Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Centre for Conflict Studies' major publication is The Journal of Conflict Studies, formerly Conflict Quarterly. The Journal of Conflict Studies is a multi-disciplinary journal of international security studies. It addresses both contemporary topics and historical subjects (for the period since 1945). The JCS is distinct from most other "strategic studies" journals by virtue of its focus on "non-traditional" subjects: political terrorism, ethnic, civil and revolutionary wars, insurgency and counterinsurgency, special operations/covert action, other related intelligence activities, propaganda, psychological warfare, and media coverage of war, peacekeeping in all its forms, and conflict resolution. We broadly group these subjects under the rubric Low-Intensity Conflict studies. Manuscripts may address any aspect of those topics, including the causes, conduct, consequences, and containment of such conflicts.

The approach we prefer is the narrative-analytical. In short, manuscripts should address actual events, people, policies, decisions, etc. If the paper is oriented to a theoretical perspective, it should use real cases to explore or test the theory. Although empirical studies and data presented in graphs or charts may be acceptable, heavily quantitative studies utilizing mathematical formulae are not.

The Journal of Conflict Studies is published twice yearly, in the spring and the fall. Libraries currently account for more than one-third of circulation, which provides a significant, if unmeasurable secondary readership. JCS reaches most of the major university and public libraries in Canada, the US and the UK. Canada and the US together account for about 75 percent of the readership, the remainder coming from more than 20 countries world-wide.

 

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