Editorial and Publication Policies
American Diplomacy is an Internet-based professional journal focused on international relations generally, and its practice in the United States. We publish articles of commentary and analysis, material related specifically to the U.S. Foreign Service, scholarly research of general interest, reviews of books, and comments from readers. Our target audience includes foreign affairs professionals, active and retired; scholars, educators and students; and others interested in foreign policy and the practice of diplomacy. Scholarly articles are peer reviewed by two or more foreign affairs professionals or scholars in the relevant field. Most of our readers are Americans, but we also have readers in some 50 other countries.
American Diplomacy was launched in 1996. It is published online by American Diplomacy Publishers (a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation), with the cooperation of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Curriculum in Peace, War & Defense Studies, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Statement on Nonpartisanship
American Diplomacy and its parent organization, American Diplomacy Publishers, maintain a nonpartisan stance with regard to U.S. politics and do not adopt any “official” or “corporate” positions. Moreover, we seek to maintain balance in addressing controversial issues, and we avoid material containing extremist views, intemperate language, or personal attacks.
However, our authors often express strong opinions and reflect a wide variety of political views as well as foreign policy intellectual traditions.
We welcome all submissions and will acknowledge and consider them promptly. They should be sent via e-mail (email@example.com) as an attachment in Microsoft Word.
Research-based scholarly articles may range up to 10,000 words, but most commentary and analysis articles, Foreign Service Life, and opinions should not exceed 5000 words. Book reviews should be no more than 1500 words. We will also consider for publication brief announcements of events that are of general interest to our readers.
Extensive, detailed notes should be avoided. Footnotes are difficult to handle in our electronic format. Source citations, if necessary, may be inserted parenthetically in the text or as endnotes.
Our editorial style is based on the Chicago Manual of Style, with some variations. We also encourage adherence to the principles of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. Potential contributors may wish to use previous submissions as a guide to style.
We encourage pictures and illustrations to accompany submissions. They should be submitted electronically in JPEG or GIF formats.
The journal’s editor makes an initial call on article submissions as to whether they merit further consideration. If deemed potentially appropriate for the journal, they may be submitted for evaluation to two or more members of our Board or Editorial Review Panel, or other qualified reviewers who are knowledgeable in the field.
Acceptable submissions will be edited for style, clarity, and factual accuracy. We will promptly inform authors of acceptance or rejection. In some cases, we may ask authors to make substantive revisions.
Book reviews will be evaluated and edited by the editor of that section. Following the general practice of professional and scholarly journals, American Diplomacy does not offer payment for published material.
New material is posted on the journal’s web site on a periodic basis, currently quarterly. It remains featured on the homepage page for approximately three months, after which original works are archived. Archives are maintained permanently.
We seek to publish primarily original works, but we will consider items that have been previously published elsewhere, if the original publisher is willing to provide written permission.
We expect authors to assign copyright to American Diplomacy on their work published in the journal unless it has been previously copyrighted. We will routinely grant permission to authors for subsequent use of their material, formally transferring copyright thereto if requested.