Guide for authors
Security and Defence Quarterly accepts manuscripts that are written in English. The journal does not charge publication fees. Manuscripts should be submitted via an electronic submission system according to the formatting rules specified below (you may refer to the template).

The editors retain a right to reject the submission without review if it fails to meet the following criteria:
  • It is beyond the scope of the journal (for aims and scope see link);
  • It does not offer substantial new knowledge nor added value;
  • It fails to present the global dimension of the discussed issues;
  • It fails to meet the editorial guidelines (see below);
  • It is written in poor English;
  • It contains serious mistakes or faults;
  • It contains poor bibliography: out-of-date, locally-published entries that are not included in SCOPUS database (at least 50% of entries should be cited in SCOPUS; max 2 self-citations; max 50% self-citations of SDQ articles).

Authors responsibilities
Security and Defence Quarterly adheres to a strict code of practice to ensure a high standard of ethical behaviour and to deal with malpractice in a timely and responsible manner. The authors’ responsibilities are:
• All listed authors have made substantial contributions to the research.
• All authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
• Authors must declare the source of any financial support that has contributed to the research or to the writing of the paper.
• Authors must declare as part of the submission process any potential conflicts of interest that might affect the paper or the process of publication.
• Authors must seriously avoid misconduct in research including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others.
• It is forbidden to publish the same research in more than one journal.
• Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Try to cite the main sources instead of later replications (unless replication is the point). The full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given.
• Authors are obliged to participate in peer review process.
• One of the authors should be designated as the corresponding author; their e-mail address will be published in the paper.

Formatting Rules for the Preparation of Contributions

  • Concise description of the manuscript divided into the following sections:
    • Objectives: Briefly outline the background of the study, specify research objectives, and describe any hypotheses that have been tested.
    • Methods: Present methodology of the study, explain quantitative or qualitative methods, and specify the research instrument.
    • Results: Provide a concise summary of the most important results that have been obtained.
    • Conclusions: Explain why the study results are significant and give the key take-home message(s).
  • 200-250 words
  • The abstract is published separately by many indexing databases, so it should be complete and it must be able to stand alone.

  • Words that describe the content of the manuscript. They are used for indexing purposes.
  • 3- 5 words should be provided.

Structure of the manuscript:
  • The introduction provides an adequate background, and gives the purpose of the article, hypothesis and research strategy (methods) selected to achieve the research objective. Avoid a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.
  • The main body presents the results of a paper and discussion. Research papers should provide sufficient methodological details to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods already published can be reported by citing the original report and describing modifications. Regardless, authors must include enough detail to make the report comprehensible. Authors must also state their method for determining sample size and report all tasks and procedures conducted prior to the last measure to be analyzed. Procedures not directly relevant to the research question can be described briefly, but they should not be omitted. Results should be clear and concise. Describe the outcome both in terms of the statistical analyses and in the language of the research. Include exact p values for statistical tests, measures of effect size, and confidence intervals when appropriate. For experimental reports, effects should be accompanied by their corresponding means and standard deviations, either within the text or in a table. Correlational reports should also include these descriptive statistics.
  • Conclusions address the purpose of the article stated in the introduction, provide a brief summary of the results and emphasize the implications of the findings. Important limitations should also be addressed.
  • References include only the scientific publications cited in the paper. The references should be up-to-date and complete (at least 50% of entries should be cited in SCOPUS; max 2 self-citations; max 50% self-citations of SDQ articles). Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Try to cite the main sources instead of later replications (unless replication is the point). The full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given.

  • The manuscript should not exceed 40,000 characters.
  • 1 line spacing
  • Margins 2,5 cm
  • Font – Times New Roman 12
  • Justified text

Page layout:
  • A4 paper size.
  • Margins: upper 2,5 cm, lower 2,5 cm, inner 2.5, outer 2,5 cm.
  • Lists should be made with bullet characters, consistently throughout the text. Dot is preferred.
  • Without page numbering.
  • In-text citation should be in Harvard Taylor & Francis style.
  • Title of article: Times New Roman, 14 point, bold, capitalized, intervals: before – 0 cm, after – 8 cm, centered.
  • Two-line spacing before and after the title.
  • Headings: the font type is Times New Roman, 14 point, bold, not use capitalized, intervals: before – 0 points, after – 8 points, left-aligned.
  • One line spacing before the headings and one-line spacing after the headings in the same style like the title.

Tables, figures, images:
  • Should be numbered.
  • Should be centered.
  • Photographs and images should be sent in *.jpeg format.
  • Title: Times New Roman, 12 point, centered, bold, tables – above, figures and others – under.
  • Source: the font type is Times New Roman, 12 point.

In-text quotation:
  • Quotations should be written in normal font (not italics) and their source should be placed in the in-text citation.
  • If a fragment of a text is omitted inside the quotation, the […] sign should be used.

In-text citation:
  • Harvard Taylor & Francis style.
  • Footnotes can be used to give an explanation at the bottom of the page, numbered;

  • Font: Times New Roman 12 point.
  • Should include only the literature that was mentioned in the manuscript.
  • Should be written in alphabetical order; started on last name of the author.
  • Websites should also be listed.
  • Each entry should contain: full surname and initials of the author, year of publication, full title of the work, in the case of edited volumes, the title and names of editors, publisher, and place of publication.
  • In the case of articles, write the title of the journal in italics, the year of publication , volume, and page numbers.
  • Whenever possible, provide the article's digital object identifier (DOI).
  • If a website was visited, write the date of access in square brackets: [12 Aug. 2013]. Delete hyperlinks.

Harvard reference style guide (Taylor & Francis)

The manuscript should adhere to the Harvard reference style (Taylor & Francis) (see the template).

Basic rules:
  • capitalise all major words in journal and book titles
  • always cite page number within in-text citation (Johnson 2013, p. 10)
  • multiple publications with same author and same year: they are distinguished in order of publication using lower-case alphabetical suffix after the years of the publication (2017a, 2017b etc). The same suffix is used to distinguish that reference for the in-text citations.

A reference list gives details of all sources cited in the text under the heading References. Each item listed in the references must have been cited in the paper.

Order of listing/list of references is ordered alphabetically by primary authors’ surname:
  • multiple authors: use of authors’s surnames exactly as given in the publication. The primary author is listed first by the publisher
  • same authors with different years: list the author’s references chronologically, starting with the earliest date
  • same authors with different year: use an alphabetical suffix (2017a, 2017b)


Single author
in-text example: (Goraj 2000)
reference list example: Goraj, A., 2000. War Studies. Copernicus Publishers, Warsaw.

Two authors
in-text example: (Kay and Kay 2011)
Reference list example: Kay T. J. and Kay P., 2011. Information Society. Aspen Publishers, New York.

Three authors
in-text initially: (Coveney, Ganster and King 2003)
in-text thereafter: (Coveney et al. 2003)
Reference list example: Conveney, M., Ganster, S. and King, D., 2003. The strategy gap: Leveraging technology to execute winning strategies. Wiley, Hoboken, H.J.

Corporate author
in-text initially: (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 2002)
in-text thereafter (DFAT 2002)
Reference list example: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2002. Connecting with Asia’s tech future. Alalitical Unit, Commonwealth Government, Canberra.

Chapter: single author
in-text example: (Howard 1998)
Reference list example: Howard, S., 1998. Verbal Protocol Analysis. In B. Hederson-Sellers, A. Simons and H. Younessi (eds), The open process specification, pp. 272-274. Addison Wesley, Sydney.


Single author
in-text example: (Hammer 1990)
Reference list example: Hammer, M., 1990. Reenergineering work: Don’t automate, obliterate. Harvard Business Review, July-August, 104-112.

Two authors
in-text example: (Lamb and Kling 2003)
Reference list example: Lamb, R. and Kling, R., 2003. Reconceptualizing users as socail actors in infomration systems research. MIS Quaterly 27(2), 197.

Published Conferences, seminars and meetings
in-text example: (Eidenberger et al. 2002)
Refernece list example: Eidenberger, H., Breitenender, C. & Hitz, M., 2002. A Frameworks for Visual Information Retrieval. In S-K. Chang, Z. Chen & S-Y. Lee (eds), Recent advances in visual information systems: 5th International conference, VISUAL 2002 proceesings. Hsin Chu, Taiwan, March 11-13, 2002, pp. 105-116.

  • Print unattributed

in-text example: (Sydney Morning Herald 7 March 1994, p. 8)
Reference list example: UNSW gains top ranking from quality team. Sydney Morning Herald, 30 February, 1994, p. 21.

  • Print unattributed

in-text example: (Barker 2004)
reference list example: Barker, G., 2004. 54m USD Deal To Heat Up Broadband War. The Age, Business, 24 February, p. 2.
in-text example: (Varghese 2004)
Reference list example: Varghese, S., 2004. The Linux desktop is here. The Age [online] Available from: http:// link [Accessed 1 Mar 2004].

  • World Wide Web (document on the WWW – author/sponsor given but not dated)

in-text example: According to Greenpeace (n.d.), OR Greenpeace (n.d.:1 of 2) recommends that …
Reference list example: Greenpeace n.d., The future is GE free. [28 September 2005] http:// link

  • E-journal: single author

in-text example: (Lenoir 2003)
Reference list example: Lenoir, L., 2003. Response of the foraging behaviour of red wood ants to enclusion from trees. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 5(3), 183-189, [online] Available from: http:// link [Accessed 10 Sept 2003]

Normative Acts
Example: Aviation Act of 3 July 2002, c. 1, s. 2, [online]. Available from:
[Accessed 10 Sept 2003]

Commonwealth of Australia, A., 2001. Corporations Act 2001 [online]. Available from:,
[Accessed 30 Mar 2018].