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Tips for Writers
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected scholars all over the world, leading to changes in research timelines and journal publishing. Fear not! Many of the journals on this guide accept undergraduate manuscripts up to a year after graduation.
Academic publishing requires attention to detail. Ask yourself these questions before submitting a paper to an academic journal.
- Does my paper fit within the journal's subject area?
- Is my paper correctly formatted?
- Is it within the journal's word limit or page limit?
- Are my sources properly cited in the journal's required style? (For example, APA stye)
- Have I included all the materials the journal wants me to submit? (For example, a cover letter, title page, or abstract)
- Am I submitting my paper before the publication deadline? (Most journals in this list do not have deadlines, but some do)
- Have I had a professor, colleague, friend, etc. proofread my paper so there are no errors?
Undergraduate Research Journals for International Studies
These journal listings are for information purposes only. UNL librarians cannot tell you what journals to submit your paper to. It is the writer's responsibility to check the journals' websites for the most up-to-date information.
This page was last updated in December 2021.
Afkar: The Undergraduate Journal of Middle East Studies
Description: "An international, peer-reviewed, and student-run academic journal focusing on the study of politics, history, culture, and society in the Middle East and North Africa. The journal offers undergraduate students an interdisciplinary platform to publish their academic work and welcomes manuscripts from a wide range of fields within the humanities and social sciences, including history, political science, anthropology, sociology, literature, art history, religious studies, and geography."
Submission guidelines: Research papers - 4000-8000 words. Short essays - 1500-3000 words. Book reviews - 700-1500 words.
Submission deadline: June 1, 2021
Description: "Seeks to provide students a medium for publishing about the Middle East and Islam and promote a discourse about the diverse opinions, myriad cultures, histories, and perspectives that comprise the Middle East."
Published by: Boston College
Submission guidelines: Academic papers - around 8000 words. Features and essays - around 1500 words.
Description: "The first undergraduate publication in the US devoted exclusively to Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian studies."
Published by: Columbia University
Submission guidelines: Up to 4000 words. Accepts scholarly essays, creative writing, translations (up to 2000 words), art, and photography.
Submission deadline: January 20, 2020
Harf - A Journal of South Asian Studies
Description: "Seeks essays on the anthropology, history, religions, and literatures of South Asia."
Published by: McGill University
Hemispheres: The Tufts University Journal of International Affairs
Description: Hemispheres "addresses a variety of social, economic, political, and legal issues, both contemporary and historical, within the framework of international relations. Selected through a double-blind peer review process, the articles contained in the journal reflect the diverse views of students from across the United States and around the world."
Published by: Tufts University
Submission guidelines: Submissions should be research articles, approximately 5000-8000 words.
Submission deadline: February 1, 2022
Journal of Undergraduate International Studies
Description: "Our peer-reviewed journal seeks to publish the best undergraduate work across the country related to international themes and topics including, but not limited to: international conflict and conflict resolution, human rights, environmental issues, history, comparative politics and economics, development and trade, global security and international health."
Published by: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Submission guidelines: "Our submissions generally range in length from 5 to 20 pages, but we welcome particularly insightful shorter articles."
North Star Reports
Submission guidelines: "The North Star Reports: Global Citizenship and Digital Literacy accepts submissions from undergraduate students world wide, as well as qualified high school and middle school students. We publish brief articles, 1-2 pages double spaced, regarding global and/or historical connections we share — pieces we publish include scholarly travel reports, reviews, and think pieces."
Southern California International Review
Description: "A global undergraduate international studies journal."
Published by: University of Southern California
Submission guidelines: 3000-10,000 words.
Submission deadline: February 14, 2022
UC Berkeley Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal
Description: "Showcases the best undergraduate work in comparative literature across the nation as well as highlight more contemplative writing by students regarding multicultural issues, culture shock, or transnational experiences such as studying abroad."
Published by: University of California, Berkeley
Submission guidelines: 16-60 pages.
Submission deadline:February 21, 2022
Undergraduate Journal of Global Citizenship
Description: "Welcomes undergraduate submissions on diverse topics such as global awareness, interdependence, environmental responsibility, social justice, humanitarianism, and other themes that promote the understanding of global citizenship."
Published by: Fairfield University
Submission guidelines: 5-25 pages.
Submission deadline: November 5, 2021
Wittenberg University East Asian Studies Journal
Description: "Selects academic articles and creative pieces (including paintings, drawings and photography) having to do with East Asia, regardless of whether they are written from a Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or integrative perspective. No limitations are placed on the academic area from which works are written, as writings from all disciplines are welcome."
Published by: Wittenberg University
Description: "A student-run, peer-reviewed international affairs journal at the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College."
Published by: Dartmouth College
Submission guidelines: 12-25 pages.