Contribute to the Review

The Review actively welcomes submissions from contributors from diverse professional and geographic backgrounds committed to engaging in the discussion and debate surrounding international humanitarian law, policy and action. Authors may submit articles, notes and book reviews.

Contributors are invited to consult our Guidelines for authors. Manuscripts may be submitted directly by e-mail in the form of a Word attachment to the attention of the Managing Editor, Ellen Policinski at: Articles that do not meet the criteria in the guidelines for authors may be returned without review.

The editorial team cannot guarantee publication of any submissions, be they solicited or unsollicited. Authors will be notified once a decision has been reached by the editorial team based on feedback from the peer reviewer(s). Due to the high volume of submissions the journal receives, authors should be aware that it can take several months for a final decision to be reached.

Opinions published in the Review reflect the authors' views only. As the Review is produced and distributed by the ICRC, the Review reserves the right to reject submissions if their publication would jeopardize ICRC operations.

Taking into account the feedback from the peer reviewer(s), the editorial team may reach one of the following decisions:  1) Accept the submission in its current form; 2) Accept with minor revisions; 3) Accept with major revisions, meaning manuscripts will be subject to a second round of review once an updated draft is received; 4) Reject with an invitation to resubmit, meaning that if the author resubmits a revised manuscript it will be treated as a new submission; 5) Reject the submission.

Open call(s) for papers

The Review principally solicits articles, but it also invites the submission of articles on the following topic(s):

The Review also publishes selected articles not related to the main themes of its editions, and welcomes submissions on relevant aspects of humanitarian law, policy and action including topics such as:

  • Human rights and IHL;
  • Humanitarian access;
  • Transformation of the humanitarian sector;
  • Cyber warfare;
  • The role of States in IHL and humanitarian action.

Call for book reviews

International Review of the Red Cross started publishing book reviews in 2012. Each issue of the journal includes up to three book reviews. The Review primarily solicits reviews, but we also welcome submissions on topical, non-fiction, major publications on international humanitarian law, humanitarian policy and action. Only books published within the past two years qualify for review in the journal.

For more detail on the methodology and other related issues, please download the book review guidelines.

Reviewers are welcome to address any questions, recommendations and concerns to the attention of the Book Review Editor,  Mr Jamie A. Williamson at

Peer review process

The Review uses an anonymous peer-review process to assist the editorial team in making an objective critical evaluation of submissions and to improve their quality through constructive comments and suggestions. We hope that these guidelines below will assist peer reviewers in preparing helpful reviews.