The Naval War College Review is a scholarly journal, published quarterly under the auspices of the Naval War College and the Department of the Navy, but exercising editorial independence; the thoughts and opinions expressed in the publication are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the department or NWC.

The Review has been published continuously since 1948. It serves as a forum for discussion of public policy matters of interest to the maritime services. The candid views of the authors are presented for the professional education of the readers. Articles are drawn from a wide variety of sources to inform, stimulate, and challenge readers, and to serve as a catalyst for new ideas.

Circulation includes commands and activities of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard; officers of those services; foreign officers and civilians; other U.S. government officials and agencies; and selected U.S. and international libraries, research centers, publications, and educational institutions.

The information below provides answers to our most commonly received questions. If your questions are not addressed here, please send them to

Decisions on Review submissions are based primarily on intellectual and literary merit, clarity (organization of thesis, evidence, and argument), timeliness, value, and interest to our wide readership.

Review submissions’ subject matter should be related to maritime strategy, operations, doctrine and planning, regional security studies, coalition warfare, international law, operations other than war, technology, defense economics, civil relations (including media), war gaming, leadership, military ethics, or history. The Review avoids articles on bureaucratic matters not bearing on the subjects above, tactics and procedures, sociological or personnel issues, and “bureaucratic public relations.” A survey of previous Review issues may help authors determine whether this is the right venue for their work.

Length of our articles is approximately 6,000 to 16,000 words, but we occasionally make an exception if required by the material and treatment. Shorter works, such as Commentary, Research & Debate, In My View (letters to the editor), and review essays, are typically 1,100 to 2,500 words.

Submitted articles will be sent to the editor for his initial decision to decline publication, send the article for blind peer review, or grant provisional acceptance (very rare at this point).

Peer review involves engaging three highly qualified persons (considered to be experts on the subject matter) to read the article and provide us detailed reports. Once received, the editor reviews the reports and will decide whether to decline publication, ask the author for revisions, or grant provisional acceptance (again, rare at this point). Authors who receive a revision request will be provided referee reports and a brief description of what the editor is looking for from the revision.

Revised articles will be sent to the editor for his decision. He will either provisionally accept the article or decline publication.

Provisionally accepted articles go to the managing editor for editing; in 2–4 weeks he will contact the author to work out final revisions. When both are satisfied, the article will be sent to the dean.

Final determination on provisionally accepted articles rests with the dean. Articles given final acceptance will be assigned to the next issue having adequate available space. Prior to publication, all issue assignments are tentative; changes are (quite often) beyond our control, although we make every effort to avoid them.

Essays, Commentary, Research and Debate, and In My View go through some of the same steps as article submissions—sometimes unique to each submission—at the discretion of the editor.

Book Review information can be found here:

Review submissions should be sent to: From receipt through publication, the associate editor coordinates processing of all submissions (with the exception of book reviews—see above). Authors can expect to receive periodic updates regarding submission status, and should contact the associate editor with any questions or concerns.

The Press cannot make predictions or express interest in hypothetical or un-received articles or their subject matter. When in doubt, we encourage authors to submit their work, using the specifications below. Thank you for your interest in our publication.

Submissions for the Review must be Word documents and include:
  • Abstract (articles and submissions over 3,000 words)
  • Biographical note
  • Manuscript
Required specifications & formatting
  • Turn track changes off and perform document inspection, select remove all Submissions must be free of comments, revisions, annotations, personal information, task pane add-ins, embedded documents, macros, forms, ActiveX controls, collapsed headings, custom XML, headers, footers, watermarks, invisible content, and hidden text
  • Font: 12pt, Times New Roman
  • Spacing: Double (do not add extra space between paragraphs, except at the start of new section)
  • Margins: 1 inch all around
  • Alignment:Left align, ragged right edge. Use a .5 inch indentation for the first line of all paragraphs that do not start a new section
  • Title: Bold, centered
  • Section headings: Bold, left align
  • Endnotes: Arabic numbers, left align all, double-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman Font
Style and References

Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Ed.
Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Ed.

Upon submitting work to the Naval War College Press, the author acknowledges that he or she has read and agreed to all terms listed in the NWC Press Submission Policy. Click the link below to read the policy.
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