Information For Authors

Interested in submitting to this journal? We recommend that you review the Author Guidelines (see below). Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.


Author Guidelines

The Journal of Veterans Studies welcomes multiple submission types: articles; interviews; program profiles; new media and book reviews; and announcements. We also welcome proposals for special issues. 

1. Original research articles relevant to veterans studies, including those that address teaching veterans studies (broadly conceived) and theorizing veterans studies (broadly conceived). All perspectives and topics of general interest to the profession are welcome. 

Articles should be between 8,000 – 10,00 words and/or 20 double-spaced pages. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the field and journal, the latest editions of documentation / formatting styles MLA, Chicago, and APA are welcome for works that include references. Submissions must be free of authors' names and other identifying markers, including metadata and institutional affiliation. Works previously published or multiple works by a single author / author team are not acceptable.

2. Program Profiles of nonprofit organizations, veterans only college courses, veterans studies major / minors, peer-to-peer mentoring initiatives, are just a few suggestions of possible programs authors can profile. Though shorter or longer profiles will be considered, a suggested length of 5,000-7,000 words is preferable. Profiles should include a description of the program (including its history, context, and goals), the theory informing the program, a description of the program’s structure (its organization and function), and a description of the constraints influencing the program’s growth. All profiles should include implications that clearly rationalize how information about a program is valuable to veterans studies scholars.

We accept the following file formats: .doc, .docx, and .rtf.

3. Interviews: We welcome interviews with key figures affiliated to the interdisciplinary field of veterans studies. Interviews can include media and should not exceed 5,000 words. Please send interview queries and manuscripts to the interview editor. 

4. New Media and Book Reviews: The Journal of Veterans Studies publishes reviews of art installations, films, books, websites, and other multimedia that may be of interest to teachers, scholars, and advocates of veterans studies. Reviews of single sources should be about 1,500 words and review essays should be 2,500-3,000 words. Book Reviews are solicited by Book Review Editor Sarah Austin. New Media Reviews are solicited by New Media Review Editor Katt Blackwell-Starnes. Requests and suggestions for media / texts reviews are welcomed. Please send review queries (only) to the appropriate review editors. 

5. Announcements, Calls, and News: In the spirit of contributing and sustaining a vibrant interdisciplinary community, we seek to publish announcements, news, or calls for programs, papers, etc. Information of these types will be published on the journal's main page, To have your announcement shared with our readership, please provide the following information in an email to the editor:

  • Title
  • 4-5 sentence summary
  • Contact information or URL with additional information related to news/announcement/call 

Authors may benefit from knowing that for original research articles, referees base their decisions for publication by rating submissions from 1-5 (where 1 is low and 5 is high) in the following 9 categories: 

  1. Methodology
  2. Theoretical Framework
  3. Focus (does not ramble or take on too much)
  4. Organization
  5. Clarity 
  6. The manuscript extends, challenges, or complements existing scholarship on veterans studies
  7. Well-situated in theory, research tradition, current issues or practice, and connects to broader issues and scholarship in the field
  8. Explains how theory, research, or practice establishes new ground or is unique, taking up a position in a new and interesting way; it does not just describe process but makes wider implications and raises questions
  9. Offers implications for future research, practice, etc.

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal (i.e., article), the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. The author(s) have not submitted multiple submissions within a sixth month period.
  8. To submit a REVISED manuscript. Please: 

    1. Login as an author;
    2. Click the hyperlinked "active" option in the center of the page. A new page loads; 
    3. Click the title of your active submission (new page loads); 
    4. You are now on the "Summary" page of your submission. You'll see the menu on the top left, which reads (from left to right) Summary, Review, Editing. Choose Review; new page loads
    5. At the bottom of the Review page you will see the section "Editor Decision" and an option to Upload an "Author Version." This is where you will upload your revised manuscript by clicking the "Choose Files" button, which will then search your computer for the correct file. Once selected, click the Upload button. Note: You can upload multiple files, should you have separate image files to include. 
    6. When you are finished uploading files, click "Notify Editor" under the "Editor Decision" section. The email manager will load for you to send notification that your revisions have been successfully submitted