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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Please note that only manuscripts that meet the aims and scope of the Nordic Review of International Studies will be reviewed.

What do we publish? 

The NRIS publishes full peer reviewed articles, shorter discussion articles, and book reviews. Book reviews focus specifically on academic books that examine international politics from a Nordic angle. 

Full articles submitted for publication should be about 8 000 words in length, including references, footnotes, figures, and tables. Discussion articles should be around 4 000 words and include a clear argument that can be also polemic in nature. The purpose of discussion articles is to facilitate debates, introduce a new research idea, respond to a topical issue, or comment on a particiular topic. Discussion articles are not referenced or have only a few references. Discussion articles do not undergo a peer review process. Book reviews should be 400–900 words, or 1 300 words if there are more than one book discussed in one review.

Each article should be accompanied by:

(a) Article title and abstract of max. 200 words
(b) Author's full name and a biographical note of no more than 70 words which includes institutional affiliation and e-mail address
(c) A list of 3–5 keywords

Peer review policy

The NRIS adheres to a double-blind peer review policy. Each full article is reviewed by two independent peers who are experts in the academic field. 

Open Access policy

All NRIS articles are published open access in the Finnish Scholarly Journals Online service provided by the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies. The service is using the Open Journal Systems 3.2 software.

Preparing your manuscript for submission

The manuscripts should be submitted in a Word format.

The NRIS adheres to the Harvard reference style. Please see the guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to the correct reference style:

The manuscripts are submitted in an anonymised format without any author details. There is a separate title page that includes

(a) Full title of the manuscript 
(b) Author(s) full name
(c) Author(s) institutional affiliation
(d) Author(s) contact details
(e) Article absract of max. 200 words
(f) A list of 3–5 keywords 

Please note that all figures, tables, and images must be submitted in a PDF or JPG format. 


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