Submission Guidelines

Please read our submission guidelines carefully before submitting.

YRIS seeks interesting, diverse, and compelling scholarship on international questions broadly understood: the relations between countries, trends or challenges of transnational or global scope, and the interaction of people and ideas from different countries.

The 2020 Global Issue is now open for submissions. Submissions for this  issue are open to any and all undergraduates at universities or educational institutions outside the United States, and are due to by July 5, 2020.

General Guidelines for Print Issues:

Graduate students, high school students, and individuals not currently enrolled in an undergraduate institution are not eligible to submit.

    • We accept papers under 40 pages double-spaced; for longer pieces, we can suggest portions to excerpt.
    • Acceptable file formats are .doc, .docx, although .docx is preferred
    • Our journal uses the Chicago manual of style, but we do not require that pieces are Chicago formatted upon submission.
    • There are no required topics for each issue, though we do seek to have a variety of subjects and regions represented in each issue.
    • We only accept undergraduate pieces, and we refer graduate students and others above the undergraduate level to the Yale Journal of International Affairs at
    • Due to a high volume of submissions, one author may only submit one paper per issue. Pieces can be submitted even when we are not officially soliciting, and we will add them to the pool for our upcoming issue.

We accept a certain percentage of the best submissions for online publication. Additionally, we publish the top 5 essays in the submission pool both in print and online. Our print issues are circulated across the Yale campus (dining halls, academic buildings, and more) and are also disseminated to other college campuses.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to

Online Submissions

In addition to full-length papers for our print issue, YRIS is currently soliciting comment-length (300-500 words) pieces on current events in international affairs for online publication. These pieces can be analytical, research-based, op-eds, or based on personal experience. We also accept reviews of books or other media relevant to international affairs. If you have a timely, relevant pitch, any inquiries, or interest, email our online managing editor at

Issue-specific Information

Global Issue

Official solicitation for our Global Issue begins in June.  Undergraduate students at universities outside of the United States are eligible to submit essays for review.

Winter Issue

Official solicitation for our Winter Issue begins in October. The Winter Issue is open for submissions from any undergraduate student.

Spring Issue

Official solicitation for our Spring Issue begins in January. The Spring Issue is open for submissions from any undergraduate student.

Acheson Prize Issue

Official solicitation for our next Acheson Prize Issue begins in March. The Acheson Prize Issue is open to Yale undergraduates only.