Call for Submissions

Asian American Policy Review 29th Edition

Print Journal Deadline: November 28th, 2018

(Articles are also accepted for the online journal on a rolling basis) 


The Asian American Policy Review (AAPR) at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government is now accepting submissions for its 29th print edition, to be published in the spring of 2018. Founded in 1989, AAPR is the first academic, non-partisan journal in the United States dedicated to analyzing public policy issues facing the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

We seek submissions exploring the following:

1) The social, economic, and political factors impacting the AAPI community, and

2) The role of AAPI individuals and communities in analyzing, shaping, and implementing public policy.

We welcome a more prescriptive approach to policy issues affecting AAPIs. Prescriptive articles identify possible pathways for alleviating barriers to accessing social, political, and economic services and opportunities in the United States.

We also welcome case studies on how different policies have affected the AAPI community, from the local to the federal level. Finally, we invite authors to submit articles that lie at the intersection of culture, identity, policy, and politics.

We strongly encourage submissions from communicators of all backgrounds, including scholars, policy makers, civil servants, advocates, organizers, and artists. Queries that give a good idea of the proposed article’s content and sources (if applicable) are especially welcome.

Selection Criteria

The AAPR will select submissions for publication based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of topic to AAPI issues and timeliness to current debates,
  • Originality of ideas and depth of research
  • Sophistication and style of argument
  • Contribution to scholarship and debates on AAPI issues
  • Translation of findings into concrete recommendations for policy-makers and/or community members to enhance the well-being of AAPI communities

Submissions Guidelines

  • All submissions must:
    • Be previously unpublished and based on original work;
    • Include cover page with (1) author’s name, (2) mailing address, (3) email address, (4) phone number, and (5) a brief biography of no more than 300 words.
  • Regarding formatting:   
    • Research articles should be 4,000 to 7,000 words in length and include a 100-word abstract.
    • Commentaries should be 750 to 1,000 words in length.
    • Media, Film, and Book Reviews should be 750 to 1,000 words in length.
    • Artwork includes graphic design, installation pieces, photography, and paintings. Please contact the AAPR for more information regarding submission guidelines.
    • Creative Writing pieces should be 500 to 7,000 words in length. This includes short stories, poetry, and excerpts from larger works of all genres.
    • Short films and documentaries to be featured on our website. Please contact the AAPR for more information regarding submission guidelines.
    • Submissions must be formatted according to The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. 
  • Abstracts for proposed pieces will also be accepted. Final acceptance will be based upon production of a full submission.
  • All figures, tables, and charts must be clear, easy to understand, and submitted as separate files.
  • Authors are required to cooperate with editing and fact-checking and to comply with AAPR’s mandated deadlines. Authors who fail to meet these requirements may not be published.

Please email submissions and any questions you may have to

Thank you,

AAPR Editorial Board