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We welcome submissions from students and professionals of all backgrounds within one of our seven topic areas. Before submitting, please read our mission statement and our five-step review process below. This process helps us achieve a common standard for all articles and provides you with valuable feedback on your writing. From submitting until publishing your article, the process will take about four to six weeks. Send your submissions and questions to us at submissions@policycorner.org.

The process

Write & Submit
Requirements Check
Peer-Review
Copy Editing
Publish
ReferencesNumber of words: 900

Requirements Check

All articles must meet our basic requirements before being passed on to peer reviewers.

Submission Requirements

Article: 900 words (excluding references).

Title: short, attention-grabbing (max. 8 words).

Summary: for the main page (max. 50 words).

Argument: State your argument in one sentence in your introduction.

Policy recommendations: finish with policy recommendations or a clear argument linked to a current issue.

References: At least 5 references in Chicago Style endnotes.

Languages: English (US-American), German or French.

Format: Word (.doc or .docx).

Biography: State where you work or study and your research interests in a separate document (max. 50 words).

Name: The name(s) of the author(s) should not be indicated on the manuscript.

Peer Review

Two peer reviewers will review your article two to three times. You will be asked by the reviewers up to two times to edit your manuscript within a given deadline. You will not be told who is reviewing your manuscript and they will not be told who wrote it. After the peer review, the editorial managers decide whether the article will be published.

Style Guidelines

Sentences: Keep them short.

ParagraphsBegin with a topic sentence and keep short (max. 5 sentences).

Active TenseUse the active tense wherever possible.

WordsUse short words instead of long ones (e.g. “use” not “utilize”) and avoid academic language like thus, hence, due to, therefore, and “this article will argue that…”

QuotesIf you quote someone, say who it is and why they said it.

Quotation MarksUse double quotation marks (“…”) and put punctuation inside the marks (“… protecting its global reputation.”) Avoid using quotation marks for words other than quotes.

EndnotesEndnote numbers come after punctuation at the end of the sentence.

ReferencesUse Chicago Style endnotes:

  • Journal: Robert E. Lucas, “On the Mechanics of Economic Development,” Journal of Monetary Economics 22 (1988): 3-42.
  • Book: Paul Krugman, Obstfeld Maurice, and Marc J.Melitz, International Economics: Theory and Policy (New York: Pearson Publishing, 9th Edition, 2012).
  • Website: Zachary Laub, “International Sanctions on Iran,” Council of Foreign Relations, 2015, accessed November 29, 2015, http://www.cfr.org/iran/international-sanctions-iran/p20258.

Copy Edit

Your article will be copyedited by two copyeditors and returned to you with changes in language, grammar, punctuation and style. We will usually ask you to rewrite some sentences to improve the clarity of the text.

ReferencesNumber of words: 900