Submission guidelines

Manuscripts Submission

Science & Global Security recommends electronic manuscript submissions via the ScholarOne Manuscripts website located at: Technical support can be accessed via If you have specific requests please contact the journal's editors directly at

Submitted manuscript must represent original work not previously published elsewhere. Exceptions include posting a pre-print to an electronic depository such as ArXiv or to author's personal web site. Submissions should not be considered in other journals for publication. If accepted for publication, they must not be published elsewhere in the same form in any language (note that the journal may be officially translated in other languages such as Russian and Chinese).

Authors are required to secure permission to reproduce any figure, table or extract text from any other source. This applies to direct reproduction as well as "derivative reproduction" (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source).

Files should be submitted in Microsoft® Word or LaTex format. All parts of the manuscript should be double-spaced, with margins of at least one inch on all sides with pages numbered consecutively throughout the paper. The article preferably should be written in the third person. The use of personal pronouns is permitted as long as the use of pronouns is consistent within the article. All authors are responsible for conforming to the usage standards of American English. Use the current version of Webster's New International Dictionary.

Papers typically are about 8000 - 9000 words including references and notes.

II - Abstract, Running Head, and Keywords

Each article should be summarized in an abstract of 100-150 words and contains no abbreviations, acronyms, diagrams or references to the text. Authors should also supply a shortened version of the title suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces.

Each submission should include at least six keywords from the existing list. However, authors can suggest new keywords as well.

III - Figures and Tables

Figures should be numbered consecutively, placed in the body of the paper and submitted as digital files in their native graphic format according to the following guidelines:

  • 300 dpi or higher;
  • sized to fit on the journal page, 5.5 inches or less;
  • EPS, TIFF, JPG or PSD format only;
  • If providing a figure built in Microsoft® Excel, please send the complete Microsoft® Excel Worksheet.

Figures are published in black and white in the printed version of the journal. Color figures can be posted in the on-line version free of charge. However, submission of separate figures in both color and black and white will be required by the editors if the color illustration do not display well when converted to a gray scale.

When referring to figures in the text, the word figure should be spelled out (for example, "Please see Figure 1" not "Please see Fig. 1"). Endnotes should be avoided in the Figures captions, and if needed, placed in the text preceding the figure.

Tables should be numbered consecutively. A descriptive caption should be placed above each table. Notes to the tables will be placed directly beneath the tables. Avoid the use of vertical rules.

IV - Equations and Formulas

Given the technical nature of the journal, the editors encourage the use of mathematical expressions, equations, plots and associated illustrations. Subscripts and superscripts should be clearly shown. To simplify typesetting, please use (1) the "exp" form of complex exponential functions; (2) fractional exponents instead of root signs; and (3) the solidus (/) to simplify fractions, for example, exp (1/2).

When referring to equations in the text, the word equation should be spelled out (for example, Equation 3 not Eq. 3).

V - References

References are formatted as endnotes and follow the convention of the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, Documentation I. Details can be found in "Notes and Bibliography" located at Endnote references should be placed at the end of a paragraph (or sentence if necessary). There should be only one reference at a single location but a single note can contain multiple citations. Page numbers must be provided.

Please note that if you are using EndNote to format your references, set "Turabian Bibliography" rather than "Chicago 16A " in your Bibliography Settings to produce the result described in the Chicago Manual. In Zotero, "Chicago Manual of Style 16th edition (full note)" produces the correct format.

V.1 - Government agency reports

The following is the basic format for government agency reports:

Agency, Laboratory, Author, Title, edition, Report Number, City and State, Date. (Series elements if applicable). Notes such as web address. For example, United States Department of Energy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Paul Sliva et al., "Optical-Based Smart Structures for Tamper-Indicating Applications," PNNL-11407, Richland, Washington, 1996.

V.2 Repeating references

The Journal uses The Chicago Manual of Style format (Chapter 16 - Section 41 to 50) for references that are cited earlier in the text: for example the use of the short title instead of op. cit. and the use of ibid. to refer only to a single work cited in the note immediately preceding.

VII - Abbreviations

In general, to abbreviate, spell out the word the first time it is used, followed by the abbreviation in parenthesis. All further mentions may be thus abbreviated. Capital letters should only be used if the word would be capitalized without a definition. Creating an acronym does not create a special case for capitalization.

When referring to treaties and organizations, the full name should be provided at the first reference with the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter, the abbreviation can be used. Use "START I" and "START II" as abbreviations (not START-1, or START 1).

U.S., U.K., or U.N. and similar indications of geographic areas shall be employed only as adjectives; United States, United Kingdom, or United Nations as nouns. With the exception of USSR, abbreviations contain periods.

VIII - Units

The journal uses the International System of Units (SI). Acceptable abbreviations are given in the Style Manual of the American Institute of Physics and the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. At their first use, units of measure should be spelled out and the abbreviations placed in parentheses.

S&GS has adopted the following standard conventions:

  • Always spell out the names of elements. Write isotope numbers using the full name of the element, i.e. Pu239 is written as plutonium-239.
  • Write chemical formulae with subscripts (use U3O8).
  • Use % sign in all instances where it follows a number, with no space between the number and the % sign.
  • Use MW rather than megawatt, and include the "t" for thermal or "e" for electric (5 MWt, 1,000 MWe).
  • Abbreviate metric tons as MT.
  • Use Mt and kt respectively for megatons and kilotons of TNT (explosive yield).
  • Use miles instead of mi.
  • Use seconds instead of sec.
  • Use standard abbreviation for SI units (grams as g, kilograms as kg and so on).
  • Use a.m. vs. am or AM.
  • No "US" by the "$" sign, unless distinguishing it from Canadian or other dollars

Reprints and Complimentary Copies

Authors from whom we receive a valid email address will be given an opportunity to purchase reprints of individual articles, or copies of the complete print issue. These authors will also be given complimentary access to their final article on Taylor & Francis Online.

All articles are placed in open access a year after the publication.

Checklist before submission (for authors)


  • Email and physical address of corresponding author,
  • Abstract (max 150 words) and running tittle (50 characters),
  • Length 8000-9000 words,
  • Six keywords, preferably from the existing list,
  • References in required format,
  • Abbreviations defined at first use (including units),
  • Percent (%) written out,
  • Isotopes numbers use the full name of the element and elements are written out.


  • Submitted in EPS, TIFF, JPG or PSD,
  • 300 dpi or higher,
  • 5.5 inches or less,
  • If providing a figure built in Microsoft® Excel, worksheet is included.
  • Separate black and white figures if necessary for printed version