Submission Guidelines for Political Science Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Who Can Submit

Political Science Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity only publishes materials about work conducted under the auspices of Political Science Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity. For additional information, please contact the repository manager.


SPARK is intended as a permanent display of the scholarly, intellectual, and creative output of SIUE. In certain cases (such as factual errors, fraud, plagiarism, etc.), a paper may be updated or removed from public view by sending a request to the repository manager. However, a citation to the original version of the paper will always remain on the site.

Author Review

Authors do not have an opportunity to approve papers they have submitted prior to them becoming publicly available on the site; therefore, please be sure that the paper is ready for public distribution upon submission.

Rights and Permissions

Before submitting a paper to the repository, please be sure that all necessary permissions have been cleared. You retain the copyright to your paper and grant us the nonexclusive right to publish this material (SIU Open Access Policy), meaning that you may also publish it elsewhere.

For more information, see our SPARK Guide and Frequently Asked Questions about the SIU Open Access Policy.

How to Submit a Paper

1. Make sure your paper is in an acceptable format. We can accept papers in Microsoft Word, Rich Text Format (RTF), or Adobe Acrobat (PDF). (If your work is not an article, but some primarily non-text media, or a presentation or poster, the system will accept other types of files as well. Contact the repository manager if you have questions about other file types or media.)

If you use a word-processing program other than Microsoft Word, look for an "export" or "save as" option in your program to save it as an RTF file. If you have questions, please contact the repository manager.

2. Write an abstract for your paper. Please also select keywords. These are words that will help a user locate your paper through a search.

3. Submit the paper by clicking the "Submit Research" link under "Author Corner" on the left menu of this page, to submit your paper to the Political Science Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity collection. To deposit in a collection for a different departmental collection, click here and select the desired location.

4. If you have any questions, contact the repository manager.

Overview of the Process

After you submit your paper, we will create an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) version of it and publish it on the site. You will be notified by e-mail when the paper is posted.