Instruction for Authors


The Baku Research Institute accepts submissions in all fields. The primary requirement is that,  to appeal to our readers, articles should be either entirely theoretical or related to Azerbaijan. Submissions must be written in Azerbaijani or English, and should be one of five types: Research, Analytical, Opinion, Translation, or Response. We ask prospective authors to check whether their article meets the following conditions before submitting it:

Research and Analytical Articles:

1. Pay attention to the article’s structure. An Introduction, a Main Body (including various subheadings), and a Conclusion should be clearly distinguished from one another. The Introduction and Conclusion sections may each account for about 10% of the entire article (for example, in a 5,000-word article, the Introduction and Conclusion should be about 500 words each, although it is not a problem if the Conclusion is shorter). The Main Body can be divided into one or more subheadings, at the author’s discretion.

2. In the Introduction, the author should state the problem without going into detail and advance their argument clearly. The author’s argument should be clear from the article’s first paragraph. The questions the author must answer in the Introduction are as follows:

a. What is the topic? Within this topic, what is the problem?
b. Why should the reader be interested in this problem? Whom does the author see as their ideal reader, i.e. to whom is the article addressed: experts, students, a general audience, etc.?
c. What has been written in the academic literature on this topic that must be taken into account? What different views are represented in the current academic debate? What are the claims of the different parties to the debate?
d. What is the author’s own claim and what gap does it fill in the academic literature? Does the author take the side of any of the parties to the existing academic debate? Are they defending any party to the debate or strengthening its claims?
e. What is the author’s conclusion or finding? Note your conclusion in the Introduction.

3. In the Main Body, the author should clarify the theoretical issues brought up in the Introduction, explain them, and substantiate their claim and conclusion with relevant arguments.

4. In the Conclusion, the author should summarize the article and present it to the reader, without advancing any additional new ideas, arguments, or claims. The Conclusion is a paraphrase of the Introduction. The author is also free to recommend further research(ers) or articles in the Conclusion.

Opinion Pieces:

Opinion Pieces may be about issues of public importance that are currently topics of discussion or that the author believes should be discussed. Rules #1, 3, and 4 listed above apply in full, and sections a, b, and e of Rule #2 also apply to Opinion Pieces. Sections c and d of Rule #2 have been adapted as follows:

c. What has been written on this topic that should be taken into account in public discussions (or in other forums, such as analytical journals, op-eds, etc.)? What different views are represented in the current debate? What are the claims of the different parties to the debate?
d. What is the author’s own claim and what gap does it fill in the current debate? Does the author take the side of any of the parties to the existing debate? Are they defending any party to the debate or strengthening its claims?


In addition, we accept critical Responses to any article we have published of any type. We ask authors to make sure that their submissions meet the following conditions:

1. Since they are short, Responses are not divided into sections like other articles. Rather, the first paragraph will be assumed to be the introduction and the final paragraph the conclusion.

2. The first paragraph should clearly state which article the author is criticizing, and the rest of the article should state what exactly the author objects to in the abovementioned article and then defend that position.

3. Responses should not discuss opinions that were not included and/or advanced in the article being criticized. Criticism should focus on the existing text and its errors.


We ask translators first to let us know which text they would like to translate and to explain its significance. If copyright permission is required for the translation of the text, it is the responsibility of the translator to obtain it. There is no word limit for translations.

Word Limits:

All types of articles may be submitted either in Azerbaijani or English (at the author’s discretion). The word limit for each type of article, including the bibliography, is as follows:

1. Research Articles: 6,000-8,000 words.
2. Analytical Articles: 3,000-5,000 words.
3. Opinion Pieces: 2,000-3,000 words.
4. Responses: 1,500-2,000 words.

Citation Rules:

The author can use both in-text citation and footnote styles for reference. The main thing is that the same style must be used consistently throughout the text. Authors who choose to use in-text citations can consult the following guide for additional information:


If you would like to send us your article, please follow the relevant rules above according to the article type, and email it to [email protected]. If you would like to write an article for us but it is not yet ready, then send a maximum one-page outline (abstract) of the topic you want to write about to the same email address and be sure to clarify in your outline the issues described in Rule 2. If we approve the outline, then you can begin writing the article.

Editing process:

We will contact each author after their submission is evaluated by the editorial staff. This process can take up to a month. Submissions are divided into four sections after evaluation: (1) accepted without modification; (2) accepted with minor modifications; (3) accepted with serious modifications; or (4) not accepted. If your article is accepted, it will be sent back to you for correction along with comments from the editors. However, if the article is not accepted, you will simply receive a notification to that effect.