Write for IPPR - 2012/13

Who can contribute?

The International Public Policy Review is a student run online journal that welcomes submission from all UCL students with the aim of showcasing excellent contributions from within the UCL School of Public Policy as well as the broader University of London. Previously, we have published contributions from undergraduates, postgraduates, PhDs and academics.

What are we looking for

We are looking for submission that covers a range of topics within international public policy including foreign policy, economics, politics, governance, environment, security and human rights. 

If you are unsure as to whether your submission is suitable, please contact us through the 'Contact' section on this website.

We are looking for contribution within three categories: opinion pieces, policy reviews and academic articles. We urge contributors to make sure their piece conforms to these categories, as we take this into account in the selection process.

Opinion Piece

The opinion piece is a short, 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 passionately and try to provide meaningful and useful information that can spark a debate.

  • As an opinion pieces start a discussion, they should be relatively short. Our guideline length is 400-600 words.
  • The opinion piece does not need to be thoroughly researched, but should be based on facts. We recommend that references or links are provied to offline and online resources, respectively, where this is possible.
  • Contributions can be opinionated or polemical, but should be grounded in stated evidence.

Policy Review

Policy reviews should give a short overview of an area where you in precise words outline the debates currently going on in one of the areas mentioned above. 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 ought to do to address the policy problem; as well as the likelihood of action being taken.

  • Should be a medium-length text. Our guideline length is 1,500-3,000 words
  • The review must be thoroughly researched and referenced
  • Should avoid informal and polemical language.


Our long articles showcase academic standards of scholarship. They must be an original submission of policy-based research that treats the subject comprehensively. You are welcome to submit essays you may have written in previous years. However, if you wish to submit an essay which you have yet to be submit for marking, please contact your tutor before submission.

  • Normal article length – from 5,000-10,000 words
  • Must be extensively researched and referenced

Selection Criteria

  • Topics can cover themes including, but not limited to: foreign policy, economics, politics, governance, environment, security and human rights
  • The submission has to have relevance to current international policy issues
  • Submissions showing originality and innovation in research will be particularly valued.
  • Submissions should be original and unpublished.
  • Papers should be submitted as Microsoft Word files (any version) from a UCL email address through the form accessible on the Contact section of our website.


References should be compiled in the University of Chicago Style, amalgamated and signalled serially in the text of the article by superscripts. The references should be typed as footnotes. For books, citations should give the author, the title of the book (italicized), the editor(s) or translator(s) if applicable, city, publisher and date of publication, and the appropriate page number(s) or volume and page number(s) if applicable. For periodicals, citations should include the author’s name, title of the article (in quotations), the title of the periodical (italicized), issue information (volume, issue number, date), and the relevant page number(s). Quotations should be in double quotes. Substantial quotations should be indented and single-spaced without quotation marks. For all other questions of reference and style, refer to The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th edition.