Submissions and Letters
Many of the articles in Arms Control Today (ACT) are solicited by the editors, but ACT also welcomes unsolicited submissions. To ensure that your submission is appropriate for ACT, please familiarize yourself with the magazine and its full guidelines. Even if you have submitted an article to ACT before, please review the full guidelines, since they are revised periodically.
If an article is accepted for publication, it undergoes a multi-stage editing process. The amount of time is dependent on a number of factors, but you should expect this part of the process to take about three weeks.
We strongly recommend that potential authors submit a detailed outline and/or abstract of articles before submission. By e-mailing us first, you give us a chance to work with you on the piece and solve problems in the early stages of the process. If you submit a full article without that step, please follow our full guidelines
ACT welcomes submissions on topics in the field of international arms control and disarmament, including nuclear proliferation, strategic weapons reductions, missile defense, chemical and biological weapons, missile proliferation, and conventional arms exports. Proposals for articles on other topics also are welcome. Feature articles should stimulate debate and offer constructive policy suggestions. ACT articles are not purely academic discussions or journalistic accounts; we seek articles that detail and analyze a current policy problem and propose appropriate means for addressing it.
Our readership includes experts and non-experts; articles should be written so that they are of value to both groups. Avoid jargon and unnecessary technical detail. If terms of art are used in the article, they should be explained on first reference. Avoid cluttering the article with abbreviations. (See full guidelines for details.)
ACT book reviews cover relevant titles in the field of arms control; they run in alternate issues. Book reviews are essays; although they should summarize the arguments and style of the book that is being reviewed, they need not restrict themselves to that. They should avoid jargon and unnecessary technical detail. Potential authors should model reviews on those previously published in ACT and/or the style in The New York Review of Books.
ACT’s “Looking Back” section alternates with the book reviews and includes historical essays on relevant arms control issues. These articles often consider the current policy situation and contextualize it within the larger legacy of important treaties, conventions, nuclear tests, etc. Potential authors should consider pegging the article to an anniversary (particularly the fifth, tenth, etc.) of a major arms control event.
Our full guidelines also apply to book reviews and “Looking Back.
- Authors of a feature article, book review, or “Looking Back” receive a one-year digital and print subscription to Arms Control Today.
- Authors also receive four copies of the edition in which their submission is printed.
ACT welcomes letters from readers (see our full guidelines). Letters are limited to 600 words and may be edited for space.
Letters and submissions may be e-mailed to submissions[at]armscontrol.org. In the subject line, please indicate what type of submission you are attaching. Our goal is to decide within a month of receiving a submission whether we will accept it. If you need a quicker response, please let us know.
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