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 or the guide).

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  • It contains poor bibliography: out-of-date, locally-published literature that is not indexed in international databases (such as Scopus, Web of Science, DOAJ). At least 50% of literature should be indexed in international databases. Authors should highlight these entries in a different colour. The literature should be up-to-date.

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.
  • In order to maintain the integrity, transparency and reproducibility of research records, authors must make their research data openly available by publishing the data and files as supplementary information multimedia (such as video or graphics of high resolution) in this journal. Additional data and files can be uploaded as “Supplementary Files” during the manuscript submission process. The supplementary files will also be available to the referees as part of the peer-review process. Authors should ensure the necessary permissions are obtained before using any third party supplementary material.

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 literature should be indexed in international databases (such as Scopus, Web of Science, DOAJ). Authors should highlight these entries in a different colour. Please ensure that every reference cited in the paper 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 reference style guide (10th edition).
  • 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 10th edition
  • 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 (10th edition)

The manuscript should adhere to the Harvard reference style (10th edition) (see the template and the guide).
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: (Brown, 2000)
reference list example: Brown, A. (2000) War Studies. New York: Routledge.
Two authors
in-text example: (Kay and Kay, 2011, p. 23)
Reference list example: Kay T. J. and Kay P. (2011) Information Society. New York: Aspen Publishers.
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. Hoboken, H.J.: Wiley.
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. Canberra: Analytical Unit, Commonwealth Government.
Chapter: single author
in-text example: (Howard, 1998)
Reference list example: Howard, S. (1998) ‘Verbal Protocol Analysis’, in Hederson-Sellers, B., Simons, A. and Younessi, H. (eds) The Open Process Specification. Sydney: Addison Wesley, pp. 272-274.
Single author
in-text example: (Hammer, 1990)
Reference list example: Hammer, M. (1990) ‘Reenergineering work: Don’t automate, obliterate’, Harvard Business Review, 14(4), pp. 104-112. doi: 00.1010/0000.000.
Two authors
in-text example: (Mearsheimer and Walt, 2003)
Reference list example: Mearsheimer, J.J. and Walt, S.M. (2013) ‘Leaving theory behind: Why simplistic hypothesis testing is bad for International Relations’, European Journal of International Relations, 19(3), pp. 427–457. doi: 00.1010/0000.000.
Published Conferences, seminars and meetings
in-text example: (Eidenberger et al., 2002)
Reference list example: Eidenberger, H., Breitenender, C. and Hitz, M. (2002) ‘A Frameworks for Visual Information Retrieval’, in Chang, S-K., Chen, Z., Lee S-Y. (eds) Recent advances in visual information systems: 5th International conference, VISUAL 2002 proceedings. Taiwan: Hsin Chu, pp. 105-116.
Print unattributed
in-text example: (The New York Times, 1994, p. 8)
Reference list example: The New York Times (1994) ‘UNSW gains top ranking from quality team’, 6 July, p. 21. Available at: http://WebsiteURL (Accessed: 11 June 2014).
Print attributed
in-text example: (Barker, 2004)
reference list example: Barker, G. (2004) ‘54m USD Deal To Heat Up Broadband War’, The Age, Business, 6 July, p. 2. Available at: http://WebsiteURL (Accessed: 11 June 2014).
World Wide Web (document on the WWW – author/sponsor given but not dated)
in-text example: According to Greenpeace (no date, p. 189) recommends that …
Reference list example: Greenpeace no date. The future is GE free. Available at: http://WebsiteURL (Accessed: 11 June 2014).
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), pp. 183-189. Available at: http://WebsiteURL (Accessed: 11 June 2014).
Normative Acts
Example: Aviation Act of 3 July 2002, c. 1, s. 2. Available at: (Accessed: 11 June 2014).
Commonwealth of Australia, A., 2001. Corporations Act 2001. Available at: (Accessed: 11 June 2014).