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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted in English;
  • As a general rule, manuscripts of major articles should be no longer than 7000 words;
  • Briefing notes should be between 1200 to 1800 words;
  • Book reviews must be in the range of 750 to 1000 words;
  • All manuscripts must be submitted in Word format (.docx), OpenOffice, or RTF document file format at jicw.org;
  • Manuscripts should conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Manual). All headings, subheadings, reference lists, etc., must follow the latest APA standards;
  • All submissions must include an abstract of 100-150 words setting out the intent, main objectives, as well as the results/conclusions of the work. These summaries should be placed immediately below the paper title, author and institutional affiliation;
  • Biographies of the first author and/or corresponding author within 150 words. This should include the name, rank, educational background, research field, etc.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor);
  • Where available, URLs and DOI's for the references have been provided;
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Submissions must adhere to the following formatting standards:

Format: Authors are required to follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA Manual). All headings, subheadings, reference lists, etc., must follow the latest APA standards.

Abstract included: 100-150 words setting out the intent, main objectives, as well as the results/conclusions of the work. These summaries should be placed immediately below the paper title, author and institutional affiliation.

Author Biography: Biographies of the first author and/or corresponding author within 150 words. This should include the name, rank, educational background, research field, etc.

General Guidelines:

The Journal for Intelligence, Conflict, and Warfare has a preference for submissions with a clearly defined security problem, clearly defined arguments, and a full discussion of counterarguments. We welcome pieces from all security perspectives, but we have a preference for submissions from a non-traditional perspective.

Length Format:

Briefing Note: 1200-1800 words

Article: max. 7000 words

Book Review: 750-1000 words

Briefing Note Guidelines:

  1. Purpose Statement
    • This provides an overview of why the BN is required. It defines (role and purpose) any actions that need to be taken to address a security problem.
  1. The Security Problem
    • The security problem must be clearly defined. For example, if there was a riot, what was the role and purpose or intention of the riot? This way, we distinguish between describing acts or actions that occurred (the immediate cause) and defining the act. What is the immediate cause? Why is this a problem? For whom is it a problem? What are the underlying causes which are expressed in the form of the immediate cause, immediate actions, or immediate events?
  1. Background and Key Facts
    • A brief summary of the background – why do we need this BN. Good Background presents two perspectives: that of the referent object and subject.
  1. Implications
    • They should be concise
  1. Alternative perspectives
    • Community impact assessments on the affected community are a good way of representing potential alternative perspectives.
  1. What is not known
    • What information is missing or needed?
  1. Next steps
    • What do we need to obtain the required missing information?
  1. Available options
    • Consider the following options or sub-options…
  1. Recommendation and Justification

Briefing Note Template

Book Review Guidelines:

The book's contents should be concisely stated, and the majority of the review should be dedicated to the assessment of the book's strengths and weaknesses. Rather than an in-depth listing of what is found in each of the book's chapters, the reviewer should emphasize what is most significant in the volume, the adequacy of the methods deployed, and the overall worth of the text. The issues addressed in the review could include some of the following:

  • What are the origins of the text? How did it come to be produced?
  • What is the book generally about? What is the intent of the author in writing the book (e.g., scholarship, entertainment, political partisanship, etc.)?
  • What theory is employed, if any?
  • Is the author's perspective critical?
  • What is the line of argument?
  • What evidence is used? Is it timely? Credible?
  • How is the material organized and structured?
  • To what extent does the author achieve his/her goals?
  • Is the standpoint appropriate to the intentions and the subject matter?
  • Do the steps in the argument follow logically?
  • Are there hidden assumptions? Biases?
  • Are the claims following from the argument well supported by evidence?
  • Is the work generally persuasive? Why or why not?
  • Is the work generally consistent (i.e., are there contradictions)?
  • To what extent does the book make a scholarly, academic, and/or substantive contribution?

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