How to find academic literature in the field of political science and international relations? The best advice is to start with Czech academic journals. For foreign publications, it is possible to search in several scientific databases, to which the Library of Palacky University has a licensed access.
Czech peer reviewed magazines in the field of political science and international relations
The overview of Czech professional journal may be found below. These are periodicals in which texts must undergo anonymous peer review procedures and are listed in the list of peer reviewed non-imprinted periodicals of The Research and Development Council.
Contemporary European Studies
The journal focuses on the analysis of contemporary European politics and society with a specific focus on Central and Eastern Europe. It publishes not only political studies but also opens space for an interdisciplinary approach. Contemporary European Studies is published twice a year. It is published by the Department of Political Science and European Studies of the Faculty of Arts of Palacky University in Olomouc. Both the full-text archive and the current issue are available on its site for free.
Quarterly Political Science Journal has been the very first scientific political science oriented journal published in the Czech Republic. The first issue of the journal was published in 1994. It covers the fields of political philosophy and theory, comparative political science, political sociology, policy analysis, European studies, international relations, and security studies. Full texts of Political Science Journal archive are available within the Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL).
The Journal of Political Science (Political Revue) is dedicated to original articles and discussion papers by Czech and foreign authors, updates from scientific life and book reviews. It is a professional journal with a half-year periodicity and is published by the Czech Society for Political Science. Full texts of the Political Revue archive are available within the Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL).
Acta Politologica is an online peer reviewed political science journal which has been published online three times a year and printed once a year since 2009. Its publisher is the Department of Political Science of the Institute of Political Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. Acta politologica seeks an interdisciplinary approach by linking political analyses with the knowledge of specialists from other social sciences (history, sociology, anthropology, culture etc.). Both the magazine and the current issue are available on its website.
Central European political studies
The online review journal of Central European Policy Studies specialises in contemporary politics of Europe. The aim of the journal is to offer a professional platform for publishing texts from a wide-ranging field of political science with a special reference to the field of comparative political science, European studies, and foreign and security policy. Its publisher is the International Political Institute of the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno. The journal as well as the current issues are freely available on its website.
International Relations is a peer reviewed scientific journal for the professional public which publishes original research results in international relations, as well as European studies, international security, foreign policy analysis, development studies, and other related fields. The International Relations has been published since 1966 by the Institute of International Relations. Full texts of the International Relations Archive are available within the Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL).
Perspectives is a peer reviewed journal that is published twice a year in English. Its subtitle is The Review of International Affairs. It dates to 1993 and has been reviewed since 2002. Currently, it is the leading magazine in its field throughout the Central and Eastern Europe. It addresses many questions ranging from the theories of international relations to contemporary international politics, including regional and global issues affecting international relations. It is indexed in the Scopus database. Full texts of the Perspectives archive are available within the Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL).
Journal of Ibero-American Studies
The journal of Ibero-American Studies focuses on publishing papers from the Iberoamerican world. It emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach in the fields of political, historical, anthropological, and sociological analysis. A journal with a half-year periodicity is written in English with Spanish or Portuguese abstracts. It is published by the Department of Political Science of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Hradec Kralove.
European Electoral Studies
Online peer reviewed Journal of European Electoral Studies is a specialised journal concentrated on issues stressing elections, electoral systems, electoral geography, electoral campaigns, methods of research, and specific analysis. Its publisher is the Institute for Comparative Political Research of the Faculty of Social Studies of the Masaryk University in Brno. Both the full-text archive and the current issues are freely available on its site.
The reviewed online magazine of REXTER publishes specialised texts on radicalism, extremism and terrorism and thus contributes to the development of socio-scientific (especially political) research in the relationship between different forms of democracy and its critics or enemies. Rexter is published by the Centre for Security and Strategic Studies in cooperation with the Department of Political Science of FSS MU and the Department of Security and Strategic Studies of FSS MU. Both the full-text archive and the current issues are freely available on its site.
Politics in Central Europe
Politics in Central Europe publishes scientific articles from the field of comparative political science, political analysis, international relations and other spheres of political science with a focus on Central Europe. It is published twice a year by the Metropolitan University of Prague. Both the full-text archive and the current issues are freely available on its site.
Online database of full-text foreign journals from the field of political science
Palacky University has licences to several crucial world databases providing full texts of professional journals. They can be searched in accordance with many criteria. A suitable tool for finding out whether the articles in a searchable journal are accessible is to double check listing of the Palacky University network of Electronic Library of Journals. Just do enter a name of the magazine. Additional resources for the field of political science can be found at the PU website.
The most widely used full-text databases with a vast of political science journals for which Palacky University holds a licence include:
- Science Direct
- Cambridge Journals Online
What can I do if I am not able to find the concrete journal or book on the Internet?
In Olomouc, both the Scientific Library in Olomouc and the Palacky University Library are well equipped for the political science literature. If you fail in here, do not forget that Interlibrary Loan Service can be used to provide you with a book or journals from other Czech or world libraries.