Critical Military Studies Call for Papers

Critical Military Studies

Critical Military Studies provides a rigorous and innovative platform for interdisciplinary debate on the operation of military power. As a new international peer-reviewed journal Critical Military Studies publishes scholarly work conceptualizing, critiquing and challenging accepted orthodoxies on all aspects of military power and institutions.

Critical Military Studies is a space for the interrogation and destabilization of often taken-for-granted categories related to the military, militarism and militarization. It welcomes original thinking on the contradictions and tensions that are central to the ways in which military institutions and military power work. It analyses how these tensions are reproduced within different societies and geopolitical arenas, and within and beyond academic discourse. Conceptual, empirical and theoretical contributions on experiences of militarization among groups and individuals, and in hitherto underexplored, perhaps even seemingly ‘non-military’ settings are also especially encouraged.

In addition to research articles, Critical Military Studies includes an Encounters section, which provides an open space for original creative work and alternative forms of critique. For Encounters we invite submissions developed through engagement with social and political life, environmental issues, cultural production, the arts and media. We encourage contributions that explore diverse modes of representation such as: interviews; exploratory or speculative ‘think pieces’; fiction; reportage; book, film and theatre reviews; visual arts; and pedagogic or methodological reflections.

Prizes for Outstanding Scholarship
Critical Military Studies will offer two prizes:
• Best manuscript submitted by an emergent scholar, with a prize of $US300
• Established scholar award with a prize of $US200 

Why Submit Your Article to Critical Military Studies?

Wide Dissemination
Publishing in Critical Military Studies will ensure that your article will be seen, read and cited by your research community. Libraries that purchase the Science & Technology and Social Science and Humanities Taylor & Francis Library Packages will all recieve free access to Critical Military Studies as part of our 'New Launch Free Trial Package'.

Fast and Professional Peer Review
Critical Military Studies publishes scholarship that has undergone rigorous peer review, including an initial screening by the editors, and recommendation by at least two anonymous reviewers. Critical Military Studies offers a supportive editorial process and welcomes submissions from Early Career Researchers.

Author Support from Routledge
The Author Services department at Routledge aims to enhance your publishing experience and to optimize the impact of your article in the global research community. Support is availiable, from preparing your article, through to setting up citation alerts post-publication. Visit for details.


• Papers for consideration should be submitted electronically as a Word document to the Editors at
• Encounters pieces should be submitted electronically as a Word document to the Encounters Editors at
• Authors may also contact the editors with proposals for special issues and themed Encounters sections.
• Research articles should range between 8,000 and 10,000 words including references.
• Encounters pieces should be up to 2,000 words.

Please read the instructions for authors found here before submitting your manuscript.

Pre-submission Inquiries
The Editor-in-Chief welcomes informal inquiries from potential contributors at We especially welcome enquiries from Early Career Researchers with ideas for submissions.

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