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Irish Studies in International Affairs: Instructions to Authors

Irish Studies in International Affairs has been published since 1979 as the leading Irish-based, peer-reviewed, journal in the discipline, with an increasing international reputation and circulation. Each issue includes contributions on a special theme and other original articles related to Ireland and international affairs broadly defined, to include issues such as development aid, conflict resolution, trade and human rights.

Instructions to Authors

Contributions should be e-mailed to the editor, and should include the author’s full postal address, e-mail address and current affiliation. The file name should include the author’s surname. If e-mail submission is impossible, disks labelled with the author’s name, the file name and the type of software used, and accompanied by an identical hard-copy printout, should be posted to Prof John Doyle, Centre for International Studies, School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland.

The final version of the text should incorporate any revisions requested by the editor. Proofs are read by the editor; authors will be asked to deal with any queries at copyediting stage. Authors receive one free copy of the volume in which their paper appears. 

Once final proofs are agreed, and prior to a paper's publication, authors will be requested to complete and return a copyright form. The copyright form is available to download here.

Detailed instructions are listed below.


Typescripts should be written in 12pt font, double-spaced and printed on one side only of A4 paper. Submission of a typescript is taken to mean that the contents are original and that no similar paper has been submitted to another journal. The pages of the typescript should be numbered consecutively. Authors are requested to consult recent volumes of the journal on matters of style, but the following main points should be observed:

  1. Titles should be brief and informative. Title and subtitle should be separated by a colon.
  2. Papers should not exceed 10,000 words. Papers over 2000 words should be structured by headings (Introduction, sub-headings, Conclusion).
  3. References (in footnotes) should conform with the examples given below (but indicating page and date spans with an en-dash, not a hyphen). Journal titles should be given in full. Titles of books should also be given in full, together with the place and year of publication and, if applicable, the subtitle, number of volumes and edition (other than first). Second and subsequent references to a previously cited work should be in short-title form. References to journal articles or chapters in multi-author works should cite the page span of the article/chapter in question as well as the specific page(s) cited where relevant.
  • G.R. Sloan, The geopolitics of Anglo-Irish relations in the twentieth century (London and Washington, 1997), 14, 75.
  • Bruce Russett and Harvey Starr, World politics: the menu for choice (5th edn, New York, 1992).
  • Paul Gillespie, 'Diversity in the Union', in Brigid Laffan (ed.), The governance of the Union (Dublin, 1996), 25-40: 31.
  • A.J. Wilson, 'Irish-America and the Ulster conflict, 1968-1985', unpublished PhD thesis, Loyola University of Chicago, 1991.
  • Niels Amstrup, 'The perennial problem of small states: a survey on research efforts', Cooperation and Conflict 11 (3) (1976), 139-63: 140.
  • Seán Cronin, 'Clinton dithers on new policy for Central America', Irish Times, 15 April 1995.

(Note: Spell out authors' forenames in full in preference to one initial only.)

You may also wish to consult the style guidelines and the capitalisation/word list.

Publication ethics

Authors submitting papers to an Academy journal should ensure that

  • they adhere to all research ethics guidelines of their discipline, particularly where human or animal subjects are involved
  • they contact the Editor to identify and correct any material errors upon discovery, whether prior or subsequent to publication of their work
  • authorship of the paper is accurately represented, including ensuring that all individuals credited as authors participated in the actual authorship of the work, and that all who participated are credited and have given consent for publication

ORCID Number

When submitting your paper, please include your ORCID number. If you do not have an ORCID number, or want to find out more about it, click here.

Open access

The Royal Irish Academy is committed to the dissemination of scholarship. To that end, it endorses the principles of open access, and is committed to work with and to assist authors and investigators make known their research findings in RIA publications.

The RIA aspires to pursue Green Access as a basic access model. We also participate in JSTOR’s register and read programme which allows individuals to read up to 78 articles a year without charge.

Authors can archive a post-print version of their paper, once the journal in which it appears is published.  We request that authors give the citation to the source and link to it. We can supply a DOI to make this linking easier.

Gold Access

There is no submission or publication fee for papers published in the Academy’s journals. However, Open Access brings with it a cost implication. To maximise access to original research, authors now have the option to make their papers freely available from the time of online publication, on payment of an open access charge (APC), which varies based on the size, content and complexity of the article. If an author wishes to take up this option, contact the Publications Office once a paper has been accepted for publication. For such papers, the final published version may be deposited in repositories immediately.

Funder mandates

The Royal Irish Academy will help authors  meet your funders’ mandates on access and licensing. Contact the Publications Office to discuss requirements once an article has been accepted.

Data Protection

When submitting to one of our journals you agree for the Royal Irish Academy Publications department to store and use your data. For more information on how your data is used see our Privacy and Data Protection policies, and the Publications Transparency Statement.

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