Contributing to the Institute's Journal

Bi-yearly, the Institute for a Greater Europe opens submissions for its policy and research journal, published online for free, and across its chapters all over Europe. 

Submissions are now OPEN!


To Submit your proposed paper please send us a small biography and Abstract of 150-250 words regarding the topic theme and the writers to  before the deadline of May 16th, 2022.

For further details of the entire publishing process and theme please read carefully the information below.

Theme and Structure

The Greater European Journal is proud to invite submissions, for research pieces, policy reviews, and book reviews, for its upcoming 2022 issue.


The Journal is the yearly publication of the Institute for a Greater Europe, a youth-led independent think tank based in Brussels, dedicated to promoting challenging new ideas, reaching across cultural divides and bringing together young academics from around the continent and beyond. The Greater European Journal tackles European politics from a wider perspective, bringing the Neighbourhoods, Eurasian and Transatlantic affairs into the conversation, as well as critically analysing Europe’s place in the world.


As an interdisciplinary journal, we invite submissions by students and early career researchers from a range of backgrounds such as European studies, Political Science, Law, International Relations, Sociology, Geography, History, as long as they relate to the Journal’s themes (Europe as a global actor, EU Neighbourhood and accession, European integration, Transatlantic relations, Global politics).

Types of Publications

We accept manuscript submissions of Research Articles, Policy Review Articles, and Book Reviews.  Special editions may accept other pieces of writing if stated as such. 


Research papers: 

A research paper is a form of academic writing which seeks to answer a well-defined research question, backed up by primary and/or secondary sources. 

  • Research papers must be between 4,000 and 8,000 words, not including embedded references or bibliography.

  • The title and keywords must properly reflect the subject of the paper. 

  • Paragraphs can be divided into subtitles as the writers wish. 

  • Harvard referencing style should be used in the document, with a bibliography at the end relating to embedded references within the piece. 

  • Conclusions should be made at the end of the article to summarize the content.

Policy Reviews: 

A policy review critiques a policy or set of policies focused on its content, goals, and/or application. The Greater European Journal accepts a maximum of two policy reviews per publication unless stated otherwise due to a special (thematic) edition. 

  • Policy Reviews must be between 3,000 and 4,000 words, not including embedded references and bibliography.

  • Paragraphs must be split logically so as to read smoothly. 

  • Harvard referencing style should be used in the document, with a bibliography at the end relating to embedded references within the piece.

  • An introduction to the subject must be included, as should a commentary and recommendation. 


Book Reviews: 

The Greater European Journal accepts a maximum of two book reviews per publication unless stated otherwise due to a special (thematic) edition. The reviewed work must be a recent scholarly work, meaning it was published in the last three years. 

  • Book reviews must be between 1,000 and 2,000 words, not including embedded references or bibliography. 

  • The book review must contain the publication and reviewer data above the main text.

Requirement for Publications

Further to the description above, each article submission should fulfill the following Criteria:

  • ​​The inclusion of a short biography (around 100 words) for each author in your submission email

  • Not submitted for publication or published in any other journal

  • Written in British English and following our Style Guide

  • Includes an abstract of up to 150-250 words

  • Submitted in Doc or Docx file (i.e. in MS Word) using the format of this template

  • Harvard referencing style, please refer to the guide here

  • All illustrations (including photos, graphics, graphs, cartoons) should be in gif, png, jpg, or jpeg format.

    • Illustrations must also be submitted with evidence that they are free to use (e.g. it is from a copyright-free website, or the contributor has approval from its owner).

How to Submit

To become published in the Journal, an author should follow the following steps:

  1. Submit an Abstract of 150-250 words regarding the topic theme and the writers at before May 16th, 2022

  2. The editorial team will select abstracts based on their relevance, quality and contribution to the academic and/or societal debate. You will be informed of the outcome within two weeks.

  3. If your abstract has been selected, you may submit a full manuscript to the same email by the deadline in early June 2022.

  4. The editorial team will judge whether the paper fits within the scope and aims of the journal and whether it complies with journal guidelines and is up to standard. Authors may receive editorial feedback. If the paper does not pass the editorial review, it may be rejected at this stage. 

  5. After having passed the editorial screening, your paper will be anonymised and submitted to two peer reviewers, who will provide recommendations to the editorial team on whether to reject the article or accept (with major/minor revisions).

  6. If the manuscript has not been rejected, the author will be given time to implement the revisions suggested by peer reviewers. 

  7. If changes are satisfactory, your paper will be accepted for publication, your piece will be included in the digital and print version of our next volume.


For an extensive guide for authors, please click here.

If you have any questions, please email us at

Captura de Ecrã (356)_edited.jpg

Our Peer Review Process

All articles submitted are subject to a double-anonymised peer-review process. Following the editing and review from our editorial team, articles are then anonymised and sent to expert peer reviewers along with a form, who then give their advice on the piece to the editorial team on the accompanied form with an overall categorisation of Accepted, Minor revision needed, Major revision needed, or Rejection. If not rejected, the authors are then sent the feedback, again anonymously, and told to make revisions. This process is repeated until the reviewer, authors, and editors are satisfied and the pieces are accepted by our Editor-in-Chief.


Peer Reviewers were selected by the Editor-in-Chief and Deputy Editor-in-Chief based on their level of expertise for the article in question. All reviewers are professional academics with knowledge of the topics the article was based upon.

Open Access Statement and Licensing

We at the Institute are committed to Academic open access, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles and to use them for any other lawful purpose. All the articles published in this journal are free to access immediately from the date of publication. We do not charge any fees for any reader to download articles for their own scholarly use.


This Journal is published under the Creative Commons License Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0). This means you may share but cite and use accordingly for non-commercial means.

Authors are allowed to retain copyright and publishing rights; the Institute asks for non-exclusive publishing rights and first publishing rights for articles submitted and accepted.