Our structure

The core of Politikon will consist of a central editorial office, a group of subject editors, a group of permanent columnists, and a group of individual authors:

Central editorial office

The central editorial office will include academics and colleagues with journalistic experience.

Subject editors

The central editorial office is supported by a team of volunteer subject editors. Their areas of specialization cover important sub-disciplines of political science and neighboring fields.

Once Politikon receives an article proposal, it is checked by the central editorial office against a catalogue of criteria available on the website. If necessary, it is then forwarded anonymously to a suitable subject editor for review.

Permanent columnists

Around 15-20 political scientists and scholars from neighboring fields will act pro bono as permanent columnists for Politikon. They can publish a contribution once a week, every two weeks, or once a month on a fixed weekday. What they write about they decide independently. For example, they may analyze current events, report on research findings and conferences, or comment on media reports.

In selecting our columnists, we will aim to cover as many areas of national, regional, and international politics as possible. This includes German politics, the European Union, North and sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Russia, South and East Asia, North and South America, the global economy, migration, and the environment, among other things.

We seek to reflect a broad spectrum of different political perspectives. In addition to established scholars, we also want to include new voices and unorthodox thinkers in our circle of columnists.

Individual authors

The central editorial office will contact individual scholars whose areas of research are relevant to current public discussions and ask them to share their expertise in the form of a one-off contribution for Politikon. Of course, experts are also welcome to submit proposals on their own initiative.

We will mainly publish articles by political scientists and scholars from neighboring fields working at universities and other research institutions. We would like to work with colleagues at all stages of their academic careers – from students to lecturers, professors, and retired faculty members.

Given that we are committed to the exchange between academics, practitioners, and the public, we are also interested in contributions from practitioners and members of civil society.