Focus and Scope

Federal Governance is an online graduate journal on theory and politics of federalism and multi-level governance. Its mandate is to engage the global federalism community and reach out to outstanding graduate students interested in federalism and multi-level governance. By providing a platform for graduate students to have early success in their careers, Federal Governance seeks to promote and sustain interest in federalism and multi-level governance research among graduate students.

Peer Review Process

Federal Governance offers graduate students an opportunity to review scientific articles, expand their network reach with emerging scholars from around the world, and contribute to the field of federalism studies. We especially hope to attract interested students from emerging federations and traditionally under-represented regions of the world. Interested students should contact the editor, and committed students interested in taking on administrative roles are highly encouraged.

Review Policy

Each submitted article will undergo a double-blind peer review i.e. the article will be reviewed anonymously by selected international graduate-students, referees and in some cases by members of the journals advisory board. The editors will forward improvement proposals to the authors.

When assessing a manuscript submitted to Federal Governance the referees are going to check the quality of the paper according to the following points:

Especially welcome are papers which are of high scientific quality and originality (that is if they contain one of the following: a new theoretical result; on empirical basis a new interpretation of received theory; new empirical findings; which are of interest to other scholars; well-argued criticism; or evaluation of the work of others.)

Beneath this the submission should have the following standard to ensure the high quality of the publication:

• have a complete and current bibliography and demonstrate a good understanding of the relevant literature and reflect ongoing scientific debates 
• quality and clarity of thesis and arguments 
• reflect and have a good methodical research work 
• the structure of the paper should be clear and consistent 
• the paper should be literate and have good language and style and a coherent bibliography and citation in the Harvard Citation style. The Authors are responsible for this, but reviewers may indicate when they see problems

After evaluating the papers the referees are given the following options:

1. I am in favour of the publication without revisions ~ "publish as is"
2. I am in favour of the publication after minor revision of the text in the following sense… ~ "publish after minor revisions"
3. I am in favour of the publication after major revision of the text in the following sense… ~ "revise and resubmit"
4. I am not in favour of the publication ~ "reject"

Any decision and comments of the referees will be forwarded anonymously to the authors.


Publication Frequency

Federal Governance publishes various issues each year on a rolling-basis.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Federal Governance is sponsored by the Forum of Federations in Ottawa, Canada and is affiliated with our founding partner; Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Journal History

Published since 2003