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Focus and Scope

The Undergraduate Journal of Politics and International Relations (UJPIR) is an open access academic journal, which offers undergraduate students an opportunity to publish articles based on their original research. The journal publishes articles in the fields of Politics, International Relations, International Studies and European Studies. The editorial board is strongly committed to research-based learning and founded this journal to give politics and IR students the opportunity to share their research and to take their first steps in academic publishing. Students will experience the process of reworking their assessment submissions into journal articles for publication based upon academic peer review. The UJPIR policy expects dissertations or assessments to be reworked (perhaps in accordance with any feedback received from the markers) to fit the journal scope and style.

We see undergraduate students as researchers-in-training and publishing the results of your work is a key element of being a researcher.

Our goals are to:

  • introduce students to research disciplines and the publishing process
  • provide politics and IR students with the opportunity to gain critical skills in professional research
  • encourage undergraduates to write at an academic level and experience peer review
  • make the results of undergraduate research accessible to everyone

To read a recent blogpost from the journal’s Editor-in-Chief please visit: UJPIR: Open Access undergraduate research, and why not?

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publically available.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher, White Rose University Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration. In addition, the journal is available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.


This journal is indexed by the following services:

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Sources of Support

The journal was made possible through funding from:

• The Higher Education Academy via the National Teaching Fellowship scheme
• The Laidlaw Fund at the University of Leeds

and the support of the Political Studies Association



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