Submission Guidelines

The Social Impact Review features articles, op-ed commentaries, academic research, interviews, and reviews of relevant social impact-related books, speakers, panels, or conferences.  It addresses the following major social impact themes and pathways and leadership is a cross-cutting theme throughout: 

  • Climate & Environmental Solutions  
  • Democracy, Law & Human Rights 
  • Education 
  • Health 
  • Racial & Gender Equity 
  • Social Enterprise & Economic Development

The Social Impact Review is soliciting original articles with persuasive arguments, compelling narrative, and clear policy recommendations.  All authors are encouraged to submit articles, including those who do not have an affiliation with Harvard.

Eligible Formats of Submission: 

  • Original Articles must be between 1,000 - 2,500 words and include references where appropriate. 
  • Op-Ed Commentaries on a timely and relevant social issue must be between 800 - 1,200 words and include references where appropriate. 
  • Reviews of relevant social impact-related books, speakers, panels, or conferences must be between 800 - 1,200 words and must include the full citation, including publisher and year of publication, if applicable.
  • Academic Research must be between 2,000 - 6,000 words, and must include an abstract of no more than 100 words.  

All submissions should:  

  • be the author’s original work in the English language. 
  • be formatted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). 
  • be saved in the following format: LAST NAME - TITLE
  • properly credit all sources through formal citations.
  • include any figures, tables, and charts as separate files. 
  • not have been previously published. 

With each submission, please include the author’s full name, e-mail address, a brief biography of no more than 150 words, and a high-resolution professional headshot.

Selected authors for digital submissions may be asked to perform additional fact-checking or editing before publication; compliance with these requests is required for publication.

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