Welcome to the official homepage of Beyond Politics: An Undergraduate Review of Politics
Published by the University of Notre Dame,this peer-reviewed journal is exclusively for the publication of outstanding undergraduate research in the field of political science. Our mission is to increase the circulation and discussion of student research in Notre Dame’s largest department.
The exact length of each issue of Beyond Politics depends on the quantity and quality of submissions received. We seek to publish four feature articles from the submissions we receive and review. Additionally, we publish a political poll conducted by members of the editorial board that seeks to describe campus opinion ranging from local to national issues.
The feature articles will be traditional academic research papers based on original investigation and analysis. Ideally, these features should represent a variety of student research covering topics across the wide scope of political science. Interdisciplinary approaches can also examine public policy, economics, history, or psychology through a political lens.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to be a political science major to submit?
Absolutely not. As long as the submission pertains to political issues, either domestic or international, students are encouraged to submit their research. If in doubt, please contact our editorial staff and run the concept by our editors.
It costs a lot of money to print journals, so how are you being funded?
Beyond Politics is generously funded by the College of Arts and Letters, the Department of Political Science, and Professor James McAdams, who has been a long-standing advocate for promoting original student research.
I’m interested in becoming an editor or helping with Beyond Politics. What should I do?
Most editors, though not all, are political science majors, some of which are Pi Sigma Alpha members. If you are interested in being involved with Beyond Politics, please contact us for information.
Once all the submissions have been collected, how exactly does the selection process work?
The peer-review process at Beyond Politics is blind, which means that the identity of the author is unknown to the editors reading the manuscript. All manuscripts are read by more than one editor, each of whom analyzes content, style, structure, and the quality of the research. Interesting and unique student research is of paramount importance.
I attend a university other than Notre Dame, so am I eligible to submit work to the journal?
Students from the University of Notre Dame will always be given priority, but exceptional articles will always be considered, even from other universities.
I heard Beyond Politics has opportunities for artists to have work published, too. Is that true?
Yes, in fact, Beyond Politics does have outlets for both writers and artists. Check the “Submission Guidelines” page for more information about what kind of artwork we accept.
The creation of Beyond Politics would not have been possible without the encouragement of Professor A. James McAdams and the guidance of Professor Sebastian Rosato. Once established, this journal also received direction from Professor Dan Lindley, who has been a strong advocate of undergraduate research. Beyond Politics would like to thank all three professors for their continued support.Back to Top