ISQBlog is established as a platform for scholars to engage with the material published in International Studies Quarterly, and to interact with the larger audiences interested in the field of international studies. These guidelines aim to provide helpful and practical advice for those who want to participate in symposia or otherwise contribute to the blog.


This site is intended solely for discussions on issues relevant to international studies, broadly understood. Submissions typically use a published ISQ article as a point of departure. The discussions might focus on methodological, theoretical, and practical aspects, implications, and limitations of the published article.

Style and Content

  • Ordinary blog entries should be no more than 800 words long. Contributions should be clear and concise.
  • Blog posts should be written with the broad scholarly audience in mind. They should be relatively free of jargon, accessible to the educated non-specialist, and conversational in tone.
  • Contributors must use proper grammar and spelling.
  • ISA blog posts use in-text parenthetical citations that are hyperlinked to online versions of published material. Authors should write their posts using in-text citations and provide us with a complete lists of works cited, so that we can convert those in-text citations into properly-directed hyperlinks.
  • We ask that contributors, whether posters or commenters, use their best judgment with respect to keeping the content and style of their contributions at a professional level.
  • Posts should be written for the international-studies scholarly community but generally accessible to the educated public. Contributors should minimize their use of jargon and explain technical issues. For examples of social-scientific blog posts aimed at a general audience, see Sociological Science. For a scholarly blog aimed at the broader educated public, please visit Crooked Timber. Both provide good models for the level of discourse appropriate to a typical post at the ISQ blog.


  • Each post must be original. The post author retains the rights to her or his post, according to the terms of the Creative Commons license, which may be viewed here
  • Please note that blog entries are not peer-reviewed; they are not, and cannot be credited as, publications in International Studies Quarterly.
  • The editors of the blog reserve the right to moderate, edit, disemvowel, and ban comments they deem to violate the standards of civil academic discourse.

Guidelines for Comment Posts

ISQ’s blog seeks to promote a thriving academic community that encourages critical, in-depth and intelligent discussions and debates of issues relevant to international studies. All are welcome to voice their opinion regardless of identity, politics, ideology, religion or agreement with other community members, as long as those opinions are respectful and constructively add to the conversation. However, the editors reserve the right to moderate, edit, disemvowel, and ban comments they deem to violate the standards of civil academic discourse. Direct or indirect attacks, name-calling or insults, and intentional attempts to derail, hijack, troll or bait others will not be tolerated. These types of comments will be removed from the website where warranted. Individuals who consistently or intentionally post these types of comments will be warned and, if necessary, excluded from the blog. ;

For more information or questions, contact us at or @ISQBlog.