Political insight from the University of Cambridge

What We Do

In The Long Run is the blog of the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge.

We publish timely and accessible political insight from Cambridge and around the world. We also provide a platform for short commentary, interviews, book reviews, videos and images using today’s news to stimulate new thinking about the past, present, and future. All articles posted on this blog give the views of the author(s), and not the position of POLIS or the University of Cambridge.

Who We Are

Our editorial team is based in the Department of POLIS at the University of Cambridge and includes academics and graduate students from across the fields of politics, development studies, public policy, and international relations. The website was launched in 2017 with support from Graham CopeKoga and the Public Policy SRI

Editorial Board: Dr Peter Sloman (chair), Dr Jeremy Green, Dr Dennis Grube, Dr Justin Pearce

Managing Editor: Munizha Ahmad-Cooke

Guidelines for Contributors

In the Long Run is Cambridge’s online platform for ideas, opinions, and comment about politics and public policy. We welcome articles, interviews (text, audio, or video), book reviews, shorter pieces and images from contributors both within and outside Cambridge. Pieces should be original and should not be under consideration elsewhere. Pitches or submissions should be sent to longrun@hermes.cam.ac.uk.

Length: Pitches should be no more than 150 words and should explain the article’s background, newsworthiness, and main argument. Final articles should be between 500 and 1,000 words and audio and video content no more than 10 minutes long.

Spelling: We use British rather than American spelling and punctuation. If you are unsure about spelling, please consult en.oxforddictionaries.com/ and opt for the first listed spelling. For questions about British punctuation, please consult en.oxforddictionaries.com/punctuation.

Style: We expect that most of our readers will be thoughtful generalists rather than academic specialists, and our content should reflect this breadth of interests. Authors should avoid academic jargon, verbosity, and turgid writing, and any acronyms should be spelled out in full on first usage. At the same time, arguments should be reasoned rather than merely stated. We want to open up debate and stimulate further thought, not tell our readers what to think.

References: References should take the form of hyperlinks where this is possible, and endnotes where it is not. Do not use in-text, author-date references. Endnote references should be in the following Oxford format:

Books: R.A. Dahl, Polyarchy: Participation and Opposition (Yale University Press, 1973)

Articles: J.S. Nye, ‘Corruption and political development: A cost-benefit analysis’, American Political Science Review, 61 (2002), pp. 417-427

References to online video content should be embedded within the article, so that users can watch the video via our website.

Images: To appear clearly on screen, the resolution of your images should be at least 72ppi, with a minimum width of 1500 pixels. Each image should be accompanied by a caption of up to 70 words, which briefly summarises or provokes insight into the political issue or event. Images will be published with an author/creator byline and necessary copyright permissions. While you retain the copyright of your image, your submission will be based on the agreement that In The Long Run has permission to re-use it in the future and across our digital platforms.

Review Process: All submissions will go through an editing process, and we will not be able to confirm acceptance until we have seen the final version. We encourage editors and contributors to pursue multiple ideas and pieces simultaneously, as not all will stick, and some may need more time than others to develop. We nevertheless aim to approve and publish submissions as quickly as possible.

February 2017