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Manuscript deadline
01 August 2020

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Journal of Policing Intelligence and Counter Terrorism

Special Issue Editor(s)

Associate Professor Debra Smith, Applied Security Science Partnership (ASSP)
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Andrew Zammit, Applied Security Science Partnership (ASSP)

Associate Professor Gaetano (Joe) Ilardi, Applied Security Science Partnership (ASSP)

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Navigating the divide: Cooperation between academia and national security practitioners

Despite decades of collaboration between academics and national security practitioners there is no widespread agreement about the most appropriate or effective relationship between these two worlds. While there are benefits to both in building cooperative relationships, there are also practical and ethical constraints, as well as broader normative questions that sit alongside these engagements.

In this special edition of the Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, we welcome contributions from both academics and security practitioners. This includes academics from fields with explicit security orientations, such as security studies, strategic studies, intelligence studies and terrorism studies, as well as the wide range of fields that are drawn on in national security practice, such as computer science, law and engineering, or other fields. This also includes practitioners from the police, intelligence and military services, the broader public service, or other sectors oriented towards national security.

Contributions can include personal experiences of research projects intended to assist national security practice, empirical studies of how academia and national security practice currently interact, or theoretical contributions of new ways for the two worlds to relate to each other. Contributions can have a contemporary focus, such as addressing current security concerns related to terrorism or foreign interference, or have an historical focus, such as addressing the role of academics in contributing to military efforts during the Second World War and the Cold War. The aim is to examine the connection between scholarly knowledge and security practices, including what we can learn from the past, what the current state of the relationship is, and where it should move towards in the future.

Contributions can address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • How can academics contribute to national security practice or how can national security practitioners contribute to academia?
    What are the challenges of cooperation and how can they be overcome?
    Why should, or shouldn't, academics and national security practitioners cooperate?
    Could academic efforts undermine national security, or can national security efforts undermine academia?
    What does beneficial collaboration between academia and national security practitioners look like, and what does harmful collaboration look like?
    How can cooperation between academia and national security practitioners improve in the future?

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Submission Instructions

An original article should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words, inclusive of abstract, references, and endnotes.

  1. Title page including title, author names and details, acknowledgements as well as funding and grant-awarding bodies. Please ensure you include the title of the special issue.
  2. Manuscript - anonymised (including title, abstract and keywords on first page; main text; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figure caption(s) (as a list).

Important Dates:
Submission deadline: 1 August 2020
Notification of acceptance/revision: 15 August 2020
Revision due: 10 January 2021
Publication date: February 2021 (online); April 2021 (print)

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