Academic journal article Political Research Quarterly

A Note from the Editors

Academic journal article Political Research Quarterly

A Note from the Editors

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On behalf of all who contribute to the production of Political Research Quarterly (PRQ), we, the editorial team, welcome you to this volume/issue. As this issue is the first for which our team was responsible for reviewing and selecting the articles, it reflects our approach and vision for the continued success of the journal. The articles in this issue, and those to come under our editorship, reflect our hope for a high-quality, methodologically pluralistic, and integrative approach to the study of political science.

In this note, we comment briefly on our approach and vision for PRQ. Our overarching goal is that every issue of the journal be seen as an essential source of scholarship for all political scientists, regardless of their specialty within the discipline. We want political scientists to seek out each issue of PRQ because they would otherwise be missing something important, perhaps a groundbreaking study in their primary area of interest, or perhaps a number of good studies with broad implications for key questions in the discipline. As we pursue this overall goal, we reaffirm and wholeheartedly endorse the principles articulated in PRQ's mission statement since 2006: "The journal especially encourages research that is problem-driven and that utilizes multiple methodological and theoretical frameworks to address major political problems or puzzles."

Because PRQ is a generalist journal, we are committed to the idea that all subfields in political science merit a prominent place in its pages. A challenge for editors of any generalist journal is to encourage both excellence in scholarship and also broad intellectual engagement across disciplinary fields and subfields. We address this challenge by relying on two guidelines as we review manuscripts:

1. We invite and embrace research that speaks across subdisciplinary and methodological boundaries, addressing critically important questions about politics.

2. We also invite and embrace unique or groundbreaking research that remains within traditional substantive or methodological confines. …

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