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We accept submissions of nearly any type, from anyone; however, submission does not guarantee publication. Our aim is to distribute high quality analyses, opinions, and studies to military officers, government officials, and security and academic professionals in the counterterrorism community. We give priority to non-typical, insightful work, and to topics concerning countries with the most pressing terrorism and CT issues.

Style Sheet for Preparation of Articles for Submission

These guidelines are important for the preparation of your article, and are based on general publishers' requirements for submissions. Please observe them as closely as possible while you're preparing your article. This will save many problems during the production process. 

The Chicago Manual of Style is the reference bible for your endnotes. It is available in libraries or at: Note that private online use of the CMS requires a subscription.

All accepted submissions will be subject to editing by a professional copy editor. Authors will have the opportunity to answer questions, make minor updates, and review changes at least once before publication.

We encourage authors to include good-quality photos that will enhance their article. Detailed instructions follow under heading 6– please look them over carefully.

1. LENGTH: Your article should be no more than 7,000 words, inclusive of endnotes. 

2. APPLICATION: Use Microsoft Word (98 or later) only. We will communicate and transfer files electronically, so please familiarize yourself with the Track Changes and Comments functions in Word (under the Review or Tools tabs on the menu bar, depending on your OS).


  • Use italics for emphasis and for the titles of journals and books. 
  • Quotation marks: "double first." Single "for ‘quotes within quotes.'"
  • Use American style dates: December 19, 2008, for both text and notes.

4. SUBHEADINGS: Please make very sure your headings are consistent and clear.

  • Top level is <A> Bold With One Space Above and Below, Initial Caps
  • Secondary level is <B> No Bold, One Space Above and None Below, Initial Caps;
  • Tertiary is <C> Leading line of paragraph, first cap only. Do not go below three levels.

Illustrations include all tables, figures, graphs, charts, photos, etc.
Will any of the illustrations or tables require permission to be reprinted? See below.
Do not embed any tables, photos, or other illustrations in the text (see instructions below).

  • IMPORTANT: Save each illustration as a separate file, thus: type, chapter, and number of  graphic, with the correct extension. Example: Schmidt Table 6.docx;  Schmidt Figure 2.ppt; Schmidt Photo 4.jpg.
  • Send them along with your chapter.
  • Indicate in brackets within the text where you want each one to appear: {Insert Table 6: "Rate of Immigration in 1976" here}
  • Supply a brief descriptive title or caption for each illustration.
  • If you create a table, use the table function in MS Word. Do not use a spreadsheet or page layout function.
  • It is your responsibility to make sure ahead of time that you have permission to reprint any illustration from a previously published source. Permissions come from the publisher, not the author. If there is any question of legality, and you have no proof of permission, the illustration may be left out.

For photos and other graphic images that were not created in Word, do not import them into Word! Send files separately.

Original artwork should be scanned and submitted as an electronic file. Do not send original hardcopy photos or artwork that you don't want to lose. CTX will not guarantee the return of any artwork submitted in a hardcopy form.

A. Photos
Any file that comes directly from a digital camera should be fine. But send us the original, large file—do not reduce.

Image formats:
Format should be .psd, .jpg or .tif
Minimum 150 dpi, but 300 is better
Minimum 300 x 300 pixels.
The following file types are acceptable:  PSD; Photoshop EPS; Photoshop PDF; PNG; Targa; TIFF; JPG

B. Graphics files:
Very best is to send the original Adobe Illustrator file
Second best is to send an EPS.
If neither of these is available, refer to the photo specs above.
Use the following file types:  AI; EPS; PDF (an Illustrator PDF); SVG


  • All notes must be in the endnote style -- do not use footnotes or bibliographic reference style.
  • All endnotes must be created using the MS Word footnote/endnote function, under the Document Elements toolbar. Choose Arabic numeral style, not Roman numerals.
  • Include journal volume and number, and page numbers for journal articles.
  • Be sure to identify page numbers for book citations, speeches, power point briefs, newspaper articles, etc. 
  • Make sure to include entire URL addresses for internet sites, and the date you accessed the site (we may ask you to verify all web sites at the copy-editing stage). See the examples below.

Chasing down citations creates real headaches at critical times in the production process, so please take the time to get the citations right as you prepare your manuscript. 

Following is a quick style guide you can use to format your notes. Above all, be consistent!


Emery Blackfoot, Chance Encounters (Boston: Serendipity Press, 1987), 23.
Brian Stokes, Jane Thurlow, and Tim Thomas, Recasting the Red Star (New York: Strauss and Co., 1984), 123-5.
Multiple authors should have full names. Do a quick internet search to find names if necessary. 

John J. Benjosheph, "On the Anticipation of New Metaphors," Cuyahoga Review vol. 24, no.4 (Fall 1988): 6-16.
Multiple authors should have full names. Do a quick internet search to find names if necessary.

Ernest Kaiser, "The Literature of Harlem," in Harlem: A Community in Transition, Joseph H. Clarke, ed., (New York: Citadel Press 1964), 32-45.
Multiple authors and editors should have full names. Do a quick internet search to find names if necessary.

Papers, reports
Project on National Security Reform (PNSR), "Forging a New Shield: Executive Summary," Washington, D.C., November 2008, iv-xi.

  • Aconym only if the institute or organization appears again in the footnotes. 
  • Acronym in footnotes (with caveat above), even if it appears already in the main text.

John R. Lackey, Valerie Bailey Grasso, and Kate M. Manuel, "Inherently Governmental Functions and DoD Operations," Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report for Congress R-1072A, revised June 16, 2002, 14.

From author [or name of interviewer] interview with [name, position], [location of interview], [date].
Example: Author interview with General Augusto Pinochet, former president of Chile, London, UK, 15 August 2000.

Subsequent Citations (use short title style)
Blackfoot, Chance Encounters, 21.
Benjosheph, "On the Anticipation," 8. 

Internet Citations
VERIFY all URLs, include access date.
Vice Admiral Lowell E. Jacoby, U.S. Navy, Director, Defense Intelligence Agency, "Statement For the Record: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence," 24 February 2004: Accessed 12/12/2012.

"Background Note: Nepal," U.S. Department of State, Bureau of South Asian Affairs, October 2001, taken from the State Department website: Accessed 11/11/2011.

If you have questions concerning the editing and formatting of your chapter or notes, please contact the Managing Editor at