Though the USC Global Policy Institute fellows primarily write, edit and upload content for our editorial blog, we are open to accepting submissions from USC students passionate about foreign affairs and analysis. As a think tank and educational institution, GPI strives to publish work that analyzes current developments, trends and events in international relations. Our institute publishes work on issues and with angles that students don’t often find in traditional news media. Instead, we invite students to publish articles dealing with people, issues and countries that don’t often get traditional attention in the news.
If you’re interested in submitting an article to GPI, read through these instructions.
- Article submissions must be on a current event or issue relevant to today. We accept news analysis, opinion pieces and policy paper. Take a look at our editorial categories here.
- Article submissions must be between 800 to 1,500 words. Any pieces longer than 1,500 words will not be considered for publication.
- Article submission must be submitted using Arial, 12 point and black font.
- All paragraphs must be shifted left on the document upon submission.
- Articles must be submitted with a title.
- Submit your article as a PDF to email@example.com.
*Please note that not all articles that are submitted will be considered for publication. If your article is selected for publication, be prepared to receive feedback and to work with GPI’s editorial team.
Other Publishing Opportunities
If you’re interested in publishing your work elsewhere, GPI encourages you to look into these alternative publications at USC and at other universities across the U.S.
Sigma Iota Rho Journal of International Relations
Sigma Iota Rho Journal of International Relations, organized and printed by the Epsilon chapter of Sigma Iota Rho at the University of Pennsylvania, appears annually and publishes original manuscripts and research by undergraduate students from across the country. The journal is a blind, peer-reviewed publication that seeks papers that contribute to a better understanding of international affairs. Papers must be between 2,000 and 6,000 words in length.
International Affairs Forum
The Center for International Relations (CIR) welcomes submissions, from college students and young professionals, for its online journal as well as its associated biannual publication, International Affairs Forum. IA Forum accepts unsolicited essays, editorials, and scholarly papers for publication. Papers should be previously unpublished and should be submitted directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please review guidelines for more information.
The Agora: Political Science Undergraduate Journal
The Agora is an online peer-reviewed journal that publishes scholarly work done by undergraduates in the field of political science. We have two objectives: to give undergraduate students a chance to have their scholarly work published and recognized and to involve students in the process of peer review. The journal is published biannually; submission deadlines are usually in early October and February. For more information, review the guidelines page of the website.
Cornell International Affairs Review (CIAR)
CIAR is an undergraduate organization at Cornell University dedicated to increasing awareness of and encouraging conversation about international affairs. CIAR publishes a bi-annual journal consisting of academic papers written by undergraduate and graduate students, collegiate professors, and experts in the field. Questions should be directed to email@example.com.
Critical Theory & Social Justice Journal of Undergraduate Research (CTSJ)
Critical Theory & Social Justice Journal of Undergraduate Research (CTSJ), from Occidental College, provides a forum for undergraduate students to develop and share critical research and writing on the intersections of race, sexuality, and nationality as they relate to problems of social justice. The journal seeks to foster exchange of ideas across disciplines and deepen understandings of systems of injustice. Papers are accepted on a rolling basis. For submission details, visit the CTSJ website.
Critique: A Worldwide Journal of Student Politics
Critique provides a forum for graduate and undergraduate students of politics to express and exchange diverse ideas and to imagine new possibilities for democracy and justice. It is published biannually and expands political debate by creating space for the emergence of new ideas. Interested students should visit the submissions form for instructions.
The Dialectics: Journal of Leadership, Politics, and Society
The Dialectics: Journal of Leadership, Politics, and Society is a refereed, multidisciplinary online journal devoted to scholarship and discourse that accepts high quality essays on issues of public importance. We search for papers that have a single thesis, are focused, identify significant societal and global issues, and offer creative solutions or specific recommendations for addressing the challenges. Papers should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words and are reviewed on a rolling basis. Essays should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Dialectics Submission” in the subject line.
Discussions: the Undergraduate Research Journal of Case Western Reserve University
Discussions is the undergraduate research journal of Case Western Reserve University and is dedicated to publishing the best undergraduate research from across the country. Submission guidelines are on the journal website.
Ilios is the undergraduate-run journal connected to the Political Science Undergraduate Association (PSUA) at the University of Southern California; it is primarily a journal of political science and political philosophy. Illios is a forum for students to critically assess and analyze political issues—whether contemporary, historical, or theoretical in nature. The journal also welcomes all other disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, history, economics, aesthetics, law, linguistics, and psychology, in helping to create a vibrant and diverse forum. Questions, comments and submissions should be sent to email@example.com.
The Journal of Arts and Humanities
The scope of The Journal of Arts and Humanities focuses on theoretical and empirical research in the arts, humanities and social sciences. JAH also publishes original research, creative work, and critical discourse on traditional, contemporary, and popular issues in arts and issues in the field of humanities studies. Review submissions for information on how to submit work.
Journal of Democracy
Journal of Democracy is a student-run journal in the Center for Democracy and Society at Georgetown University. They seek well-written, interesting submissions of 1,500-2,000 words, including summaries and/or excerpts of recently completed research, new publications, and works in progress. Within the theme of democracy, conflict and peace-building, they solicit articles that address the following: forging democracy after conflict, transitional justice, the relationship between democracy and conflict, and the cause of conflict. Please email submissions or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Journal of International Affairs
Journal of International Affairs (online) is published through the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. Online essay submissions must be 2,000 words or less. Photo essays, letters to the editors, and opinion pieces can be anywhere from 750 to 1,500 words in length. We also welcome reviews of books, articles, and other academic reports. All submissions must be unpublished original work. Though the journal fact-checks all submissions under consideration, you are ultimately responsible for the veracity of your statements. Journal citation format adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. Include a short bio along with your submission and send to: Zenobia Azeem, Online Senior Editor, at email@example.com.
The Journal of Political Research
The Journal of Political Research publishes high-quality papers reporting original research in political science. Undergraduate and graduate students of any class or major are encouraged to submit research articles that contain original analysis, rather than literature reviews. The JPR does not review manuscripts that have been submitted at other journals. Interested students should read Instructions to Contributors for information on submissions.
Journal of Politics and Society
Journal of Politics and Society (JPS) is organized and published by Columbia University and is distributed nationally. The journal features exclusively undergraduate work on political and social issues and is typically published each fall and spring. In addition, JPSwill award the Peter and Katherine Tomassi Prize of $250 to the author of the article judged most worthy by the Editorial Board in conjunction with faculty at Columbia University.
Journal of Public and International Affairs
The Journal of Public and International Affairs (JPIA) is a joint publication of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. The journal seeks to publish both scholarly and expository articles on a diverse range of subjects, covering the areas of international affairs, development studies, and domestic policy. JPIA is an annual publication, accepting submissions from any advanced student in the field from an accredited institution. Submissions are reviewed in a blind screening process by an editorial board composed of students at Princeton and by contributing editors from the other APSIA schools.
The Journal of Science Policy and Governance
The Journal of Science Policy and Governance is an interdisciplinary journal that seeks high-quality submissions on emerging or continuing policy debates. Current students, undergraduate or graduate, and recent graduates within three years of earning a degree—bachelors, masters, or doctoral—are eligible to submit. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our website.
Journal of Student Research
Journal of Student Research (JSR) is an electronic, peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal devoted to the rapid dissemination of current research. The aim of JSR is to familiarize student authors with the process of manuscript publication. Students aspiring to publish will receive scholarly feedback once their submission is reviewed. The journal seeks papers that are novel, integrative, and written in a way that is accessible to a wide audience which includes an array of disciplines. Content of the journal ranges from applied research to theoretical research; in general, papers are welcomed from all topics.
London School of Economics Undergraduate Political Review
The LSE Undergraduate Political Review (LSEUPR) is an online platform that aims to encourage and facilitate an engagement in high level political research by undergraduate students from universities around the world. The LSEUPR invites the application to politics of a range of disciplinary perspectives, both within and without the social sciences, both empirical and theoretical. LSEUPR welcomes submissions that represent any and all voices and is committed to comprehensive representation, inclusivity and equality of access. Ultimately, our purpose is to familiarise undergraduate students with the rigours of the submission and evaluation process and to encourage them to think creatively about how to present their research.
The Michigan Journal of Political Science
The Michigan Journal of Political Science is housed at the University of Michigan and is published bi-annually both in print and online. The journal invites undergraduate students from around the world to submit. Students must create an account before submitting.
Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Excellence
Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Excellence (JUR) is a peer-reviewed, undergraduate journal registered with the Library of Congress that accepts submissions of any subject, from any undergraduate institution. The review process for publication includes peer, graduate, and faculty referees, ensuring that the journal publishes competitive material that follows the journal’s standards for academic, creative, and passionate work. View our submission guidelines.
Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics
Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics welcomes submissions from undergraduates of any class or major; Pi Sigma Alpha members are especially encouraged to submit. The journal strives to publish manuscripts of the highest quality in all areas of political science. Manuscripts must be unpublished, must include an abstract, and must be less than 35 pages, double spaced. Email submissions to email@example.com along with name, university affiliation, and contact information. Submission deadlines are October 1 for the fall issue and February 1 for the spring issue, however manuscripts are accepted on a rolling basis.
Student Pulse is an edited open-access academic journal that publishes the work of undergraduate and graduate students in a range of core academic disciplines, particularly the social sciences and humanities. A strong section of work in the fields of international relations, globalization studies, and international affairs is prominent within the publication. Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis.
Sound Politicks is the official undergraduate journal of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. It is published annually and covers a wide range of political topics. The journal is a non-profit publication and is edited and published by Penn students. Sound Politicks accepts submissions year-round from undergraduates of any class or major. All submissions should be double-spaced, include footnotes, and be no longer than 4,000 words in length. Submissions and all other inquiries should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern California International Review (SCIR)
SCIR is a global undergraduate international studies journal published biannually and funded by the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California. Article topics published in the journal range from economic and political issues to cultural and social themes. The Review publishes up to five exceptional full-length articles in every issue. For questions, email email@example.com or visit their website.
Yale Review of International Studies (YRIS)
YRIS is an undergraduate journal dedicated to publishing both opinion and long-form scholarship on contemporary global issues: their origins, present effects, and the future they will shape. YRIS seeks to stimulate broad and multi-faceted debate on issues ranging from foreign policy to international trends in law, culture, and the environment. Interested students should contact YRIS.