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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.

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.

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, 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.

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