Manuscripts may be submitted directly by electronic mail in the form of a Word attachment to the attention of the Editor-in-Chief, Vincent Bernard at: Articles may be submitted in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish. The Review will translate the selected articles in English.

The editorial team cannot guarantee publication of any submissions, be they solicited or spontaneous. Upon receipt of a submission, the editorial team will review it provided the article has not be published, submitted or accepted elsewhere. After the evaluation of a manuscript, articles selected to continue toward publication are submitted to an anonymous peer-review process. Notification of the acceptance, rejection or need for revision of the manuscript is given in a timely manner.

Call for papers 2018/2019

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

  • The Sahel (deadline for submissions 31 October 2019)


Guidelines for authors


Recurring themes

The Review also welcomes submissions on recurring themes at any time. These are themes that we have seen appear repeatedly across many thematic editions:

  • 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