Submission deadlines

Submission deadlines

per Concordiam accepts submissions on a rolling basis.  Each issue of per Concordiam will have a theme, but remember that articles submitted under the Regional Department can be published at any time throughout the year. The following deadlines apply tightly for articles being submitted as Feature or Parallel Articles.  Below each theme, you'll find a list of topics - these are only suggestions.

Aug. 30, 2011 - The impact of the wave of change in North Africa and the Middle East on Europe and Eurasia

  • Political instability
  • Changes impacting economic trade with Europe and Eurasia
  • Immigration
  • Democratic changes in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain

Sep. 23, 2011 - Crime, Corruption and National Security

  • The economic impact of organized crime
  • Growth of illicit trafficking
  • Identity fraud and developing countries
  • Drug cartel targeting government and security
  • Global corruption index

Jan. 10, 2012 - Migration and its impact on security

  • Economic migration
  • Migration effect on the trends of radicalism in Europe
  • Multiculturalism vs. integration
  • Earning citizenship
  • Preserving or losing culture

Apr. 3, 2012 - Stability, Security, Transition, and Reconstruction Operations (Afghanistan Focused)

  • Non-government organizations (NGOs) / private sector / government interaction
  • Coalition operations / interagency cooperation
  • Best practices
  • Building coalition partner capability and capacity
  • Strategic communication
  • Resolving cultural tensions (internal security)
  • Building host nation capacity and legitimacy
  • Disengagement in Afghanistan heading into 2014

Jul. 6, 2012 - Energy Policy

  • Competition for limited resources
  • Green societies – proliferating environmentally sound energy technology, the impact to economy and society
  • Nuclear power
  • Continuing resolution efforts in the European region (supply/demand/security problems and solutions)

Sep. 24, 2012 - Lisbon Treaty One Year Later

  • What has NATO done since the development of the New Strategic Concept?
  • The impact of Lisbon on NATO operations:  ISAF, Libya, Piracy
  • Assessment of the 2012 Washington NATO summit

Writing Guidelines

Writing guidelines

per Concordiam is published in English, German, and Russian.  While we prefer submissions in English we do accept submissions in Russian or German.  per Concordiam publishes five departments of solicited and unsolicited material.  All material should include an abstract of up to 150 words, describing the main arguments and conclusions, and 5-7 keywords or phrases, indicating the main themes of the manuscript.

  1. Viewpoints: Authors should be distinguished Marshall Center alumni (preferred), or an individual in a position of great authority (Chief of a Ministry, Chief of Defense, Ambassador, Parliamentarian or Legislative official, etc.).  Authors are encouraged to take a provocative stand in less than 500 words on the theme of a quarterly issue – see submission deadlines for themes.
  2. Feature Article: Feature articles in per Concordiam are 3,000 to 4,000 words in length on the theme of a quarterly issue – see submission deadlines for themes.  Authors should also recommend ideas for sidebars (300 to 650 words) and provide data for charts, graphs, or maps that will bring value-added information and substantiation.  Each issue will have one feature article.
  3. Parallel Feature Articles: Paralleled feature articles in per Concordiam are 1,000 to 2,000 words in length on the theme of a quarterly issue – see submission deadlines for themes.  Parallel articles will cover a different angle of the theme for the quarterly issue, but cannot duplicate the information covered in the feature article.    Authors should also recommend ideas for sidebars (300 to 650 words) and provide data for charts, graphs, or maps that will bring value-added information and insights.  Each issue will have 2-3 parallel feature articles.
  4. Thematic Articles: These articles should cover a topic of interest to a specific region of Europe or Eurasia under the heading ‘Cooperation’, ‘Security’, or ‘Policy’, and be in the range of 500-1500 words.  The topics for these articles will not be the same as the theme of the issue - – see submission deadlines for themes by issue. 
  5. Book Reviews: Book reviews should assume that the reader has not read the book(s) under review and offer a very brief summary of the same. The review should position the book within the relevant field of literature.  It is imperative that the book review contain substantive analysis and comments on issues raised by the book(s).  Reviews should assess the quality of the book and place those books in the context of current events - why this book is so important or controversial?  per Concordiam invites authors of reviewed books to respond. Reviews of books published in other main languages are also considered.

Please note that per Concordiam, as a Marshall Center publication, is governed by US Department of Defence regulations.  Book reviews published by per Concordiam are not endorsed by the Department of Defense, any of its components or their subordinate levels.

Submissions

Submissions

per Concordiam usually accepts articles from contributors as original contributions. If another version of the article is under consideration by another publication, or has been published elsewhere, authors should clearly indicate this at the time of submission.  If you have a manuscript that you would like to submit to per Concordiam, but you are not sure if it’s “right” for the quarterly, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to ask whether we are interested.

Before submitting an article or manuscript send us an outline or blurb, not a finished article. You’ll hear back from us much faster. And if we like the idea, we can offer feedback before you get started.

  • Avoid the obvious. Topics that are covered heavily in other security and foreign policy journals will not be published unless they offer a unique, bottom-up approach, from the region.
  • Connect the dots.  per Concordiam will run articles on single countries, but those articles must explain ‘why’ what is occurring in country ‘X’ is relevant to the rest of the region or the world.
  • Do not assume a US audience.  The readership of per Concordiam consists of readers from Europe and Eurasia.  Articles that pander to a US audience will likely not be published; the mission of per Concordiam is to generate candid discussion of relevant security and defense topics – it is not to serve as an echo chamber for US foreign policy.
  • Steer clear of technical language. Not everyone is a specialist in a certain field; the ideas captured in articles should be accessible to the widest possible audience.
  • Provide original research or reporting to support your ideas. And be prepared to document what you say.  per Concordiam fact-checks everything we publish. Pitch articles for specific departments.

Please bear in mind that it’s impossible to evaluate manuscripts that we haven’t seen, but we can tell you whether, for example, we have just accepted another article on the same topic. We can also assess whether the topic is suitable for per Concordiam and whether the editors might have a particular interest in considering your paper.  Authors are requested to give a brief biographical note in a footnote on the first page of the paper and provide a digital photo (at least 300 dpi resolution) for inclusion on the Contributor’s Page of the magazine.  Submissions must be accompanied by a cover email containing contact information: postal address, telephone and fax numbers (if available), and e-mail address for each author (if the paper is co-authored). In this case one of the authors should be designated as the “corresponding author. Manuscripts should be emailed as an attachment in Microsoft Word to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Copyrights: Contributors will retain the copyright in their work. However, a submission of a paper to per Concordiam implies that the author grants license to per Concordiam to publish his/her contribution.

Disclaimer: Articles published in per Concordiam do not represent the views of the Editors. The Editors do not accept any responsibility for the views expressed in any article.

Note on Plagiarism: In regard to submissions, the responsibility to avoid plagiarism falls squarely upon the shoulders of authors.  Since we have authors submitting texts from across the world, with sources in many different languages, our editors fastidiously check each fact and reference, and we use the appropriate software to detect discrepancies.  If at any point in the writing-process you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Editors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Review Process

Review process

per Concordiam carefully considers all manuscripts that it receives. We review pieces anonymously, without regard to the author's name, affiliation, prior publications, or pending publication offers. Each manuscript is individually reviewed and evaluated.

There is no "best" time to submit a manuscript to the magazine. We will never reject an article for lack of space; rather, we will hold it over for consideration for the future issue. We encourage contributors to submit articles as soon as they are ready. For submission deadlines please refer to the relevant section below.

We will notify authors of the decision by email. We normally do not inform authors of the status of their manuscripts other than through email. As a matter of policy, we do not discuss the reasons for our publication decisions.

Writing style requirements

Writing style requirements

Writers must use the 2009 (or most recent) AP Stylebook for editing in order to ensure consistency between the various manuscripts and articles published in the journal.  Articles with references must use the Chicago Manual of Style from the Spring 09.

Contributors should use full footnotes, not endnotes, and refrain from including a bibliography. Quotations should be placed within double quotation marks ("……"). Lengthy quotations - those exceeding 40 words - should be displayed separately in the text in indented and italicized form. Titles and section headings should be brief and clear. Tables should be kept to a minimum and contain only essential data. Tables and figures should have short, descriptive titles, and their position in the text should be clearly indicated. All footnotes to tables and their sources should be placed under the tables. Column headings should clearly define the data presented.

If copyrighted material is used in the article, it is the author's responsibility to obtain permission from the copyright holder. Names of the authors, places and publishing houses must be written in their original form.

Original titles of the quoted books, edited volumes, newspaper and journal articles in a language other than English must be followed by an appropriate English translation in brackets, without italics or quotation marks.  Contact the per Concordiam staff if you have questions.