Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in submitting an article for publication in The CIP Report. All submissions should be e-mailed to Christie Jones at Before sending your article, please review our guidelines below and our Upcoming Topics page. To allow adequate time for editing and review, we ask that all articles for a particular topic be submitted by the end of the first week of the month.

Length Constraints

Articles should be approximately 1500 words, but no more than 2000.


Please use Chicago Style endnotes for all citations. Do not include a bibliography. A quick-guide for the Chicago Manual of Style with examples of common citation formats is available at The notes citation formats are preceded by a number marker.

Author Biographies

Feel free to include a short author biography or organization description of no more than 75 words.


While authors are encouraged to include visual images with their submissions, we ask that you limit the images to those that are illustrative and germane of information presented in the article. If the image has not been created by you, please provide the source of and/or link to the image, preferably including a source citation in the endnotes. For all images not available online, please submit files separately in jpeg or png format, even if the image is also embedded in the text of the article.

Internal Review Process

If your organization has an internal review process or is subject to a review process due to its association with the federal government, please let us know.

Republication and Redistribution of The CIP Report

If you or your organization wishes to republish or redistribute The CIP Report, you may do so with attribution.

Final Publication Authority and Discretion

CIP/HS retains final authority and discretion regarding the publication of The CIP Report, including the final content and format of each article. CIP/HS also retains the right to refuse publication of submitted articles upon review.

Copyright and License Terms

By submitting an article for publication in The CIP Report, you agree to provide CIP/HS a non-exclusive license to reproduce, distribute, display, and alter the submitted work for publication, as well as permission to use the author’s name and likeness on materials related to the article’s publication, including online and print materials relating to The CIP Report.

Exceptions and Amendments

We reserve the right to change these terms and guidelines at any time through updates made on the Center’s website. An author may seek an exception to any of these guidelines by including a request with or following the submission of an article. All requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the editors of The CIP Report.