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Parameters Author Guide


Subject

Parameters is a refereed journal of ideas and issues, providing a forum for mature thought on the art and science of land warfare, joint and combined matters, national and international security affairs, military strategy, military leadership and management, military history with contemporary "lessons learned," military ethics, and other topics of significant and current interest to the US Army and the Department of Defense. It serves as a vehicle for continuing the education and professional development of USAWC graduates and other senior military officers, as well as members of government and academia concerned with national security affairs.

Style

Write clearly and simply. Clarity, directness, and economy of expression are the main traits of professional writing, and they should never be sacrificed in a misguided effort to appear scholarly. Avoid especially Pentagonese and bureaucratic jargon. Humdrum dullness of style is not synonymous with learnedness; readers appreciate writing that is lively and engaging. Theses, military studies, and academic course papers should be adapted to article form before submission. In the interests of length, security, clarity, and conformity with the stylistic standards of Parameters, the editor reserves the right to edit all manuscripts; however, substantive changes are provided to the author for approval.

Length

Articles of 4,500-5,000 words (18-20 double-spaced pages) are preferred.

Concurrent Submissions

Do not submit a manuscript to Parameters while it is being considered elsewhere. Also, do not submit a manuscript if it has been published elsewhere or if it is available on the internet.

Submitting Your Manuscript

Unsolicited article manuscripts are welcome; book reviews are by assignment only. Authors are encouraged to submit their manuscript by e-mail, as an attachment, to usarmy.carlisle.awc.mbx.parameters@mail.mil. Manuscripts also may be mailed to the address below; in that case include one paper copy and a disk containing the computer file. Paper copies should be double-spaced and printed on one side of the sheet only. Carefully edit your text before submitting it. Include your name, address, daytime phone number, and e-mail address. Indicate whether the disk is Windows or Mac format, and tell us what word processing program you used. Do not submit your manuscript by fax.

Documentation

Documentation is placed in endnotes; a bibliography is not necessary. Indicate all quoted material by quotation marks or indentation. Reduce the number of endnotes to the minimum consistent with honest acknowledgment of indebtedness, consolidating notes where possible. Lengthy explanatory endnotes are discouraged. Endnotes must contain complete citation of publication data; for internet citations, include the date accessed. Parameters generally uses the conventions prescribed in Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers, 4th ed. (Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1973).

Biographical Sketch

Include a brief biographical sketch of four to six lines, highlighting your expertise.

Illustrations

Charts and graphs should be used only if they are absolutely essential to clarify or amplify the text. Photos are seldom used, but illustrative black-and-white photos (preferably 5" x 7") are considered.

Clearance

Manuscripts by US military personnel on active duty and civilian employees of the Defense or service departments may require official clearance (see AR 360-1, ch. 6). Contact your Public Affairs Office for assistance.

Honoraria

Upon publication, Parameters extends a modest honorarium to eligible contributors.

Review Process

We send an acknowledgment to the author when the manuscript is received. Submissions not forwarded to our referees for further consideration are generally returned to the author within three to four weeks. For submissions sent to our referees, the review process can take six to eight weeks from date of receipt, sometimes longer.

Send Manuscript To

US Army War College, ATTN: Parameters, 122 Forbes Avenue, Carlisle, PA 17013-5238. Phone: (717) 245-4943; DSN 242-4943. E-mail: usarmy.carlisle.awc.mbx.parameters@mail.mil