After a call for papers, individual paper submissions can be sent as an e-mail attachment to We accept submissions once in the fall and once in the winter, but papers submitted at any time will be considered for the next round of publication. At this time, we currently only accept papers from current Stanford students and faculty.

Note: Not all of the articles selected for each issue necessarily relate to the featured theme. Articles unrelated to the theme--written on any IR-related subject--are also welcome. The Journal includes papers from history, economics, political science, public policy, and all subjects affecting international relations. Each issue typically includes 4-6 undergraduate student papers; we typically receive 25-35 submissions for each issue.

Submissions Guidelines

Please follow the formatting and procedural guidelines below when submitting your work:

  • All submissions should be electronic email attachments sent to Acceptable formats include Word documents, Adobe Acrobat PDFs, and Plain Text. Word documents are preferred.

  • Please submit double-spaced papers in 12-point Times or Times New Roman font with 1- inch margins on all sides and page numbers on the bottom-right of each page.

  • For general questions of grammar, form, and style, authors should refer to The Chicago Manual Of Style (The University Of Chicago Press).

  • Submissions should include complete bibliographic references (including page numbers) in endnotes.

  • We accept articles of 5-30 pages (minimum page number does not count footnotes/endnotes or bibliography), although articles of 10-20 pages are preferred. In the past, writers of honors theses have either submitted a short summary of their thesis with highlights, or selected one chapter that can stand alone.

  • We discourage extensive use of technical jargon and request writing targeted towards a nonspecialist audience.

Decision Criteria

The Editorial Board uses the following rubric to evaluate papers:
  • Academic Merit. To what extent is the article scholarly, intellectual, academic? If read by leading professors or policymakers, would it garner their respect or influence their opinions?

  • Argument. How clear is the paper's thesis? Is it original? Is the paper's argument convincing? Does the paper use unsubstantiated opinions?

  • Overall Appeal. Is the article engaging and interesting to read? If you read the first few pages, do you want to continue to the end? Are you likely to discuss this paper with others? Will you remember its content several days after reading it?

  • Writing. Does the author appear articulate and direct? Is word choice precise? Do grammar or spelling errors appear in the text? How well is the paper structured? Does its organization make sense? How much editing would it require before printing?

  • Topic. To what extent is the topic interesting and appealing to a variety of readers?

  • Evidence. Does the paper use good evidence? Are these internet sources (undesirable), magazine articles (acceptable), or scholarly journals and books (preferred)?

  • Authority. Does the writer appear to be an authority on the paper's subject? How much did you learn from reading the paper? Is the knowledge useful, new, or interesting?

We look forward to reading your work.