A Quarterly, Peer Reviewed Online Journal

Submissions and Guidelines 



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The mission of CTX is to publish high quality analyses, opinions, and studies on hybrid warfare, special operations, and counterterrorism written by and for military officers, government officials, and security and academic professionals in the international community. We give priority to thoughtful, insightful, and creative work that offers lessons and ideas useful to fellow professionals. We also publish book and film reviews, interviews, and a column about the development and use of serious games.

We accept submissions of any type, from anyone; however, submission does not guarantee publication. Every submission will be reviewed by area experts to determine whether it meets CTX’s parameters, is ready for publication, and what revisions, if any, are needed before it is accepted.

The Chicago Manual of Style is the reference source for your endnotes. It is available in libraries or at: Note that private online use of the CMS requires a subscription.

All submissions should be in Microsoft Word. We can accept pdfs (Adobe Acrobat documents) for review only, but once a submission has been accepted, it is up to the author to transfer it to MS Word and proof read it for formatting errors before resubmitting.

All accepted submissions will be edited for content by our professional editorial staff. Authors will have the opportunity to answer questions, make requested revisions and minor updates, and review changes at least once before publication.

  1. LENGTH: Your article should be no more than 7,000 words, inclusive of endnotes. Columns and reviews should be no more than 4,000 words.
  2. APPLICATION: Use Microsoft Word (98 or later). We will communicate and transfer files electronically, so please familiarize yourself with the Track Changes and Comments functions in Word (under the Review or Tools tabs on the menu bar, depending on your operating system).
  3. SUBHEADINGS: Please make sure your headings are consistent and clear.
  4. FIGURES and ARTWORK: We encourage authors to include high-quality, high-resolution figures, maps, photos, and other artwork that will enhance their essay. Be aware, however, that our layout designer will have the final say on whether a piece of art is of high enough quality to use, and may reformat figures to make them more legible.

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This journal is not an official DoD publication. The views expressed or implied within are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of any governmental or nongovernmental organization or agency of the United States of America or any other country.


Copyright © 2024 by the author(s), except where otherwise noted. The Combating Threats Exchange journal (CTX) is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal available free of charge to individuals and institutions. Copies of this journal and the articles contained herein may be printed or downloaded and redistributed for personal, research, or educational purposes free of charge and without permission, except if otherwise noted. Any commercial use of CTX or the articles published herein is expressly prohibited without the written consent of the copyright holder. The copyright of all articles published herein rests with the author(s) of the article, unless otherwise noted.