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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 Political Science
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
Chicago Journal of Foreign Policy
Description: "Aims to provide a forum for problem-solving and analysis around international affairs."
Published by: University of Chicago
Submission guidelines: "Content pertaining to the period from 1945 to the present is preferred." Journal articles - up to 15 pages. Blog posts - 750-2500 words.
Columbia Undergraduate Law Review
Description: "The goal of CULR is to provide Columbia University and the public with opportunities for the discussion of law-related ideas and the publication of undergraduate legal scholarship."
Published by: Columbia University
Submission guidelines: Around 20-25 pages.
Submission deadline: February 8, 2022
Compass: An Undergraduate Journal of American Political Ideas
Description: "Provides a space for the work of talented undergraduates who have original and well-articulated insights on important ideas and issues relating to American democracy."
Published by: Jack Miller Center
Submission guidelines: 1500-2000 words.
Description: "A peer-reviewed journal that publishes scholarship by students of political science."
Published by: Illinois State University
Submission guidelines: Up to 10,000 words.
Harf - A Journal of South Asian Studies
Description: "Seeks essays on the anthropology, history, religions, and literatures of South Asia."
Published by: McGill University
Journal of Politics & Society
Description: "Provides a forum for undergraduate discourse on issues concerning law and public policy."
Published by: Columbia University
Submission guidelines: 20-50 pages.
N.Y.U. American Public Policy Review
Description: "A biannual publication of scholarly articles from undergraduate and graduate students that propose bold, original ideas for change within local, state, or federal government in the United States."
Published by: New York University
Submission guidelines: "All articles must propose novel U.S. policy ideas that are not yet part of the political mainstream or that warrant additional scholarship."
Penn Undergraduate Law Journal
Description: "Seeks to foster scholarly discourse on topical and historical issues pertaining to law or the legal system."
Published by: University of Pennsylvania
Submission guidelines: "Pieces may written be from any disciplinary perspective, so long as it relates to the law or legal system." 20-100 pages.
Submission deadline: February 6, 2022
The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Review
Description: "Welcomes submissions from current or recent undergraduate students in philosophy, politics, economics and related fields worldwide."
Published by: Virginia Tech
Submission guidelines: 5000-8000 words.
Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics
Description: "We strive to publish manuscripts of the highest quality in all areas of political science."
Published by: Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society
Submission guidelines: Up to 35 pages.
Submission deadline: 2 issues per year - deadlines are October 1 and February 1.