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Author Guidelines


Submissions: Papers submitted must be original contributions and not under consideration for publication elsewhere at the same time. The author should indicate if the paper is related to, or a revised version of, a published paper elsewhere. Submission should be made electronically by logging in or registering here.

Types of Submissions: Submissions may be:

[a] Articles (well-researched papers with original or sufficient contribution to knowledge and literature): maximum length 8,000 words;

[b] Essays (think pieces that attempt to understand a particular topic): maximum length 4,000 words; or

[c] Book reviews (an assessment, examination, or critical appraisal of a book): maximum length 1,500 words. Book reviews will not be peer reviewed, and will be accepted or rejected at the sole discretion of the editor.



Reference Style Guide: The IJIS prefers the Harvard reference system that uses name of the author, date of publication and, following a quote, specific page number. An example of this is (Reinert 2007: 8). For guidance, see reference style in the Selective Style Guidelines.

Word Count: The maximum length must be: 8,000 words for articles; 4,000 words for essays; and 1,500 words for book reviews. Word count includes abstract, references, and endnotes.

Abstract: An abstract of approximately 150 words provides an outline of the research problem and argument of the paper. It should not merely contain the same sentences from the article.

Endnotes: IJIS prints endnotes, not footnotes. Use superscripts manually, instead of the automatically generated endnotes in MS Word.

Line spacing and font size: Please set spacing of the document to 1.5 lines, and use a 12-point font.

Language and Spelling: IJIS does not impose a particular English language. Authors may use either British or American English spelling. Authors must observe consistency of the choice of language throughout the text. Words in languages other than English must be italicized.

Punctuation and Quotation Marks: Punctuations and Quotation Marks must be in accordance with a consistent use of language, either the British form of 'single quotation marks' (hence, double for quotes within quotes) or the American form of "double quotation marks" (hence, single for quotes within quotes). No quotation marks around displayed extracts (i.e., the direct quotes with three or more lines that are indented in a new paragraph).

Dashes: The two types of dashes have specific uses. Em-dashes (indicated as a long clear dash "—" or a triple hyphen "---") are for parenthetical statements; and En-dashes (indicated as double hyphen "--") are for word pairings (Asia-Europe relations) or number ranges (2005-2010).

Acronyms and abbreviations: All acronyms must be spelled out the first time they are cited in the paper, either in main text or reference. There is no need to spell out commonly used acronyms in international studies like US, EU, GNP, GDP, and IMF. Use full caps, not small caps, for national agencies and international organizations. Delete periods from contractions and abbreviations like PhD, Ltd, BC, am, pm.

Dates: Dates should be as follows: 11 September 2001. Do not put apostrophe for decades like 1970s and 2000s.

Numbers: Numbers written out are: numbers from one to nine; fractions (one-half, two-thirds); and ages. Figures are used for numbers above 10; percentages (68%); and decimals (17.1). For money: use the system USD, EUR, DKK, GBP, PHP, CNY, etc.



Affiliation and Email Address: Upon submission of papers, authors must indicate in their email message author's name, former or current academic or professional affiliation, and email address. This information will be printed in the journal for accepted and published papers.

Proofs: Submissions should be proofread by the author. IJIS does not have full-time staff to thoroughly edit, proofread, or copy-edit papers. Preference is therefore given to well-written papers.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. Submissions

    The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

  2. File format

    The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.

  3. URLs

    Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

  4. General Formatting

    The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

  5. Style Guidelines

    The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal, and does not exceed the maximum length requirements.

  6. Blind review

    If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal (articles and essays), the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed and author/s names and other identifying information have been removed from the text.

  7. Author bio

    In a separate file from the article or essay, the author/s must supply a brief (approximately 15 word) biograhy, giving their name, programme affiliation, and email address. For example:

    Ashley Kim Stewart, PhD Fellow in Development and International Relations. Email:

    If you are an alumni, please include the year you graduated from the programme.

  8. Abstract

    An abstract of approximately 150 words, and which does not merely contain the same sentences from the article, provides an outline of the research problem and argument of the paper. This should be placed immediately below the paper title.


Copyright Notice

Authors who provide articles, essays or book reviews to the Interdisciplinary Journal of International Studies agree to release their publications under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported license, which allows anyone to share their work (copy, distribute, transmit) and to adapt it for non-commercial purposes, provided that appropriate attribution is made and that, in the event of reuse or distribution, the terms of this license are made clear.

Authors retain copyright of their work and grant the journal right of first publication.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.


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