Submissions for the 2020 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, 2019 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 Submissions must be the original, previously-unpublished work of the author.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 5000 words in length, maximum. 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 undergraduate course.  We most definitely do 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 political studies. 

For a sense of the quality and diversity of papers that we publish, please peruse our Past Editions.

how to submit

Papers must be emailed in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format to by midnight. on December 23rd, 2019, with the subject: Firstname Lastname 2019 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 and concerns can be directed to Elif Kayali, Editor-in-Chief, at


Author Expectations

All identifying information (name, student number, department, etc) will be removed from the submission prior to being distributed to the Editorial Board in order to begin our blind review process.

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 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 also be modified within reason through edits to adhere to the criteria. While we recommend incorporating comments and criticism offered during the grading process prior to submission, this is not at all necessary. The JPS editors work closely with authors to polish their arguments and writing before publication.