Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of The Strategy Bridge community of writers. We have a strong editorial team who are dedicated to helping you find your voice and contribute to the discussion of military affairs, national security, and strategy in a meaningful way. 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.
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 or opinion-driven work. On the other hand, we do accept personal essays and reflections, book reviews (see below), and we occasionally publish works of fiction.
We’ve found articles in the 1000–2000 word range work best, and articles going beyond those limits will only be considered by the editorial team on a case-by-case basis. Occasionally, a longer article might be appropriately divided into multiple sections and published as a series, but the editors will typically insist on (and assist in) streamlining submissions into stand alone publications as that is typically the best way of communicating your ideas to our community.
We ask that all submissions be free of military-specific, service-specific, or occupationally-specific jargon, acronyms, and idiosyncratic style. Many of our writers are service members, veterans or experts in their respective fields, and we value that this makes us unique; but our audience is diverse, and international. We therefore ask that your articles are written for a general audience rather than a narrowly expert one.
Similarly, though based in the United States, 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. 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 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. The evidence may be presented in any way most appropriate to the particular citation (e.g., hyperlink or footnote). Where possible, these links should be as widely accessible as possible for general readers, and a reader should not be expected to hunt for cited evidence, so be specific enough to guide them. The Strategy Bridge does not levy format requirements for citation (e.g., Chicago, APA, etc.) provided the format is internally consistent within an article and within the footnotes. We do not accept articles using parenthetical citation.
As mentioned, 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 outstanding material we have in our publication queue. Do not hesitate to contact our editorial team if you have any questions.
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 acknowledgement to The Strategy Bridge is given. Like most publications, we do not accept simultaneous submissions. That is to say, do not submit for publication an article also under consideration by any other outlet.
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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