International Journal of Security Studies & Practice

Submission Guidelines


Types of Articles Accepted for Submission

The journal is published in four sections. Each section is described below:

Book Reviews Section

Book Reviews provide thoughtful and reasoned evaluations of current books on subjects within the journal’s scope and focus. Book Reviews articles are editor-reviewed (they are not peer-reviewed). They should include a brief summary of the book’s content and purpose and avoid highly technical terms or jargon. They should not exceed 1,500 words in length. Submission should be identified as Book Review. Please do not include an abstract.

Practice and Perspectives Section

Practice and Perspectives pieces are intended to provide a forum for authors to discuss from a personal viewpoint experiences, models, issues, and/or ideas within the journal’s scope and focus. Practice and Perspective articles are editor-reviewed (they are not peer-reviewed).They may be opinionated but should remain balanced and are intended to stimulate discussion and new approaches. They should not exceed 7,000 words in length, have no abstract, a minimal number of references (no more than ten), and no figures or tables. Submission should be identified as Practice Perspectives.

Focus Articles Section

Focus articles are short, timely pieces spotlighting issues, policy, and/or research within the journal’s scope and focus. Focus articles are editor-reviewed (they are not peer-reviewed). They should not exceed 10,000 words in length (including abstract of 250 words or less, main text, references and figure legend). They should have a short pithy title, no more than twenty references, and one figure (with figure legend) or table. Submission should be identified as Focus Article.

Peer Reviewed Articles Section

Peer Reviewed Articles offer significant contributions to the scholarship within the journal’s field, scope, and focus, and are double-blind peer reviewed. They should contain original research using quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods research to address a particular problem or answer a specific question/s. Articles that seek to replicate research, meta-analysis articles, or articles that expand or refine existing theory, develop a new theory, or analyze an existing theory may be considered (see Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, The Official Guide to APA Style, Seventh Edition, 2020). They should not exceed 20,000 words in length. They should have an abstract of no more than 250 words, and they should include up to six figures and/or tables and around 40 references. Submission should be identified as a Scholarly Article.

Who Can Submit?

Students, faculty, practitioners, and experts in fields broadly related to national and international security may submit a manuscript in one of the above categories for consideration. Authors must own the copyright to their work, or the copyright owner must authorize the work to be considered for submission to the IJoSS&P. (Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their work, unless as a condition of their employment, their employer owns the copyright to their work.)

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Prior Publication Rules

Previously published articles in journals or books, print or electronic, will not be considered. However, pre-publication versions (e.g., working paper series) of manuscripts that have not been submitted to another publisher may be submitted to the IJoSS&P. Once submitted to the IJoSS&P, the author agrees not to submit to another publisher until after a decision has been rendered by the IJoSS&P editors. If a manuscript is published elsewhere, the author must immediately withdraw their submission to the IJoSS&P. If you have concerns about the submission terms, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Please see Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. It is the author's responsibility to submit the article as PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format), or as a Microsoft Word file.

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Rights for Authors and Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository

The IJoSS&P resides in the University of North Georgia’s Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository, which is a central exchange for scholarship and creative work. The authors assign the copyright to their article to Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository, with the personal—use exceptions below:

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository, requires credit to Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository as copyright holder (e.g., Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository © 2022).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository website and/or software agree not to misuse the Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository service or software in any way.

The failure of Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Nighthawks Open Institutional Repository and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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