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Political Science

Political Science is Aotearoa New Zealand's only disciplinary political science journal. It was established in 1948 by the Political Science Programme at Victoria University of Wellington, and has been associated with the New Zealand Political Science Association since the Association's inception in 1974. The journal is currently published by Taylor & Francis. 

The journal is included in the ISI Political Science JCR, has a 2014 impact factor of 0.700 and a Ranking of 75/157 in Political Science. It presents original, peer reviewed, high quality scholarship from a range of methodological and theoretical perspectives, particularly but not limited to those with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region. It publishes three issues per year, in April, July and October.

Political Science warmly welcomes submissions from members of the Association, particularly on topics related to New Zealand. A report on the submissions made to Political Science between 2012 and 2022 show that almost half the articles published by Political Science includes New Zealand related content, and New Zealand based submitters have the highest acceptance rate for the Journal. For more detail and analysis read the full report here

Political Science has a new website here. This link directs you to the electronic version of the journal and provides access to all current and back issues directly. It will also direct you to information about the submission of manuscripts.

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NZ Politics Daily

NZ Politics Daily is a document containing news, analysis and commentary relating to politics in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is produced Monday to Friday and is distributed via email to academics, students, political journalists, bloggers, MPs, policy analysts and political activists. The document is available for research purposes only, and it’s free.

To subscribe, sign up through the Democracy Project. 

The full reproduction of material in NZ Politics Daily is mostly derived from the mainstream media and the blogosphere, and it includes links to broadcast material such as that on TVNZ, TV3 and Radio NZ, as well as political cartoons. The selection criterion for inclusion in NZ Politics Daily is simply anything that is "informative, insightful, interesting or influential". No endorsement of the material is made, and obviously it would never satisfy everyone, but an attempt is made to include material from a diverse range of ideological perspectives.

The document is normally at least 100 pages long, and it begins with a summary of the highlights, and then has a table of contents page with hyperlinks.

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