There are several different formats and types of articles that will be considered by Space Policy. During the online submission process you will be asked to specify your type of contribution.

Research articles
(approximately 8000 words)
Research articles report and analyse new research, theory and/ or space policy interpretations and scholarly controversy. These are always double blind peer reviewed and put through the most rigorous review process.

(approximately 1,000-2,500 words)
Viewpoints provide an opinion on an aspect of space policy that maps the state of knowledge or policy context of particular issues. They also analyse external developments and innovations in areas that have a tangible impact on the policy environment. These may be single blind peer reviewed, or accepted at the discretion of the Editor in Chief.

(approximately 1500 words)
Reports are crisp and focused articles on a practical aspect of space policy development, and/or reports on important space policy-related conferences and events that have occurred. These may be single blind peer reviewed, or accepted at the discretion of the Editor in Chief.

Book Reviews
(approximately 1000 words)
Book reviews provide a general overview and also critically comment on recent texts published on space policy, politics and law. These are accepted at the discretion of the Editor in Chief. See the section of the blog on “New Publications” for books that are out and may still need someone to review them. If there is one you would like to review, contact the Editor at and I will have you ordered a gratiz copy from the relevant publisher. For a useful guide, see the LSE Blog Post “How to Write a Book Review“.

Responses to articles
(1000 words) are replies to previously published material that contest particular standpoints or pick up on controversial elements of an argument.

The Calendar of space-related workshops, conferences and events is included in both the print journal and online. If you have an upcoming event you would like publicised in the journal, please contact the Editor directly at

Guide for Authors
Space Policy is published by Elsevier. See Elsevier’s “Guide for Authors“, which includes a guide for referencing and citations.

Publication timelines
As with all double blind peer review publications, it is difficult to say how long a full research article may take to advance through the process. However Space Policy aims to turn around any first round of peer review within 3 months at the most (and often faster). Revisions, where given, are then requested within a month, with final decision (or request for a second revision) after that point taking up to a month.

Accepted articles are sent to production, where it may take up to 6 weeks to confirm copyright documents, proof the article, etc (though this is often faster). The author’s own response time to the production team of course influences how fast this process ultimately takes.

Viewpoints, Reports, and Book Reviews (“minor publications”) are often processed faster given that they are not subject to double blind peer review.

Once through production, articles are then allocated to a forthcoming issue of the journal. Where an article is placed depends on timing of the article acceptance, amount of other material for the journal ‘in the pipeline’, and how a piece lines up with other content (i.e. being compiled to fit with other materials into a single issue, at the discretion of the Editor in Chief). Actual publication in hard copy may therefore take up to 6 months (though is often faster).

However Space Policy utilises Elsevier publishing’s tool called “Articles in Press”. With this tool, articles through production are published immediately online (where approximately 80% of Space Policy’s readership is), with a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), rather than a Volume and Issue number. It is then allocated to a print copy of the journal in time.

Guest blogs/ blog shares
(approximately 1000 words) If you would like to contribute a guest blog on a topic related to space policy and politics, or cross post a blog you have written on your own website, contact the Editor at

Papers (other than blogs and Calendar entries) should be submitted online. For detailed instructions please go to:

If this is the first time you have used the system you will be asked to register by clicking on ‘login’ and then selecting ‘create an account’. Full instructions on making your submission are provided. You should receive an acknowledgement within a few minutes. Thereafter, you will be kept in touch with the progress of your submission through refereeing, any revisions that are required, and – hopefully – to final acceptance.

Please note that submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the Journal should your piece be accepted. Submission to Space Policy implies that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere, nor is it under consideration by another journal. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editor.