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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.


MCUP 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. MCUP follows best practices to prevent plagiarism, using Turnitin to evaluate all new manuscripts.


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 further.


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.

Editorial and Advisory Boards

The MCUP editorial and advisory boards support the annual publishing efforts of MCUP by acting as a review and sounding board for projects and future topics of interest.


Dr. Rebecca Johnson
Dean of Academics / Deputy Director
Marine Corps War College
Marine Corps University

Dr. James H. Joyner Jr.
Associate Professor of Strategic Studies
Command and Staff College
Marine Corps University

Dr. Benjamin Nickels
Academic Chair for Transnational Threats and Counterterrorism
Africa Center for Strategic Studies
National Defense University

Dr. Christopher S. Stowe
Professor of Military History and Head of the War Studies Department
Command and Staff College
Marine Corps University

Dr. Paolo Tripodi
Head, Ethics Branch
Lejeune Leadership Institute
Marine Corps University

Dr. Christopher D. Yung
Donald Bren Chair of Non-Western Strategic Thought
Marine Corps University

Dr. Earl J. Catagnus Jr.
H. R. McMaster Center for Security Studies
Valley Forge Military College



Colonel Mary Reinwald, USMC (Ret)
Editor, Leatherneck Magazine

Colonel Christopher Woodbridge, USMC (Ret)
Editor, Marine Corps Gazette

Colonel Jon Sachrison, USMC (Ret)
Chief Operating Officer
Marine Corps University Foundation

Submission Guidelines

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.


DEADLINES: Spring issue (November) and Fall issue (May).


MCUP also supports an online journal, Expeditions with MCUP, 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 Expeditions with MCUP 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.


Longer 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:

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 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 mcu_press@usmcu.edu