Publication ethics
Security and Defence Quarterly adheres to a strict code of practice to ensure that all parties involved in the publishing process (authors, reviewers, and editors) maintain a high standard of ethical behaviour throughout the process and that malpractice is dealt with in a timely and responsible manner. The journal’s code of practice is influenced by guidelines made available by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and is overseen by the journal’s Editorial Board.
SDQ welcome original manuscripts that have not been previously published in any language. The paper should not be subject to any prior agreement or encumbrance and should not be considered for publication elsewhere. The manuscript should not contain any defamatory or confidential material and should not infringe any proprietary rights or state secret. It should not violate the right of privacy or publicity of any third party or otherwise violate any other applicable law. All authors of the papers are responsible for the content; the corresponding author should be given the authority to act on behalf of all authors in all matters pertaining to publication.

To verify originality and ethical conduct, all manuscripts are routinely checked by the plagiarism detection software SimilarityCheck by iThenticate.

The authors retain the right to make the manuscripts available in open access repositories provided that complete information about the original publishing references is provided.

Submissions to SDQ proceeds totally online here.

The system converts uploaded files to a single PDF file, which is used in the peer-review process.

Upon acceptance of the manuscript, the author will be requested to transfer copyright of the paper to the War Studies University, Warsaw. This transfer ensures electronic storage, printing and dissemination of the journal to the widest possible readership.

Copyright of open access articles is defined by the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

The Editors reserve the right to make necessary corrections to the manuscript without consulting the author, including editorial changes and stylistic errors.


Authorship is limited to those who have made a substantial contribution to the manuscript. Those who fail to meet this criterion should be acknowledged. Authors are responsible for ensuring that anyone named in the acknowledgements agrees to being so named.

Role of the funding source

The authors should acknowledge the funding source(s) of the research.

Scientific misconduct

Scientific misconduct includes fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, ghostwriting, guest authorship and other forms of violation of generally accepted research practices. If scientific misconduct is suspected, the Editors can reject or retract the manuscript, alert editors of other journals or inform the author’s funding institution or other authority for investigation. The journal editors are willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when needed. Security and Defence Quarterly have adopted the COPE guidelines on publication ethics - Core practices. Security and Defence Quarterly is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics and takes all possible measures against publication malpractice. Authors who submit papers to SDQ attest that their work is original and unpublished, and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. In addition, authors confirm that their paper is their own; that it has not been copied or plagiarized, in whole or in part, from other works; and that they have disclosed actual or potential conflicts of interest with their work or partial benefits associated with it.

Journal archiving

To ensure permanent access to our publications, a full archival copy of all publications is deposited in electronic format into Portico, the digital preservation service audited by the Center for Research Libraries. For the purposes of record-keeping, SDQ retains copies of submitted manuscripts and supporting files. However, for articles that are rejected we will comply with requests from authors to delete files.

Copyright and access

Copyright on any open access article in Security and Defence Quarterly is transferred by the author to SDQ, which is determined by a publishing agreement between the author and SDQ. Authors sign an exclusive licence agreement, where authors have copyright but license exclusive rights in their article to the publisher. Authors have the right to share their article so long as it contains a SDQ logo, the end user license, and a DOI link to the version of record of the SDQ website; retain patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights; proper attribution and credit for the published work. The Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 formalizes these and other terms and conditions of publishing articles.

SDQ is a peer reviewed, open access journal. All articles are free for everyone to read, download, copy, and distribute under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License see here.

SDQ does not charge authors an open access publication fee.