Submission Guidelines

Articles submitted to The WIRe should be argumentative in nature and either explain an international situation or advocate for a policy position. The best articles are driven with a strong claim that analyzes a situation or advocates for a policy position.

Articles should be “international” from the perspective of the United States. This may include articles about American foreign policy, international organizations, domestic policy of a foreign country, or foreign policy of a foreign country. Editors accept a wide range of international topics. The WIRe does not accept articles on American domestic policy. If you are unsure if your topic is within the range or articles accepted by The WIRe, please contact a member of the editorial staff at: thewire@polisci.wisc.edu

Articles should be written so that they can be mostly understood by readers with an understanding of introductory college level political science and economics. Overly technical articles, or articles that waste words detailing basic political or economic concepts or structures will be returned to their authors for revision.

Additionally, articles must adhere to the following guidelines on form:

  • Be between 450 and 750 words in length
  • Be written in professional English prose (use of “I” is acceptable, but article should be objective)
  • Follow the form conventions of either MLA or Chicago style
  • Give credit to all work that is not original (see below)
  • Be free of spelling and grammatical errors
  • Contact an editor if your article needs an exception to these guidelines. Exceptions are granted but not guaranteed, so contact an editor early on in your project

The WIRe requires that all writers give credit to any intellectual property used in their article. Facts and and ideas that are not common knowledge should have footnote to a works cited entry. For well-known concepts attributable to a single author or group, a formal citation may be bypassed, but a textual reference should be included. For news articles, opinion pieces, and scholarly sources, provide an in-text URL for the source immediately after its content appears in your piece. Additionally, editors are able to provide assistance with giving proper credit. Plagiarism WILL NOT be tolerated.

Further style tips can be found at: http://www.economist.com/styleguide/introduction

Citation

Articles written for The WIRe will typically have a total of two or more sources coming from news, news analysis, and research from think tanks and other experts. These are also great sources for inspiration. Consider topics from your classes as well.

News: (reporters)

  • The Associated Press
  • BBC
  • The Financial Times
  • The New York Times
  • The Independent
  • The Washington Post

News with Analysis: (reporters citing experts)

  • The Economist
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Foreign Policy
  • Vox

Experts

  • The American Enterprise Institute
  • The Brooking Institution
  • The Council on Foreign Relations
  • Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
  • The Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • War on the Rocks

Things to Remember:

  • Argue your opinion about why something is or what should be done
  • Back up your opinions and keep track of your sources