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Ready to Submit Your Article to The International Spectator?

To submit your manuscript, find the submission portal here.

For Special Core and Special Issue proposals, use this form to submit your proposal to the editorial office by email:


About the journal

Founded and edited by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), one of Italy's leading foreign affairs institutes, The International Spectator is a peer-reviewed international affairs journal.

In its four annual issues, The International Spectator aims to provide academics, practitioners, opinion- and decision-makers, and interested laymen with thought-provoking, analytically sound, theoretically informed and policy-oriented research articles, essays and book reviews on topics covering the entire spectrum of international affairs. The two kinds of articles published – essays on topics of major current interest, and the more analytical research articles – undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial in-house screening and anonymous refereeing by at least two reviewers.

Article submissions

The International Spectator considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that they have been submitted only to The International Spectator, that they have not been published already, nor are they under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere. Authors who fail to adhere to this condition will be charged with all costs which The International Spectator incurs and their papers will not be published.

Contributions to The International Spectator must report original research and will be subjected to review by referees at the discretion of the Editorial Office.

The International Spectator welcomes solicited and unsolicited submissions of research articles, essays and book reviews on topics covering the entire spectrum of international affairs, in – and from – all the world's regions.

Special Core and Special Issue proposals

The International Spectator welcomes the unsolicited submission of proposals for Special Cores (4-6 articles) and Special Issues (8-12 articles) on International Relations defined broadly. All Special Core and Special Issue proposals must address the relevant topic from a well-defined perspective. They must include a coherent set of articles that contribute to moving the understanding of the topic forward, in both a research and policy perspective. The contributions must be authored by scholars from a number of different countries and institutions; multiple articles by the same author(s) or co-author(s) are not accepted.

More specifically, each proposal for a Special Core or Special Issue should include:

  • A title clearly stating the subject matter and the chosen approach

  • The name, affiliation and short bio (100 words) of the proponents

  • Rationale (500 words, outlining the scope and significance of the proposed topic and approach)

  • A list of contributions (from 4 to 6 for Special Cores; from 8 to 12 for Special Issues) including, for each article, a short abstract (100 words) and the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s)

  • The proposed timeline for the submission of the full set of papers to the journal editors

  • Any further relevant information (multimedia, guest editorial, promotional opportunities, e.g. relevant conferences)

All Special Core and Special Issue proposals will be preliminarily screened by the editors and the editorial board of the journal based on their quality, originality and completeness. Proponents of successful proposals will be responsible for putting together and submitting to the journal editors all the articles within the agreed timeline. Please note that the acceptance of a Special Core or Special Issue does not entail acceptance of all individual contributions. Each article will go through a peer review process as do all individual submissions.

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