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Submission Guidelines

Foreign Policy Journal welcomes unsolicited article submissions. If you have an article you think would be well suited for publication at FPJ, please use the form below to submit your proposal to the editor, Jeremy R. Hammond. If you would like to send an article, please attach as a Word file and send it to: editor [at] foreignpolicyjournal.com.

The submission guidelines are just that — guidelines. Submissions that adhere to the guidelines, however, will likely be given more consideration and have a greater chance of getting published. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines may not be considered.

Content

FPJ seeks news and fact-based analysis and opinion outside the confines of partisan politics and the framework offered by the mainstream media. A good rant is okay once in a while, and may be considered, but fully fleshed out views or arguments that are well supported will have a much better chance of being featured.

Please fact check your work carefully. Particularly if your article is about something controversial, it’s best to provide sources to support your assertions. FPJ’s editorial policy can be summed up as follows: Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.

By all means, please include images with your work. Just be sure that either you are the copyright owner, you have permission from the copyright owner (click here to learn about Creative Commons licenses), or the image is in the public domain. Please include any necessary attribution (photo credit) and description (caption) and send image files as separate attachments in your email (don’t embed them in your article in Word; if you want them placed in a specific spot, just indicate where like this: [Image 1]).

Please notify the editor if your work has been published previously and, if so, whether you would require attribution to the original publication.

If you are submitting an exclusive to FPJ, please be sure to mention that this is the case so that can be taken into consideration.

Articles inciting violence, encouraging or defending violations of international law, which are prejudicial towards individuals’ rights, etc., will be rejected. So if you’ve written an article, for example, about how the U.S. or Israel should bomb Iran, while the  New York Times or Washington Post might be happy to consider it, please don’t bother submitting it to FPJ.

Bio and Description

Please include a short bio with your submission to let readers know a little bit about you; just something brief to let people know who you are.

If you would like links to your website or social media (e.g., Facebook page, Twitter profile) to be featured with your bio, send them along.

If you want your profile picture to appear, you may send one along attached to your email (or, better yet, just manage a universal avatar via Gravatar.com).

Regular contributors may also be added to the Featured Writers page. If you contribute regularly and would like to be included, don’t hesitate to send an e-mail to the editor with the request. (Note: FPJ does not publish articles by anonymous or pseudonymous writers or press releases.)

Also please include a brief article description. By “brief”, think along the lines of something you might post to Twitter. Describe what the article is about in just a sentence or two (at the most).

When writing your titles and descriptions, try to take SEO (search engine optimization) into consideration. By what keyword/phrase search do you want your article to be found (e.g., “Iran sanctions”)? Be sure to include it in both the headline (e.g., “U.S. Imposes More Iran Sanctions“) and description (e.g., “The U.S. Congress has imposed additional sanctions on Iran to collectively punish the  population for the disobedience of its government to Washington, D.C.”).

Format

Please submit your article attached to your email in Word format (.doc or .docx).

If you provide sources for information in your article (which is highly encouraged), you may use embedded links (like this) or use the automatic footnotes/endnotes feature in Word (Please use Chicago manual of style formatting for footnotes). Embedded links are recommended for news and opinion pieces and endnotes for more scholarly articles (i.e., those published under the “Special Reports” category). When hyperlinking text in Word, please set the default “Target frame” to “New window” (so when readers click the link, it will open in a new tab or window and not take them away from the article). Be prepared to provide sources if requested by the editor.

Single-space and do not indent. Do not hit “Enter” twice to create space between paragraphs; use Word’s paragraph spacing instead (it’s not a typewriter, and all those extra spaces would have to be deleted manually by the editor before publishing, which is something he doesn’t have time for). Please use the “em dash” (—), not the dash (-), as appropriate (be sure Word’s feature to automatically convert “–” into “—” is turned on. Do not use any fancy formatting (use “Normal” style for text and “Heading 3″ style for section headings to match FPJ’s formatting). Use American English spellings (as opposed to British English; e.g, use “neighbor” not “neighbour”).

Submitted articles should be in final draft form. Please take care to proofread your own work before submitting it. Articles are carefully reviewed before publication, but submissions that at a glance would clearly require extensive proofing and revision will be rejected. If English is not your first language, you may wish to have someone proofread and edit your work before submitting it.

Many (if not most) alternative news sites, if they accept your work, will copy and paste it for publication (oftentimes, typos and all). FPJ is different. Articles you read at FPJ have gone through an oftentimes extensive editorial review process. If you are not willing to work with an editor to address any concerns or willing to accept suggestions on how to revise and improve your article, do not submit to FPJ.

Another thing that sets FPJ apart is its publication of academic articles (under the “Special Reports” category), including papers of considerable length. If you submit a paper to FPJ, expect it to undergo more rigorous review by the editor and be prepared to work with him to address any concerns or take his comments into consideration.

If the editor decides that your article requires any kind of significant revision before publication, you will be notified and given the opportunity to revise your draft and/or approve of any proposed changes. Any proposed revisions are intended only to improve the accuracy and quality of each article. Minor editorial revisions that don’t go to substance may be made without notification, and your title may also be revised (if you don’t want your title to be revised, please make sure that any reader scanning the headline will know what your article is about).

Copyright

Authors generally retain copyright ownership of their work. The act of submitting an article constitutes the granting of permission for FPJ to publish that work. If either the article is submitted as an exclusive or the published version of an article is the product of significant collaboration with the editor (e.g., an academic paper published under “Special Reports”), it is considered that you are granting to FPJ exclusive publishing rights.

Articles published at FPJ may not be republished without express permission  from FPJ and/or the copyright owner. If you would like to republish an article from FPJ, please contact the editor.

Benefits of Publishing with FPJ

FPJ is not presently able to offer compensation for published work. However, FPJ can offer the following benefits if your work is accepted for publication:

  • Your article will be indexed at Google News.
  • You can market yourself. Build your audience. Gain credibility. Make your voice heard. Your bio will be included with each article, which may include your social networking profiles (i.e., Facebook, Twitter) and a link to your blog/website. Frequent contributors will have the opportunity to be included on the “Contributing Writers” page and have their own category accessible from the main navigation menu.
  • You can sell your books, if you’ve authored any. Just send the editor a link to your book at Amazon.com and he’ll be happy to include a cover image and link in your article content. If you are a regular contributor, your book may also be included in the FPJ store and advertised elsewhere on the site.

Thank you for considering Foreign Policy Journal as an outlet for your writing!

Disclaimer

FPJ seeks to publish a diverse range of perspectives on any given issue. The views and opinions expressed in articles published at FPJ are the respective author’s own. Authors/copyright owners are fully responsible for their own work.  While the editor makes a good faith effort to ensure the accuracy of information contained in published articles, it assumes no responsibility or legal liability, express or implied, for the content of any work of the author/copyright owner.

It should be needless to say (but unfortunately isn’t) that Foreign Policy Journal is not the Washington Post Co.-owned Foreign Policy magazine. Similarly, FPJ is not a peer-reviewed academic journalIf you submit an article to FPJ thinking it is FP magazine or some other journal and it is accepted and published, do not ask that it be unpublished so you can resubmit it elsewhere. The editor may consider such a request if you are willing to compensate him for his time, but do try to avoid such circumstances by familiarizing yourself with the publications you submit your work to, and take responsibility for your own mistakes, folks. (Yes, regretfully, this has happened enough times that it has become necessary to actually make a note of it here.)