The Balsillie Papers is a unique new publication that offers policymakers, the media, the public, and academics, a window into what some of our world’s brightest minds think about the urgent global issues and crises affecting our world. In order to be accepted for publication, each Balsillie Paper must be clear, concise, and deliver new and critical insights into the complex dynamics underpinning global governance and international affairs today.

The scholarly rigour of citing peer-reviewed sources moves The Balsillie Papers beyond op-eds, and yet they are more flexible, timely, and concise than a longer full-length academic article.

The Balsillie Papers are designed to effectively and efficiently mobilize knowledge that creates lasting impacts, benefitting humanity and the world.

All submissions are evidence-based and face a stringent process of double-blind peer-review.

If you wish to contribute a paper, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Submissions should range between 2500 words (minimum) and 3500 words (maximum). Word limits will be strictly enforced. These limits exclude references, graphs, charts, and tables.
  • All material must be scholarly, original, and must not currently be submitted for publication elsewhere whilst under consideration by the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Authors must not post their submission elsewhere, online or in print, whilst the submission is under consideration.
  • All submissions must cite relevant scholarly sources to support their claims.
  • References must be in the form of endnotes, using the citation format of the Chicago Manual of Style (Available at )
  • Authors will be required to amend their papers in accordance with the comments and requests of the peer-reviewers.
  • Authors cannot submit a manuscript for consideration if they have had a Balsillie Paper published within the past 6 months.
  • Unfortunately, we are not able to publish every paper submitted. Rejection of a paper does not necessarily indicate poor quality of scholarship but may instead result from an incorrect ‘fit’ with the mandate or ethos of the publication.

The Balsillie School of International Affairs thanks you for considering publishing your work in The Balsillie Papers, and we hope to receive your manuscript through the form below or at [email protected]


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