South Carolina Political Science Association

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What is the SCPSA?

The South Carolina Political Science Association (SCPSA) is the state-wide professional association of political scientists.  The SCPSA holds its annual meeting every February or March, a conference that is usually held on the campus of the program chair.  This allows members to learn more about their colleagues' research as well as improve their professional development skills. 

The SCPSA also publishes The Journal of Political Science, a peer-reviewed journal each year.  The journal invites submissions from across all sub-fields of political science but especially welcomes contributions to the study of South Carolina and Southern politics. 

   2010-11 SCPSA OFFICERS 
   President: Dr. Holley Tankersley, Coastal Carolina University 
   Vice President: Dr. S. Lucas McMillan, Lander University 
   Secretary: Dr. T. Alissa Warters, Francis Marion University 
   Treasurer: Dr. David R. White, Francis Marion University 

   2010     Coastal Carolina University - Conway, SC 
   2009     Furman University - Greenville, SC 
   2008     South Carolina State University - Orangeburg, SC 
   2007     Presbyterian College - Clinton, SC 
   2006     University of South Carolina at Beaufort - Beaufort, SC 
   2005     Francis Marion University - Florence, SC 
   2004     The College of Charleston - Charleston, SC 


About the Journal 
The Journal of Political Science is the professional journal published annually by the SCPSA.  The Journal publishes on all topics of interest to political scientists, across all specializations and methodological approaches, although some preference is given to work on Southern and South Carolina politics.  The Journal is distributed to all SCPSA members, to other individual scholars, and to over 200 libraries.  Indexed by ABC-PoliSCI and others, the Journal is published for the SCPSA by the Department of Political Science at the University of South Carolina Upstate. 

Contact Information for the Managing Editor 
   Dr. Donald R. Raber II  
   Presbyterian College 
   503 South Broad Street 
   Clinton, SC 29325 

Manuscript Submissions 
Those interested in submitting manuscripts for review and possible publication are encouraged to do so electronically, although hard copy submissions are welcome.  All submissions are subject to a double-blind review process utilizing two reviewers.  Send electronic submissions to the Managing Editor at the e-mail address above, and hard copy submissions to the mail address.  Electronic submissions, preferably in Microsoft Word, must include an abstract of about 100 words and two versions of the manuscript, one with all identifying references removed.  Hard copy submissions must include an abstract and three copies of the manuscript, two with all identifying references removed. 

Manuscripts should be no longer than 40 pages, including all notes, references, tables, etc.  A font size of 11 points is required and the style manual of the American Political Science Association (APSA) must be followed.