Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of The Strategy Bridge community of writers. Our editorial team is dedicated to helping you find your voice and contribute to the discussion of military affairs, national security, and strategy. Your bona fides, rank, and credentials do not bear on your publication with The Strategy Bridge; we are focused exclusively on the development of your argument and attention to the details of these guidelines. Once published on The Strategy Bridge, your article will be read internationally by thousands in the policy, national security, and military affairs world. Our team is dedicated to making sure each and every article is widely read. We cannot emphasize enough: the only way to gain publication on The Strategy Bridge is to follow these guidelines.
General Content Guidelines
The best way to get a feel for our submissions and publication criteria is to read our journal. We are generally focused on analytic arguments well-supported by appropriate evidence, and we rarely accept editorial, opinion-driven, or time-sensitive work. On the other hand, we do accept essays and reflections, book review, and we occasionally publish works of fiction. We insist on arguments made in good faith, and strong claims require clear evidence. The Strategy Bridge will not accept articles for publication on the basis of a pitch.
We’ve found articles in the 1000–2000 word range work best. Articles going beyond 2000 words are most often rejected. We strongly recommend writing all submissions in such a way that they stand alone. We do not publish articles as responses or in multiple parts that rely critically on some other work for evidence, information, or context.
We require that all submissions be free of military-specific, service-specific, or occupational-specific jargon, acronyms, and idiosyncratic style. The Strategy Bridge is an international journal with a readership comprised of civilians, academics, and military professionals from every community. Wherever possible, generalize the interest and applicability of the work submitted for publication, and write for a general audience rather than a narrowly expert one. For example, avoid personal pronouns such as "our" or "we." Instead, be specific in the third person: "the U.K. military," “the U.S. Army,” "Australian/Norwegian government,” etc.
Academic Papers: While academic papers and papers written for professional military education programs are often timely and touch on interesting topics, they also require substantive revision before publication. We request that contributors submitting academic work first apply due diligence to format their submissions consistent with the editorial practices of The Strategy Bridge and for accessibility to both academic and non-academic audiences.
Citation: Authors must provide evidence for their assertions. Citations do not suffice as evidence. Proper evidence includes case studies and/or illustrations that match the assertion in scope and logic. A citation may be presented in either a hyperlink or footnote. Where possible, these links should be as widely accessible as possible for general readers and specific enough to guide them directly to the evidence. If you choose to use footnotes, we require Chicago Manual of Style formatting, where a full citation is expected on first use. There are online tools available to assist you in formatting your citations (e.g., BibMe, CiteFast, and the Citation Machine). Bibliographies and works cited listings are not required.
The Strategy Bridge accepts book reviews as part of our weekly #Reviewing series. A review is generally different in form and content from other articles and must go beyond a simple summary of the work. The most important thing to keep in mind? A review must function first as a standalone work; it should be worth reading independent of the book reviewed. In addition, at a minimum, consider the following questions when crafting a review:
What was it that the author set out to do? Did he or she do it poorly or well? What elements of the text illustrate this conclusion? What was missing? What was covered in too much detail? Bottom Line: Critique and/or praise the book, the writing, the approach, etc., where appropriate, using evidence from both the text and other sources in a balanced way.
How does the book connect to the world and help to illuminate (or not) the challenges faced today? The Strategy Bridge is a journal on national security, military affairs, and strategy; a book review should have a clear link to at least one of these.
Where does the book fit in the larger canon of whatever genre it represents? Place the book in the context of other works with which readers might be familiar, or to which readers can turn if they are not. Why does this book matter (or not) in this canon? Why should a prospective reader pick it up, or not?
Submit your article in a Word document to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our editors will respond as quickly as possible with an initial impression of your work and provide a tentative publication date based upon the amount of material we have in our publication queue. We ask that you give our editorial team seven calendar days to make their initial acceptance decision.
The Strategy Bridge accepts only first-publication articles, except in limited circumstances as approved by its Editorial Board. After publication, all rights revert to the author and any article may be reprinted provided appropriate acknowledgment to The Strategy Bridge is given. We do not accept simultaneous submissions. That is to say, do not submit for publication an article also under consideration by any other outlet.
If you create any custom images, figures, or tables for your article, please attach separately the highest possible quality of image for our use. Please include a biographical statement of no more than two sentences in the draft submission or the accompanying email; see our recently published articles as a guide. If you have institutional caveats, please make that clear as part of the biographical statement. If you have a Twitter handle or a LinkedIn profile in which we can use in publicizing your article, please include that in your email.
Lastly, many authors will require official review and approval through appropriate channels within their respective organization before an article can be published. We ask that authors secure any necessary permissions prior to submitting the draft for editorial review and consideration for publication.
We look forward to working with you and thank you again for your time and effort. Please let us know if you have any questions at all! Welcome to our community of writers.
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