Security Studies
Security Studies

Instructions for Authors:

Articles submitted to Security Studies must be original contributions and should not be under consideration for any other publication at the same time. Publication in Security Studies does not, however, preclude the article's subsequent publication in another venue with the permission of our publisher Taylor and Francis. For details on how to secure permission, see

All manuscript should be submitted electronically via our Manuscript Central website located at Manuscript Central allows for rapid and easy submission of original and revised manuscripts, as well as reviewing and internal communication between authors, editors and reviewers via a web-based platform. Authors should e-mail the editorial administrator ( with any comments or questions. General directions for submitting a manuscript via Manuscript Central are located at the bottom of this page.

There is no maximum or minimum length for articles, but 5,000–15,000 words is appropriate. The editors suggest 10,000–12,000 words as the preferable length.

The reviewing of manuscripts is based on the anonymity of the author and the confidentiality of readers’ and editors’ reports. The author’s name should appear only on the title page attached to the article. Authors should refrain from otherwise identifying themselves in their manuscripts (for example, in a running header or with first-person references in the notes to their own previous work). If such identification is unavoidable, authors should tag or otherwise make note of each place in which they are identified.

Copyright in articles published in Security Studies rests with the Publisher.


There are no style requirements for submitted articles, but authors of articles accepted for publication should make their articles comply with the journal’s style and format conventions. Security Studies follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003). The journal follows American spelling, as offered in Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, unabridged (Springfield: Merriam, 1976).

Note Format

  1. Stephen M. Walt, The Origins of Alliances(Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1987), 120–27.
  2. Barry R. Posen, "Measuring the European Conventional Balance: Coping with Complexity in Threat Assessment," International Security 10, no.3 (winter 1984/85): 74-75.
  3. Charles L. Glaser, "Realists as Optimists: Cooperation as Self-Help", in Realism: Restatements and Renewal, ed. Benjamin Frankel (London: Frank Cass, 1996), 122-64.
  4. John J. Mearsheimer, "Will Iraq Fight or Fold Its Tent? Liberation in Less than a Week," New York Times, 8 February 1991, A23.

Graphic Material

The graphic material an author includes in an article (charts, graphs, figures, etc.) is scanned, as is, by the typesetter and placed into the text. This means that such graphs, figures, and charts must be set by the author so they conform to the journal's typesetting conventions. If you want to include graphs, charts, or figures in your article, please note the following:

Graphs, Charts, Figures

  1. Dimensions should not exceed 27 points horizontally and 43 points vertically (if portrait) or 43 points horizontally and 27 points vertically (if landscape).
  2. All text and numbers in graphs, charts, figures, etc. should in Garamond 10/12 pts. (that is, 10 pts./12 pts. leading)
  3. Sources and legends should be placed below the table or graph, and should be in 9/9 pts. (that is, 9 pts./ 9 pts. leading)
  4. The only exceptions to the above: Acronyms (NATO, CENTCOM), abbreviations (U.S., UN), and letters in letter-number combinations (FY2002; F-16) should be in 8 pts. all-caps
  5. No special effects should be used in graphs, charts, figures, etc.: Do not use bold print, underline, all-caps (except #4 above), caps-small caps, etc.
  6. Items that must be set off from the surrounding text should be in italics (the editor will make the final decision whether the italics are necessary)
  7. Do not use background shading in graphs, figures, charts, etc. The only shading allowed is for bars in bar-graphs or "slices" of pie charts which need to be distinguished from each other.


  1. Tables should have no rules showing. When absolutely necessary (this is the editor's decision), we may allow horizontal rules. The journal does not allow vertical rules.


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