LGBTQ Policy Journal of Harvard Kennedy School – Call for Papers


Final deadline: NOVEMBER 13th 2010

The LGBTQ Policy Journal of Harvard Kennedy School is a student-run, nonpartisan review dedicated to publishing interdisciplinary work on policy-making and politics including and impacting LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) communities and individuals. We strive to improve the quality of public policies affecting LGBTQ communities by furthering reflection and debate on the complex economic, political, and social consequences of public policy regimes for LGBTQ persons. We are currently accepting submissions for our first volume, publishing in Spring 2011.

We seek papers that explore the impact of public policies on LGBTQ communities around the world, the role of LGBTQ individuals, communities, and allies in shaping public policy, or provide new insight into policy dilemmas and solutions from an LGBTQ perspective. We also welcome articles and commentaries that consider traditional areas of policy debate—economic, political, social—with an understanding of their implications for the advancement of LGBTQ interests and their intersection with complex areas of sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity.


The LGBTQ Policy Journal will select papers for publication based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance of the topic to LGBTQ policy issues and timeliness to current policy debates
  • Originality of the ideas and depth of the research
  • Sophistication and style of arguments
  • Contribution to scholarship and policy-making on LGBTQ issues


Research articles should be 4,000-7,000 words and include a 100-word abstract. Commentaries should be 500-3,000 words. Work must be original and unpublished. Work should be formatted and submitted in any version of Microsoft Word. Citations should be formatted as endnotes according to the Chicago Manual of Style. Footnotes are not accepted. All figures, tables, and charts must be submitted as separate files. A cover letter should include the author’s name, address, e-mail address, daytime phone number, and a brief biography. Authors are required to cooperate with editing and fact-checking, and to comply with Journal-mandated deadlines. Authors who fail to meet these requirements may not be published. The LGBTQ Policy Journal may request up to five hard copies of submissions as part of the selection process.

E-mail entries to: lgbtq.policy(at)

For more information contact: lgbtq.policy(at)