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Pakistan Security Research Unit

Writing for PSRU

 

The PSRU welcomes unsolicited research on issues which are relevant to the unit's work and individuals are warmly encouraged to submit research work for publication to the PSRU. The minimum word-length length for Briefing Papers is 1,500 words, for Research Papers 3,000 words, and for Research Reports 10,000 words. Such submissions should be academically researched and referenced as appropriate and will be subject to a process of double-peer review at the PSRU. We reserve the right to decline submitted material and we will not enter into communications about the rejection of submitted research after initial feedback has been provided.

Guidlines for Briefings

The objective of PSRU Briefs is to provide the reader with short, punchy, analysis that where possible focuses on policy implications. Whilst Briefs should be of an academic nature, and as such objective and rigorous, we do not require extensive referencing. It would, however, be preferable if Brief contributions were in conformity with the following guidelines.

  • Length: Contributions should be between 1,500 and 3000 words.
  • File Format: Contributions should be in electronic format, preferably word format. With the contributor’s permission the PSRU will format the document font and size for consistency with house style, however we will not alter text without your permission.
  • Writing Style: the aim of Briefs is for short punchy contributions. As such bullet points and smaller sentences are encouraged.
  • Content: the PSRU has adopted a broad definition of security and as such we encourage contributions dealing with a wide range of issues. However, contributions to the Brief section should focus on a particular topic, which should be contemporary. The issue should be identified in a sentence at the start of the brief. The importance of this issue/ event should then be outlined in the body of the text. Finally, the consequences and implications of the presented analysis needs to be identified.

Guidlines for Papers

The objective of PSRU Papers is to provide the reader with detailed, expert analysis on a particular issue related to our broad definition of security. PSRU papers are expected to be academic in nature, and as such to be conform to expectations of objectivity, rigour, and presentation (including referencing) as one would expect in an academic journal. It is preferable if Papers contributions are in conformity with the following guidelines:

  • Length: Contributions should be between 3,000 and 10,000 words.
  • File Format: Contributions should be in electronic format, preferably word format. With the contributor’s permission the PSRU will format the document font and size for consistency with house style, however we will not alter text without your permission.
  • Writing Style: the aim of Papers is for expert argument and analysis. As such we encourage the inclusion of evidence/data and seek clarity of analysis and judgement.
  • Content: the PSRU has adopted a broad definition of security and as such we encourage contributions dealing with a wide range of issues. However, contributions to the Papers series should focus on a particular topic, which should be contemporary, and should be policy-focussed if possible.

Guidelines for Reports

The objective of PSRU Reports is to provide the reader with detailed, expert analysis on a particular issue related to our broad definition of security. Reports should be academic in nature, and such objective, rigorous and appropriately referenced. It is preferable if Report contributions are in conformity with the following guidelines.

  • Length: We encourage contributors to elaborate on their ideas and to provide the empirical data to support the analysis and conclusions and as such a word count of no less than 10,000 words is preferred.
  • File Format: Contributions should be in electronic format, preferably word format. With the contributors permission PSRU will format the document font and size for consistency, however we will not alter text without your permission.
  • Writing Format: The aim of the reports is to provide detailed expert analysis. The writing should be clear and accessible.
  • Content: Reports provide the space to present the work and findings of substantive pieces of research and we encourage the inclusion of data, appendices, and bibliographical material.

House Style

The best guidance to the house-style of the PSRU can be found in the published work on our website. Please pay attention to that style and try to provide material in a form which requires the minimal subsequent editorial work by the PSRU team. For further information please contact us.