Submissions to the Journal of Public and International Affairs

The Journal of Public and International Affairs is now in its 32nd year. It is an academic journal publishing exceptional policy papers and articles of APSIA school graduate students in U.S. policy, international relations, development studies, and economic policy.

This year, JPIA is giving special consideration to submissions that analyze issues through a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) framework. Authors may choose to center social inequalities, race and representation, sexual orientation and gender identity, or another DEI-related lens in their analysis of contemporary issues. Examples may include, but are not limited to, the racial wealth gap, gender inequality in education, human rights violations against ethnic minorities, or lack of access to financial services in underdeveloped areas.

JPIA seeks pieces that are not only outstanding in their research quality, but also include specific policy recommendations. Submissions from students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in policy scholarship are particularly encouraged to apply.

How to Submit

Submissions for the 32nd edition of JPIA are now closed. Please visit this page in October 2021 for information on submitting to the 33rd edition.

Please see below and our FAQ for additional information.


You must be currently enrolled as a student at an APSIA member school or have graduated from an APSIA member school during the current calendar year. (APSIA Member Directory)

Contributions must be submitted using this form. Please submit your personal particulars through the form and upload your submission as a Word Doc or PDF. Your file should be named as follows: LastName_FirstName_SchoolName. No identifying information should be included within the body of the paper. For example, names of the author, coauthors, advisors, or your school should not appear anywhere in the document.

All published papers will be required to use Chicago Manual of Style citations. For any queries, please write to

Selection Process

The selection process for the Journal of Public and International Affairs (JPIA) is run by an editorial team composed of students from APSIA schools. The editorial leadership team is comprised of Princeton University students who are selected through an application process. The rest of the editorial team is composed of students from both U.S. and international APSIA schools. In 2020, the editorial team had representatives from 11 schools. These members are often the editorial leadership of journals published at their respective universities.  

JPIA runs a rigorous, double-blind selection process. All submissions are read multiple times by multiple members of the editorial team, even if that submission is not selected for the Journal. 

The submissions are read by the editorial team at JPIA's annual Reading Weekend, which is held for three days in February at Princeton University. All members of the JPIA editorial team participate in Reading Weekend. Authors of accepted submissions are notified shortly after Reading Weekend concludes.

If you have any additional questions about submitting to the Journal, contact us.