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Who can contribute?
The International Public Policy Review is a student-run online journal that welcomes submission from all UCL students with the aim of showcasing excellent contributions from within the UCL School of Public Policy as well as the broader University of London. Previously, we have published contributions from undergraduates, postgraduates, PhDs and academics.


What are we looking for?
We are looking for submissions that covers a range of topics within international public policy including foreign policy, economics, politics, governance, environment, security and human rights.

If you are unsure as to whether your submission is suitable, please contact Chris Rogers (Head of Editorial kester.rogers.14@ucl.ac.uk)

We are looking for contributions within three categories: opinion pieces, policy reviews and academic articles. We urge contributors to make sure their piece conforms to these categories, as we take this into account in the selection process.


Opinion Pieces
The opinion piece is a short, more informal commentary on any issue of your choice. You should give a short outline of the issue, but the most important thing is that you write persuasively and try to provide meaningful and useful information that can spark a debate.

  • As an opinion pieces start a discussion, they should be relatively short. Our guideline length is 600-800 words.
  • Opinion pieces do not need to be as citation-heavy as our academic articles.


Policy Review
Policy reviews should give a short overview that outlines the debates currently going on in one of the areas mentioned above. You should identify the relevant actors, outline the big questions within the debate(s) and provide a short guide to what the international community, state actors and non-state actors ought to do to address the policy problem, as well as the likelihood of action being taken.

  • Policy reviews should be a medium-length text. Our suggestion is 1500-3000 words.
  • The review must be thoroughly researched and referenced.
  • Policy reviews should avoid informal and polemical language.


Long-form Article
Our long articles showcase academic standards of scholarship. They must be original submissions of policy-based research that treats the subject comprehensively. You are welcome to submit essays you have written in previous years, provided they have not been published elsewhere. However, if you wish to submit an essay which you have yet to be submit for marking, please contact your tutor before submission.

  • Normal article length – from 5000-10000 words.
  • Must be extensively researched and referenced.


Selection Criteria

  • The submission must have relevance to current public policy issues.
  • Submissions showing originality and innovation in research will be particularly valued.


References should be compiled in the Chicago style, amalgamated and signaled serially in the text of the article by superscripts. The references should be typed as footnotes. For books, citations should give the author, the title of the book (italicized), the editor(s) or translator(s) if applicable, city, publisher and date of publication, and the appropriate page number(s) or volume and page number(s) if applicable. For periodicals, citations should include the author’s name, title of the article (in quotations), the title of the periodical (italicized), issue information (volume, issue number, date), and the relevant page number(s). Quotations should be in double quotes. Substantial quotations should be indented and single-spaced without quotation marks. For all other questions of reference and style, refer to The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.


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