Writing for Parameters

Article submissions

Parameters welcomes unsolicited article submissions. Manuscripts should reflect mature professional thought on topics of current interest to senior Army officers and the US defense community. Our focus is on the art and science of land warfare, national and international security affairs, military strategy, senior leadership, ethics, and military history with contemporary relevance.

Our preferred length is 4,500 to 5,000 words. Manuscripts should be double-spaced and printed on one side of the sheet only. Include complete documentation in endnotes, but hold the number and length to the minimum. Graphics should be included only if essential to amplify or clarify the text. Include a biographical sketch of four to six lines, indicating your present position and highlighting your pertinent credentials. Manuscripts may be submitted as email attachments, but do not submit your manuscript by fax. The address is below.

Do not submit a manuscript while it is being considered elsewhere.

We value clarity and direct, lively writing; avoid military jargon and dull prose. Longer, specialized papers should be converted to an article written for generalist readers before submission. We reserve the right to edit manuscripts to conform to our stylistic standards and space constraints, but article authors will be provided galley proofs for approval before publication.

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.

Upon publication, we pay a modest honorarium to authors who are eligible (which generally excludes US military and government employees).

See our Author's Guide for additional information about submitting articles to Parameters.

Book Reviews and Review Essays

Book reviews and review essays are by assignment only. However, inquiries regarding proposals for review essays are welcome.

See our Reviewer's Guide for additional information about reviewing for Parameters.

Commentary & Reply submissions

We invite reader commentaries of up to 1,000 words on articles appearing in Parameters. Not all commentaries can be published. For those that are, the author of the article will be invited to provide a reply. Commentaries may be edited to meet style and space constraints. We also encourage readers to provide their opinions and suggestions, not for publication, regarding Parameters and Parameters On-Line.

From the Archives

Historical or literary vignettes for our "From the Archives" feature, which usually appears on our inside back cover, are also invited. Maximum length is 400 words. Include source data. Eligible contributors receive up to $50 on publication.

Send submissions to:

US Army War College
ATTN: Parameters
122 Forbes Avenue
Carlisle, PA 17013-5238

or by e-mail to: usarmy.carlisle.awc.mbx.parameters@mail.mil

(Do not fax submissions, please.)

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Reviewed 10 May 2000. Please send comments or corrections to usarmy.carlisle.awc.mbx.parameters@mail.mil