The Articles section of E-IR features the latest expert research and debate on international issues. Our remit is broad, welcoming IR/Politics analysis, as well as contributions from other disciplines. We expect that all submissions are purpose written with respect to word count and formatting requirements (see below). NB: We do not seek amateur commentary from laypersons or Masters/undergraduate student essays and we will decline all such submissions for the articles section.

We invite prospective authors to read over our recent publications to get a gauge of what we typically publish, but we welcome articles in two basic formats:

1. Scholarly articles (guide length 2000-3000 words) from emerging and established academics, presenting their latest research in a concise and accessible format that can be appreciated by a wide audience – including non-specialists. We welcome formative pieces testing out new ideas, book excerpts reshaped to work stand-alone and summaries of more detailed journal articles. PhD students are welcome if writing on their area of enquiry.

2. Opinion pieces (guide length 1000-1500 words) from academics and practitioners/experts that reflect on topical, or ignored, issues. These should be written in an engaging style and should signpost readers to deeper analysis via hyperlinks or references.

Style Guide

• Write in an accessible style and briefly explain complex ideas, jargon, or region-specific points when used.
• Articles should reference supporting material in any variant of the Harvard System. Please do not use footnotes.
• You are welcome to embed hyperlinks in addition to, or in the place of, academic referencing.
• We welcome subheadings. Bold-set and left align them. If you must use 2-level headings, italicise 2nd level headings.
• Shape a catchy title that directly describes the content. It must be 80 characters or less and presented in Title Case.
• Do not indent the first sentences of paragraphs. Leave one clear line of space between each paragraph.
• Place all quotations in single quotation marks (‘…’) and indent longer quotes. Do not italicise quotations.
• Do not use indented quotes to start your article / insert at the top of your article. We will remove these by default.
• Images (if used) must be integral to the content and be your own, or Creative Commons, supplied with attribution.

When ready, upload your article here. If successful, you will see a notification on-screen confirming receipt.

Every submission is reviewed by at least two editors before a decision is made to decline, accept or request revisions. We will do our best to inform every author of our final decision within 10 working days of submission. If we slip past this date, or if you have any questions, you can email us at

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