Although the majority of its articles are commissioned by the Editors, the Journal of Democracy also welcomes unsolicited submissions. Every unsolicited manuscript is read and evaluated by at least two members of the editorial staff. Many unsolicited manuscripts are rejected at this stage, often for reasons of focus, timing, style, or space that do not necessarily reflect on their scholarly merits. The Journal is not formally peer-reviewed, but in some cases manuscripts are sent to outside scholars or specialists for comments and evaluation. Because of our small staff, we are regrettably unable to provide individualized critiques of most of the manuscripts that we reject. We immediately confirm receipt of unsolicited manuscripts as soon as they arrive, and we make every effort to convey our decision to the author within eight weeks.
Manuscripts must be typed, double-spaced, and should not exceed 6,500 words, including references. All references must be in the form of numbered endnotes and should be strictly limited in number. Please include an abstract of no more than 100 words, as well as a brief biography of no more than 50 words. The abstract should include as many keywords from your essay as possible. The biography should include a current academic or professional affiliation and any recent publications or activities. The Journal will not consider manuscripts submitted simultaneously to other journals.
Manuscripts may be submitted electronically or via regular mail, though electronic submissions are strongly encouraged and greatly appreciated. Manuscripts submitted via e-mail should take the form of attachments formatted in Microsoft Word and should be e-mailed to the Journal of Democracy at firstname.lastname@example.org. For print submissions, please mail one copy to: The Editors, Journal of Democracy, 1025 F Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.