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Australian Journal of Defence and Strategic Studies

Submission Guidelines

Call for Submissions

The AJDSS welcomes submissions considering future and contemporary concerns relevant to the defence and strategic outlook of Australia and the Indo-Pacific region.

Call for Submissions (2020-2021) (PDF flyer)

  • Submission Deadlines
  • General Information
    • Length and Types of Submissions
    • Themes
    • Contact Details
    • Formatting and style
    • Referencing
    • Biographies
    • Tables, figures and images
    • Declarations

Submissions Deadlines

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:

  • strategic lessons learnt from and future implications of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • the nature and character of war
  • the changing character of Australia’s defence and security environment
  • deterrence in contemporary statecraft and warfare
  • political warfare and how we operate in the ‘grey zone’
  • Australia’s future defence strategy and operational concepts
  • emerging technologies including information security, artificial intelligence and automation
  • strategic lessons learnt from and future defence and security implications of domestic and regional disaster relief operations.

Lengths and types of submissions

AJDSS considers:

  1. Scholarly research papers of 4000 to 6000 words excluding footnotes (to be peer reviewed)
  2. Commentary and opinion essays of 1500 to 4000 words (not peer reviewed)
  3. Reviews and review essays (generally by commission) of 800 to 2000 words
  4. Correspondence in response to articles of no more than 2000 words

General Information

When submitting to the AJDSS please include the following.

  1. Cover letter providing:
    • name and contact details of all the author/s,
    • the date of submission,
    • the type of submission (to be peer reviewed, commentary, review, correspondence),
    • the word count,
    • a brief introduction of the author’s purpose for the submission and how it relates to the journal’s themes and scope
  2. Abstract (no more than 300 words),
    • with suggested key words,
    • a list of diagrams, graphs or images (if any),
  3. The Manuscript, anonymised and in MS Word format;
  4. Short biography of the author/s (photos can also be submitted, optional) and the preferred name order.
  5. Declaration Statement as detailed below.

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.

Contact Details

Manuscripts should be submitted by email to:

Please review the editorial policies available on this site and the guidelines below before submission.


Formatting and style

  • Manuscripts should be provided in Microsoft Word format.
  • Standard fonts, double spacing and 12 pt size are preferred.
  • Please carefully 'spell check' and proofread your manuscript before submission.
  • Use Australian English spelling as per the Macquarie Dictionary (e.g. -ise not - ize).
  • As a general rule follow the guidelines of the Australian Government Manual of Style.
  • Titles, headings, sub-headings, illustrations and figure text should be in sentence style.
  • Italics should be used for in-text references to the titles of books, films, journals or newspaper articles and for words in languages other than English.
  • Single quotation marks should be used except when 'a quotation "is within" a quotation'.
  • Direct quotes of less than three lines of text can be including within body text using single quotation marks. Extracts or quotes longer than three lines should be in block text and do not require quotation marks.
  • As a general rule: em dashes separate, while en dashes link. Use an em dash to indicate an abrupt change in thought or to give greater emphasis; as an alternative to a colon or semicolon. Use an en dashes to link spans of numerals or dates.
  • Dates within text should be in the format — 12 June 2019 — except where the use of a numeral to begin a sentence may be confusing, in which case the date should be written in prose, e.g. 'The twelfth of June 2019'. Numerals should be in the format 1, 000, 000.
  • Authors should consider optimising their article titles for searchability. Ensure titles are unambiguous and indicate the broad subject matter of the manuscript.


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

As a general guide:

For books at first mention:

  1. First and surname name/s of author(s), editor(s) or institution
  2. Publication title in italics
  3. In brackets: place of publication, colon, publisher, comma, date of publication
  4. Page numbers.

For subsequent references: Surname, title, and page number/s

For journal articles at first mention:
  1. First and surname name/s of author(s), editor(s) or institution
  2. Article title in single quotes
  3. Journal name in italics
  4. Volume and Number in numerals, separated by commas,
  5. In brackets: date of publication, month and year if applicable)
  6. Colon followed by page number/s

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.

Tables, Figures and Images

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:

  • they are the copyright owner and provide the Commonwealth of Australia with right to publish the manuscript under a creative common copyright and have the authority to do so.
  • the work is original and not under consideration elsewhere.
  • the views and opinions provided in the submission reflect the views of the author/s and contributor/s and not those of the commonwealth Government, the Australian Defence Force or Australian Defence College. If required by their own institution authors should also declare whether their views are private or reflect the view of their employer or institution.
  • all individuals listed as authors qualify as authors and have approved the submitted version and order of names listed
  • they have gained permission to reproduce within the work any third party material (figures, photos, illustrations etc) or material previously published and provide evidence of the rights provided.
  • they have acknowledged any other relevant forms of support that contributed to the production of the manuscript
  • that they have no conflicts of interest or financial advantage in promoting the submission's conclusions, findings or research
  • they are complying with the requirements of and declaring any funding received to produced the article or research.

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.