Submission Guidelines

Since its founding in 2003, the Journal of National Security Law & Policy has become one of the most frequently cited peer reviewed journals and the only one devoted exclusively to national security law and policy.

JNSLP welcomes submissions of articles, essays, and book reviews that analyze emerging national security challenges and that propose policy options and solutions.

Please be sure to browse previous issues and/or topics to understand the journal’s range and style.

Submissions should be emailed to:

The JNSLP reviews submissions on a rolling basis (that is, articles are added to this website as they are prepared, and then gathered in a printed volume).

  • Citations: Submissions should conform to most recent edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.
  • Format: Manuscripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx). Documents should use a Times New Roman 12pt font and 1.5 or 2 spacing. Sub-heading levels should be clearly noted. Please include page numbers, and provide author affiliations as an initial unnumbered footnote.
  • Length: The preferred article length is 5,000-10,000 words.
  • Review: Authors receive acknowledgement of their submissions by email from the managing editor. The JNSLP will conduct an initial review to assess the article’s relevance for our readership. Manuscripts that pass the initial review are forwarded to two anonymous peer reviewers. Authors can expect to receive the results of the peer review from the managing editor within two to three weeks following the initial review.
  • Production: The managing editor oversees the checking of facts and citations, and stylistic editing, and will forward citation queries to the authors. Authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of their citations.
  • Offprints: Authors receive 50 free offprints.
  • Please include your resume along with your submission.

Copyright Agreement for Authors

Georgetown Law Center (“Georgetown”) and the author (“author”) of the article (“the work”) agree as follows:

1. Upon publication of the work in The Journal of National Security Law & Policy, the full copyright in the work shall vest in and shall be owned by Georgetown.

2. Author is granted a nonexclusive license in the work, under which author may, without restriction, reproduce the work in whole or part, authorize others to reproduce it in whole or part, and prepare and publish any derivative works based on it.

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