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The International Security Observer welcomes submissions of original articles and papers from volunteer contributors with a strong interest and expertise in security and defense affairs. There are two kinds of profiles you can apply for:

  • Regular contributor: you are willing to publish regularly with at least one article every two months;
  • Guest contributor: you want to publish an original article you have previously written but do not intend to contribute regularly;

If you are interested in writing for us, please take a look at the guidelines below before filling out the application form. For any question, do not hesitate to contact us.


  • Topic: the article should be security or defense related, no matter if in the fields of conflict analyses, energy, economic or cyber security;
  • Length: the words count should be between 700 and 1400 words. Longer articles or papers may be accepted upon discretion of the editorial board;
  • Abstract: a first paragraph should briefly summarize the content of the article;
  • References: references are compulsory. These have to be reported as end-notes following this example:
  • Methodology: Respect of objectivity and methodological procedures;

Once submitted, the article will be reviewed by our editorial board, who will evaluate it as follow:

  • Publishable: the article requires no further revision and it is ready to be published. In this case the author will be notified by email about the publication date;
  • Not yet publishable: the editorial board may suggest some modification using comments and track changes. In this case, the draft will be sent back to the author for the editing;
  • Not publishable: the article did not respect the above mentioned requirements, above all with respect to: topic, references or methodology;


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The corresponding author of the article as specified within the submitted, hereby transfers copyright and assigns to the International Security Observer all rights of the submitted article (and any revisions or versions of it), for sole right to print, publish, distribute and sell the article in all languages and media internationally. The transfer of copyright is deemed in effect if and when the submitted article is accepted for publication.

The corresponding author certifies that the article submitted is original, not previously published and that its publication on the International Security Observer doen not infringe any preexisting copyright.

The author warrants that the article does not invade the right of privacy of any person(s) or entity, that it does not include any defamatory contents and that all statements presented as facts are true or based upon accurate research.

By submitting this form, I hereby declare that the above information is true and correct and I agree to the above Terms and Conditions.

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