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Peer Review
Founded and edited by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), one of Italy's leading foreign affairs institutes, The International Spectator is a peer-reviewed international affairs journal.
In its four annual issues, The International Spectator aims to provide academics, practitioners, opinion- and decision-makers, and interested laymen with thought-provoking, analytically sound, theoretically informed and policy-oriented research articles, opinion essays and book reviews on topics covering the entire spectrum of international affairs. The two kinds of articles published – opinion essays on topics of major current interest, and the more analytical research articles – undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial in-house screening and anonymous refereeing by at least two reviewers.

The International Spectator considers all manuscripts on the strict condition that they have been submitted only to The International Spectator, that they have not been published already, nor are they under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere. Authors who fail to adhere to this condition will be charged with all costs which The International Spectator incurs and their papers will not be published.
Contributions to The International Spectator must report original research and will be subjected to review by referees at the discretion of the Editorial Office.
The International Spectator welcomes solicited and unsolicited submissions of research articles, opinion essays and book reviews on topics covering the entire spectrum of international affairs, in – and from – all the world's regions. All may be submitted, along with all authors' names and affiliations, to the editorial office by email:tis(at)
The Istituto Affari Internazionali informs you that your personal data (name, email, university/institute affiliation), provided by you and for purposes limited to the publication and dissemination of your articles, will be processed in compliance with EU Regulation no. 2016/679. Your data may also be shared with our partners (e.g. publishers), always in compliance with EU Regulation no. 2016/679. We invite you to read the updated Policy on the processing of personal data (in Italian), which explains how we process your data and how to exercise your rights.

General guidelines

  • All submissions must be in English and in conformity with the journal's style (see below). UK spelling should be used throughout, using Oxford English Dictionary.
  • Research articles and opinion essays should be 7000 to 8000 words in length, book reviews 1200 words.
  • Articles and essays must include a 100-word abstract. The abstract should enter straight into the gist of the arguments and should not use the "this article discusses" style.
  • All the authors of a paper should include their full names and affiliations on the cover page of the manuscript. One author should be identified as the corresponding author. The affiliations of all named co-authors should be the affiliation where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after the article is accepted.
  • For all manuscripts non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Sexist or racist terms should not be used.

Publication Charges
There are no submission fees, publication fees or page charges for this journal.

House-Style Guidelines
Full guidance on the style to be used for the reference list is given in the document attached here.


  • Avoid overuse of abbreviations (for example, use 'that is', rather than 'ie'). Spell out acronyms on first use, indicating the acronym in parenthesis immediately thereafter. Use acronym for all subsequent references.
  • In general, use a full point for lower case abbreviations (et al., ibid., ed., art.), but no full point for upper case abbreviations (US, UN, Washington, DC).
  • Full stop after abbreviations, none after contractions (ed., vol., but Ltd, Dr, Mr, mn, bn, edn, vs, eds).

Too many variables to give brief rules. Consult New Hart's Rules, if available. In general:

  • keep capitals to a minimum.


  • No serial (Oxford) comma.


  • Use hyphens, not dashes, for number ranges.
  • Use spaced en dashes ( – ) when offsetting text within a sentence.


  • 1 June 2004, 1990s, 21st century, mid-17th century (hyphenated).
  • Use least amount of numerals for date ranges; use hyphen: 1756-63, 1990-2002.


  • Figures should be high quality (1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for colour, at the correct size). Figures should be supplied in one of our preferred file formats: EPS, PS, JPEG, TIFF, or Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX) files are acceptable for figures that have been drawn in Word. For information relating to other file types, please consult our Submission of electronic artwork guidance.
  • Color figures will be reproduced in color in your online article free of charge. If it is necessary for the figures to be reproduced in color in the print version, a charge will apply. Charges for color figures in print are $400 per figure (£300; $500 Australian Dollars; €350). For more than 4 color figures, figures 5 and above will be charged at $75 per figure (£50; $100 Australian Dollars; €65). Depending on your location, these charges may be subject to local taxes.
  • Please note that as an author, you are required to secure permission to reproduce any proprietary text, illustration, table, or other material, including data, audio, video, film stills, and screenshots and any supplementary material you propose to submit.


  • Article title - main words have initial capital letters.
  • Subheadings - A: Bold, only proper nouns and names in capitals; B: Bold, italics, only proper nouns and names in capitals.

Again too many variables to give brief rules. Refer to New Hart's Rules. In general:

  • do not hyphenate: adverb-adjective combinations 'well known', 'fully operational' ; multiple words used as nouns day off; most prefixes, except where the word would be ambiguous or overly long.
  • hyphenate: compound adjectives part-time course; noun-present participle combinations decision-making; numbers/fractions when written in full forty-five, two-thirds.


  • Give both name and surname the first time a person is mentioned in the text.


  • one to ten spelled out; 11+ numerals; 1,000, 10,000, 100,000, one million, 100 million, etc.
  • 500 km (space), £100 billion, 18 percent (but use % in footnotes, figures and tables).
  • Page ranges should be reduced as far as possible; use a hyphen: pp. 22-3, 256-7, 207-8.


  • Double quotation marks for direct quotes; single within double (the only exception from the Oxford style).
  • Punctuation should be outside the quotation marks unless the quotation contains a grammatically complete sentence starting with a capital letter.

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Open Access
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It is a condition of publication that all contributing authors grant to Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) the necessary rights to the copyright in all articles submitted to The International Spectator, which is published for Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) by Taylor & Francis. Authors are required to sign an Article Publishing Agreement to facilitate this. This will ensure the widest dissemination and protection against copyright infringement of articles. The “article” is defined as comprising the final, definitive, and citable Version of Scholarly Record, and includes: (a) the accepted manuscript in its final and revised form, including the text, abstract, and all accompanying tables, illustrations, data; and (b) any supplemental material. Copyright policy is explained in detail here.

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