Editorial Statement

BJPIR is an international journal that publishes innovative, cutting edge contemporary scholarship on international relations, comparative politics, public policy, political theory and (especially) politics and policy in the United Kingdom.  It is world’s premier journal for research into British politics.

BJPIR is a fully refereed journal of the Political Studies Association of the UK. It has always sought to reflect and drive the major currents of debate in political science and international relations, both in the UK and internationally. The journal seeks to reflect and respond to the changing real world of politics, by publishing articles that are of contemporary relevance to both the study and practice of politics.

Since its inception in 1999, in response to the growing internationalization of the political studies community in the UK and beyond, the transnationalization of the political science profession and the globalization of politics, the journal has welcomed empirically rigorous and theoretically innovative articles on themes and issues that are of such global and scholarly significance that they matter for all states and countries irrespective of geographical location.

Founded in 1999, BJPIR is now based in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. It is a major refereed journal published by SAGE (as of 1.16) under the auspices of the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom.

The 2015 Thompson Reuters impact factor is 1.57, making the BJPIR the highest ranking journal in the UK:  16/85 in International Relations and 32/161 in Political Science.