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Message from the President - Statement on Freedom of Speech and Academic Freedom in Turkey

Dear Colleagues and friends,

The Mission Statement of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) commits the association to support the development of political science in all parts of the world, to create an inclusive and global political science community in which all can participate, and to support the role of political science in empowering men and women to participate more effectively in political life. IPSA seeks to promote collaboration between scholars in emerging and established democracies and to support the academic freedoms needed for the social sciences to flourish.
The current situation of political scientists and other colleagues in Turkey, threatened for publicly expressing their views, has raised the concern of IPSA members around the globe. Democracy demands not only respect for citizens’ rights to freedom of thought and speech, but also an environment conducive to constructive dialogue.


IPSA does not engage in the internal politics of nations and so refrains from comment on the subject matter of this particular petition. Nevertheless, we believe that those who have signed the petition, both as academics and as citizens of a democratic society, have the right to express their viewpoints peacefully without being subject to administrative or legal sanctions. We hope that the Turkish government will ensure that academic freedom and freedom of speech prevail in the country, and trust that the Turkish government shares IPSA’s belief in the value of democracy.

Aiji Tanaka, President
International Political Science Association

Co-editor sought for World Political Science

World Political Science (WPS), a journal sponsored by the International Association of Political Science (IPSA), is seeking a co-editor to join Vladimíra Dvořáková from July 2016 for a four-year period. The intention is to select the new editor by the IPSA World Congress to be held in Istanbul in July 2016. There will be a transition period of several months following the editor’s appointment to enable familiarization with the editorial process.

WPS is published by DeGruyter. It publishes translations of prize-winning articles nominated by prominent national political science associations and journals around the world. Scholars in a field as international as political science need to know about important political research produced outside the English-speaking world. Fields include Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Sociology, Political Theory, Political Economy, and Public Administration and Policy.

The new co-editor will be expected to continue contributing to the journal’s efforts to publish articles which cover a wide range of subjects of interest to readers concerned with the systematic analysis of political issues facing national, sub-national and international governments and societies. Applicants are requested to write to Linda Cardinal, chair of the WPS Editor Search Committee (a sub-committee of the IPSA Publications Committee), to provide a statement describing how they plan to build on this success and further raise the profile and standing of the journal. 

It is expected that the journal editor will:

  • collaborate actively with national associations and journals to acquire prize-winning articles (articles submitted to the journal have to be translated into English by the organization nominating the article)
  • review the manuscripts using DeGruyter’s online management system;
  • make decisions regarding publication of submitted manuscripts;
  • edit manuscripts to ensure that they are presented in acceptable English;
  • work collaboratively with Co-editor Vladimíra Dvořáková and key personnel at DeGruyter, in particular the Production Editor, Marketing Manager and Managing Editor;
  • develop ideas to strengthen the journal’s position in political science and in the Global South.

Candidates for the position should have:

  • a record as a distinguished political scientist in her/his field;
  • a demonstrated commitment to international political research;
  • previous editorial experience and be fluent in written English;
  • familiarity with the work of IPSA and its Research Committees.

The successful candidate will be expected to become an individual member of IPSA; help prepare an annual report that is presented in person to the Executive Committee of IPSA; contribute to IPSA’s Publications Committee; and participate as a non-voting member in IPSA’s executive committee (which meets once or twice annually). The editor will be provided with adequate resources to meet expenses associated with these commitments.

Enquiries can be made to Linda Cardinal (linda.cardinal@uottawa.ca). Applicants should email Professor Cardinal a CV and an accompanying statement describing their goals for taking WOS forward. The closing date for applications is 30th March 2016.

Announcement on Book Publication Series: Political Psychology: Issues, Challenges, and Prospects

This is to announce on a new book series entitled Political Psychology: Issues, Challenges, and Prospects, to be published by Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden, one of the leading publishers in social sciences in Germany. The Nomos’ Political Psychology Series is under the General Editorship of Sonja Zmerli (Grenoble University, France) and Ofer Feldman (Doshisha University, Japan). It aims to present works related to the political psychology field of inquiry. Each volume in the series will focus on particular aspects of the discipline, and underlines the significance of the interrelationships between political behavior and involvement and psychological perspectives. The series will offer theoretically, empirically, and methodologically sophisticated accounts on this interdisciplinary field of research to understand the crucial role individuals and groups play in politics; the effects of personality, attitude, learning, information processing and communication on political decisions and activity; and the linkages between situational and cultural features to performances in the public sphere.

Among other subject matters the series will include research on individual and collective action, voting behavior and attitudes, political violence and terrorism, stereotypes and prejudice, group dynamics and conflicts, identity, and genetics and neuroscience, on both the domestic and international levels, and in cross-national, cross-cultural settings.

Volumes in this series will be published in English, German, and French. We look forward for suitable books' proposals in these langauges to be evaluated for publication in the series in line with Nomos' terms of business. Interested members are encouraged to send their detailed prospectus either to Sonja Zmerli sonja.zmerli@sciencespo-grenoble.fr or to Ofer Feldman ofeldman@mail.doshisha.ac.jp