Author Guideline

JPD invites manuscripts in the broad field of Diplomacy, Peace, Conflict, and Development and Legal Studies. Please make sure that your manuscript is relevant to the journal's scope.

Language: The journal requires that manuscripts submitted for publication must be in the English language. Manuscripts not written in English will not be considered for publication. 

Please ensure that you use either British or American English consistently throughout your submission. Mixing the two dialects can be confusing for readers and may detract from the clarity of your work. We ask that you choose one style and stick with it for the entire manuscript.

Authors whose native language is not English are encouraged to have their manuscripts reviewed and edited by a professional English language editor before submission. This will help to ensure that the manuscript meets the high standards of English language proficiency required for publication in the journal.

If the manuscript is written in English as a second language, authors should ensure that the language is clear and concise and free from grammatical errors and ambiguities.  

The use of technical terminology and abbreviations should be limited to the standard in the field. The authors should ensure that the meaning of these terms is clearly explained in the text.

File Type: The manuscript should be submitted as a single Microsoft Word file, including all contents.  

Article Length/Word limit: The length of an article, including the title, author information, abstract, text, tables, figures, notes, references, and appendices, should be between 2500-6000 words. 

Abstract and Keywords Requirements: Authors must submit an abstract of no more than 250 words with their manuscript. The abstract should summarize the research question, methods, findings, and implications of the study.

A minimum of four keywords must also be provided to help index the article and increase its discoverability in search engines.

Please note that the abstract and keywords will be used for indexing purposes and will be published with the article, so it is important to ensure that they are accurate and appropriately represent the manuscript's content. 

Referencing: The Chicago Manual of Style should be used as the referencing style for all submissions to our journal website.  

Be consistent with your citation style throughout the paper. Use the same citation format for all sources, and include all relevant information in each citation.

Use footnotes or endnotes to cite your sources rather than in-text citations. Place the note number after the relevant text, and include a corresponding note at the bottom of the page or at the end of the document. 

Further considerations:

  • Permission must be obtained for the use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Internet) 
  • A competing interests statement is provided, even if the authors have no competing interests to declare 
  • Journal policies detailed in this guide have been reviewed