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Share a Special Issue Proposal

with Defence Studies

Deadline: 18 December 2020

Share your Special Issue Proposal

Defence Studies is seeking proposals for a special issue to be published in 2022. Special issues should be devoted to a theme within the aims and scope of the journal.

Defence Studies is a scholarly journal aimed at the study of contemporary defence and emergent warfare from both a theoretical and empirical perspective. The scope of the journal is set to examine how armed forces seek to engage with conceptual, strategic and operational challenges. We welcome papers that consider how states and non-state actors think and determine insecurities through defence policies. The journal also encourages papers that engage with how defence strategy is constructed and operationalised. Following this, we look for papers that explore operational deployment in conflict zones and alternative battlespaces. The journal is an arena for debate in and around defence studies from both traditional and critical studies. We welcome scholars who explore these debates in the areas of war studies, strategic theory, policy studies, critical security as well as case study, regional and global comparisons. The journal has recently published on force transformation, cyber defence, counter-insurgency (COIN), naval warfare and tactical nuclear strategy.

Submission Guidelines

Special issues should consist of eight to nine articles, including a substantial introduction, of up to a maximum of 9,000 words including references and notes, which conform to Defence Studies submission criteria, and a conclusion.

Each proposal should include the following:

  • A brief outline of the thematic or conceptual focus of the issue and the rationale for the issue (2-page max)
  • Contact details, institutional affiliation and short bios of the special issue co-editors
  • List of agreed articles and authors for the issue

The deadline for submitting proposals is 18 December 2020. Proposals should be sent by email to the Editor, Simon J. Smith.

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