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Information for Authors

Science & Diplomacy provides a forum for rigorous thought, analysis, and insight to serve stakeholders who develop, implement, and teach all aspects of science and diplomacy.  For the purposes of this quarterly publication, “science” is treated in its broadest sense and includes higher education and other technical capacity building as well as research and development.  The quarterly accepts original contributions related to policy-relevant issues surrounding 1) science for diplomacy, where science is employed as a tool for diplomacy (e.g., science as a “soft power” tool); 2) science in diplomacy, where aspects of diplomatic and foreign policy processes and apparatuses rely on scientific and technical capacity and understanding; and 3) diplomacy for science, where diplomacy is employed to support the scientific endeavor (e.g., in large-scale, multi-national scientific projects).  Other aspects of the science and diplomacy nexus are also welcomed.  Science & Diplomacy particularly seeks to highlight lessons learned and policy-relevant recommendations.

Types of Contributions

We accept three types of contributions:

  • Perspectives: Four to seven Perspectives, up to 2500 words each, are published per issue.
  • Articles: Articles are longer contributions, up to 5000 words, and may be research-based pieces or extended essays. 
  • Letters: Responses to Editorials, Perspectives, and Articles should be less than 300 words. Letters are subject to editing for clarity and conciseness.

Preparing the Manuscript

Science & Diplomacy does not utilize a formal style guide, but contributions should be written to be broadly accessible to the foreign policy and scientific communities, from university students to seasoned experts.   As the quarterly is not an academic journal, authors should avoid footnotes and extensive referencing, particularly for Perspectives contributions.  Important facts and references should be incorporated within the main text.  Articles may contain selected endnotes.

Submission Requirements and Conditions of Acceptance

Science & Diplomacy accepts unsolicited contributions and these are considered on a rolling basis.   In all cases, contributions must be original works by the author(s) that have not been published or are not being considered for publication elsewhere.   Potential authors may contact the editorial staff prior to submission of any manuscript to review ideas and to gauge interest and appropriateness.

All contributions are reviewed by the editorial staff as well as member(s) of the quarterly's board of reviewers for interest and fit.

Upon submission, it is understood that the contribution is an original work that will be exclusively published by Science & Diplomacy should it be accepted.  A signed License to Publish will need to be completed prior to publication.

To Submit

All submissions should either be submitted via the on-line form or emailed to editor@sciencediplomacy.org.  If directly emailing, in addition to your manuscript (Microsoft Word format preferred) please include your full contact information and a list of any related works you have previously published on the same subject.  You will receive a confirmation email upon receipt by the editors.  We strive to promptly review any submissions and will make publication decisions within four weeks of receipt.