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:
1. Central editorial office
The central editorial office will include members with academic and with journalistic experience.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Individual authors
The central editorial office will contact individual experts whose specialization is relevant to current public discussions and ask them to share their expertise in the form of a one-off contribution for Politikon. Experts are also welcome to submit proposals on their own initiative, of course.
We will mainly publish articles by political scientists and researchers 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 researchers, practitioners, and the public, we are also interested in contributions from practitioners and members of civil society.
The Politikon editorial team is supported by three boards:
1. Advisory board
The advisory board will advise our editorial team and can make recommendations on all activities of Politikon. It will consist of 15-20 senior academics.
2. Ethics board
The Ethics board will check if Politikon adheres to its high ethical standards. It will comprise three to eight members and will advise us on the compatibility of our work with our ethics code.
The Ethics board will be ready to receive complaints about violations of our rules, and it can act as a mediator between complainants and the editorial team. It will also ensure that the editorial management acknowledges errors and corrects them transparently.
Members of the Ethics board may include scholars of communication studies, lawyers, and journalists. They can solicit information and reports on any aspect of Politikon’s work at any time.
3. Support network
Our support network will support us financially in the realization of our goals. It will automatically include all persons and institutions that make donations to Politikon. Each year, we will inform the members of our support network about our activities, funding, and expenses.