NYCSEF seeks to publish the best and most innovative scholarly manuscripts and study that does not emphasize phenomenon as a major cause or effect falls outside the journal’s domain.

    Submission Proposals

    NYCSEF invites the submission of innovative proposals for symposia and special issues on international relations defined broadly. A symposium consists of two to five articles on a common subject, published as a set in the same issue. Papers submitted together for consideration as a symposium are all judged by the same referees. Special issues, in contrast, are designed and edited by guest editors and include an introductory or concluding essay written by the editors. The goals of a special issue are to focus attention on promising ideas and important subjects in international relations defined broadly, and to advance the critique and development of economic or political theory in some way.

    Proposals are submitted to the editors and should include the following elements:

    • A preliminary draft of the introductory or concluding essay by the guest editor or editors, from 4,000 to 8,000 words in length. In the essay the editors should present the main argument, ideas, or debate to be developed by the volume. The most convincing essay will emphasize the most promising original contributions of the project as a whole, and its potential to influence theory and other scholarship. The planned volume should be differentiated briefly from the closest rival works already available or in preparation. The essay should also identify each contributor and preliminary paper title, and explain in a paragraph or two how each article is expected to contribute to the issue’s purposes.
    • A list of proposed papers, including paper titles, authors, and abstracts.
    • A curriculum vitae for each editor, and optionally for other contributors.
    • Additionally, NYCSEF features articles that contribute in some way to the improvement of general knowledge or empirical theory defined broadly. Although we may publish a manuscript designed to propose a solution to science, social, and current world problem, we prefer to publish those that also apply theoretical ideas and findings or address general questions debated in the scholarly community

      NYCSEF  publishes high-quality review essays that survey new developments in a particular area of study, synthesize important ideas, and raise key issues for future scholarship. Review essays might be based on books but could also draw on scholarship that has been published in articles. Prospective authors can either submit the entire manuscript for review or they can submit a ten-page, double-spaced proposal detailing the body of research to be covered and the main themes to be explored. Promising proposals will be sent to two referees. On the basis of their reviews, which will be sent anonymously to the author, the editors will write a decision letter. The final manuscript may be sent back to the same referees or reviewed by the editorial team.

    • The editorial team sends submissions, except letters to the editor, to reviewers before making a decision to publish. Approximately 30 percent of manuscripts submitted to NYCSEF are ultimately published by the journal, while approximately 60 percent are judged by the editors as not ready or appropriate for external review. The standards of NYCSEF’s reviewers are high. Before submitting their work, authors are strongly encouraged to seek advice and detailed comments from colleagues.

    Please contact the editorial office for more information.