We welcome unsolicited articles. Authors may expect to hear a decision within three months of acknowledgment. All articles are independently and confidentially refereed prior to publication.

Articles should be original and should not be under consideration elsewhere. Articles should be between 7,000 and 9,000 words, including footnotes. These should be kept to manageable proportions, and be presented as footnotes automatically numbered in Word. Authors are asked to write clearly and economically and to avoid academic or technical jargon as International Affairs spans a wide range of fields. Acronyms should be spelled out in full when used for the first time.

It is recommended that authors have their articles checked by a native speaker of English prior to submission; this will ensure that peer reviewers judge submissions exclusively on academic merit.  

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International Affairs Style Guidelines

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Notes for Book Reviewers

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Footnotes should include the following information: author name; title of work; (for a book) place of publication, publisher, date and page reference; (for an article) journal title, issue number, year and page reference. Please avoid ibid., loc. cit. and use short titles to refer to works already cited: e.g. Henry Kissinger, A world restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the problems of peace, becomes Kissinger, A world restored. Footnotes should be presented as follows:


Robert Service, Russia: experiment with a people (London: Pan Macmillan, 2002), p. 103.
Subsequent mentions: Service, Russia, p. 420.


Stanley Hoffman, 'US-European relations: past and future', International Affairs 79:5, October 2003, pp. 1029-1044.
Subsequent mentions: Hoffman, 'US-European relations', p. 1035.

Articles in books:

Laurence D. Weiler, 'No first use: a history', in David N. Schwarz, ed., NATO's nuclear dilemmas (Washington DC: Brookings, 1983).
Subsequent mentions: Weiler, 'No first use'.
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