Article Submissions

Thank you for your interest in publishing in the Human Rights Brief. For over ten years the Brief has been committed to bringing together activists, academics, and human rights practitioners from around the world to share their voices and experiences. Today the Brief reaches over 6,000 people in more than 90 countries with the latest news and analysis of international human rights law. While writing your article, we ask that you keep several points in mind:

Article Criteria

The Human Rights Brief is brief. Please keep articles to approximately 3,000 words.

Maintain a legal focus. Your thesis statement should focus on a legal or law-related development. Any policy analysis or reports on human rights situations should be described in relation to this legal focus.

Follow Brief format. Most of the Brief's articles include an introduction, background information, legal analysis, and a conclusion. The introduction draws the reader's attention, sets out your thesis, and provides a roadmap for your article. Concise background information provides the reader with a historical context, including relevant country condition information, a history of pertinent legal developments, and other information that aids in analyzing the issues explored in your article. This section is especially helpful to readers not familiar with your topic. Legal analysis includes the legal and policy implications of the article's subject matter. The conclusion generally includes recommendations or predictions. We recommend that you break up the different sections of the article using subheadings, which follow the logical structure of your arguments.

Write to the Brief audience and use accessible language. The Brief's readership ranges from attorneys general to grassroots human rights organizations in the developing world. The Brief, therefore, does not function as a typical law journal, but instead as an important resource for both legal and non-legal practitioners in the human rights field. Your audience will be familiar with basic human rights issues, but it should not be assumed that they have legal expertise. Since you are writing for a broad audience, avoid using technical language and make the structure of your argument clear.

Please include footnotes. Each author should provide complete citations to every fact, opinion, statement, and quote that is not an original idea. In addition to facilitating fact checking for Articles Editors, footnotes enhance the credibility of the publication and provide a background for further research. The Brief uses ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional System of Citation for citation formatting.

For substantive and structural guidance, please refer to past articles in the Brief, which can be accessed here.

Editing Process

  • Stage One
    After the Brief receives your first draft, we will review the draft and send you a memo within one week, which will include comments, structural recommendations, and requests for clarification. At this stage the Brief's staff will not make any changes to the document. You will have one week to return the second draft. This process may be repeated if necessary.

  • Stage Two
    Once the Brief has received your second draft, we will send you a corrected e-copy in track changes within one week, which will include style and grammar edits. You will have one week to review the revised draft, accept or reject the changes, and return the revision to the Brief.

  • Stage Three
    Once the Brief receives your third draft, we will make final edits and return it to you. You will have one week to review the revised draft, accept or reject the changes, and return the revision to the Brief. After this stage, the Brief reserve the right to make minor changes for grammar and style that are necessary prior to publication.

Publication

The Human Rights Brief requires that all authors sign a publication agreement before publication. This agreement allows us to reprint your article and grant permission for use for one year after the publication date.

Photographs

Please feel free to send any personal or non-copyrighted photographs that would be appropriate to accompany your article.

Thank you in advance for your valued contribution to the Human Rights Brief. The Brief's staff looks forward to working with you in the editing process.

Please e-mail submissions to chief_hrbrief@wcl.american.edu.