Am I eligible to submit a paper to JPIA?

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. For example, if you graduated in 2020 you would be eligible to submit a piece in 2020 for inclusion in the 2021 Journal. (Click here for the APSIA Member Directory)

What is the deadline for submission?

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.

What kind of submissions do you accept?

We welcome contributions tackling policy issues spanning U.S. domestic 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.

Submissions are usually in one of two styles: 1) A concise Policy Article, usually around 1500 words, which is written along the lines of an op-ed, or 2) a longer Policy Paper, usually around 6,000 words, which is written in an academic journal style.

How should I submit?

Contributions must be submitted by filling out the form on this website’s submit page. Please follow these instructions when submitting:

  • Submit your personal information through the form and upload your submission as a Word Doc or PDF. Please do not email your submission.
  • Your file should be named as follows: LastName_SchoolName
  • No identifying information should be included within the paper. Neither your name, the name of any coauthors, or advisors, nor the name of your school, should appear anywhere in the document.
When will I be notified of the results?

Contributions are adjudicated during Reading Weekend, held in February each year. You can expect to hear from us by the end of February about the result of your submission.

Is offer of publication conditional?

Yes. Should you choose to accept your offer, you will be given the opportunity to work with an editorial team dedicated to helping revise and edit your article prior to publication. Offers of publication are conditional on revisions being made to reflect JPIA in-house style, as well as editor feedback. Revisions must be submitted in accordance with the timeline.

If my contribution is rejected, can I receive feedback?

Yes! We recognize the time and energy you put into your submission. If you would like feedback from the review process, please let us know. We will do our best to return comments to you in a timely manner.

How can I learn more about the type of submissions you are interested in?

Please access previous editions of the Journal here. While the balance of subjects and content varies from year to year, we aim to publish articles of the very highest intellectual and stylistic caliber. This year, JPIA is giving special consideration to submissions that analyze issues through a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) framework. Please see the question above, "What kind of submissions do you accept?" for more information.

Can I submit a paper I wrote for a class?

Yes, but please keep in mind that short policy memos, reflection papers, and literature reviews are likely not a good fit for publication in JPIA.

Are there restrictions on publishing a successful article elsewhere?

If your article is chosen for admission to JPIA, we reserve the right to be the sole official platform for publication.