Editorial Policies and Review Procedures
Dedicated to the dissemination of scholarly
and professional information, Marine Corps University Press (MCUP) provides
quality resources in several subject areas, including national security,
international relations, and geopolitical studies. As the scholarly publishing arm
of Marine Corps University, MCUP is also a partner for university faculty and
staff wishing to disseminate the results of their research.
Guidelines for both prospective and
contracted authors are available below. Please note that these guidelines are
primarily for book authors, although some information, such as permissions, is
useful for journal as well as book authors. Journal authors should also refer
to specific submission, style, and other instructions.
Manuscripts submitted by the author
to MCUP for consideration are first reviewed by the editorial staff. If the
work seems to fit the editorial plan of the press, and if the work seems to
merit further consideration, we will solicit expert opinions from at least two external
peer reviewers with subject matter expertise. Two favorable reviews from subject matter experts are required for MCUP to continue its 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
A final decision to publish requires two
favorable reviews from peer reviewers and the approval of MCUP Editorial Board.
This committee reviews each project, the readers’ reports, and any other
pertinent documentation to reach its decisions. Further revisions, as well as
the author’s cooperation with copyediting, proofreading, fact-checking, and
text formatting, may be required as conditions of publication.
Articles for MCU Journal must be
between 4,000-10,000 words, including footnotes, and formatted according to Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition). MCU Journal publishes twice a year, and the
editors are currently looking for new articles and book reviews on all topics of
concern to the Marine Corps and the Department of Defense through the lens of
various disciplines, including international relations, political science,
security studies, and political economics. We are particularly interested in masters
and PhD students who are ready to venture into scholarly publishing. We also
publish special issues of the journal on various topics.
issue (November) and Fall issue (May).
supports an online journal, OnPoint, which offers authors a
faster route to published articles without compromising on quality. Submissions
can be made at any time and can cover a variety of topics that affect the DOD,
including geopolitics, strategic culture, the future of conflict, and many
more. Articles submitted for OnPoint
will go through an expedited peer review, copyedit, and production process that
allows the standard article to publish in approximately four weeks instead of the
standard four months for print. The submission guidelines for length and format
are the same as for MCU Journal.
manuscripts for scholarly monographs 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.
Book Proposal Guidelines
In 500–2,500 well-chosen, polished words, the
proposal should provide the following:
scope, and thesis.
contribution: what's unique, significant, exciting?
the most important, germane books.
undertaking the work.
Length of work
(preferably in words) and number of illustrations (what kind?).
contents (preferably annotated sufficiently to convey both the chapter's
coverage and how it develops the overall argument).
proposed work: if not begun or finished, what is the schedule for completion?
10. Qualifications of author.
MCUP welcomes emailed proposals and will
contact prospective authors regarding partial or full submission of manuscript.
For more information or to submit a project, email MCPU at email@example.com