthorCite®, the author services platform exclusively licensed by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. that delivers the tools you need to maximize your professional impact.

    These valuable benefits are included with a one-time article processing charge (APC). APC charge varies based on journal, membership, and subsequent submissions.

    Contact openaccess@liebertpub.com for questions on article Open Access options. 

     *Please note that PubMedCentral, not the Publisher, has sole control over when the paper is made live on PMC.


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