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Paradigm Shift invites you to submit articlesresearch papers, and book reviews on international relations, global politics, current affairs, and Pakistan. All submissions go through an editorial review for scope, language, and clarity. Submissions also go through a plagiarism check. Please note that we do not have in-house fact-checkers and primarily depend on authors to ensure the accuracy of their statements.

All submissions must be the original work of the author(s). Submissions must NOT be under consideration with other publications and must NOT be published elsewhere.

WARNING: We use plagiarism and AI checking software and will blacklist any author from Paradigm Shift and all associated publications if their work has been written via AI or has been excessively plagiarized. We are partnered with many universities as well.

Submissions 2023

We encourage authors to use Grammarly (a free grammar checking service) to help you proof-read your piece before submission. We do not charge authors any fee for publication, nor do we pay an honorarium to authors if they are published. 

Article Submissions

  • Articles range from 1,000 – 3,000 words.
  • Articles are well-researched but the language used in them should be understandable and not overly jargon-based/academic
  • Use hyperlink citations in the text of your article to cite important aspects and/or statistics in your piece. No bibliography/references or footnotes are required.
  • Plagiarism percentage should NOT exceed 10%.

Opinion Submissions

  • Opinion pieces range from 700 – 1,200 words.
  • Compared to articles, they do not require much research and are primarily based on the opinions of the author. That being said, the author’s opinions should be logical.
  • Opinion pieces usually do not contain any hyperlink citations (or bibliographies) but if there are any important facts/statistics, then you should cite them via hyperlinks. 
  • Plagiarism percentage should NOT exceed 5%

Research Paper Submissions

  • Research papers should range from 1,500 – 6,000 words.
  • They should be written in academic language. 
  • Papers must be properly cited and must contain a bibliography/reference section at the end. You may use any iteration of APA or Chicago as your citation style but if you are using Chicago, please make sure to use endnotes instead of footnotes. You can use Mendeley or some other reference management software to help you.
  • Plagiarism percentage should NOT exceed 15%.

Book Reviews

  • Book reviews should be written on books related to global politics, international relations, or Pakistan.
  • Book reviews should range from 1,000 – 3,000 words. 
  • Hyperlink citations are NOT required in book reviews
  • Plagiarism percentage should NOT exceed 10%.

Pakistan Unveiled

  • The “Pakistan Unveiled” section showcases Pakistan’s immense history, culture, and everything in between! It is a way to highlight Pakistan in a positive but factual manner.
  • Pakistan Unveiled pieces can range from 500 – 2,000 words.
  • Use hyperlink citations in the text of your article to cite any important facts/statistics. No bibliography/references or footnotes required.
  • Plagiarism percentage should NOT exceed 10%.

Photo Articles 

  • Photo articles focus on telling a story using photos of people, places, and/or things. It must make the photos/pictures the main showpiece and the words in the article should take a backseat. 
  • Photo articles should have between 5 – 15 photos.
  • It should range from 300 – 500 words (No AI or plagiarized content).
  • An example of a photo article could be a piece on Ranikot Fort that uses pictures taken by the author/photographer which briefly explains the pictures and/or experience.

Submit Your Content To…

Submit your content to [email protected]

Make sure to type “Submission” in the subject of the email. In the body of the email, please let us know if it is a research paper, article, or book review that you are submitting. A brief synopsis of what your piece entails in the email will help the editorial staff. You should also pen a 3-5 sentence long author bio and mention your published work/experience (if any). Kindly attach your piece as an MS word file. Please email us one submission at a time (do not email multiple submissions in one go). 

We will respond within a week’s time after we receive your consent that your piece is original, unpublished, and is not plagiarized/AI-written. If we accept your article/paper/review, please note that you agree NOT to republish your piece anywhere else without our written consent.

If we reject your piece, please do not let that deter you. Paradigm Shift encourages you to submit articles, papers, or reviews regardless of the outcome. However, to improve your chances of success, please familiarize yourself with our work.

Why Submit to Paradigm Shift?

  • We receive around 100,00-200,000 visits every month so your work will be potentially seen by thousands of people. Our traffic has been steadily growing since our inception in 2020.
  • Our social media following is 50,000+ and we share all our published work on our social media accounts.
  • Enhance your CV by getting published at Paradigm Shift. Publications are a highlight of any CV!
  • Our authors, graphic designers, guest submitters, and interns come from the best universities from around the world so you are in great company.
  • Publishing with a professional publication will augment your research, writing, and/or other skills.

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