The Institute publishes three quarterly journals, the Journal of Palestine Studies, Jerusalem Quarterly, and Majallat al-Dirasat al-Filastiniyya (in Arabic), which are independently edited in Washington, Ramallah, and Beirut, respectively. With readerships consisting of academics, experts, students, activists, writers, and journalists, the quarterlies each have a distinctive character, though all benefit from cooperation and the pooling of information, expertise, and materials from their respective fields. The journals publish peer-reviewed academic articles in addition to reports, interviews, book reviews, and other material, and are widely viewed as indispensable resources for research on Palestine.
Since its foundation, IPS has published over 800 books, monographs, occasional papers, and documentary collections in English, Arabic, and French. The Institute commissions original studies and publishes works not only on Palestinian history and the origins and evolution of the question of Palestine, but also on Palestinian collective memory, identity, and heritage; the Zionist movement and Israel; and international diplomacy, with particular reference to the United Nations and the role of the United States. Many of its books are considered standard references and are widely cited as authoritative sources on the question of Palestine; some of them have been jointly published with major university presses.
IPS organizes numerous conferences, workshops, seminars, lectures, and other events, on a wide variety of topics. It holds an annual conference in Palestine, which usually takes place in Ramallah, often with video links to other centers of Palestinian life, such as Jerusalem, Gaza, Haifa, and Nazareth. These conferences as well as events in Beirut, Washington DC, and elsewhere often draw large audiences of academics, students, journalists, activists, and interested members of the public. Some workshops are focused on specialized topics and open only to small groups of participants. An annual lecture in honor of Constantine Zurayk usually concerns intellectual, cultural, and political themes, and an annual seminar in honor of Burhan Dajani often focuses on economic issues and development.
The IPS blog, Palestine Square, is a lively forum for the dissemination of ideas by opinion makers on the latest developments concerning Palestine. It hosts analysis and commentary by IPS researchers as well as by contributors to its books, journals, and conferences.
The Constantine Zurayk Library, housed in the IPS main headquarters in Beirut, is a unique resource for research and scholarship on Palestine, and includes a wide range of reference works, books, and periodicals, in Arabic, English, French, and Hebrew. The collection also comprises rare books, archival materials, personal papers, and a wealth of historical photographs, some of which are in the process of being digitized. Its main mission is threefold: to preserve Palestinian cultural heritage, historical memory, and intellectual production; to monitor developments concerning the question of Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict; and to make these resources accessible to the public in the most efficient way. Since its establishment in 1963, thousands of scholars, journalists, diplomats, and others have visited the library's premises in Beirut. In addition to providing direct services to its visitors, the library's staff also responds to a range of inquiries from scholars concerning sources of information and research tools.
IPS has assembled a number of databases and collections of documents on the question of Palestine that constitute a rich source of information for researchers and scholars. The Interactive Encyclopedia of the Palestine Question is a project developed in collaboration with the Palestinian Museum. Other online resources include a daily Chronology of events relating to Palestine from 1982 onwards, the Israeli Settlement Monitor comprising documents and maps pertaining to Israeli settlement activity in the occupied territories, United States Congress resolutions and statements concerning the Arab-Israeli conflict, a daily newsletter featuring selections from the Hebrew press, and the Palestine Social History Archives incorporating historical documents and personal papers from prominent historical figures. IPS is in the process of acquiring and disseminating a range of other original resources and making them available in digital format for users.