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Author Guidelines

Manuscripts, proposals for articles and editorial correspondence should be sent to Professor Regina Karp or Professor Aaron Karp, Graduate Programs in International Studies, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia 23508, USA. Electronic submissions are welcome at rkarp@odu.edu or akarp@odu.edu.

Contemporary Security Policy is a refereed journal. Articles submitted to Contemporary Security Policy should be original contributions and should not be under consideration for any other publication at the same time. If another version of the article is under consideration by another publication, or has been, or will be published elsewhere, authors should clearly indicate this at the time of submission.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically, either as an e-mail attachment, a home-page link, or on diskette. In addition, note the following formatting guidlines:

There is no standard length for articles but 8,000 words (including notes and references) is a useful target. describing the main argument, approach and conclusions.

Details of the author’s institutional affiliation, full address and other contact information should be included on a separate cover sheet. Any acknowledgements should be included on the cover sheet as should a note of the exact length of the articles.


Authors are responsible for ensuring that their manuscripts conform to the journal style. The editors will not undertake retyping of manuscripts before publication.









There are few hard-and-fast rules, apart from consistency throughout the article. In general:




Should be numbered consecutively through the article with a raised numeral corresponding to the list of notes placed at the end. In this list numerals should not be raised and should be followed by a full point, not a bracket.
Sources should appear in the endnotes in the following format:

Published books

Chapters in edited volumes

Articles in journals

Newspaper and magazines


Online sources

URLs should be kept to a practical length, followed by the last access date if known:

Subsequent references

Use ibid. if relevant; otherwise use author’s surname and a short title:
Baun, A Wider Europe (note 2), p. 85.


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