General Guidelines for Papers

 

The PPI accepts the following types of contributions from policy experts, scholars, students and alumni:

Policy-oriented research with evidence-based perspective. Papers in this category must address only one research area per publication, and preferably, must be written by single authors rather than by more than one author. If an interdisciplinary research perspective is adopted, then it is possible to co-author a paper.

Technical requirements: Excluding bibliography and other supplementary materials (such as tables and appendices): minimum and maximum length of papers: 10 and 35 pages, respectively. Spacing: 1.5. Text font: Time New Roman 12; Font for end or foot-notes: Times New Roman 10; Language: English or Azerbaijani or Russian; Biography: author’s presentation with photo: maximum 100 words, Times New Roman 12, and a high-quality photo. Minimum requirements for paper structure: executive summary, current state of policy and background/reasoning for new policy recommendation, suggested policy options and alternatives with detailed relevance descriptions for each, policy recommendations section, suggested schedule for implementation of recommended policy, and finally, supplementary materials (endnotes, for instance).

Rigorous scientific research papers with clearly defined research problems, questions, literature overviews, theories, hypotheses, research methodology, empirical data collection and analysis, and conclusions with policy-relevance. Integration of scientific expertise into the decision- and policy-makers’ practices bears a substantial importance.

Technical requirements: Excluding bibliography and other supplementary materials (such as tables and appendices), minimum: 3000 words, maximum 6000 words; Language: English or Azerbaijani or Russian; Biography: author’s presentation with photo: maximum 100 words, Times New Roman 12, and a high-quality photo; Spacing: 1.5. Text font for main body: Time New Roman 12; Font for end or foot-notes: Times New Roman 10. Minimum requirements for paper structure: abstract, executive summary, literature review, research objective, problem and questions, theoretical framework, research design, empirical data and analysis, conclusions with policy implications, references and other supplementary materials.

High-quality essays that provides critical assessments of a variety of crucial societal issues in Azerbaijan. Approaching the key societal challenges through a perspective of comparison with relevant cases is encouraged.

Technical requirements: Font size: 12; spacing: 1.5; no limitation to a font style, excluding unreadable styles: use of a standard font throughout the essays required. Minimum length: 800 words, maximum: 1500 words.

PPI Working Papers: typically, this category of papers is initiated by the PPI directly, and concentrates on research themes related to specific research projects run by the institution, and utilizes the contributions from multiple authors with policy-oriented and scientific research profiles.

PPI Policy Reports: these are commissioned by the PPI for specific policy issues of key interest or urgency, and can be written by single or multiple authors, on behalf of the PPI.

Opinion pieces: in this category, PPI accepts op-eds from a variety of authors from the Azerbaijani and international private and public sectors, Azerbaijani and foreign civil societies, representatives of international delegations in Azerbaijan and abroad, academia (in Azerbaijan and abroad), and Azerbaijani students and alumni.

Technical requirements: Font size: 12; spacing: 1.5; no limitation to a font style, excluding unreadable styles: use of a standard font throughout the essays required. Minimum length: 500 words, maximum: 1500 words; no footnote, reference or endnote requirement.

Note for the submission of all types of papers: those authors interested to submit their full papers should firstly send their paper abstracts, executive summaries and CVs to the PPI. If accepted for publication, full papers can be submitted later.