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Key Considerations and Practical Tips to Get Published

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Learning to write for publication requires the development of a complex skill set that is infrequently taught in the classroom. The following videos provide an overview of key considerations as well as practical tips for approaching the task of publishing quality thought.

Amanda M. Hemmingsen works as a contractor doing editing work for Army University Press. She received her master’s in English from the University of Kansas. While doing coursework, she taught composition and worked at the university Writing Center. Over the course of her career she has worked with hundreds of writers, from beginner to expert, on hundreds of projects, from Facebook posts to dissertations.

Army University Press
Publishing Options

In today's digital world it can sometimes be confusing about how to get published and where to publish your masterpiece. We hope to remove the ambiguity and get you started on the right path.

Research articles

Description: These articles should provide information and generate discussion on topics pertinent to the community of military professionals as well as to a broad general audience. Writing should be clear, free of substantial grammar and usage errors, and well supported by research detailed in endnotes.

Words: 3,500 to 5,000 words

Time to Publication: 9 to 12 months

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MR Online Exclusives

Description: These articles should be written at the same standards as print research and insight articles, and will be edited accordingly. This is recommended for articles that are exceptionally timely, and they may be included in the print edition at a later date.

Words: 3,500 to 5,000 words

Time to Publication: 1 to 2 months

Published online only

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Insight articles

Description: Similar to research articles, these articles should provide information and generate discussion on topics pertinent to the community of military professionals as well as to a broad general audience. Writing should be clear, free of substantial grammar and usage errors. While some endnotes may be needed, insight articles primarily rely on the first-hand experiences of the authors, who should be considered subject-matter experts on their respective topics.

Words: 3,500 to 5,000 words

Time to Publication: 9 to 12 months

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Book Reviews

Description: Book reviews provide concise analyses of new books from the Military Review library. These are not simply book summaries; reviewers provide their educated opinions on authors’ writing style, sources, comprehensiveness, and supporting illustrations. Most book reviews will appear online only.

Words: Do not exceed 800 words

Time to Publication: 1 month (online only) to 12 months

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Book Review Essays

Description: Reviews and analyses of new books. These differ from standard book reviews in their length and level of analyses. Two books on similar subjects may be compared in these essays, and sometimes endnotes are necessary.

Words: 2,000 to 3,000 words

Time to Publication: 9 to 12 months

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Letters to the Editor

Description: The editors of Military Review encourage discourse on the articles they publish. Responses to specific articles may be published with minimal editing at the discretion of the managing editor.

Words: 500 to 2,500 words

Time to Publication: 9 to 12 months

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War Poetry

Description: Military Review occasionally considers military-themed poetry for publication, usually as inside-cover art.

Lines: Not to exceed 30 lines

Time to Publication: 9 to 12 months

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Historical Monograph Series

Description: Original interpretive research on historical topics relevant to the current doctrinal and operational concerns of the US Army. Final format will be determined by Army University Press.

Possible Topics: Military History, Doctrine, Command, Branch/Unit Histories, Recent/Current Operations, Miscellaneous

Pages: 80 to 300 pages

Sources: Primary and Secondary Sources

Time to Publication: 12 to 18 months

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Staff Ride Handbook Series

Description: "Leavenworth Model" staff rides examine universally applicable examples of leadership, operational and tactical principles, communications, use of terrain, and the psychology of the participants in battle. The guides are for individuals, units, and agencies interested in conducting staff ride programs for the US Army at large.

Possible Topics: Significant battles and campaigns

Pages: 80 to 300 pages

Sources: Secondary sources, primary encouraged

Time to Publication: 12 to 18 months

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Journal of Military Learning

Description: These articles should provide information and generate discussion on topics pertinent to the community of military professionals as well as to a broad general audience. Writing should be clear, free of substantial grammar and usage errors, and well supported by research detailed in endnotes.

Words: 3,500 to 5,000 words

Time to Publication: 9 to 12 months