Young Journal of European Affairs

The Young Journal of European Affairs (YJEA) was founded as a junior journal by students at the University of Munich in April 2020. Since then, we have published yearly issues, established a blog on careers in International Relations and analyses of EU politics and policy, co-organised a student conference on political representation in 2021 and built a network of seasoned scholars from around the world to provide our authors with high-quality feedback they would rarely receive elsewhere. From the very beginning of their studies, we offer university students an alternative to discarding their manuscripts right after handing them in for grading. We provide them with the rigorous challenge of showing experienced scholars the potential of their work and with opportunities to learn key qualifications for a career in academia and beyond. Would you like to benefit from such an experience as well? Then submit your manuscript and work with us to share your ideas with the world! As a student journal, publication in the YJEA is open access and 100% free of charge. The topics addressed in our journal cover a wide variety of EU-related issues. While this list is certainly only indicative and not exclusive, most of the articles we have published so far tackle questions in one of the following five fields:

European Public Policy

European Integration

European Foreign, Security and Defence Policy

European Political Economy

Global Governance Perspectives on the EU

Read our third issue!

We are very happy to present to you the third issue of the Young Journal of European Affairs (YJEA) published in December 2023! Check out the three articles by our student authors as well as the insights from Prof Dr Jeremy Richardson, founder and co-editor of the Journal of European Public Policy (JEPP), into the world of academic publishing. Feel free to share this issue with your friends and colleagues or on social media (and don’t forget to tag the YJEA).


Download the complete third issue of the Young Journal of European Affairs (YJEA).

Ciuhandu, Eduard-Alex (2023): Spending, Ideology, and Redistribution – A Comparative Analysis of Inequality in the EU Countries of the 21st Century

Engel, Jonas (2023): Regional Integration and Welfare State Generosity – A Synthetic Counterfactual Analysis of the EMU


Greiwe, Johanna (2023): EU Policymaking in Times of Crisis – Analysing EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia under the Lens of Crisisification

Extended Deadline!

Are you curious to hand in your own manuscript for consideration in the next issue of the YJEA? Don’t hesitate to share your work with us! We accept submissions 365 days a year and will get back to you with feedback as soon as possible. For your chance of still making it into the fourth issue, submit by our extended deadline on May 15. Make sure to read our submission guidelines and some of our previously published articles to get an idea of what we are looking for.

Why you should work with us


Since 2020, we have published yearly issues in 2021, 2022 and 2023. Our team has worked on 60+ original manuscripts, ensuring high-quality feedback through reviews by our Editorial Board and experienced academics in a double-blind peer-reviewing process. Furthermore, we co-organised an academic conference on political representation for students in 2021, for which we worked on another 20+ manuscripts.


Besides the journal, we have established a student blog, publishing an interview series about doing good research in IR, career interviews with seasoned professionals and academics and essays on EU politics and policy. In addition to our own contributions, we have published six guest articles to date. If your manuscript does not fit the journal, there is always the option of publishing a shorter piece on our blog.


During the review process, we are assisted by 60+ academics from around the world, ranging from PhD-level researchers to professors. Our peer reviewers work at 25+ universities, including leading institutions in Germany, the US, the UK, Italy, Austria and Switzerland. For each submission, we try to include reviewers from different countries, institutions and career stages.


Our team members have gained significant experience reviewing manuscripts over the past four years. Our 26 members to date have studied at institutions in multiple countries, including the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Columbia University, the Central European University, the Graduate Institute Geneva, the University of Munich, the University of Mannheim, and more.

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