Science & Diplomacy does not accept unsolicited contributions. Instead, those interested in publishing in the journal should fill out the Airtable form below, outlining their pieces key points in 200 words or less. If the editorial team finds the idea to be a good fit for the publication, a representative of the team will contact you via email with further steps. We encourage potential contributors to look at previously published content stored in our archive to guide the substance and style of their potential publications.
Form to submit publication ideas: https://airtable.com/shrzeNZ6fJ4k7Npae
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Kindly note that all pitches should be submitted via the aforementioned form in order to receive proper follow-up by the editorial team. We strive to promptly review any submissions and will make publication decisions within four weeks of receipt.
Types of Contributions
We accept three types of contributions:
- Perspectives: Short essays no more than 1,500 words that present a provocative argument or unique idea about subjects related to the field of science diplomacy. Pieces will undergo review by the editorial team, an associate editor, and a copy editor before publication.
- Articles: Research-based pieces, with a maximum of 2,500 words, that provide an in-depth look at a topic in science diplomacy. Pieces would include reflections around institutions, systems, and policies beyond personal experiences. Manuscripts will undergo an external peer-review process spearheaded by an associate editor, in addition to reviews by the editorial team and a copy editor.
- In the Field: Personal essays written in first person, no longer than 1,000 words by science diplomacy practitioners who reflect on the lessons learned from their current or recent experiences in a science diplomacy initiative or project they were part of. Pieces will undergo review by the editorial team and a copy editor before publication.
In addition, we also publish:
- Conversations: Edited interviews with science diplomacy practitioners. For instance, since 2021, Science & Diplomacy interviews Ambassadors posted in Washington, DC on their experience with science diplomacy as well as their country’s approach to science, technology and innovation in foreign policy.
- Invited perspectives: Shorter perspectives solicited by the editorial team on timely topics.
- Editorials: Essays written by the editor-in-chief and/or the executive editor presenting their perspective on an issue. Occasionally, editorials serve as an introduction to special issues.
Preparing the Manuscript
Authors are encouraged to read this section after their submission idea has been reviewed by the editorial team. 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. We rely on authors to ensure the veracity of their statements. Contributions should be written to be broadly accessible to the foreign policy and scientific communities, from university students to seasoned experts. As Science & Diplomacy is not an academic journal, authors should avoid extensive referencing, particularly for Perspectives and In the Field contributions. Important facts and references should be incorporated within the main text. Articles may contain selected endnotes. The journal adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style, with some variations. Please note that accepted pieces will be edited for style and clarity.
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.