The AJDSS welcomes submissions considering future and contemporary concerns relevant to the defence and strategic outlook of Australia and the Indo-Pacific region.
Submissions are accepted at any time, however, please note the following cut off dates.
Vol 2. No. 2 - 30 August 2020
Vol 3. No. 1 - 30 November 2020
Vol 3. No. 2 - 31 May 2021
The AJDSS is interested in academic articles and commentary on the following topics:
When submitting to the AJDSS please include the following.
Academic articles undergo a double-blind peer review process. This process can be lengthy (up to 12 weeks); and reviews may recommend revision and resubmission. Please see the Editorial Policies for further details on the peer review process.
Submissions of commentary, reviews and correspondence are assessed by the editorial office and editorial review board; every effort is made to provide responses within 8-12 weeks from submission.
Book reviews should include the full title, author, publisher, year of publication and ISBN details of the work being reviewed. If submitting an unsolicited book review please provide a cover image of the title.
In general, please write for a sophisticated general audience using plain English. Try to avoid management speak, military jargon and excessive acronyms. It is also better to not assume knowledge of specialised subject matter or technology.
Manuscripts should be submitted by email to: email@example.com
Please review the editorial policies available on this site and the guidelines below before submission.
AJDSS prefers authors to cite references with sequential superscript Arabic numerals with full details of the source in footnotes at the bottom of the page following the Notes style as outlined in the Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition. See www.chicagomanualofstyle.org.
As a general guide:
For books at first mention:
For subsequent references: Surname, title, and page number/sFor journal articles at first mention:
For subsequent mentions: Surname, article title in quote marks (shortened forms if unambiguous), page number/s if appropriate.
Please do not use in-text author-date references in parenthesises.
Bibliographies are not necessary.
Citations, quotes and additional commentary should be kept to a minimum.
Superscript note identifiers should be placed at the end of a sentence or clause (not immediately after the words to which they relate) and before punctuation marks, except in circumstances where doing so would create unnecessary confusion.
Online sources should include a full hyperlink address and the date sourced.
List Digital Object Identifiers (doi) if applicable.
Authors are asked to include a brief biography outlining professional position titles, associations, and expertise of approximately 100 to 150 words. An accompanying photograph of the author/s may also be submitted.
When submitting your manuscript list all tables, figures, charts, maps, graphics, illustrations or photographs on the title page and send items separately in their original format ( pdf, tiff or jpeg files). Inserted files within a Word document are not sufficient.
Authors are responsible for ensuring they have appropriate copyright permission to use third-party materials (such as images, tables etc) and must be able to provide evidence of the permissions given. All supplementary material should be of sufficient quality to be replicable to publication standard. Tables, diagrams, charts etc. should be at finished size (i.e. not enlarged) and 600 dpi or higher.
Photographs must be of at least 300 dpi and at finished size resolution.
Authors should indicate in parenthesis where in the text they wish supplementary material to appear, along with the accompanying headings or text. However, the layout designer and editorial office decide on the final placement and size of tables and graphics.
Tables, figures, charts, maps, graphics and illustrations should be clear, relevant and comprehensible without reference to the text. Avoid unnecessary complexity in colour, shading and linework that may not reproduce well, particularly avoid layering text with shaded or coloured sections.
AJDSS generally commissions reviews, however unsolicited reviews will be considered. Authors interested in writing a review of a particular work should contact the editorial office via email prior to submission. Reviews can include books, podcasts, films or documentaries or other scholarly resources.
Reviews should be original, current, engaging and contribute thoughtfully to the understanding, interests and concerns of AJDSS readers. They should be well reasoned, contextual and evidenced through appropriate examples from the material under review.
Reviews should be between 800 and 2000 words and follow the same formatting guidelines as other submissions. Review essays that compare and contrast multiple works may be longer and should be discussed with the managing editor prior to submission.
Reviews, as with other submissions, should express ideas clearly and in a logical manner, use plain English and conform to Australian spelling conventions. Do not assume the reader has prior knowledge and expertise in the subject matter or understands technical jargon, abbreviations or the terminology of specialist fields.
When submitting work for consideration authors should attach a declaration statement confirming that:
If selected for publication authors are required to sign an Intellectual Property Licence Consent Deed in line with the Australian Journal of Defence and Strategic Studies publication under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence. Please see the Editorial Policies for further details.