Instruction for authors (submissions)

About the journal

Close Encounters in War Journal is an international peer-reviewed, open-access journal publishing high-quality and original research, in the English language. Please, do check the journal’s Aims and Scope for more information about its focus. CEIWJ publishes one thematic issue per year in late November.

Double-blind peer review

We are committed to peer-reviewing integrity and high standards. After submission, your paper will be assessed for suitability by the editors, and it will then be submitted to double-blind peer review by independent and anonymous expert referees.

More in detail, here are the steps of our peer-review process:

1) the editors will ensure that your article follows the journal’s guidelines (see Aims and Scope), that it is right for CEIWJ, and that it could be interesting and useful for the journal’s readership.

2) if the article is accepted by the editors, they will contact two or three experts in your field, who will be asked to check that your work is original or new; that the methodology used is appropriate; that results are presented clearly and appropriately; that your conclusions are reliable. Peer reviewers can advise to accept your article, to accept it with minor revisions or with major revisions, or to reject it (usually, the most likely outcome is acceptance with revisions, but you could decide not to accept the peer reviewers comments, and try to publish the article somewhere else).

3) you will then be asked to revise your article according to the peer reviewers’ comments, and resubmit it.

Preparing your article

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Authors’ Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

Articles will be between 6,000 and 8,000 words long, including footnotes, but excluding bibliography (we ask that you include a word count for your article).

Articles will be written using British spelling style consistently throughout the manuscript.

Please, submit your article in Word (.doc or .docx) to the following address:

For references, authors will receive specific guidelines for the preparation of their file.

Your article should also include the following:

Author’s details and Short Biographical note
Abstract (150 words maximum)
Keywords (at least 5)
Funding details (if any)

Please note that if you decide to use third-party material in your paper, you should obtain all necessary permission to reuse such material. The use of short extracts of text is usually allowed on a limited basis without securing formal permission, provided that the work is correctly cited. If any material you wish to include in your article is covered by copyright (e.g. pictures, images, tables etc.) or is subject to explicit permission to publish (e.g. oral interviews, unpublished archive material, private writings like letters and diaries, etc.), the authors will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner prior to final submission. In absence of such permission, the Editors will not publish any material protected by copyright. As for copyright of articles, this will remain with the authors who will be entitled to share, copy, and upload their articles in public repositories (e.g., under condition of indicating CEIWJ as the original place of publication (also if they re-use their articles with modifications).

Open access policy

CEIWJ provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge as well as a democratic access to culture. This journal does not charge authors to submit their articles. Evaluation and publication processes imply no fees and readers have full access to the published materials, which can be downloaded in PDF format for free.

Anti-plagiarism policy

The editors of CEIWJ will not tolerate any form of plagiarism or unethical research conduct (including unfair recognition of intellectual merits in co-authored publications). Any submitted article that should breach the rules of ethical research conduct will be discarded before publication. In the event that plagiarism should be detected by peer-reviewers, the editors will inform, if requested, the external referees about the identity of the authors committing plagiarism. In the unlikely event of proven breach of ethical research conduct regarding any published article, the editors will immediately withdraw the article and make a public statement on the website.