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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (note: past class assignments are acceptable).
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font and Times New Roman; text follows consistent Chicago 17th Edition citation styling and includes detailed notes and a bibliography.
  • All written submissions should be submitted as a Word (doc.x) file. Any photography or images must be submitted in JPEG format.
  • Your name, program, and a short 3-sentence bio are included in the submission file.
  • Submissions are expected to uphold the academic standard of writing, which can be reviewed here: Confluence does not accept submissions with sexist, racist or offensive language.

Author Guidelines

Confluence journal welcomes submissions from all SFU undergraduate and graduate students from all fields relating to International Studies, including but not limited to International Relations, Political Science, Gender Studies, Economics and History.

Accepted submissions include:

Academic Essays/Policy Papers/Briefing Papers:  

Submitted in .doc format

All citations in Chicago Style: 17th Edition (Notes and Bibliography) 

Max 4500 words

Times New Roman, 12 pt., with standard paragraph format where applicable


Write-up on Co-op or Volunteer Experiences

Travelogues (with photos, if desired, see requirements below)

Book reviews


JPEG Format

High resolution

Title for the photo

Provide a short description of the photo; where/when was it taken? What does it represent?

More information: 

** when submitting, please note that your work will be subject to the double-blind review process by an editorial board, by which you will be strongly encouraged to update your submission with proposed changes before publication

** Copyright notice: Confluence will be published with Creative Commons (Attribution-NonCommercial) licensing, for which all information can be found here. 

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Formal Writing

This section includes academic essays, policy papers, and briefing papers. 

Informal Writing

This section includes travelogues, write-ups on Co-op/volunteer/study abroad experiences, photography, and book reviews. This section DOES NOT include academic papers. 

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