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Instructions to Authors

As of August 2015, submitted manuscripts should follow the Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition. A brief CMS checklist can be found here.

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Mission and Scope
Peer-Review Process
Submission Procedures
Special Issues and Forums
Replication Data
Formatting your submission / Style guide
Open Access
Production Charges


International Studies Perspectives is hosted by Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA, for the 2015-2020 editorial term. Communications regarding ISP should be addressed to ispjournal@miamioh.edu.

The editorial office of International Studies Perspectives is closed the first two weeks of August, the last week of December through the first week of January and during the International Studies Association Annual Convention. Email communications will be limited during these times.

ISP Mission and Scope

Each journal in the ISA group of journals has a particular mission and scope.

ISP publishes four types of articles:

Policy Research and Commentary
These articles address current or recent policy debates – broadly conceived – highlighting the degree to which these debates are or ought to be informed by existing scholarly literature and contemporary research.

Pedagogical Analyses
These articles present and analyze innovative teaching practices in the field of international studies in colleges and universities from around the world.

Visions of the Discipline
These articles offer insights into current trends in international studies in the academic and practitioner communities.

Pieces of Interest to the International Studies Profession
These articles deal with topics such as publishing in international studies, the academic and nonacademic job market and professional development.

The editors of ISP encourage submissions that bridge different academic disciplines, the academic and policymaking worlds, and the teacher-student gap globally conceived. Submissions from traditionally underrepresented regions and perspectives are particularly welcomed.

Manuscripts of original research that lack a primary emphasis on informed policymaking, broadly conceived, or pedagogical analysis are not suitable for ISP and should not be submitted for review.

The journal does not publish announcements or book reviews of any sort.

Articles that do not fit ISP’s mission will be rejected prior to review.

The Peer-Review Process

ISP employs double-blind peer review for most of its editorial decisions. Most manuscripts accepted for review will be examined by two or more active scholars qualified to provide editorial input to ISP, in addition to review by at least one member of the editorial team. The editors are responsible for all final decisions on the publication of manuscripts.

The peer-review process normally takes around two to three months. Please consult the discussion below regarding ISP’s “Mission and Scope” before submitting your manuscript to ISP.

Original Work
International Studies Perspectives requires that submissions constitute original work. The editors will not consider manuscripts either concurrently under review or already published elsewhere.

All manuscripts submitted to ISP are sent to iThenticate for an originality report as part of the initial intake process. Before submitting a manuscript authors, should ensure that it conforms to the highest standards of proper attribution. Articles that do not conform to the expected attribution standards will be rejected prior to review.

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 ispjournal@miamioh.edu.

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.

Crossref Funding Data Registry

In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.


  • All citations should be in-text and use the Chicago Manual of Style Author-Date format (http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html). For example (Pllan 2006, 99-100; Rodriguez 2012
  • 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).

Examples of Citations

  •  (Klein 2006,182, 201)
  •  (Kulka 1977,325; emphasis original; see also Lakos 1980)
  •  Moravcsik (1998, chapter 1)


  • 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


One author
Pollan, Michael. 2006. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin.
(Pollan 2006, 99–100)

Two or more authors
Ward, Geoffrey C., and Ken Burns. 2007. The War: An Intimate History, 1941–1945. New York: Knopf.
(Ward and Burns 2007, 52)

For four or more authors, list all of the authors in the reference list; in the text, list only the first author, followed by et al. (“and others”):
(Barnes et al. 2010)

Journal Articles

Article in a print journal
In the text, list the specific page numbers consulted, if any. In the reference list entry, list the page range for the whole article.

Weinstein, Joshua I. 2009. “The Market in Plato’s Republic.” Classical Philology 104:439–58.
(Weinstein 2009, 440)

Article in an online journal
Include a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) if the journal lists one. A DOI is a permanent ID that, when appended to http://dx.doi.org/ in the address bar of an Internet browser, will lead to the source. If no DOI is available, list a URL. Include an access date only if one is required by your publisher or discipline.

Kossinets, Gueorgi, and Duncan J. Watts. 2009. “Origins of Homophily in an Evolving Social Network.” American Journal of Sociology 115:405–50. Accessed February 28, 2010. doi:10.1086/599247.
(Kossinets and Watts 2009, 411)


  •  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
  • Chapter > chapter
  • Edition > edition
  • Revised edition > Revised editio
  • 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.

Open Access

International Studies Perspectives authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted, the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access.

If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged. Authors publishing in ISP can use the following licences for their articles:

  • Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY)
  • Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC)
  • Creative Commons Non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about Creative Commons licences.
The open access charges are as follows.

• Regular charge: £1700 / $3000 / €2550
• Reduced Rate Developing country charge*: £850 / $1500 / €1275
• Free Developing country charge*: £0 /$0 / €0

*Visit our developing countries page (click here for a list of qualifying countries). You can pay open access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply. Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.

Third-Party Content in Open Access Papers

If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access licence but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:

Title of content

Author, Original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder]

This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons licence of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.

Production Charges

Color Charges: Authors are charged for the print reproduction of color figures. The cost is $600/£350/€525 per figure. Authors should state in their cover letter whether they will bear the cost of reproducing their color figures or whether they prefer to have them published in black and white at no additional cost.

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