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Equitable citations policy

Policy & Politics is committed to addressing inequities in academic publication processes that are suffered by under-represented and minority communities and has set out its position in an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.

As part of this commitment, we recognise that references cited in journals such as ours sometimes replicate and reinforce such inequities by under-representing minority scholars. Clearly not all minority group characteristics are easily visible in citations, but those inferred which are easier to discern include gender, race, early career scholars and scholars from under-represented parts of the world such as the global South, among others.

To address these inequities, we exhort our authors whose manuscripts are accepted for publication to critically examine their references with a view to including citations of equally rigorous and relevant scholarship by under-represented minority authors. To support this effort, P&P will no longer count reference lists in our maximum word count of 8,000 for all articles.