Research Spotlight

Guidelines for Submitting a journal article, report, dissertation or book to The Afghanistan Analyst:

Basic summary: We accept 500-800 word summaries of peer-reviewed articles and books (as well as theses) from authors who wish to make the broader public and research community aware of their work. The summaries should be somewhat different than paper abstracts as they should be written for those beyond the academic or specialist communities. The article should at minimum be 50% focused on Afghanistan (i.e., no more than one non-Afghan case study, unless the study includes original data or field work in Afghanistan).

We will post the summary on our blog and promote it on Twitter, as well as file it for inclusion in the next edition of our bibliography.

What we do not accept:

  • opinion articles.
  • newspaper or short online articles.
  • short reports (under 10 pages), an exception will be made for shorter articles from peer-reviewed academic journals.
  • non-peer-reviewed articles/reports/books (anonymous reviewers must have approved your book or article).
  • anything older than 18 months; exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis, for example if a work is particularly relevant to, and helps to explain, a current issue of significance.
  • Master’s or Undergraduate level theses (exception for Master’s theses with significant field work).
  • Works that are not available for download or purchase. For example, if your dissertation is embargoed or unavailable, we will not publish a summary. But we can remedy that by making it available by hosting it for download.
  • Anything not written in English.

Basic guidelines:

  • The author must write a short summary of his/her book, thesis or journal article (maximum 800 words).
  • Journal article summary: It should be different than, for example, the abstract listed in the journal. The author should attempt to appeal to a wider audience (for example, why is this article relevant to understanding Afghanistan in its current state? What phenomena in Afghanistan does this work illuminate? What audience would benefit by reading this article?).
  • Dissertation: generally the same as above. Dissertation abstracts are written for a very narrow and specialised audience. The audience here is wider.
  • The dissertation must be freely available for download (we will host for download if necessary).
  • Books: Books summaries as listed by the publisher and on book-selling websites generally better match our requirements, but try to expand any short summary to at least 500-600 words.

BOOKS MUST BE ANALYTICAL WORKS BASED ON EXTENSIVE RESEARCH. Basically, all academic/university press books are acceptable. Beyond that, we are not interested in highlighting books that are mostly personal memoirs (by journalists, soldiers, NGO/IO workers, etc.) lacking in analytical content, unless by significant historical figures in Afghanistan.

Technical guidelines:

  • Provide a link to your work (e.g., Amazon, publisher’s website, research institute link, etc.)
  • All theses and journal articles must be submitted to the Afghanistan Analyst by PDF.
  • There is no need to submit/mail a copy of the book, but we welcome this if the author or publisher wishes to send a copy of their book.
  • The summary and links can be sent by Word Doc, or in the body of the email.
  • If the author of a journal article that is behind a subscription/pay wall wants to make his/her article available, we can not host it for download on our website for legal/copyright reasons. However, it is perfectly acceptable for the author, at the end of the summary, to provide their email address or a link to their website and invite readers to contact them for a copy.
  • Authors are encouraged to provide a brief bio of 150 words or less outlining relevant interests and experience. A photo and email address to include with the bio are also encouraged, but not required.

Guidelines for Unpublished Drafts:

Authors are welcome to submit a summary of a draft they are working on. The draft (book, journal article or thesis) should be reasonably complete. It is mandatory that we are provided with a copy to host on the website for download (in PDF or Word Doc). Alternately, the author can provide a link to the draft. There must be a summary submitted as well as an invitation for comments by readers. An email address or contact link must be provided at the end of the summary. The draft should contain contact info for the author as well as a watermark that reads “DRAFT.” The author may also include in the draft the usual restrictions: “Draft: Please do not cite,” “Draft: please contact author before citing,” etc… Note: “Draft: do not circulate” is not acceptable.

Contact info for submissions:

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