Article Type

  1. ≤1000 words Short Communication or report on event, exercise, trip, meeting, conference
  2. ≤2000 words Editorials, commentaries, opinions, policy paper, project report
  3. ≤4000 words Systematic PRISMA review and original research

Title page: The title page should give the title of the article, and the names, addresses, qualifications and positions of all authors plus email address for the corresponding author. Articles must demonstrate clear relevance to security practitioners in the Indo-Pacific region.

Authorship: Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contribution by each author.

Abstract: An abstract is only required for Article Types 2 and 3 (see above) and must be structured according to the structure of the paper. Abstracts do not have references and are no longer than 200 words.

Keywords: Provide 3 to 5 keywords that add to those used in the title and help further define the topic.

Microsoft Word Styles: Use only Normal Style.

Headings: Only use two levels of headings that facilitate reading and understanding. Level 1 heading is bold and level two heading is bold italic.

Numbers: Do not spell out numbers in text and do not spell out numbers over 10 at the start of sentences.

Tables and Figures: Insert appropriate tables and figures with suitable captions in the text where you want them to appear. Cite the Table and Figure in the text (e.g. Table 1 or Figure 1). Provide your Tables with titles and your Figures with legends. Tables and Figures must be self-explanatory. Explain all abbreviations. Ensure reproducible quality – photocopies are not adequate. Provide all relevant units of measurement.

Acknowledgements: This is where contributors, who do not meet the criteria for authorship, are thanked. These contributors must give their permission to be named here.

References: Follow the author-date system. DO NOT use Vancouver citation method (numbers) and DO NOT use EndNote or other referencing systems. All references must be in standard text format.

Journal: Author names and initials, title of the article (only first letter of first word capitalized), name of the journal (in full), year of publication, volume, first and last pages of the article, http address (if it exists), e.g.

Arther PG, Shaalan MN. Drone software design: a literature review. Hawaii Journal of Security Technology 2012;11:68-84.

Web: Author, title of the web page or article (only first letter of first word capitalized), name of the web site (in full), year of publication or modification. http address, e.g.

Werner F. (2018) Health security – deep sea mining. Toxnet 2008.

Book: Author, book title (only first letter of first word capitalized), edition, publisher, place of publication, year of publication. http address (if it exists), e.g.

Murphy SE. Security environments, 2nd edn. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2008

Book Chapter: Author, title of chapter (only first letter of first word capitalized), page reference, Book title (only first letter of first word capitalized), edition, editor/s, publisher, place of publication, year of publication. http address (if it exists), e.g.

Gubler DJ, Reiter P. Dengue in the tropics, pp. 223-260. In: The arboviruses: epidemiology, Vol 3, (ed.) Monarth T. CRC Press, Florida, 1988.

References to papers “in press” must mean that the papers have been accepted for publication. References to works “in prep” or “submitted” are not allowed. References to personal communication (pers. com.) and unpublished work are permitted only in the text, not in the reference section.

Direct quotes from published works or other people must be in italics or in quotes – never both.

Text Citations: In the text, references should be given as Smith (2000) or (Smith 2000) or Smith and Johns (2000) or (Smith and Johns 2000). Use Smith et al (2000) or (Smith et al 2000) when there are more than two authors. When more than one reference is cited in one place, separate citations by a comma. If papers by the same authors in the same year are cited, they should be distinguished alphabetically, e.g. (Smith 2000a,b). Alphabetical order is required.

Written permission to reproduce borrowed material, illustrations, tables or photographs must be obtained from the original publishers and submitted with the article. Borrowed material should be acknowledged in this style: “Reproduced by kind permission of …(publishers) … from … (reference)”.

Writing style: Good writing is an asset for all professionals and well worth the effort of acquiring. Some simple “rules” for better writing are:

  • Use bullet points for presenting simple lists
  • Use tables to present complex lists and figures to present complex concepts
  • Keep sentences simple and use easily understood language
  • Use a spelling checker and a grammar checker for advice
  • Avoid one sentence paragraphs and paragraphs longer than five sentences
  • Contractions like “don’t” are not acceptable in formal writing
  • Use abbreviations only after defining them

A reasonable standard of English is expected. Poorly written articles will be rejected. The Editorial Office does not have the resources to assist in bringing written English up to an acceptable standard for publication. Make sure articles are checked by someone with a good command of written English before they are submitted.




Before making a submission, please ensure you have completed all the items in this checklist. If you have any questions at this stage, please contact the Editorial Office and we will be pleased to assist you.

  • Read Information for Authors
  • Supply all author affiliations and emails
  • Indicated the corresponding author by including their present address
  • Indicate the type of article
  • Obtain written permission if you use published tables or figures
  • Clearly identify quotes using quotation marks or italics
  • Use author-year style of referencing
  • Prepare tables and figures according to instructions
  • Use major headings according to instructions

Cover email

Include the following in your email:

  1. Title of article
  2. Author/s of article (cc the email to all co-authors)
  3. Copyright paragraph: “The author/s grant an exclusive license (or non-exclusive for government employees) on a worldwide basis to DKI-APCSS, to permit this article (if accepted) to be published in the XXXXX”
    The full copyright stays with the authors. DKI-APCSS only seeks a copyright license to publish the manuscript. See section on full copyright document and license for publication.
  4. Competing interest statement: “The author/s have no competing interests to declare”
  5. Research papers that use data from individuals and present identifying information must include a statement confirming ethics approval (or a statement that it was not required)
  6. Duplication statement: “This article has not been submitted elsewhere for publication”.
  7. Attached article in .rtf file format. Other file types are not acceptable.
    In Word, click “Save As” and select RTF format.
  8. Send your email to



The Editorial Office screens all received articles before they are send for peer review and declines articles if they fail to comply with standards for:

  • Topic relevance
  • Length
  • English
  • Plagiarism
  • References


 The Editorial Board arranges peer review for articles that pass screening. All articles in this journal are reviewed by expert referees who evaluate the following:

  • Factually correct contribution to knowledge or understanding and of value to the readers
  • Robust in organization, approach, reasoning, argument and conclusions
  • Supported by relevant literature review with adequate and current references
  • Specific with clear purpose, clear expression and written in good English
  • Original work by the authors that has not been published elsewhere

Reviewed articles are returned to the author for revision and are then prepared for publication. Copyeditors will alter the article to make it conform to the style of the journal, but will not alter the intent of the content. Following copyediting, final drafts are emailed to the corresponding author for proofreading. Corrections must be emailed within one week. If no corrections are received within one week, papers are published.

Fees: Publication in this journal and access to published articles are both free of charge.


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