Submitting an Article

Contributions to SSQ will explore strategic issues of current and continuing interest to the US Air Force, the larger U.S. defense community, and our international partners. Authors submit unclassified, scholarly articles to


Use Microsoft Word.
Do not use templates or similar desktop-publishing features.
Observe word limits (not including endnotes) as follows:
Articles:5,000 to 15,000 words
Commentary/op-ed:1,500 to 2,500 words


SSQ uses an endnote format for all references. Ensure endnotes are complete and formatted according to the Air University Style and Author Guide, "Citations" section (based on the Chicago Manual of Style). Access the AU style guide at:

Place only one note number at the end of a sentence or clause. The endnote itself may include multiple references separated by a semicolon.

Do not include bibliographies or lists of works referenced.

Pattern your endnotes after the following sample citations:


Paul Bracken, Fire in the East: The Rise of Asian Military Power and the Second Nuclear Age (New York: HarperCollins, 1999), 3.

Journal Article

Andrew F. Krepinevich Jr., “Strategy in a Time of Austerity: Why the Pentagon Should Focus on Assuring Access," Foreign Affairs 91, no. 6 (November/December 2012): 58-69.

Online and Multiple Sources

"SCUD-B Missiles Found in Libya,", 4 November 2011,; Department of Defense, Joint Operational Access Concept (JOAC), version 1.0 (Washington, DC: Department of Defense, 17 January 2012), 16.


Ensure all tables, figures, charts, or other graphics are 300 dpi quality. If copyrighted, graphics will require documented author permission for use.

Title and Abstract

Include a well-crafted title, 12 words or fewer, with precise keywords.

Compose a short abstract, 200 words or fewer, including keywords and phrases. Include a thesis statement, and brief solutions, results, and impact.

When we receive your article, we will send an acknowledgement of receipt. If you do not receive such an acknowledgement, please contact SSQ at (334) 953-7311, (DSN 493).

SSQ Review Process. SSQ operates a three-level peer review process for all articles as follows: (1) editor's initial review, (2) referee/subject matter expert review, and (3) contributing editors' review. The editor reviews all submissions for relevance, appropriateness, and content. If the article is of sufficient quality to warrant further consideration, it is sent to a referee/subject matter expert for evaluation. The referee evaluation results in one of three recommendations to the editor: publish, revise and resubmit, or reject. Revised articles and those evaluated as "Publish" are presented to the contributing editors board for peer review. The article may be accepted for publication, further revised, or rejected. All referee and contributing editor evaluatins are conducted blind and all feedback is provided to authors via the editor. At any point in the review process an article can be accepted for publication, returned for revision, or rejected. The editor determines final disposition of any submission. Articles accepted for publication are scheduled for a specific SSQ edition or placed in reserve for use in a subsequent edition.

Acceptance Requirements. Once your article is accepted for publication, you will be required to sign an author permission form granting SSQ non-exclusive rights to publish your submission in the public domain. All submissions will be edited for style, grammar, and usage according to the AU Style Guide. Provide a 2-3 line author bio to be published on the first page of the article. Additionally, authors are asked to provide a preferred mailing address for complimentary author copies.

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