Instructions for Contributors

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. Accpeped abstracts and outline of the current volume NYCSEF 2019A can be available on our wesite on April.

    Guidelines for 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

    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.

    Review Essays

    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.

    Special Issue 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.

    Please contact the editorial office for more information.


    NYCSEF does not evaluate works already published elsewhere or currently under review by another publisher. Our guideline is that a manuscript is clearly not original enough if as much as half of the ideas or evidence has been published elsewhere. If a question of overlap arises, please send a copy of the earlier work at the time of submission and ask the editors for a determination. As a partial exception, a study that is promised to a future edited volume can normally be published by NYCSEF if the volume will appear at least six months after the article’s publication in NYCSEF and the author has arranged for the NYCSEF editor’s agreement at the time of submission.


    NYCSEF will not review a manuscript containing more than 20,000 words, including notes and references. Please provide a word count in your submission. Research notes should be no longer than 2,000 words. Supplemental appendices do not count toward the word limit.

    Manuscript Preparation

    Manuscripts submitted to NYCSEF must conform to the following guidelines:

    1. Omit self-references after the title page that reveal your identity. You can modestly cite your own work without using pronouns that reveal your identity. Do not use references to “Author” when these are likely to reveal your identity.

    2. Double-space the text, allow margins of at least one inch on all sides, and use a font no smaller than twelve points.

    3. Include figures and tables as part of the main manuscript.

    4. Number the pages consecutively.

    5. Submit an abstract, word count, and acknowledgments separately from the manuscript. Do not include any identifying information in the abstract.

    We recommend using short author-date footnotes rather than parenthetical references because any paper accepted for publication will be required to use this style.

    If your manuscript is accepted for publication, we will provide further guidance regarding how to prepare it for copy-editing.

    6. Research papers must have a title page, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusions, and references.

    7. NYCSEF accepts applications on a rolling basis but all the final papers and supporting documentation must be submitted by the due date (5/20 or 10/20 of the year). If it is eventually accepted (Papers are never accepted without at least some minor revision) we will publish your paper in an average of 2 months of receipt of a final accepted version.


    Manuscript Submission

    Please sign up(register) first and sign in(log in) to submit your research paper.


    Submission Due Dates

    Due dates are May 20th for the first volume and October 20th for the second volume of the year (We accept applications on a rolling basis).


    Please contact the editorial board for more information via email