Contribution Guidelines

The Dubai Policy Review (DPR) is a thought-leadership policy journal published by the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG). It aims to contribute to the advancement of government quality and the future of public policy, through rigorous and cutting-edge, yet accessible thinking and actionable practice-oriented knowledge. It offers authoritative insight on future trends, best practices, government challenges and contemporary policy dilemmas, from global thinkers in diverse public policy domains.

The topics covered by the DPR range widely from advances in and implications of economic policies, social policies, developmental policies, sustainability, digital transformation, innovation policies, emerging cyber dilemmas, to other traditional government areas such as leadership, healthcare, education, government performance and quality, to name a few.

When choosing what articles to publish, we look for the following qualities:

Policy relevance and future-focus: The range of possible topics is very wide and includes any aspect of policy and governance on a global level. However, articles need to tackle a policy challenge, response, opportunity or dilemma and be forward-looking.

Cases, evidence and examples: As this publication is targeting policymakers, articles would benefit a great deal from using specific examples from real-life governmental and policymaking situations, in countries, institutions and environments that may have implemented the discussed ideas or faced similar policy challenges.

Engaging for policymakers: The writing style should be appealing to the policy community, including government leaders and practitioners. This ideally includes well-argued thoughts backed with evidence and conveyed using a concise and direct approach. It would usually also include providing actionable policy recommendations and advice in an engaging style. Some examples of those include: 1) Pointy Op-Ed style, 2) Predictive style, 3) A numbered list, 4) “Explainers” or “Premiers”, 5) Summary of exciting research findings, 6) Answer to a critical question, 7) Trajectories or pathways, to name a few.

Preferred Length: The ideal length of an article would be 1,500-2,000 words but longer pieces are welcome if necessary, up to 5,000 words. In such cases, it will be necessary to break up the text with subheadings.

Visual representation: Where possible, data and visual representations would make articles more appealing. This may include figures, charts, graphics, infographics or tables that support and illustrate the arguments made. Please note that we have a creative team that can help in the redesign and formatting of the article and its supporting material in coordination with authors.

Print and Web publications: The article will be published online and in a printed format. As such, for the former, in-text hyperlinks to sources and referenced material would be highly useful when applicable.

Language: Submissions may be accepted in Arabic and English. Final articles will be translated to the other language.

Submission Process

We encourage authors looking to publish with the DPR to submit a short abstract for consideration by the editors. You can submit your abstract through the form on the website with all other required information.

After consideration of the relevance and rigor of the ideas presented in the abstract, a 1,500-2000 words (or more) article will be requested for evaluation by the editorial board.

Due to the format and style requirements of the DPR, you may be asked to make several revisions to your work before it is published.

In all cases, the Dubai Policy Review editorial board has the full discretion to accept, reject, or review accepted articles. Articles, media, titles, and all other material within accepted articles may be modified in coordination with authors, to meet editorial standards and requirements.