Submission Guidelines

The Journal of Politics & International Affairs (JPIA) welcomes submissions from undergraduates of any school, class, or major. We seek to publish manuscripts of the highest quality and papers for publication are generally exceptionally written, with well-developed theses, and exhibit articulate arguments with original analysis or research. Submissions can include:

  • Full academic papers with original research based on new primary data or literature review with strong argumentative input (no more than 6000 words not including bibliography, abstract, or appendices)
  • Policy analysis or evaluation (no more than 2000 words not including bibliography, abstract, or appendices)
  • Short, academic book reviews (no more than 600 words)

Papers are typically 10-20 pages in length and have been written for an upper-level course or abridged forms of an undergraduate research thesis. Manuscripts for consideration should include an abstract of approximately 150 words. Citations and references should follow the American Political Science Association Style Manual for Political Science. All references must be complete, accurate, and up-to-date for submissions to be considered. References in manuscripts should be in-text in the author-date format, (i.e. “‘The transmogrifying of mayoral power’ (Bailey 1987) For a lucid assessment, see Ripley 1988.” or “Trish (1988) sharply disagrees”, for more information on citation technicalities please refer to the APSA Style Manual).

Those who submit papers may be asked to revise their manuscript before and after it is accepted for publication. Submissions must be in the form of a Microsoft Word document with any charts or graphics used in the paper at the end of the document and placeholder text (i.e. “Chart 1.1 about here”) where you would like the chart or graphic to appear. Papers can be submitted digitally on this website. You will be asked to provide your full name, university, class rank, a short biography, and contact information (mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number). Although papers are encouraged and accepted on a rolling basis, they will only be considered for publication during each publication cycle.