Write for IPPR

This year's Journal theme is Truth and Principles. For more information about submitting to the Journal, please see our Journal Submissions Guidance

Who Can Contribute?

The International Public Policy Review welcomes submission from all UCL School of Public Policy students with the aim of showcasing excellent contributions. We welcome contributions from undergraduates, postgraduates, PhDs and academics.

Journal Submissions

We are looking for submissions that fall under this year’s theme of ‘Truth and Principles’. Submissions can cover a wide range of topics within international public policy including foreign policy, economics, politics, governance, environment, security and human rights. We urge contributors to make sure their piece conforms to these categories, as we take this into account in the selection process. Please feel free to contact us if you wish to discuss your ideas before you start writing and we will let you know if it falls under the theme.

For detailed information on submissions, see our Journal Submission Document (PDF).

Blog Submissions

We welcome contributions from all UCL students, on any Public Policy related topics. For more information on what kind of contributions we are looking for, see our Information Page. A selection of the best blog posts will be considered for publication in the journal.

Longform Articles

Longform articles are intended to showcase students’ scholarship. They must be original pieces of policy research. You are welcome to submit essays you may have written in previous years. If you wish to submit an essay which you have not produced as part of your course you may do so, but we recommend passing it by a teacher beforehand. 

These should be between 2500-5000 words and appropriately referenced. 

Opinion Pieces

An opinion piece is a short, more informal commentary on a topic of your choice. You should give a short outline of the issue, but the most important thing is that it is a persuasive, well researched and insightful piece, preferably providing a fresh and original perspective to an existing debate. 

These should be 1000-2000 words. 

Policy Reviews

Policy reviews should give a short overview that outlines the debates in a policy area. You should identify the relevant actors, outline the big questions within the debate(s) and provide a short guide to what the international community, state actors and non-state actors could to do to address the problem, as well as the likelihood of action being taken. 

These should be 1500-3000 words. 


We are also looking for high quality photos to include the journal. We welcome any photo essays you think may be relevant to the theme. Winning submissions will be included in the journal and cover. 

Additional Information

Word limits are not 100% strict, so if you have something close enough send it in, but do try to stick to them where possible! If you have a piece that is much longer but you think is great, get in touch with us anyway and we’ll consider it.  

Deadline for submissions is the 30 March 2018, but we will be looking at submissions on a rolling basis throughout next term, so please do get them in as soon as possible before that deadline!

Blog Articles

Short Articles 

original academic pieces of policy based research on anything that piques the author’s interest. We encourage submissions that cover a range of topics within international public policy including, but not limited to: foreign policy, economics, politics, governance, environment, security and human rights. 

Words: 750 - 1500. 

Opinion Pieces 

a more informal commentary on any issue of your choice. You should give a short outline of the issue, but the most important thing is that you write persuasively and in a way that can spark debate. 

Words: 500 - 800 

Event Summaries 

we would love to hear about any external events that you have attended. For all summary pieces, try and include a short paragraph at the end on your overall thoughts and impressions of the ideas discussed in the talk. 

Words: 500 – 800. 

International Policy Updates

anything interesting policy wise going on in your home country? We’d like to hear about it.

Words: 200 – 500.