International Studies Perspectives

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Edited By: Laura Neack

Impact Factor: 0.652

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 47/85 (International Relations)

Online ISSN: 1528-3585

Author Guidelines

Submission Procedures

Submit manuscripts to ISP via ScholarOne. If authors do not already have an ISP account at ScholarOne, they will be prompted to establish one before proceeding.

When submitting a manuscript, scholars are asked to upload an anonymized version, a full non-anonymous version, a cover page, and any supplementary materials.

Remember that all manuscripts submitted to ISP will be sent to iThenticate for originality reports.

Special Issues and Forums

Although ISP has published special issues in the past, the editors of ISP are not considering special issues at this time. The peer-review process makes it difficult for special issues to survive intact.

ISP does accept forums for consideration for publication. A forum should involve debate and discussion by multiple authors on a specified subject/topic. A forum should be no more than 20,000 words total, include an introduction, feature comments presented by a range of individual contributors, and have a common reference sheet at the end.

Anyone interested in submitting a forum should have the topic and contributors assembled in advance of inquiring about ISP’s interest. Before submitting a forum, please discuss the idea with the editors at

Replication Data

The International Studies Association and ISP are committed to the transparency of scholarship. Although most papers submitted to and published in ISP do not make use of datasets and quantitative analysis, when such a manuscript is accepted for publication the acceptance is conditioned upon the posting of the data on a stable and persistent online archive. ISP does not maintain a data archive and discourages authors from using their own websites for this archiving. Instead, authors are encouraged to use the online archive Dataverse. The replication data must include all data used to produce statistical tables, figures, and robustness checks reported, as well as an explanatory file describing what is included and how to reproduce the published results.

Formatting Your Submission / Style Guide

Initial submissions should abide by a number of requirements in order to facilitate the peer-review process. Please ensure that a manuscript meets the following guidelines prior to submission:
 The entire document, including footnotes but excluding figures and tables, must be either one-and-a-half- (preferred) or double-spaced.
 Quotations must correspond exactly with the original in wording, spelling, and punctuation. Short quotations within the text must be noted by quotation marks; longer quotations or extracts must be indented from the left margin and require no quotation marks. Changes and additions to quotations must be identified by bracketing; ellipses (...) should be used to identify omissions. Emphasis added should also be indicated.
 All notes must be footnotes, not endnotes. Footnotes must be limited in number and scope.
 Figures and tables should be placed in-line and as close as possible to the first reference made in the text.
 Indicate clearly to reviewers when they should consult "supplementary files" uploaded to ScholarOne. Do not refer to these files as "online appendixes."
 Ensure that your supplementary files lack identifying properties.

 All citations should be in-text and use this style: (Miller 2011:45-47).
 Even when attached to paraphrased material, citations should usually include references to specific pages or locations in a text.
 Authors should limit the number of citations to their own work. Instead of omitting self-citations or using placeholders such as “author,” authors must write citations to their own work in the third person. This means that authors must place direct quotations to their own work in quotation marks.
 Reference citations appearing within parentheses should be arranged chronologically EXCEPT when citing a source for a specific quote, piece of information, term, etc. For example: (Basch, Glick-Schiller, and Blanc 1994; Chan 2002).
 More than one paper from the same author(s) should be differentiated by the letters “a,” “b,” etc.
 For sources with more than three authors, cite to the first author followed by “et al.”
 Ibid can be used only in footnotes, but not for in-text citations or the reference list.
 Do not use op cit anywhere.
 For an author-less news article, use a short version of the title for the in-text citation, for example: (Why Vote at All? 1980:14).

More Examples of Citations
 (Klein 2006:182, 201)
 (Kulka 1977:325; emphasis original; see also Lakos 1980)
 Moravcsik (1998: chapter 1)

 Manuscripts must have a references section at the end.
 Unpublished data is not listed in the reference list; cite within the text, e.g., Smith and Jones, unpub. data or per. comm. (personal communication).
 Year is listed within parentheses after author(s).
 Page range is in full, i.e. 193–198 not 193–8.
 For journal articles, list both volume and issue numbers, for example: International Studies Perspectives 7 (1). Include a space between the volume and issue numbers in the journal reference.
 Do not include page numbers for articles in edited books; stet for journal articles.
 Seasons should be capitalized.
 Do not use et al. in the references, only use in citations.
 Do not use op cit or ibid.
 Leave publisher names as they are unless they are inconsistent. Include state abbreviations only when there could be confusion or the city or publisher is not well known. (In the cases of Lynne Rienner and Westview in Boulder, do not use CO.) Also, Lynne Rienner is sufficient on its own; no need to add “Publishers.”
 Use Cambridge, MA: MIT Press; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
 If the name of the state is given in the publisher’s name (for example, University of Michigan Press), do not add the state to the location
 Do not include “the” in the name of a newspaper. For example: New York Times and Washington Post.
 All periodicals, if given separately as a reference list, should be merged with the reference list in alphabetical order.

Examples of References


ENLOE, CYNTHIA. (1990) Bananas, Beaches, and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Relations. Berkeley: University of California Press.

VON MISES, LUDWIG. (1983) Nation, State, and Economy: Contributions to Politics and History of Our Time. Translated by Leland B. Yeager. New York: New York University Press.

STRUNK, WILLIAM, JR., AND E. B. WHITE. (1979) The Elements of Style. 3rd ed. New York: Macmillan.

WASSERMAN, STANLEY AND KATHERINE FAUST. (1994) Social Network Analysis: Methods and Applications. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Kindle edition.

Journal Articles

BOYER, MARK A., PETER TRUMBORE, AND DAVID O. FRICHE. (2006) Teaching Theories of International Political Economy from the Pit: A Simple In-Class Simulation. International Studies Perspectives 7 (1): 67–76.

Edited Books and Articles in Edited Books

HOLSTI, OLE R. (2000) Reflections on Teaching and Active Learning. In The New International Studies Classroom, edited by Jeffrey S. Lantis, Lynn M. Kuzma and John Boehrer. Boulder: Lynne Rienner.

ROCHON, THOMAN, AND DAVID MEYER, EDS. (1997) Coalitions in Japan’s Foreign Policy: The Lessons of the Nuclear Freeze. Boulder: Lynne Rienner.

SEN, AMARTYA. (2006) The Human Development Index. In The Elgar Companion to Development Studies, edited by David A. Clark. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.


FROMKIN, MORRIS. (1968) The Limits of Recognition. Singer Series on Law and International Society. New Haven, CT: Sanger.

Newspaper and Magazine Articles

MENDICK, ROBERT, AND ANDREW GILLIGAN. (2012) British Still Giving Hundreds of Millions of Pounds in Aid to Wealthy Countries. Telegraph, September 22. Available at (Accessed November 3, 2014).

SABARATNAM, SARAH. (2002) So Free, and So Unjust. New Straits Times (Kuala Lumpur), August 27: 11.

WHY VOTE AT ALL? (1980) Time, June 20: 14.

WICKER, TOM. (1975) Energy Plan in Sight. New York Times, March 4.

English Translations

FREUD, SIGMUND. (1961) The Ego and the Id. In The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, John Strachey, ed. and trans. Vol. 19, London: Hogarth Press. (Original work published in 1923.)

Sources in Foreign Languages

References to sources in foreign languages should list the translated titles of books and long articles (in brackets, not underlined); do not translate the names of well-known periodicals. Romanized or foreign language words after the first work (except for proper names and for nouns in German) ordinarily begin with small letters.

Papers from Proceedings

MARUYAMA, MASAO. (1990) Economics Crisis in Japan’s Foreign Policy: The 1973 Oil Crisis. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Washington, DC, April 10–14.

Government and International Organization Documents and Treaties

COUNCIL OF EUROPE. (1990) European Convention on Transfronfier Television. European Treaty Series Ko. 132. Strasbourg: Council of Europe.

PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA. (2014) Statement by Madame Dong Zhihua, Counsellor, Department of Arms Control and Disarmament, MFA China. Third Review Conference of the Antipersonnel Mine Ban Convention (Maputo Summit for a Mine-Free World). Maputo, Mozambique, June 26. Available at: (Accessed October 17, 2014.)

PERMANENT MISSION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO THE UNITED NATIONS AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN GENEVA. (2012) Annual Report in Accordance with Article 13, Paragraph 4 of Amended Protocol II to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. Geneva. Available at:$file/United_States_APII_NAR_30_March_2012.pdf. (Accessed October 17, 2014).

UNITED KINGDOM. (1879) Hansard Parliamentary Debates. 3rd ser., vol. 249.

UNITED STATES CONGRESS, SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS. (1984) Report on Covert Aid to Central America. 98th Cong., 2nd sess., April. Washington: Government Printing Office.

Other Electronic Sources

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY. (2000) Afghanistan/Government. World Factbook. Available at (Accessed June 1, 2014.)

TALBOT, STROBE. (1999) The New Europe and the New NATO. Available at (Accessed February 15, 2005).

 Use double quotation marks for all quoted material. Use single quotation marks within double quotation marks for quotes within quotes.
 End punctuation and commas come before the closing quotation marks.
 Use policymaker and policymaking (one word, no hyphen)
 Use decision maker or decision making (two words, no hyphen); decision-making rules
 Do not italicize or capitalize “the” in the name of a newspaper when such appears in the text. For example: the New York Times, and the Washington Post. NOT The New York Times. Chapter  chapter
 Edition  edition
 Revised edition  Revised edition
 Second edition 2nd edition
 Editor(s)  Ed. (Eds.)
 Translator(s)  Trans.
 No date  n.d.
 Volume  Vol.
 Volumes  vols.
 Number  No.
 Part  Pt.
 Technical report  Tech. Rep.
 Supplement  Suppl.


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