Write for IPPR

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

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 the categories listed below, as we take this into account in the selection process. Abstracts are accepted on a rolling basis, and provide an excellent opportunity to confirm that your suggested article fits within the theme. Please note that acceptance of an abstract topic does guarantee your article will be accepted to the journal.

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 more information or to submit an article or abstract, please contact our Journal Editor Alejandro (alejandro.sosa.17@ucl.ac.uk).

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

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. 

Blog Submissions

The IPPR Blog provides students with an opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics they are interested in, but in a more informal structure than a journal article. We welcome contributions from all UCL students, on any Public Policy related topics. 

A list of suggested article types and lengths are listed below. If you are interested in writing something you feel does not fit, feel free to reach out to discuss. 

A selection of the best blog posts will be considered for publication in the journal.

For more information, or to submit an article to the blog, please contact our Blog Editory, Dan (dan.hadary.17@ucl.ac.uk)

Short Articles

Original pieces 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

We want your thoughts! A more informal commentary on an issue of the authors choice. Give a short outline of the issue, but the most importantly write your thoughts and spark a debate.

Words: 500 - 800  

Event Summaries and Policy Updates

We would love to hear about any external events that you have attended. 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.  

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

Words: 200 – 500. 


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!