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The Institute welcomes your submissions for short commentaries and book reviews in 800-850 words. Our aim is to engage in critical dialogue over issues pertaining to India’s internal security and external relations, as well as focus areas such as China, Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia, the Indo-Pacific, nuclear security and disarmament, non-traditional security; armed conflicts, early warnings and peace alerts.

The Institute also accepts larger essays to be published as Issue Briefs, Special Reports and Research Papers. The above three publications will be peer reviewed. While writing for us, please bear in mind that your research submissions are expected to follow a specific format, based on the type of publication it is. Please refer to the prescribed formats given below for further details.

IPCS wll provide modest honorarium for all finalised submissions, which may be expected within five working days from the date of publication on the website (for short commentaries) and three to four weeks for larger essays.

If there are other subjects you may be interested in working on, or have any further queries, please feel free to contact us.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Write to us at article@ipcs.org
Prescribed Formats
They are usually between 800-850 words on current issues, and begin by outlining the research question(s), followed by detailed analyses of the same. No referencing is required.

Accepted commentaries shall be published on the Institute's website.
Book Reviews
They are usually between 1000-1500 words, and capture the essence of the book whilst evaluating it from a comparative standpoint that highlights both the critique and commendation for the work.
Issue Briefs
They are usually between 2500-2800 words, giving a detailed description of topical subjects and key trends that are critical to the same. In-text references are followed.
Special Reports
They are around 5000 words, giving larger analyses of current issues with in-text references.
Research Essays
They are usually above 10,000 words, with in text references, with in-depth analysis on the subject.

"The first article I wrote for IPCS was in the year 2000, when I was on the verge of completing my Ph.D. Since then, I have written over 100 articles for its website and have remained a witness to the enormous efficiency with which articles travel from their initial submission stage to their eventual publication. Since its very inception, the Institute has remained committed to providing maximum freedom to ideas representing distinctive perspectives and offering authors, especially the young scholars, a well-established platform to express their viewpoints. I am glad I wrote my first piece for IPCS. I have grown intellectually by writing continuously for the Institute." 

Bibhu Prasad Routray

"IPCS is one of the few think tanks that provides opportunities for budding researchers to publish articles. I was given the opportunity by IPCS to enter the publishing world and develop research skills by writing for their website. Young researchers like me are encouraged to give new dimensions to various issues. I hope that IPCS continues to invest in young talent and motivates students to pursue research in international relations as a serious career option in India."

Janani Govindankutty


The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) is the premier South Asian think tank which conducts independent research on and provides an in depth analysis of conventional and non-conventional issues related to national and South Asian security including nuclear issues, disarmament, non-proliferation, weapons of mass destruction, the war on terrorism, counter terrorism , strategies security sector reforms, and armed conflict and peace processes in the region.

For those in South Asia and elsewhere, the IPCS website provides a comprehensive analysis of the happenings within India with a special focus on Jammu and Kashmir and Naxalite Violence. Our research promotes greater understanding of India's foreign policy especially India-China relations, India's relations with SAARC countries and South East Asia.

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