Journal for Experimental Political Science

The Journal of Experimental Political Science (JEPS) features cutting-edge research that utilizes experimental methods or experimental reasoning based on naturally occurring data. We define experimental methods broadly: research featuring random (or quasi-random) assignment of subjects to different treatments in an effort to isolate causal relationships in the sphere of politics. JEPS embraces all of the different types of experiments carried out as part of political science research, including survey experiments, laboratory experiments, field experiments, lab experiments in the field, natural and neurological experiments. For replication data and other relevant files for articles published in the journal, check out the JEPS Dataverse.

We invite authors to submit concise articles (around 4000 words or fewer) that immediately address the subject of the research. We do not require lengthy explanations regarding and justifications of the experimental method. Nor do we expect extensive literature reviews of pros and cons of the methodological approaches involved in the experiment unless the goal of the article is to explore these methodological issues. We expect readers to be familiar with experimental methods and therefore to not need pages of literature reviews to be convinced that experimental methods are a legitimate methodological approach. We will consider longer articles in rare, but appropriate cases, as in the following examples: when a new experimental method or approach is being introduced and discussed or when novel theoretical results are being evaluated through experimentation. Finally, we strongly encourage authors to submit manuscripts that showcase informative null findings or inconsistent results from well-designed, executed, and analyzed experiments.

The journal publishes four types of articles:

1) Research Articles (4000 words) that report novel empirical findings grounded in social science theory;
2) Short Reports (1000 words) concisely summarize empirical findings that primarily inform best practices, measurement strategies, or innovations in experimental design;
3) Replications(3000 words) of previous experiments; and
4) MetaAnalyses (3000 words) of a well-defined set of experiments.

The current editorial board for the journal can be found here. The journal also has a standing advisory committee whose members serve three-year terms. The current members of the advisory committee are:

Elizabeth Maggie Penn (chair), Emory (term 2019-21); Fotina Christia, MIT (term 2019-21); Kristin Kanthak, Pittsburgh (term 2020-22); Joshua Tucker, NYU (term 2020-22); John Ryan, Stony Brook University (term 2020-22).

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The previous members of the advisory committee were: Kevin Esterling (chair), UC Riverside; Sandy Gordon, NYU; Diana Mutz, Penn; Maggie Penn (chair elect), Emory; and Fotini Christina, MIT.