Policies for the Journal of Strategic Security


Who Can Submit?

We welcome submissions from students, practitioners, scholars, and experts from the intelligence, military, and law enforcement communities, as well as from government, academia, and the private sector. If you have a proposal for a paper or a completed manuscript, please submit it for consideration according to the instructions below.

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in the Journal of Strategic Security provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to the Journal of Strategic Security, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at the Journal of Strategic Security.

Journal of Strategic Security does not charge article processing or submission fees. After publication, authors have the right to post pre-print or post-print versions of their article online, including on their personal, departmental, or institutional repository pages. If you have concerns about the submission terms for the Journal of Strategic Security, please contact the editors.

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Book Reviews

JSS publishes book reviews to make readers aware of new books and seminal works of scholarship on strategic security issues. Our goal is to help readers identify and assess books useful to their research interests. The Journal does not accept unsolicited book reviews. To be considered a reviewer, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

See Guidelines for authors for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to work with the Editors of the Journal of Strategic Security to produce an electronic version of the final article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Copyright for the Journal of Strategic Security

Beginning in 2016, authors will retain copyright under a Creative Commons License. When submitting an article, authors must agree to the following when submitting a manuscript for consideration:

I hereby grant to the USF Tampa Library and the journal publisher the nonexclusive, royalty-free right to distribute, display, and archive this work in a digital and/or print format for non-commercial educational and research uses during the full term of copyright. I warrant that I have the copyright to make this grant to the USF Tampa Library and the journal publisher unencumbered and complete. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources.

Following publication, the author’s rights will be protected under a Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0,).

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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Open Access Policy for Users

The Journal of Strategic Security is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author for non-commercial purposes. Nonetheless, reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein requires credit to the original publication source with a link to both the article and the license. This open access policy is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative's (BOAI) definition of open access.

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Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted or by written agreement requires appropriate credit to the original publication source with a link to both the article and the Creative Commons License.

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Appropriate Use and Documentation of Institutional Review Boards (IRB)

Any research involving human subjects submitted for publication in JSS must be reviewed and approved by a properly constituted and qualified Institutional Review Board (IRB). We request that you provide documentation of that approval with your manuscript submission and have an explicit statement to that effect in the manuscript for our internal review. Please include the IRB name, approval number, approval documentation, and IRB contact information.

Given the sensitive nature of the subject of some of the research methods employed by our authors, we want to be sure that the protocol for any relevant study has been reviewed and approved in advance by a properly constituted and qualified IRB that is independently affiliated with an accredited academic institution.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Scholar Commons website and/or software agree not to misuse the Scholar Commons service or software in any way.

The failure of Scholar Commons to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between the USF Libraries, the journal publishers, and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.