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Author Guidelines 

Article Types                     Explanation Review                   Process                         Word-limit

Research Article

Research Note


Original reports of studies conducted on any topic related to public diplomacy. Research articles may be conceptual, theory-building, or empirical. They may also discuss methodological or pedagogical aspects of public diplomacy.

Double-blind peer review

6000-9000 words including references

Short overviews of the findings of ongoing research projects.

Reviewed by editors

2000-3000 words

Forums are like special issues, but they don't require the empirical depth expected in research articles. A forum is a collection of discussion pieces on timely topics related to public diplomacy.

5-8 articles of 2000-3000 words

Reviewed by editors

Practitioner Essay

Practitioner or policymaker's essays on the practice of public diplomacy.

Reviewed by editors

2000-4000 words

Book Review and Review Essay

Reviews of recently published books. Book reviews could appraise an individual book or evaluate several books in one essay

700-1000 words (single book) 2000-3000 words (review essay spanning several books)

Reviewed by editors

Peer Review Process
All manuscripts submitted to JPD must be original and hitherto unpublished works that are not under review for publication in another outlet. All research and policy articles undergo a double-blind peer review. An initial decision relating to such submitted manuscripts is expected to take less than one month. Other article types are reviewed solely by the editors.

Submission Procedures
All manuscripts must be submitted via e-mail to
Research and policy article submissions:

Please submit the following in Word file

1. manuscript with author detail

2. manuscript with author's name removed

3. author bio

1. (use file name manuscript_author)

2. (use file name manuscript_anon)

3 (file name "bio")

Other article types do not require anonymized submissions.
A cover letter is not mandatory, but authors can attach cover letters to their submissions.

Authors must confirm the manuscript has not been previously published nor should it be under consideration for publication in any other outlet.

Special Issues and Forums
Special issues denote collections of research articles on specified subjects and are edited by guest editors. Like all original research articles, submissions to special issues are also subjected to an external double-blind peer-review process. Journal of Public Diplomacy accepts proposals for special issues or forums to be published in non-English languages. Proposals for special issues or forums may be sent via e-mail to jpd[at]kapdnet[dot]org

Style Guide
JPD welcomes free-formatted papers in any consistently applied reference style for the initial submissions. However, accepted papers must adhere to the following formatting and referencing style:

Style Guide
Research articles, policy articles, and research notes must include abstracts and at least keywords after the title of the article. Other types of manuscripts should not include abstracts or keywords.
Use APA 7th edition for in-text citations and references (placed in a new page at the end of the manuscript); Add the DOI whenever possible
Double quotation marks for directly cited text, followed by in-text citation and page numbers; Long quotations (40+ words) must be indented (0.3''/0.76cm) in a new paragraph without quotation marks
First-level: bold; Second-level: bold and italics; Third-level: italics (headings should not be numbered)
Same as text. *Please use minimal footnotes, not endnotes, for research and policy articles. Footnotes should not be used for any other manuscript types unless absolutely necessary.
Before paragraph: 0 pts; After paragraph: 8 pts
All paragraphs begin with 0.3'' (0.76cm) indentation in the first line
1-inch (2.54cm) on all sides
Font Size
Times New Roman
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