Public Diplomacy Magazine adheres to historian Nicholas J. Cull’s model of public diplomacy. To learn more about contemporary public diplomacy and its components, please refer to the executive summary of Cull’s report Public Diplomacy: Lessons from the Past.

Articles are evaluated based on relevance, originality, prose, and argumentation. The Editor-in-chief, in consultation with the editorial board, holds final authority for accepting or refusing submissions for publication.

Articles submitted to PD Magazine are reviewed by the editorial board, which is composed entirely of students enrolled at the University of Southern California.

Authors are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of their statements. The editorial staff will not conduct fact checks, but edit submissions for basic formatting and stylistic consistency only. Editors reserve the right to make changes in accordance with PD style

Copyright of published articles remains with Public Diplomacy (PD) Magazine. No article in its entirety or a part thereof may be published in any form without proper citation credit.


We encourage the submission of case studies, working papers, interviews, book reviews, comparative studies, policy analyses, and histories of public diplomacy as practiced internationally and RELEVANT to the issue’s theme.

  • Please follow the MLA Style Manual in regard to style and bibliography, and include endnotes and an author’s biography.

  • Submissions must be between 500 and 2,000 words.

  • All manuscripts must be typed in 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and saved as a Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) file, not as a PDF.

  • Please include all notes and citations as endnotes. See an example here.

  • Periods should be followed by one space.

  • Please use the Oxford comma, a.k.a. the serial comma.

CORRECT: “Red, white, and blue.”

INCORRECT: “Red, white and blue.”

  • Be sure punctuation is inside quotation marks.

CORRECT: “Nice to meet you,” she said.

INCORRECT: “Nice to meet you”, she said.

  • Please use Americanized spellings where appropriate, such as “color” instead of “colour.” When referring to a name, such as “UK Energy Research Centre,” the original spelling should be used.

  • To format abbreviations, such as “Jan.,” or “US,” correctly, refer to this list.

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  • In your manuscript, please indicate the desired placement of each graphic and include a brief caption.

  • Authors must have legal rights to all photos and other graphics and attribution must be included.

  • When including photographs, cite the source and seek permission from the photographer when necessary.

  • All graphics will be printed in black and white.

  • Photographs must be a minimum of 800dpi.

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