The SAIS Review is a journal of international affairs published in print twice annually and digitally on a rolling basis by the Johns Hopkins University Press for the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

The editors welcome articles, book and documentary reviews, photo essays, and interviews with foreign policy experts and professionals. The SAIS Review makes no effort to exact an editorial consensus. All inquiries should be directed to:

The Editors
The SAIS Review
of International Affairs
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-2213

Web Article Submissions

The online edition of the SAIS Review accepts submissions on a rolling basis. We encourage fresh, research-backed perspectives on current foreign policy issues. We are looking to publish pieces that offer new insights, highlight emerging trends, examine underexplored topics, and will enrich our readers’ understanding of international affairs. The SAIS Review welcomes submissions from writers across all levels of academic and professional foreign policy experience.

To submit to the online edition, send your article as an attachment to with the subject line “Web Article Submission” along with a short two-sentence author bio.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Web publications are usually between 1,000-3,000 words, though we do not have strict upper or lower word limits.
  • Our online edition uses in-text hyperlink citations with a Works Cited list at the end of the article in order of appearance in Chicago Style.
  • In terms of tone and style, our publication aims to dive deep into policy questions while being accessible for the average reader familiar with foreign affairs.
  • We accept pieces dealing with historical events, but they should be relevant to a current issue, pertain to an ongoing historical debate, offer a novel perspective on an historical issue based on research, or make use of newly uncovered or rarely used primary sources.
  • If your article was originally a school paper, we ask that you reformat your work to fit our guidelines before submission.

Fall 2022 Print Edition Call for Submissions

Fall 2022 Issue Theme:

Recoding Reality: The Emergence of Digital Authoritarianism

Update: First drafts for our Fall 2022 Edition are due October 7.

Print Edition Submission Guidelines

The SAIS Review welcomes print edition submissions that relate to the theme specified on the current Call for Submissions linked above. Manuscript length should range from twenty to twenty-five pages (5,000 to 7,000 words), including introduction, text, conclusion, tables, figure captions/legends, and footnotes. Please include subheadings to highlight substantive divisions within the article. The SAIS Review will rely on the author to verify facts within the text. On a separate sheet please include an author identification as you would like it to appear at the foot of the title page. Please supply an abstract of 100 or fewer words with your paper. Please format the manuscript as follows:

  • Submit as a double-spaced Microsoft Word document.
  • Use 1-inch margins.
  • Place all citations in endnotes.
  • Number all pages, including endnotes.
  • Figures, including photos, illustrations, charts, and graphs may be submitted, separately, as .tiffs or high-quality .jpgs of at least 300 dpi. Make note of the positions of all figures in the manuscript.

For citations, please follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, and Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary (Unabridged). The editorial process focuses on organization, flow, clarity, and consistency but also reviews grammar, punctuation, spelling, and style. All publications use American Spelling, except where other spellings appear in proper nouns, quotations, and the like. The SAIS Review aims to strike a balance between varying levels of knowledge among the journal’s readership.

After your article has been edited, you will receive a printout for approval and any necessary clarifications or updates. If you would like reprints of your article, please contact The SAIS Review before the date of publication.