Article Types

  1. Reports: ≤1000 word short articles on events, exercises, trips, conferences, projects, etc.
  2. Perspectives: ≤2000 word editorials, commentaries, opinions, policy papers
  3. Research: ≤4000 word systematic PRISMA reviews, original research, analytical papers

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 2 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 high quality. Provide all relevant units of measurement.

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

References: Must be in the reference section and can be formatted in any style so long as formatting is consistent.

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.

Arthur PG, Shaalan MN. Drone software design. Security Nexus, 2020;11:1-15.

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. Health security and deep sea mining. ToxNet, 2018.

Book: Author, book title (only first letter of first word capitalized), edition, publisher, place of publication, year of publication. Web 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
  • Use figures to present complex concepts
  • Keep sentences simple and use easily understood language
  • Use a spelling checker and a grammar checker
  • 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 good standard of English is expected and 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 to minimize the risk of rejection.




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. Proof that you are/were a past or present fellow or faculty of APCSS, such as course attended
  2. Title of article
  1. Author/s of article (cc the email to all co-authors)
    If the article has more than one author, include the following text:
    “All authors of this article made a contribution to the conception, design, analysis or interpretation of the work, drafted the work or revised it, approved of the final version, and agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work.”
  1. Competing interest statement: “The author/s have no competing interests to declare”
  2. 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)
  3. Duplication statement: “This article has not been submitted elsewhere for publication”.
  4. Attached article in .rtf file format. Other file types are not acceptable.
    In Word, click “Save As” and select RTF format.
  5. Send your email to the “Editor” at