Submission Guidelines

We welcome submissions from all Boston University undergrads!  All submissions to the IR Review should be sent to irr@buiaa.org for review.


Spring 2017 Submission Deadline: March 12th, 2017

Submissions are now being accepted for our 2017 Spring Semester Issue.


Specific guidelines differ based on your content and purpose. Please read these rules carefully before submitting your work.

Please note that we do not accept historical pieces. 

A successful submission of any type will have the following:

  • Full name (how you want to be published)
  • Class year and school (ex: Boston University’ 2017)
  • Your work attached
  • Subject line should be the following:
    [IRR Spring 17 – Opinion/Essay/News Article, Jane Doe] substituting the appropriate sections.

Research pieces:

Your work shall always be factual and unbiased. Please keep your pieces focused on contemporary issues, historical pieces are not considered for publication. Citations are the backbone of your article and serve to prove your point. Use Chicago (end notes) format to cite your sources, with a full works cited section attached. If reporting news or conducting interviews, use AP format when appropriate.

  • Suggested word count: 900-2,500

Opinion pieces:

Your opinion is yours; it is entirely up to you to make a strong point. You absolutely must cite your claims when they aren’t your own. Facts are the backbone of your argument, and we will absolutely not tolerate unverifiable claims in your work. A good editorial or opinion piece is typically 75% facts, 25% interpretation. Use Chicago (end note) citations when you use them and AP format if in doubt.

  • Suggested word count: 1,000

Letters to the Editor:

Guidelines are the same as opinion pieces, but you should be much more concise. No rants without facts, please.

  • Maximum word count: 500

 

Briefing pieces:

Your work should be a summary or explanation of a contemporary event or issue taking place in the world. Think of it as a news article. Use Chicago (end notes) format to cite your sources, with a full works cited section attached. If reporting news or conducting interviews, use AP format when appropriate.

  • Suggested word count: 600-900

Photographs:

We are always looking for new and interesting photos from all sources! Whether it is from your time studying abroad, a model UN conference you attended, or an interesting flag you found downtown, we are searching for the best in all photos that just seem to say “international affairs.” Use past issues to get a feel for what we like.

Please send in a full-size photo with a complete caption, including the location and subject of the picture, to the submissions email address at any time.


If you have any questions, feel free to email the Editor-in-Chief directly at irr@buiaa.org with any concerns. Thanks for reading, and good luck!