Issues & Insights Submission Guidelines

Pacific Forum welcomes submissions for its Issues & Insights monograph series. Submitted monographs should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Subject. The subject should be policy-oriented and related to Asia-Pacific security, diplomacy, economics, military affairs, or other related areas. Generally, we do not publish pieces that are focused on culture, sociology, and other similar disciplines unless there is a clear security or strategic angle.
  • Depth. Pieces should provide solid analysis and should not be so specific as to be relevant to only a specialist audience. 
  • Length. There is no page minimum or maximum.
  • Format. If selected for publication, Pacific Forum will format the piece, but it should be in the following format:
    • An executive summary, biography, and acknowledgments (if necessary) should be included.
    • For citations, footnotes should be used, as opposed to endnotes. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that footnotes follow a consistent citation style and are accurate.
    • For writing, Associated Press (AP) style is preferred, however this is not a requirement.
  • Bio. Please include a brief, one- to two-sentence bio with your preferred email address. This email address will be published in the PacNet as a way for readers to respond to your piece.
  • Submission. Please email your article to pacnet@pacforum.org

We accept submissions that have previously been published in other media outlets, however it is the author’s responsibility to obtain republication permission and forward proof of that permission to Pacific Forum.

The final decision to publish the monograph lies with Pacific Forum’s president and executive director. In rare instances, we may send your piece, pre-publication, to relevant friends and experts who may more accurately assess the merit of your submission. Successful submissions provide original, thoughtful, concise analysis on a timely issue, among other factors. Pacific Forum reserves the right to edit all submissions for length and clarity.

Notification of acceptance or denial will be sent to the author via email. Hard copies of Issues & Insights are generally not distributed and there is no monetary compensation for publication. If your submission is accepted, we encourage you to write a PacNet in an op-ed style that captures the essence of your piece. This will help draw attention to your full-length piece.