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Submission Guidelines

The Georgetown Journal of International Affairs (the Journal) is dedicated to exploring the major puzzles and pressing questions of world affairs through thoughtful, assertive discourse. Featuring authors who draw from a wide spectrum of professional experience, the Journal integrates the diverse factors driving international affairs into a canvas that captures the complexity of the global landscape. Above all, the Journal is forward-looking and aims to reveal new angles and insights.

All unsolicited submissions should be emailed to gjiaed@georgetown.edu with “Article Submission” as the subject line. For solicited pieces, please continue working directly with your designated editors. 

Note: The majority of our authors have obtained a Ph.D. in their fields of expertise. However, we are also interested in publishing those with equivalent personal or professional exposure to an international issue, particularly in a policymaking or other direct, first-hand role. Please feel free to reach out to us at gjiaed@georgetown.edu with any questions regarding author eligibility.


I. Print Edition (Published every Spring)

Spring 2024 Edition: Limits Reimagined: Navigating a Turbulent World


Many worry that current international cooperation will not be able to address pressing transnational challenges, mitigate the impacts of emerging technologies, and uphold human rights around the globe. As we acknowledge and reflect upon the existing limits in today’s world full of uncertainties, we should not feel discouraged to challenge them and push the boundaries. Are there alternatives to the neoliberal consensus in the global economic system? Will international relations cease to be defined by nation-states? How will underrepresented voices challenge the assumptions in the international affairs academic circle? We invite you to navigate the limits and reimagine the boundaries in the turbulent world with this edition of the Journal.

– The 25th print edition’s theme is titled “Limits Reimagined: Navigating a Turbulent World” and will evaluate, reimagine, and push against the existing limits in today’s world.

– Articles should be between 2,500 and 3,000 words in length and should be typed.

– All submissions must be original pieces and must not draw substantially from articles previously published.

– Articles must conform to the rules of the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition.

– All supporting figures, graphs, or tables, if any, must be submitted in original .XLS or .PPT format with accompanying data. Note: .JPEG files will not be accepted.

– Citations must be in the form of endnotes that adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition.

– Authors should provide complete contact information including their names as they would like them published, a brief biography for each author of a submission, addresses with zip codes, telephone numbers, facsimile numbers, and e-mail addresses.

– All unsolicited Print submissions should be sent to gjiaed@georgetown.edu by no later than December 31, 2023. Any submissions sent after this date will not be considered for the 25th Print Edition.


II. Online Edition (Accepted on a Rolling Basis)

– The editorial board directly solicits articles from academics and practitioners, both from Georgetown University and worldwide.

– GJIA Online also accepts a limited number of unsolicited articles on a rolling basis. All submissions must follow these guidelines:

– Articles should be between 1200 and 1600 words in length

– Articles should, if possible, be formatted in Microsoft Word with 12-point font-size

– Authors should provide a concise abstract of 2- 3 sentences to summarize the article’s core argument(s). This abstract will be formatted distinctively at the start of each piece.

– Citations should be hyperlinked within the text of the article (formal citations, including footnotes, are not recommended)

– Submissions should include (a) brief 2-3-sentence author biography

– Due to the high volume of submissions GJIA Online receives, we unfortunately cannot provide feedback on all articles. Only those whose submissions have been accepted for review and potential publication will be contacted. If you do not hear from us within ten days, please assume that your article will not be published.


III. Interviews

– GJIA Online also features short interviews with scholars and practitioners in the Dialogues section. If you are interested in being interviewed, please contact us at gjiaed@georgetown.edu.

– If you are interested in being featured on our Podcast, 37th & The World, please contact us at gjia@georgetown.edu.


IV. Substantive Guidelines

– GJIA looks for analytical, nuanced arguments that expand and improve the international affairs discourse. Articles should not be undocumented opinion pieces or descriptive essays that fail to provide new insights on an issue. 

– Articles should encourage readers to think about a subject in a new light and point readers toward solutions to larger problems.

Articles must be understandable for a general audience. All technical terms must be clearly defined, and assumptions about the reader’s previous knowledge should be kept to a minimum.