Jackson School Journal
of International Studies

Submission Guidelines


Submissions for the Spring 2015 issue are now closed. However, the Journal is beginning the transition to a rolling submissions basis, so if you have a paper to submit, by all means, feel free to send it in! We would love to hear from you.


Types of Submissions

The Jackson School Journal welcomes undergraduate writing on topics related to international affairs. You do not have to be a Jackson School student or have written your paper for a Jackson School class to submit. Papers may focus on any regional or thematic interest, and should be of contemporary relevance to those interested in international studies. The Journal accepts three types of submissions:

  • Policy Briefings. These papers should use research to support an original argument that comments on aspects of international policy. They can take the form of policy recommendations, critiques, or analysis. All policy briefings must use evidence to demonstrate the merits of faults of a particular action or piece of legislation undertaken by an organization or government. While policy briefings analyze the effects of certain policies, they must contain a normative claim. This claim is what differentiates a policy briefing from a research discourse.
  • Research Discourses. These papers should use evidence obtained through a literature review or original fieldwork to support an argument that explains a puzzle. These puzzles often take the form of “why” or “how” questions: why a particular historical event occurred, or how a confluence of variables (social, cultural, economic, political, environmental, etc.) affects specific parties or events. In a research discourse, authors must engage with current scholarly dialogue on their chosen topic, and expand on this scholarship. These papers can draw on and combine analyses from various fields of study, including economics, political science, anthropology, etc. Though research discourses may contain policy analysis, the purpose of these papers is to provide an explanation for something, and should not make normative policy recommendations.
  • Jackson School Focus. Work in this category must have been written for a Jackson School class, and exemplify the type and quality of work students produce for Jackson School classes. These papers must adhere to the assignment requirements for specific Jackson School classes, such as “Why Question” or Practical Moral Project papers from the SIS 200 series. These papers are generally of a shorter length than the policy briefings and research discourses, and the Journal will typically select only one to publish in each issue.

Submission Requirements

  • Length. The Journal typically looks for pieces that are between 10-20 double-spaced pages in length, not counting endnotes or a bibliography. You are encouraged to submit work that is longer or shorter, but take note that if your piece is selected it will be edited to fit the appropriate length.
  • Format. Work should be double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font, and include a title and bibliography. The Jackson School Journal conforms to the conventions of the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition; citations take the form of endnotes and be formatted according to Chicago Style. Though your citations do not need to be in Chicago Style when you submit, please take note that if your piece is selected you will be expected to revise the citations.
  • Cover letter and abstract. When sending your submission, please include a document indicating your name, academic background and interests, and any notes you find relevant concerning the development of your research. If you are submitting a piece originally written for a class, please indicate the course, professor, and academic year and quarter for which the work was written. A 250-word abstract must accompany all submissions.

How to Submit

Papers must be submitted electronically as a single Microsoft Word document to jsjis@uw.edu. Submissions starting Winter 2015 are accepted on a rolling basis. After each submission deadline, your work will go through a double-blind peer review process, and you should hear back from the Editorial Board within 2-3 weeks. Please direct any questions to jsjis@uw.edu.

Before you submit, make sure you have included the following in a single Word document:

  1. A page with your name, email address, academic background & interests, the title of the paper, a 250-word abstract and any notes concerning its development (i.e., if you wrote it for a class, indicate the course, professor, academic year and quarter). Click here for an example of how the cover page should look.
  2. The paper itself, without your name or any identifying information.
  3. Citations and a bibliography.

Author Expectations

The Jackson School Journal aims to provide a publication process that teaches undergraduates the mechanics of writing, editing, and producing pieces for publication. To that end, authors must approach working with the Journal with a cooperative, respectful, and positive spirit, agree to respond in a timely matter, and be open to constructive feedback from editors and faculty members. More details can be found on the Authors Contract.


Testimonies from authors

“I had a wonderful experience working with the Journal. I found my editor to be accessible, approachable, and generous with her time. Over the many months we worked on the paper, she provided insightful feedback that helped me to re-organize, focus, and refine my paper. Having worked with the Journal as a peer reviewer for a few years, I enjoyed the opportunity of now working with the Journal as an author.”  –Sherrie Hsu, Author Fall 2012

“Over the last year, I have worked with the Journal both as a peer editor and as a contributor. In both capacities, I have had great experiences working with the student staff at the Journal. Editor meetings were organized, professional, and on-point, offering valuable feedback on submissions whether they were accepted for publication or not. As a contributor I have had the pleasure of working one-on-one with one of the Journal’s editors to revise my piece until it was ready for publication. To edit and revise so comprehensively was one of the hardest writing experiences of my undergraduate education, but the Journal’s editors were there every step of the way for help and support in this endeavor. ” –Dena Seabrook, Author Spring 2013