Instructions for Authors

Every submission must include three required elements:

  • Author bio/contact information:Include a short biographical paragraph (up to 125 words per author) that lists the current position, qualifications, and recent publications of the author(s). Also include contact information for all authors: name, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number. To maintain anonymity for the peer review process, submit this information on an opening page or in a separate document.
  • Abstract: Include one paragraph (150–200 words) that summarizes the article’s main points and contributions to the field. The abstract should not repeat verbatim the opening paragraph or other text from the submission. Include the abstract at the top of the submission.
  • Manuscript: All submissions must be in Microsoft Word and should adhere to the Journal’s style guidelines (see below). Any brief acknowledgements or disclaimers should be placed at the end of the submission. Tables Authors, please take special note: word counts include the endnotes.
  • Submissions should not exceed 10,000 words.

Review Process

The Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis adheres to a rigorous review process. Submissions will be evaluated by at least three reviewers. Two more reviewers will review papers that make it to the final stage. The editor-in-chief reviews all final submissions. The editors will make every effort to notify authors of their decision within twelve weeks of receipt of their manuscripts. The Journal reserves the right to reject any submission.

Manuscripts that are accepted on condition of revision may be subject to a second review after revisions are received.

Style Guidelines

The Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis follows in-house style guidelines based on the Chicago Manual of Style (sixteenth edition).


Footnotes should include complete source citations. Keep in mind that the goal of a footnote is to allow the curious reader to easily locate the referenced material; to that end, all notes should include the author, title, publication, date, and page number (if possible). Below are some examples.

The Journal does NOT use “op. cit.” or “idem.” If a footnote citation is identical to its predecessor, use “ibid.” The second time a source is cited (nonsequentially) in the footnote section, a shortened note including author last name, title, and page number is sufficient (e.g., Kotkin, Steeltown, p. 209). If an acronym has been spelled out in the text of the article, it is unnecessary to spell it out again in the endnotes. The Journal generally follows the sixteenth edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. The Journal strongly prefers all sources to be named. In the rare instance that anonymity must be granted, the author should be prepared to share the name of the source with the editor and give a description of the source’s qualifications for print. In the absence of a name, authors should identify their source based on their expertise or job qualifications relevant to the article and include the date and city of interview(s).

Book, single author

Stephen Kotkin, Steeltown USSR (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1991), pp. 210– 12.

Book, multiple authors

Charles D. Ferguson and William C. Potter, with Amy Sands, Leonard S. Spector, and Fred L. Wheling, The Four Faces of Nuclear Terrorism (London: Routledge, 2005) pp. 112–15.

Chapter in an edited volume

Robert Levgold, “Soviet Learning in the 1980s,” in George W. Breslauer and Philip E. Tetlock, eds., Learning in US and Soviet Foreign Policy (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1991), p. 25.

Conferences and symposia papers

Julian Whichello and Davide Parise, “Novel Technologies for the Detection of Undeclared Nuclear Activities,” paper delivered at the Symposium on International Safeguards: Addressing Verification Challenges, Vienna, Austria, October 16–20, 2006.

Delegate Statements

Statement by Kamal Kharrazi, foreign minister of Iran, to the Conference on Disarmament,

CD/PV.796, June 4, 1998.


IAEA, “The Physical Protection of Nuclear Material,” INFCIRC/225/Rev.3, September 1993.


Steven Flank, “Reconstructing Rockets: The Politics of Developing Military Technologies in

Brazil, India, and Israel,” PhD diss., MIT, 1993, pp. 67–71.

Interviews/personal correspondence

Amy Smithson, senior fellow, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, e-mail correspondence with author, August 3, 2010.

Journal article

Mustafa Kibaroglu, “Turkey’s Quest for Peaceful Nuclear Power,” Nonproliferation Review 4 (Spring–Summer 1997), p. 33. [NB: 4 is the volume number.]

Journal article, no volume number

Ivan T. Boskov, “Russian Foreign Policy Motivations,” MEMO, No. 4 (April 1993), p. 6.

Magazine article

Bonnie Jenkins, “Adapting to the Times,” Arms Control Today, January/February 2011,>.

Mustafa Kibaroglu, “Turkey Says No,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, July/August 2003, pp. 22–25.

Newspaper article

Ian Hoffman, “Bush Presses Lab Nuke Research,” Oakland Tribune, December 11, 2003, p. C3.

Newspaper article, wire service (no author listed)

Associated Press, “Head of U.S. Nuclear Agency Leaving Under Pressure over Security Lapses,” January 5, 2007, p. A1.

Non-English sources

Translate important citation information in brackets.

Henri Pac, Le droit de la défense nucléaire [The legal dimension of nuclear defense] (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1989), pp. 79–80.


UN Security Council Resolution 687, S/Res/687, April 3, 1991. [Include the issuing body and resolution number and the date of adoption (rather than the document issue date).]

Testimony or hearings

Robert Jordan, prepared statement for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, “Famine in Africa: Hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations,” 99th Cong., 1st sess., January 17, 1985, p. 12.


To cite treaties in endnotes, give the full treaty name, the date it entered into force, and section and paragraph numbers if necessary: Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, March 5, 1970, Article IX, para. 2.

Unnamed sources

Decontamination and radiation expert at the Department of Energy and EPA (name withheld by request), personal interviews with author, Washington, DC, July 13, 2005.

Web citations, URLs

For web-only items, provide author, title, date, and as full or complete a URL address as is likely to remain stable over time; do not include URL information whose content changes, as in the locator for the current edition of a newspaper. Include the URL in <angle brackets>.

Page van der Linden, “A Curious Tale of Uranium Bricks,” Arms Control Wonk, February 4, 2011, <>.

Grammar and Punctuation

Commas – Use the serial comma: place a comma after the final word in a series before “and,” “nor,” and “or.” Example: I like oranges, apples, and grapefruits. Commas and final punctuation should be placed inside quotation marks. As per the Chicago Manual of Style, “The title of a work that ends in a question mark or exclamation point should now be followed by a comma if the grammar of the sentence would normally call for one or, in source citations or in an index, if a comma would normally follow the title.”

Centuries – Spell out—twenty-first century.

Ellipses – Follow the “three-or-four-dot method” as described in the Chicago Manual of Style. Use three dots … when material has been omitted from the middle of a sentence in a quote. When material has been deleted after a full sentence that does not end the quotation, be sure to use four dots. … The first dot is the period ending the sentence. Insert a space before and after the ellipses.

Em dashes – Do not put a space on either side of an em dash (Mac: shift + option+ hyphen). Thus, if you use an em dash—and we do not discourage it—please follow the usage in this sentence.

En dashes – For number ranges, use an en dash (Mac: option/alt + hyphen): 1996–98; pp. 326–28; $2 million–$5 million, pp. 101–8).

Italics – Use for books, radio and television show names, vessel names (USS Cole), and for uncommon foreign words. Use sparingly for emphasis. Missile names (e.g., Agni) are not italicized.

Periods – Unnecessary in acronyms and abbreviations: PhD, US (as an adjective).

Quotations – Authors should identify the origin of all quoted material in a numbered footnote. Material reproduced from other sources must be credited. Do not alter or edit quotations.

Quotation marks and apostrophes – Use “smart,” not straight, quotation marks and apostrophes. Do not use an apostrophe before the “s” in 1950s, 1980s, etc.

Numbers – In general, for non-measurements / non-technical contexts, spell out numbers from zero through ninety-nine and use numerals for 100+; use numerals for all measurements (e.g., twelve experts, 12 kilograms). This also applies to ordinal numbers. Exceptions include very large whole numbers in non-technical contexts, which may be spelled out.

Currency – Should be expressed in numerals ($8 billion).

Abbreviating Elements – On first reference polonium-210; on second reference abbreviated: Po-210. (Abbreviate only with isotope number; spell out otherwise, i.e., 20 kilograms of plutonium.)

Fractions – Amounts less than one should be spelled out (one-half, three-eighths).

Percentages always use numerals but never the percentage symbol: 6 percent.

Measurements should use numerals – The 5-kiloton warhead flew 1,250 kilometers. Spell out units of measurement on first use and abbreviate on subsequent uses: The bomblet weighed 70 kilograms (kg), but the casing weighed only 5 kg.

Capitalization – In general, use minimal capitalization. Capitalize “Cold War” but not seasons or centuries (twenty-first century). Titles of individuals are not capitalized unless they are used before a person’s name: Secretary of State Warren Christopher said that the United States would comply with the resolution, and Boris Yeltsin, the Russian president, said his country would also comply. Capitalize national legislatures, but not their adjectival forms: Congress, congressional. Use lower case for government (i.e., Ukrainian government) and administration (i.e., Clinton administration).

Foreign phrases – Italicize uncommon foreign phrases. If it is necessary to translate parenthetically (as opposed to contextually), follow this example: De Gaulle believed in a strategy of dissuasion du faible au fort (weak-to-strong deterrence).

Long quotations/excerpts – Use block quotations for quotations of 50 words or more.

Proper names/transliteration – Standardize transliteration when possible (Hussein instead of Hussayn); when spelling is in question, the predominate style used in the New York Times is preferred.

General usage

Abbreviations – US, UK, EU, and UN are to be used as adjectives only, never as nouns (use United States, United Kingdom, European Union, or United Nations as nouns): “The UN representative traveled to the United States.”

Dates – Use month, day, and year format: “December 4, 1992.” When referring to September 11, 2001, use the full date on first mention; “9/11” is acceptable thereafter.

Titles – Spell out fully and capitalize before names: Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun, Senator Lugar; lowercase when not preceding a proper name: Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state. Give state and party affiliation for US politicians: Senator Dick Durbin (Democrat of Illinois).

Acronyms/abbreviations – Spell out the first reference to any acronym or abbreviation, followed by the acronym or abbreviation in parentheses if it is referred to again in the article. Keep use to a minimum to avoid “alphabet soup.” Be mindful of possessives and spell out to avoid confusion. For plurals, add s, not apostrophes.

Tables and Figures – Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reprint previously published tables or figures. All tables and figures should have suggested titles. Tables and figures should be created in Microsoft Word or Excel without shading or special formatting. Tables should have references in the text in chronological order and should be referred to as “Tables” (Table 1, Table 2, etc.). Any graphical elements, such as graphs, pictures, illustrations, and photos, should be referred to in the text as “Figures” in chronological order. All tables and figures should be submitted in a separate file (not embedded in the text) labeled with the name of the element (Table 1, Table 2 or Figure 1, Figure 2). Endnotes for tables and figures should be attached to the table or figure in its own file. These endnotes should not be commingled with those of the body of the article