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Academic Publishing: An Overview

Academic publishing is an exciting step as you progress within your discipline’s scholarship. In addition to increasing your reputation within your discipline, publishing in peer-reviewed journals disseminates new and sometimes revolutionary scholarly and technological developments within the United States and international scholarly communities. Publishing is a significant means of contributing to both the security of our nation and the betterment of our world.

Depending on the discipline, you may be co-authoring research with other graduate students or with your advisor, or your advisor may act as a sponsor for an article you wish to publish. You may be submitting on behalf of your own research.

If you are interested in developing and publishing your work, take the time to research publishing opportunities so that you may choose the right journal to submit your article to. This research will increase the odds of your article being published. Such research includes:

  • Staying current with the latest scholarship in your discipline.
  • Reading recent past issues of the journal you wish to publish your work in to familiarize yourself with the journal’s mission statement, the breadth of topics published, as well as its frequency of publication.
  • Becoming familiar with both a journal’s submission requirements AND the required template your article must follow. The sometimes elaborate format requirements are the “first test” of your professionalism; don’t give the editor a reason to reject your article before it is given a thorough read.
  • Understanding that virtually every academic journal requires that you submit your article to only one journal at a time—because if two journals accepted your article, and planned their issues accordingly, there would be conflict with you at the center. If you have a second journal in mind, be sure to find out the amount of time your article may be in a particular editor’s hands.
  • Asking a professor or your advisor his or her recommendations regarding the specifics of publishing a particular article.

Of course, the first and most important requirement of academic publishing is to present the best representation of your own unique scholarship—an article that is meticulously researched and written!

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Journal Listings and Submission Policies
(Unless specified, information applies to journal articles)

The following list of journals include those that have published articles by NPS students and those that we feel would be of interest to students in the future.  We will continue to add to this initial list, and welcome suggestions from both students and faculty. Please email additional journal listings to writingcenter@nps.edu.

Computer Science

Defense Management (GSDM) [formerly GSBPP]

Homeland Security

Information Sciences


National Security Affairs


Systems Design

Systems Engineering

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Conference Publications: An Overview

If your paper is accepted for presentation at a conference, you reap multiple benefits: the opportunity to present your work; interaction with colleagues and experts in your field; and subsequent publication in the “conference journal.” Contacts made through your participation at academic conferences can prove invaluable, professionally and for your research.

As with any academic publishing, it is crucial to research the details of the conference you wish to attend and present in. Attention to these details will greatly increase your odds of being invited to present at the conference of your choice. Such information includes:

  • The topic “categories” presented by the conference. A conference “Call for Papers” often lists topics under which your paper may be submitted.
  • The required format for your paper or research. Conferences often provide templates for your paper, or at the very least, detailed format instructions, as well as the required process for submission.
  • Submission deadlines. Carefully check all submission deadlines; they may be separated by those for proposals/abstracts and for complete papers.