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Why Publish With Us

Founded in 2006, The Hague Journal of Diplomacy (HJD) is the world's leading research journal for the study of diplomacy and has made an important contribution to shaping diplomatic studies as an international academic field. Our mission is to present work from a variety of intellectual traditions for all those with an interest in all aspects of diplomacy. In the past 17 years, we have built a reputation dedicated to that mission.

Benefits of publishing with us include:

Access and Reach

HJD has a global readership drawn from interdisciplinary fields such as international relations, history, law, sociology, economics, and philosophy, and diverse professional groups from practitioners, teachers, trainers to students.

HJD is currently abstracted and indexed in International Bibliography of the Social Sciences, Political Science Complete, SCOPUS, Social Science Premium Collection, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, Core among others. We continue to submit our journal to all known abstracting and indexing services to provide the highest visibility to your research so that your work is easily accessible to other researchers and institutions around the world.


HJD is a part of a large and well-connected global community concerned with advancing the study of diplomacy. Our community of authors, editors, and an international audience consisting of the academic, practitioner, research, think tank, and student communities worldwide, contribute to shaping diplomatic studies as an international academic field.


Since 2006, HJD has been the leading research journal for the study of diplomacy and its role in contemporary international relations. Our editorial team is led by editor Prof. Jan Melissen (Leiden University and University of Antwerp). We have over 15 years of expertise in disseminating, publishing, and promoting research on the theory, practice, processes, and outcomes of diplomacy in its diverse forms.

Media promotion

HJD’s media platform is focused on the promotion of information, knowledge development, debate, and connection – centred on diplomacy as its central theme – online, and connected to offline events.

We are committed to promoting your research to a wider audience, using our numerous media platforms. HJD has a strong social media presence on TwitterLinkedIn and Instagram. The Hague Diplomacy Blog and Podcast provide much visibility and exposure to our authors’ works. In addition, our publishing partner, Brill | Nijhoff regularly promotes HJD content on their diverse media platforms.


We are proud of the impact and influence HJD has from citations (our average citation per item is at 5.09) to social media shares; from contribution within the discipline of diplomacy to make it an international academic field to affecting public discourse and policymaking. See our infographic for more details on the contributions of HJD to the field of diplomatic studies over the years here.

HJD is regularly recognized for its impact and contribution to the field of diplomatic studies. In 2022, three awards from the International Studies Association (ISA) were given to members of HJD: Distinguished Scholar Award to Jan Melissen, Anthoney Deos Young Scholar Award to Deepak Nair 
and the Article Award to Marcus Holmes.



HJD is an internationally trusted source of research-based and cutting-edge knowledge on diplomacy.

A central aim of HJD is to present work from a variety of intellectual traditions and the journal is receptive to a wide array of methodologies. According to Web of Science, 1357 citing articles of HJD are distributed among 70 fields of study.

HJD is particularly focused on innovation in diplomacy. The HJD Article Award (from 2020) and Book Award (from 2021) are a result of our endeavour to produce, promote, and recognize innovation in diplomacy. The awards will be conferred to authors, whose works best advance the theoretical and/or empirical study of diplomacy.

Rigorous peer review

Every manuscript published in HJD undergoes a thorough and rigorous double-blind-peer review. Practitioners’ Essays are reviewed through an editor-based system, which normally involves our editorial team (the editors and associate editors). For more details, visit here.

Submission system

HJD uses a simple and effective online system. Authors can submit their manuscript online via the Editorial Manager (EM) submission system at editorialmanager.com/hjd. The system is curated to provide you with prompt service to ensure that you will get an efficient, personalized service at every stage, leading to publishing your article.

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