Canada-Asia Agenda Submission Guidelines

Canada-Asia Agenda is an online public policy publication series of research-based analysis focused on contemporary issues and events in Asia created to inform discussion on Canada-Asia relations.

As a public policy and international affairs outlet, Canada-Asia Agenda is grounded in evidence-based analysis and recommendation formulation.

We welcome submissions from academics, journalists, policy analysts, and other experts who have specialized knowledge in Asia Pacific politics, diplomacy, security, economics, business, social change, innovation, geography, education, culture, and media.

Whether submissions are solicited or not, we work with the authors to adapt the content, style, and format of each piece to match the priorities set by our editorial committee, and to reach the widest possible audience.

Our readership is large and diverse, including academics, government and ex-government officials, journalists, students, and the general public.

Publication under the Canada-Asia Agenda banner provides authors with:

  • wider exposure of their work;
  • new channels of distribution; and,
  • a global platform to contribute in a meaningful way to Canadian dialogue and opinion on Asia.

If you are interested in contributing to Canada-Asia Agenda, please review the submissions guidelines and requirements below. We also encourage you to browse recent Canada-Asia Agenda publications to become familiar with the types of topics covered and our preferred writing style. Depending on the topic proposed, our editorial committee may be able to provide specific examples of past issues and work with you in identifying a precise topic and structure that also aligns with the priorities of APF Canada.

Submission Guidelines

We will only consider for review submissions that meet the following criteria:

  • Provides new information and/or a fresh perspective on current events in Asia or an issue relevant to the contemporary Canada-Asia relationship.
  • Is written in a non-academic, evidence-based analysis style for audiences that are knowledgeable about Asia, but not necessarily subject matter experts.
  • Includes a section that demonstrates implications for Canada, and/or why Canadians should be concerned about the topic.
  • Fits within the research topics identified as relevant and of high priority by our editorial committee.

Unsolicited Submissions

Authors should contact APF Canada prior to submitting an unsolicited piece. Please send a brief self-introduction and a 200-word (or less) proposal to Scott Harrison at Once your proposal is accepted, you will be asked to submit a full-length piece and adapt the style of that submission to our Canada-Asia Agenda format, which can be reviewed on our website. You may receive some consultative feedback during the review process, which we will require you to incorporate into your final piece as appropriate. The editorial team will work with you to address suggested revisions, prior to re-submission.

Solicited Submissions

Solicited authors are contacted by members of the editorial team of the Canada-Asia Agenda based on their expertise and pre-identified topics of interests. The editorial team will work with the author on determining a clear and precise topic for their piece, and authors will be provided with some examples of past issues that may serve as examples. Full articles will be reviewed using the same criteria as any other pieces, including the writing style. The editorial team will work with you to address suggested revisions, prior to re-submission.

Additional Requirements

Articles should be between 2,000 and 2,500 words, not including title, author’s name and endnotes.

Articles should have no more than five endnotes. We encourage authors to use hyperlinks rather than endnotes. Please embed the hyperlink directly in the text, followed by the full URL in parentheses.

Paragraphs should be short (3-5 sentences), with frequent use of subheadings.

Author(s) should submit a 1-2-line bio.

We encourage authors to include images, tables, charts or figures; these should be copyright-cleared and submitted as separate JPEG, Microsoft Excel or PowerPoint files. Authors should indicate directly in the body copy where these items should be placed (e.g. “Insert Table 1 Here”).

All submissions go through a review process so please note that an invitation to submit or unsolicited submission does not guarantee publication. Canada-Asia Agenda is not an academic publication. It has a rigorous review process that helps ensure that the contribution is optimally configured for both a policy-making audience and an engaged public. In some cases, authors may be required to work closely with members of the editorial team to revise their piece.       

Please send unsolicited pitches or direct any questions to Scott Harrison at


We provide a CA$750 honorarium for all submissions that are published as a Canada-Asia Agenda. This payment is made through APF Canada’s research grants program, funded through the proceeds of an endowment established by the Government of Canada. Our grants program is designed to support research and informed discussion on Canada’s relations with Asia.

Recipients of a Canada Asia Agenda grant will be issued a T4A.

The Foundation reserves the right to cite the results of research funded under the grants program, and grant recipients may be called upon for media and outreach activities co-ordinated by APF Canada.

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