Pi Sigma Alpha


The Journal welcomes submissions from undergraduates of any class or major; submissions from Pi Sigma Alpha members are especially encouraged. The Editorial Board routinely receives honors theses, senior seminar projects, capstone projects, and research methods papers. Manuscripts may be submitted after graduation, as long as the research was completed while the author was an undergraduate. We strive to publish manuscripts of the highest quality in all areas of political science. In general, papers selected for publication have been well-written with a well-developed thesis, compelling argument, and original analysis.  Authors may be asked to revise their manuscripts before they are accepted for publication.

Submissions deadlines are September 15, for the Fall issue and February 15, for the Spring issue.  Manuscripts are accepted on a rolling basis, so earlier submissions are encouraged. All manuscripts submitted after the respective deadlines will be considered for the subsequent edition.

To submit your work, please email your manuscript as a Word document (PDFs will not be accepted) to psajournalelon@gmail.com. Please include your name, university affiliation, and contact information.  If possible, please also include a short comment about how you heard about the Journal. Manuscripts can also be submitted here: https://www.elon.edu/u/academics/arts-and-sciences/political-science/psa-journal/

Submitted manuscripts must include a short abstract (roughly 150 words), and citations and references should follow the APSA Style Manual for Political Science. The maximum page length for submitted manuscripts is 35 double-spaced pages. This page length includes everything – main body text, references, tables, figures, charts, and appendices.

The Journal is a student-run enterprise with editors and an Editorial Board who are undergraduate Pi Sigma Alpha members at Elon University. There is also an Advisory Board consisting of political science faculty from across the nation, including members of the Pi Sigma Alpha Executive Council.

If you have any questions, please email the Journal’s editors at psajournalelon@gmail.com.