Since its foundation, IPS has published over 600 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 genesis and evolution of the Palestine problem, but also on Palestinian collective memory, identity, and heritage; the Zionist movement and Israel; international diplomacy (with particular reference to the United Nations and the role of the United States); and the peace negotiations.
Many of the leading Arab scholars working in this field have served for various periods of time on the staff of one of the IPS offices, contributed to IPS publications, or received research fellowships from the Institute.
The Institute publishes four quarterly journals in English, French, and Arabic, which are independently edited from Washington, Ramallah, Paris, and Beirut. With different readerships consisting of academics, experts, students, activists, writers and journalists, the four quarterlies each have a distinctive character, though all benefit from cooperation among them and the pooling of information, expertise, and materials from their respective fields.
Revue d'études palestiniennes
IPS organizes and participates in international seminars, conferences and book fairs, the most important of which is the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) conference, held annually in the United States. The Institute also holds brainstorming seminars that bring together senior IPS research staff, selected guests, and outside scholars.