Submission Guidelines

The Journal of International Affairs publishes research and analysis from leading policymakers, practitioners, and academics. We publish peer-reviewed articles in our biannual print issue and commentary on our website. 


The Journal of International Affairs is published twice a year and has earned worldwide recognition for its unique single-issue format. Articles are peer reviewed and are typically between 3,500 and 6,000 words in length (not including footnotes). Submissions are invited from academics and practitioners in international relations, political science, history, and related fields. Eligible students are encouraged to enter our student essay contests.

For more information on our upcoming issue, please see our latest call for papers. Submissions must be original work written in an academic style and must not be drawn substantially from material previously published by the author. 

Please email submissions and questions to our senior editors at


The Journal of International Affairs complements its biannual print publication with in-depth analysis on current global issues and trends. We do not accept unsolicited submissions, but welcome pitches from thought leaders and practitioners in the field of international affairs.

Online articles and essays are typically 1,500 words or less. All submissions must be unpublished, original work. Due to the volume of proposals we receive, we only respond to ideas we are interested in publishing.

Please email pitches and questions to our online editors at


All copyrights for articles published in the print issue and online are held by the Journal of International Affairs and the The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York. For permission to reprint articles, please contact the editorial board at 

The Journal of International Affairs does not take institutional positions and the views represented are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial board or Columbia University.