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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.


Federal Governance is an interdisciplinary online journal which seeks to encourage outstanding Master students and PhD candidates to publish their research during their graduate studies. The Journal offers a peer reviewed and quick publication of high quality research conducted in the field of federalism and multi-level governance. Therefore Federal Governance expects innovative, reliable and reasonable research papers.

The journal guidelines are similar to those of established journals, in order to prepare the authors as well as the editorial team and the peers for publication and working at a later point of their scientific career.

Each submission must be sponsored or recommended by a university professor specialized in the fields of federalism and/or multi-level governance.

Papers already accepted or published by another journal are not acceptable as submissions to Federal Governance. Within this limit the authors have the full copyright, including the permission to rework the article and publish it later on with reference to the first publication in our journal. The authors agree that the papers published in Federal Governance are simultaneously submitted to abstracting, indexing and archiving services, such as but not limited to, for instance, SSCI, SSRN, ERPA, RePEc, RDB etc.

If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, or seek advice on the submission process please do not hesitate to contact the Editors [Link to Contact Page].

Submission Requirements‬

Please ensure that the format of your manuscript adheres to these criteria:

1. double-spaced

2. contains no more than 6,000 words (excluding references and notes)

3. includes the notes and references in the written text. Tables and charts are on separate pages; a full and updated bibliographical list at the end of the article.

4. your manuscript should follow the Harvard Citation style (View Sample PDF)

5. includes a 250 word abstract of your manuscript

6. is submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc) format. The manuscript will be formatted from the editors.

Separate from your manuscript, you will need to submit a 100-word abstract including your name, title, institutional affiliation and full contact details. Please ensure that authors remove from their submissions any information that will identify them or their affiliations to reviewers.