Submissions for the 2018 edition of the UBC Journal of Political Studies (JPS) are now open!

The submissions process

Current undergraduate students at the University of British Columbia are eligible to submit up to two papers until December 23rd, 2017 at midnight. Late submissions will not be accepted or reviewed. Submissions must be the original, previously-unpublished work of the author. 


Paper specifications

Published papers are between 1,500-3,500 words in length. We will accept papers that are slightly shorter or longer than this. Authors who submit excellent submissions that are considerably shorter or longer than this range should expect to have their paper rigorously edited if short-listed. 

Each student can submit a maximum of two papers. To be competitive, papers should have received grades of 80% or higher in an upper-level.  We accept papers written for courses outside Political Science, as well as papers that were not written for course credit, as long as they are sufficiently relevant to politics. For a better sense of the quality and diversity of papers that we publish, you can review our Past Editions.

how to submit

Papers must be emailed in Microsoft Word (.doc) format to by midnight. on December 23rd, 2017, with the subject: Firstname Lastname 2018 JPS Submission. In the body of the email, authors should include their full name, department, year of study, and the course codes of the paper(s) submitted. Submissions that lack this information, are from non-UBC students, or lack proper citations/ bibliographic information will be disqualified.

Inquiries, concerns, and feedback can be directed to Tiago de Souza Jensen & Jack Jefferson, Editors-in-Chief, at


Author Expectations

Submissions will not be reviewed until December 23rd, though questions and comments regarding process are welcome before this date.

All identifying information (name, student number, department, etc) will be removed from the submission prior to being distributed to the Editorial Board. 

Only short-listed applicants will be notified. Applicants are welcome to inquire regarding the status of their submission. 

If short-listed, authors should expect to communicate with an assigned Editor to make substantive and stylistic edits to their submission in preparation for publication. Authors receive further feedback from an anonymous Faculty reviewer, which is also incorporated into their final submission.  Short-listed authors will only be known to the Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, and their assigned Editor. 

Published authors receive a complimentary copy of the Journal, as well as an invitation to the annual JPS-JIA Launch Party, where they can meet and mingle with other authors, the editors of both journals, and the faculty!


A note to busy students

When in doubt, submit! If your paper meets the basic criteria, it has a good chance of being competitive in the peer- and faculty-review process. Papers can be modified to adhere to the criteria during the editing process. While we recommend incorporating edits given to you by your professor, this is not at all necessary. The JPS editors work closely with authors to polish their writing before publication.