Editorial Policies and Review Procedures

Dedicated to the dissemination of open access, scholarly and professional information, the MCUP publishing program provides quality resources. As professional publishing arm of Marine Corps University, MCUP is also a partner for university faculty and staff wishing to disseminate the results of their research. However, authors do not have to work for MCU to publish with this program.

Established in 2008, Marine Corps University Press (MCUP) recognizes the importance of an open dialogue between scholars, policy makers, analysts, and military leaders and of crossing civilian-military boundaries to advance knowledge and solve problems. To that end, MCUP focuses on scholarly books and academic journals that provide a forum for interdisciplinary discussion of national security and international relations issues and how they impact the Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy, and the U.S. Marine Corps directly and indirectly. While the press does not operate on a revenue basis, MCUP must be creative, entrepreneurial, focused, and far-sighted to anticipate the current and future needs of Marine Corps University, History Division, and the broader DOD community in a rapidly evolving industry and respond with vision and commitment.

The freedom to publish is a fundamental element of the basic right to freedom of expression. Freedom is a prerequisite for a university press to thrive, and it represents an essential part of a democratic society based on a knowledge economy. Part of MCUP’s mission is to protect and promote the author’s freedom to publish their original intellectual property. We rely on these works to circulate information, ideas, beliefs, and opinions that further the conversation on advanced military studies generally and the Department of Defense and its military Services. MCUP defends its right to publish and distribute these works with complete autonomy, even when it presents controversial viewpoints that are supported by evidence, provided that it respects all legal rights that may be attached to the work and the country of origin. Further, MCUP defends itself against internal or external influence whereby administrators, faculty, board members, or public officials may attempt to pressure the publication of certain works or topics to appease personal or professional aims that may go against the mission or ethical standards of the press and its staff, which are also upheld by the Association of University Presses, the professional scholarly publishing association of which MCUP is a member. The press director makes the final decision on all works to be published under any MCUP imprint without fear of retribution or reprisal for them or their staff.

MCUP does not publish classified information, biographies, or works of fiction. Please ensure that your submissions do not fall into these categories before you submit. We also do not encourage authors to dual submit their works here and simultaneously at other publishers. Intellectual freedom and ownership of that property is critical to an ethical publishing process. As such, all submissions to any MCUP imprint will be run through Turnitin to guard against all forms of plagiarism. Finally, we use a double-blind peer review process with all our publications. Our editorial and advisory boards actively participate in our publishing process, serving as subject matter experts and guiding our work throughout the year.

The Journal of Advanced Military Studies (JAMS) publishes twice a year (spring and fall). Articles must be at least 4,000-10,000 words, including footnotes, and formatted according to Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition). Articles under consideration must pass peer review with two positive results. 

Expeditions with MCUP is our digital-only journal. It features all the same rigor as our print journals but can be published in half the time. Most articles can be posted within 4-6 weeks of acceptance. These articles are much more timely and should follow the same guidelines as JAMS.

We publish on the long length of the Corps’ history through a variety of formats, including official histories, full-length monographs, commemorative battlestudies, and journal articles. History Division does not publish classified material, fiction, or biographies. Authors are required to have their work reviewed and approved by their security staff prior to submission if the work in question is based on data that may be considered classified. Do not attempt to transmit data that may be considered classified as it will be considered and treated as spillage. History Division follows best practices to prevent plagiarism, including self-plagiarism, using Turnitin to evaluate all new manuscripts.

Manuscripts submitted by the author for consideration are first reviewed by the editorial staff. If the work seems to fit the editorial plan of the division, and if the work seems to merit further consideration, we will solicit expert opinions from at least two external readers with subject matter expertise. Two favorable reviews from consultant readers are required to continue consideration of a manuscript. If the readers recommend that the author revise a manuscript, we will ask the author to complete such revisions and resubmit before having the work evaluated further.

A final decision to publish requires two favorable reviews from consultant readers and the approval of the History Division director, who reviews each project, the readers’ reports, and any other pertinent documentation to reach a decision. Further revisions, as well as the author’s cooperation with copyediting, proofreading, fact checking, and text formatting, may be required as conditions of publication. For more information on military history naming conventions, please refer to the History Division Writing Guide.

Submission Guidelines

Articles for Marine Corps History must be between 4,000-10,000 words, including footnotes, and formatted according to Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition). Marine Corps History publishes twice a year, and the editors are currently looking for new articles and book reviews on all topics within the long history of the Corps: Civil War, Spanish-American War, Banana Wars, WWI, WWII, Korea, Cold War, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, women and minorities in the military and focus on some aspect of the Corps either directly or indirectly, including foreign marines and joint operations. We are particularly interested in masters and PhD students who are ready to venture into scholarly publishing.

DEADLINES: Summer issue (February) and Winter issue (August).
Author guidelines provide more detailed information on submitting to Marine Corps History.

Longer manuscripts for books or battlestudies may be submitted at any time throughout the year. These manuscripts will be between 80,000 and 150,000 words, including footnotes, and formatted according to Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition). Length will vary depending on the format of the publication and the topic.


MCUP and History Division Book Proposal Guidelines

Authors: please note in your proposal if you are submitting your project to multiple publishers. If your book is ready for MCUP to review, in 500–2,500 well-chosen, polished words, the proposal should provide the following:

1. Subject, scope, and thesis.

2. Core contribution: what's unique, significant, exciting?

3. Comparison to the most important, germane books.

4. Intended audience.

5. Reasons for undertaking the work.

6. Research methodology.

7. Length of work (preferably in words) and number of illustrations (what kind?).

8. Table of contents (preferably annotated sufficiently to convey both the chapter's coverage and how it develops the overall argument).

9. Status of proposed work: if not begun or finished, what is the schedule for completion?

10. Qualifications of author.

MCUP welcomes e-mailed proposals and will contact prospective authors regarding partial or full submission of manuscript.

For information or to submit an article or book review, contact the director at


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