Article Submissions

The Articles section of E-International Relations features the latest research and topical debate on issues that concern politics and international relations (defined widely). We welcome submissions that are written with expertise, yet styled to be engaging and accessible for our global audience. Submissions must not be under consideration, or already published, elsewhere and should be purpose written in one of two different formats.

NOTE: We do not accept undergraduate/Master’s student essays in this section. You can submit those to our students section for consideration.

1. SCHOLARLY ARTICLES (guide length 2000–3500 words) from emerging and established academics or practitioners. We welcome pieces testing out new ideas or challenging existing research, book excerpts reshaped to work stand-alone, excerpts of PhD research, and summaries of longer works. To support accessibility, Scholarly Articles should start with a basic overview of the issue they are exploring and reference supporting material throughout via hyperlinks and/or the Harvard System. We do not allow footnotes or endnotes.

2. OPINION PIECES (guide length 750–1500 words) from emerging and established academics and practitioners/experts that reflect on topical/newsworthy issues. We do not seek amateur commentary. You must have academic/professional expertise, and/or be able to offer real world lived experience, on your subject. Opinion Pieces should give a basic summary of the issue before developing an analysis and should signpost readers to deeper analysis via hyperlinks. We do not allow footnotes, endnotes, or academic references in Opinion Pieces.

Style Guide – prepare all articles as below:

  • Your work must be written well, in publishable English. We can make minor edits, but we can’t rewrite your work.
  • Prepare your article in a Microsoft Word compatible format (.doc / .docx).
  • Bold-set and left align headings if used. 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 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/figures/tables (if used) must be integral to the content and be created/owned by you.

When ready, upload your article here. You should see a notification on-screen confirming receipt.

Our editorial team works hard to review all submissions within 1–10 working days of receipt. The most common reasons for rejection are 1) poor grammar that presents an obstacle to engaging with the piece and/or 2) issues with the extent of author expertise and analysis. If you have any questions, you can email us at

Our Publishing Agreement covers all content associated with E-International Relations.

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