Submission Guidelines

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


The Journal of International Affairs is published twice a year and has earned worldwide recognition for its unique single-issue format. Submissions are invited from academics and practitioners in international relations, political science, history and related fields. Submissions are currently being considered for the next issue, on urbanization and international affairs, to be published in Summer 2021.

JIA publishes peer-reviewed academic essays of 4,000-6,000 words and analytical arguments of up to 3,000 words, which are not peer reviewed. Those interested in contributing are welcome to submit for either format.

All articles must represent original, unpublished work. JIA follows Chicago style, and its citation format is an adaptation of Chicago’s Notes and Bibliography system. Adaptations of existing work, such as book chapters, are considered if they are distinct enough from the original, and conference papers are welcome.

Interested contributors may submit a 200-word abstract or pitch detailing key questions, arguments, methodology and findings (for an essay), and implications for scholars and policy practitioners. Full drafts are welcome and encouraged. Please send submissions to [email protected] with “JIA 2021 Submission” in the subject line.

Abstracts will be considered on a rolling basis until April 16, 2021, and drafts will be considered on a rolling basis until April 16, 2021 for academic essays and until May 7, 2021 for analytical arguments. Earlier submission is preferred.

We encourage potential authors to contact JIA senior editors Marisa Coulton and Monica Hunter-Hart at [email protected] with any questions.

Eligible students are encouraged to send entries for our student essay contests. Students from Columbia University and member schools of the Global Public Policy Network are currently eligible for one of two prizes.


The Journal of International Affairs Online Edition runs in-depth analysis on current global issues and trends all year round. We accept unsolicited submissions and welcome pitches from thought leaders and practitioners in the field of international affairs.

Online submissions may either be Arguments or Comments. Arguments typically range from 1,200 to 2,000 words, which present a comprehensive and detailed inquiry into specific themes. Comments are shorter opinion pieces, ideally from 800 to 1,200 words, which present sharp and insightful perspectives on a specific debate within a broader theme relevant to global discourse.

All submissions must be unpublished, original work.

Please email pitches, submissions and questions to our editorial team at [email protected].

Basic Online Style Guide

  • Please use the Chicago Manual Style.
  • All facts and quotations must be cited from reputable sources using hyperlinks. Hyperlinks should not typically exceed four to five words at a time. When hyperlinking reports or interviews for quotes, do not hyperlink the text of the quote. Instead, hyperlink the word ‘report’ or ‘interview’. When hyperlinking a statistic, link the text of the statistic.
  • Keep paragraphs as short as possible – preferably not more than eight lines long.
  • Include a two to three line summary at the head of the essay. The summary should be a tagline for the essay – it must capture the core message of the essay, giving away just enough about the essay to capture readers’ interest. 
  • Add a brief one to two line bio at the end of the article. 

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 [email protected]

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.