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Students at UBC: Call for papers UBC Journal of Political Studies & UBC Journal of International Affairs

This year, students of mine are the Editors in Chief of both the UBC Journal of Political Studies AND the UBC Journal of International Affairs. In view of this, I’m hereby writing to promote both calls for papers. Note that deadlines are fast approaching.

UBC Journal of Political Studies

The UBC Journal of Political Studies is one of the premier undergraduate student research journals in the country and is now accepting submissions for its 2012 edition. This is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their work and to be published.

The Journal attempts to publish papers from a wide variety of political science-related fields, and students are encouraged to submit papers from all the sub-fields of political science. Papers not written for course credit will also be accepted, provided they are still relevant to the discipline. All papers must be the author’s original, previously-unpublished work and each author is permitted to submit a maximum of two papers for consideration. All papers should be 1500-3000 words in length.

Students are strongly encouraged to review their papers before submitting them, and to use any feedback they may have received. Students should also contemporize their papers if necessary.

The deadline for submission is December 15th, 2011 at 5pm.
Papers should be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief at

UBC Journal of International Affairs

Founded in 1985, the Journal of International Affairs is a student-led, faculty-reviewed journal at the University of British Columbia that showcases UBC undergraduate essays of the highest caliber. UBC students get a chance to have their work circulated to numerous universities and institutions across Canada and the world, offering an incredible opportunity to have their work published and distributed early in their academic careers.

The JIA is also accepting undergraduate essays from an international network of 21 schools, whose work serves to broaden the journal’s perspectives.

We are looking for research papers or photo essays from a variety of disciplines written on Post-1945 topics related to global political issues.

Some suggested themes include:

Sustainability and climate change

Regime change

Financial turmoil

Civil liberties, humanitarian law.

Access to food and water

Gender issues

Arab spring

Please remember that essays are not restricted to these topics, and that students may submit papers that are related to any number of global concerns that they feel are relevant to the field of International Relations.


Submitted papers must be roughly 1200-3500 words, written in English, be properly cited, have received a grade worth 80% or more, and must not have been previously published.


The deadline for submissions is December 15th, 2011. Students should include their name, University, Faculty/Department, and year standing in their submission.

Possible Questions:

How many submissions do you get? We get on average 80 to 100 that we seriously consider. Last year we published 10.

What is the proccess like? You’ll submit your paper online. It will get reviewed and placed on a short list for publication. From there there will be several rounds of editing partnering you and other students experienced in the field. If the Editorial Board then decides to publish it, it will be reviewed by a faculty sponsor. The JIA is published in Mid-March.

We look forward to your papers! Please send them in Microsoft Word (.doc) format to Iana Messetchkova, JIA Director of Communications at

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  1. kerry says

    is this call for papers for undergrad students only?

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