About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Flux: International Relations Review is an undergraduate run academic journal at McGill University which publishes student international relations research. The journal publishes work from a broad range of disciplines including historical international relations, foreign policy and foreign affairs, international law, political economy, human rights, and international institutions. 

Peer Review Process

All articles are first reviewed by the editor-in-chief and returning editors to ensure the fit with the focus and scope of the journal and the basic selection criteria. Papers which meet the criteria are sent to be peer reviewed. Each article receives at least two peer reviews from current students. The editorial board reviews the peer reviews and articles to select articles for each issue.

Publication Frequency

The journal is published twice a year, once at the beginning of January and once in April.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Journal History

The first print issue of Flux, known at the time as The McGill International Review (MIR), was published in the Winter of 2000.The publication provided a new platform for discussion of international relations, catered specifically to the young academia. From its founding year in 2000 up until 2004, MIR published bi-annually, successfully garnering a strong audience base within and beyond McGill’s academic circles. Following a temporary hiatus, MIR was relaunched in 2010 with a new mandate to better cater to the needs of the publication’s biggest readership by including the undergraduate student body. With its new vision to create a journal made for and by the undergraduate community of McGill, MIR gradually became an accessible outlet for student discourse. The platform was reformatted in 2013 under the supervision of then Vice President of Internal Operations to engage wider readership. 2016-17 saw an exponential growth in readership, a dramatic increase in high quality submissions, and the production of more professionalized media projects (teaser videos, short documentaries, dynamic interviews with high-profile figures, podcasts, etc.) This team effort earned MIR its first nomination for Publication of the Year by the Student Society of McGill University (SSMU), as well as numerous academic citations. In 2017, the editor-in-chiefs assumed seats on the IRSAM Board of Directors for the first time in the publication’s history becoming independent portfolios of IRSAM. In 2018, the two wings of the publications split into the McGill International Review (Online) the online news outlet and Flux: International Relations Review the undergraduate academic journal. Since then, Flux is published twice a year, at the end of the fall and winter semesters.