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. Submissions are not currently accepted.

Submissions must be original work, written in an academic style, and must not be drawn substantially from material previously published by the author. All quotations, paraphrased text, summaries, and facts/data must be cited using footnotes in the Chicago Manual of Style format. 

Full submission packages should include 1) a short abstract, 2) full-text article of no more than 6,000 words, and 3) an author biography of no more than 200 words. Submissions may be sent to the selection committee at with the title "JIA - Article Submission."

We encourage potential authors to contact JIA senior editors at with any questions, including on proposal guidelines.

Eligible students are encouraged to send entries for our student essay contests.


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 are long-form academic essays, typically ranging from 1,200 to 2,000 words, which present a comprehensive and detailed inquiry into specific themes (for instance, female employment in Japan). Comments are opinion essays, typically ranging from 800 to 1,200 words, which present sharp and insightful perspectives on a specific debate within a broader theme relevant to global discourse (for instance, should America disband the NATO).

All submissions must be unpublished, original work.

Please email pitches, submissions and questions to our editorial team at

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 

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.