General guidelines for contributors of articles and book reviews are outlined below. For detailed instructions on preparing your submission packet, please consult our Submission Guidelines.
Guidelines for Contributors
The Defense Acquisition Research Journal (ARJ) is a scholarly peer-reviewed journal published by the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). All submissions receive a blind review to ensure impartial evaluation.
We welcome submissions describing original research or case histories from anyone involved in the defense acquisition process. Defense acquisition is broadly defined as any actions, processes, or techniques relevant to as the conceptualization, initiation, design, development, testing, contracting, production, deployment, logistics support, modification, and disposal of weapons and other systems, supplies, or services needed for a nation’s defense and security, or intended for use to support military missions.
We encourage prospective writers to coauthor, adding depth to manuscripts. We recommend that junior researchers select a mentor who has been previously published or has expertise in the manuscript’s subject. Authors should be familiar with the style and format of previous Defense ARJ articles and adhere to the use of endnotes versus footnotes, formatting of reference lists, and the use of designated style guides. It is also the responsibility of the corresponding author to furnish any required government agency/employer clearances with each submission.
Authors can receive 40 Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) for articles published in the Defense ARJ and 20 CLPs for book reviews.
Manuscripts should reflect research of empirically supported experience in one or more of the areas of acquisition discussed above. Defense ARJ is a scholarly research journal and as such does not publish position papers, essays, or other writings not supported by research firmly based in empirical data. Authors should clearly state in their submission whether they are submitting a research article or a case history. The requirements for each are outlined below.
Manuscripts that are 5,000 words or fewer (excluding abstracts, references, and endnotes) will be considered for print as well as online publication. Manuscripts between 5,000 and 10,000 words will be considered for online-only publication, with a two-sentence summary included in the print version of Defense ARJ. In no case should article submissions exceed 10,000 words.
Research involves the creation of new knowledge. This generally requires either original analysis of material from primary sources, including program documents, policy papers, memoranda, surveys, interviews, etc.; or analysis of new data collected by the researcher. Articles are characterized by a systematic inquiry into a subject to establish facts or test theories that have implications for the development of acquisition policy and/or process.
Empirical research findings are based on acquired knowledge and experience rather than results founded on theory and belief. Empirical research articles should do the following:
The Defense ARJ is published in quarterly theme editions. Our print schedule is as follows:
Please carefully review our Submission Guidelines before submitting your manuscript. Incomplete packages or incorrectly formatted manuscripts will be returned to the author.
Submissions should be sent electronically, as appropriately labeled files, to the Defense ARJ managing editor at: DefenseARJ@dau.edu.
In most cases, the author will be notified within 48 hours that their submission has been received. If you do not receive an acknowledgment of receipt within two working days, please contact us to ensure that we have received your submission. Following an initial review by our Executive Editor, submissions will be referred to a panel of peer reviewers. The review process consists of multiple rounds of review and can take several months.
Prospective authors may direct their questions to the Defense ARJ Managing Editor at DefenseARJ@dau.edu or by calling 703-805-4655.
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