Submission Guidelines

United Nations University Peace and Progress (UPP) is now accepting manuscript submissions on a rolling basis.

Submissions that align with the objectives of the United Nations University are invited, as is outlined by the UNU thematic clusters below. Preference will be given to those articles that emphasize interdisciplinary research and/or perspectives.

Please read the guidelines below and then submit the following to


  • SURNAME, Given name
  • Programme and graduating year(e.g., HONG, Gildong, UN-CECAR Renewable Energy Course, 2013)
    (e.g., HONG, Gildong, MSc Candidate, University of Tokyo, 2013) *Please submit through your official student email address. If you do not have access to one, then kindly send an official certificate of enrollment for your current academic year.


  • Track one: Features
    Research papers that fall under one or more of the UNU Thematic Clusters (please identify it/them).
    Expected length: 5000~7000 words
  • Track two:
    Book reviews, notes from the field, papers and/or monographs
    UN Resolution reviews: Analysis or reviews of resolutions made by the United Nations or its agencies
    Expected length: 1000~2000 words. Track two articles have two further subcategories from which the author may specify or will be decided by the Editorial Board:
    • Commentary
      Comments are generally opinions or viewpoints on a certain topic or issue and are not peer-reviewed.
    • Notes
      Track two submissions that have research findings, review or otherwise consider existing literature or other research, and/or generally require the checking of facts are peer reviewed.


  • Complete manuscript
  • Abstract (300 – 500 for track one, 150-250 for track two)
  • Selection of relevant UNU Thematic Cluster(s)
  • Five to ten keywords


  1. All submissions must comply with the United Nations Editorial Manual. Please refer to the United Nations Editorial Manual for all matters of spelling and style. Submissions that do not comply will be returned without further review.
  2. Submissions will be accepted from:
    Current students of any UNU degree or non-degree programmes; and
    Alumni of any UNU degree or non-degree programmes.
  3. Submissions should not have been published elsewhere. UPP reserves the right to reject articles on the basis of lack of originality and/or readability as is defined within the Editorial Board.


  1. Submission: Editor-in-chief receives all submissions
  2. Editorial Review: Manuscript sent to Editorial Board for blind review (UPP reserves the right to keep all reviewers anonymous)
  3. Peer Review: After editorial review, manuscript is sent to approximately three peer reviewers


(drawn from the UNU Strategic Plan 2015-2019, available for download here)
Please note that the clusters are not limited to the identified subjects.
Visit our Facebook page for examples of research topics that fall under the Thematic Clusters.

  • Peace and governance;
  • Global development and inclusion;
  • Environment, climate, and energy;
  • Demographics and migration; and
  • Higher education policy.


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The UPP is always looking to add new peer reviewers to our database.
If you are interested in becoming a peer reviewer, then kindly send us the following information.

  1. Name
  2. Institution/school
  3. Relevant UNU Cluster(s)
  4. Specific area(s) of specialty

We publish a list of the peers who reviewed for us in order to recognize their service to the UPP.
To view the file, you must input a password that you may receive by contacting us.

Volume 1 (1) Peer Review Panel