Submissions

We are accepting submissions on a rolling basis. Please send all submissions (preferably in .doc or .docx format) and questions to: editor@singaporepolicyjournal.comAlternatively, you may email wen_hoe@hks18.harvard.edu or bdean@college.harvard.edu.

The Journal is dedicated to being an objective, non-partisan space. We believe that it is as important to promote successful policies in the status quo as it is to exhibit shortcomings and alternatives. As such, the only criteria for submission are rigour, relevance, and readability. To that end, we welcome authors who wish to write under a pseudonym. (Please note that while we are a Harvard-based Journal, we accept pieces from all.)

We aim to confirm receipt of your submission within 1 week, with subsequent editorial rounds taking place within 5 days.

Op-Ed Submission Guidelines

  • Content: The issue addressed has to be relevant to the Singapore experience. A good op-ed should tackle a timely issue, be clear, and provide a fresh perspective. We are open to different topics and types of writing, focusing instead on whether the article will spark a conversation amongst our readers. To that end, policy critiques and policy proposals are welcomed alike.
  • Format: 600-1500 words.

Debate Submission Guidelines

  • Content: Debate pieces pit two authors with differing viewpoints in a two-section debate. Each author writes an initial argument on a topic, and then reads the initial argument by the other and responds to it. While these pieces tend to be by invitation, if you and a contact or friend are interested in this format, we fully welcome your submissions.
  • Format: Each section (initial argument and response) by each author should be maximum 350 words. (Thus, at a maximum, one debate piece will be 1400 words.)

Explainer Submission Guidelines

  • Content: The Explainer columns aim to take a (usually complex) policy and explain it to the public in an easily digestible and understandable way. They could also take controversial policies and seek to explain the trade-offs and policy considerations behind the choices made. Graphics such as diagrams and chart-based illustrations are welcomed (ensuring appropriate licensing rules are followed).
  • Format: 800 words.

Solutions Toolkit Submission Guidelines

  • Content: The solutions toolkit is our repository of best practices around the world, or in Singapore, that address a specific problem. Found an innovative example of a policy solution that could be applied to Singapore, or an interesting project that address a social or policy problem in Singapore? Write a case study about it – what it is and why it works.
  • Format: 600-1500 words.

Long Form  & Research Paper Submission Guidelines

  • Content: We gladly accept papers from across the world, from any discipline, and on all aspects of public policy. We ask, however, that papers address issues of import in Singapore. For current students, this could mean a final paper, senior thesis, or graduate thesis. For professionals, this means a paper that you would be comfortable delivering to a policymaker or at a peer conference. If your piece was not originally written for this Journal, please include with your submission any prior occasion where you have delivered the paper or the professor and class for which you wrote it, as appropriate.
  • Format:  We place no length or format limitations on the original article you have written. However, together with your full article, you must also submit an executive summary of your findings. This is the most visible version of your research that will appear on our website and is meant to render your article digestible to the public, press, and policymakers. It should include a short explanation of the paper’s context, research problem, and potential policy implications in prose, but the rest of the summary should be heavily bulleted, use headers liberally, and include  visualizations wherever possible. The length of the summary should be between 500-750 words.

Please send all submissions (preferably in .doc or .docx format) and questions to: editor@singaporepolicyjournal.com

By submitting your article, you certify that you have the appropriate permissions and rights for the publication of your article. If your article is accepted, you consent to working with our team of editors to ensure that it is of a standard suitable for our readers, with the editorial team having final say on what gets published. We reserve the right to reject any submissions that do not conform to our guidelines.