Manuscript Preparation and Submission Requirements for the Journal of Strategic Security

The Journal of Strategic Security (JSS) publishes review articles, original empirical research, and analytic/conceptual works that contribute to a better understanding of security-related threats and ways to prevent or mitigate their impact. Each article should include implications for policy and practice. This document describes the formatting requirements for manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Strategic Security.


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Online Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted online via the JSS online manuscript submission and review system. Instructions for creating a user account and using the electronic system can be found here:

Manuscript Style

  • Authors are responsible for ensuring that their manuscripts conform to the journal style.
  • Abstract. Manuscripts should include an abstract of no more than 200 words. There is a text area for you to copy-and-paste your abstract directly through the online submission process.
  • Author Biography. Manuscripts should include a brief, one-paragraph author biography. See past articles on the JSS website for reference.
  • Keywords. Manuscripts should include four to six keywords that characterize the topic. Keywords should be entered where indicated through the online submission process. A complete list of JSS keywords is available here for your reference: JSS Keywords (Excel worksheet)
  • Citations. The Journal of Strategic Security uses a footnote-based referencing style based on The Chicago Manual Style Guide. Proper footnote formatting is imperative. Please see full footnote style guide here: Citation Guide (PDF document)
  • Length. Articles published by the Journal of Strategic Security are typically about 3,00 to 5,000 words in length. Occasionally, the Journal will consider publication of shorter or longer articles on a case-by-case basis. Authors should note the reason for substantially longer or shorter articles at the time of submission and may do so by contacting the editors.
  • Original Work. All submissions must be original and not draw substantially from previously published work.

Formatting Requirements

  • Manuscripts should be prepared and submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx ) format. They should not be submitted in PDF format.
  • Manuscripts should be single-spaced and left-justified, so that the right margin is ragged
  • A single line space should be inserted between each new paragraph. New paragraphs should be left-justified, not indented or tabbed.
  • Font:
    1. Main Body—11.5 pt. Georgia font, Multiple Line Spacing 1.2
    2. Main Headers—14 pt. Georgia font, Bold-faced
    3. Sub-Headers—12 pt. Georgia font, Italicized
    4. Footnotes—10 pt. Georgia font, single-spaced
  • Margins: Manuscripts should have 1.5” inch margins on the Left and Right, and 1” margins on the top and bottom of the page.
  • All abbreviations/acronyms should be defined at their first use.
  • Foreign words and phrases should be italicized in each instance.
  • Long quotations (more than three lines) should be set off from the surrounding text by additional space above and below; use quotation marks and footnote the reference with a full citation.
  • Page numbers should be included at the bottom right of each page.
  • Manuscripts should be carefully proofread to ensure that they contain no typographical, spelling or grammatical errors.
  • Images, figures, and Tables:
    • To the extent possible, images and figures should appear in the document where they are referenced in the text.
    • All images must be included with your submission and saved as high-resolution .jpg or .gif files. High resolution means at least 300 dots per inch (DPI) and at least 800×800 pixels in size. Images created in Word are generally not of sufficient quality and will not typically be accepted.
    • Tables should appear in the document where they are referenced in the text.

Substantive and Structural Guidelines

The Journal of Strategic Security looks for analytical, well-reasoned, and carefully researched arguments that expand and improve discourse on important strategic security issues. Arguments should be clearly constructed and well-documented. The Journal does not accept undocumented opinion pieces or descriptive papers that fail to provide new insights on an issue. Articles should encourage readers to think about a subject in a new light, provide an assessment of new developments, or add substantive knowledge to the existing literature.

JSS readers include researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers in the field of strategic security studies, and authors should be mindful of this diverse audience.

The Journal of Strategic Security looks for articles that include the following elements:

  • Introduction—should state the author’s purpose and present a clearly defined thesis statement. The author should present a concise “roadmap” that helps the reader anticipate the structure of the article.
  • Body—each section of the article should be relevant to the author’s thesis. Every word should count. Every paragraph should begin with a central idea followed by properly cited supporting evidence. Authors should also remember to include and address counterarguments.
  • Conclusion—the conclusion should summarize the main points of the argument as they relate to the central thesis. The author should suggest courses of action or policy recommendations. The Journal of Strategic Security looks for papers that are not just descriptive, but analytic and/or prescriptive—revealing important insights and developing creative strategies for the future.
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