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Irish Studies in International Affairs is currently edited by Professor John Doyle, Dr Mervyn O’Driscoll and Dr Shelley Deane.

Print ISSN: 0332-1460
Online ISSN: 2009-0072
Frequency: 1 Annually

ARINS project - Analysing and Researching Ireland North and South

The ARINS project – Analysing and Researching Ireland North and South presents authoritative, independent and non-partisan analysis and research on constitutional, institutional and policy options for Ireland, north and south in a post-Brexit context. Papers are published open access and we encourage submissions from any perspective. Further information is available on the ARINS pages.

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The archive for Irish Studies in International Affairs (ISIA) is available in JSTOR

Current content is available with a 3 year moving wall.

Articles on International Security Policy

Several contributions to Irish Studies in International Affairs have examined the significant and ever-evolving issue of international security policy from various perspectives. Access to a selection of articles on the topic here.

Free compilation issue to mark 100 years of Irish foreign policy

A special online supplement of Irish Studies in International Affairs has been produced to mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Irish state and its Department of Foreign Affairs. The volume, which includes twelve articles that were previously published in Irish Studies in International Affairs, is available as a free download.

Free compilation issue to mark the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement

A special online volume of Irish Studies in International Affairs has been produced by the Royal Irish Academy to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. The volume, which gathers together ten articles published in the journal between 1994 and 2018, is available as a free download.

The archive for Irish Studies in International Affairs (ISIA) is available in JSTOR

Current content is available with a 3 year moving wall.

Instructions to Authors

Authors should submit their papers via Manuscript Manager – submit your manuscript here

The copyright form can be downloaded here.

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.

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.
  • Jennifer Todd, Identity change after conflict. Ethnicity, boundaries and belonging in the two Irelands (London, 2018).
  • Subrata K. Mitra and Jivanta Schottli , ‘The new dynamics of Indian foreign policy and its ambiguities’, Irish Studies in International Affairs 18 (2007),  19–34.
  • Donnacha Ó Beacháin,  From partition to Brexit: the Irish government and Northern Ireland (Manchester, 2018).
  • Anne Barrington, ‘From marriage bar to gender equality: the experiences of women in Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs, 1970–2000’, in Jennifer A. Cassidy (ed.), Gender and diplomacy (London, 2018), 48–64.
  • Ben Tonra, Michael Kennedy, John Doyle and Noel Dorr (eds),  Irish foreign policy (Dublin, 2012).
  • Michael Kennedy, ‘Irish foreign policy, 1919 to 1973‘, in Thomas Bartlett (ed.), The Cambridge history of Ireland (5 vols), vol. 4, 1880 to the present (Cambridge, 2018), 604–38.
  • Luwam Dirar, ‘Rethinking the concept of colonialism in Bandung and its African Union aftermath’, in Luis Eslava, Michael Fakhri, Vasuki Nesiah (eds), Bandung, global history and international law (1st edn, Cambridge, 2017), 355–66: 361.
  • Frances Stewart, ‘Overcoming short-termism: incorporating future generations into current decision-making’, Irish Studies in International Affairs, 31 (2020), 1–17.
  • Ronan McGreevy, ‘Questions around Irish unity referendum to be examined in new initiative’, The Irish Times, 11 January 2021.
  • Shantanu Chakrabarti,  ‘Global South rhetoric in India’s policy projection’, Third World Quarterly 38 (8) (2017), 1909–20.

(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 to one of the Academy’s journals, please include your ORCID number. An ORCID Number (Open Researcher and Contributor Identification Number) is a non-proprietary alphanumeric code used to uniquely identify scientific and other academic authors and contributors. It is used to address the issues that a particular author’s contributions to the scientific literature or publications in the humanities can be hard to recognise based solely on names, especially as inconsistent spelling and different writing systems can hinder this further. It provides a persistent identity for humans, similar to that created for content-related entities on digital networks by DOIs. An ORCID Number is a way of ensuring that all of your research is linked identifiably to you.

If you do not have an ORCID number, registration for an ORCID number is a quick and easy process, and can be completed here: We are also happy to answer any questions you have regarding this, or to give you support you in registering for one should you need it.

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. Use the 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(link sends e-mail) once a paper has been accepted for publication. For such papers, the final published version may be deposited in repositories immediately. Scholars of IReL universities can publish their papers OA if publishing between 2021and 2023 due to a Read and Publish deal signed with IReL.

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.

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