For questions of style and end note documentation, we consult the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.
If authors submit their work by e-mail, they may expect a prompt acknowledgment of receipt. If they send copy through the regular mail, they should include a self-addressed stamped envelope.
The great majority of the items, long and short, published in American Diplomacy have not previously appeared elsewhere. The editor nonetheless is prepared to consider items relevant to the journal’s interests published previously, provided the author can obtain written permission from the original forum for republication.
The editor or associate editor make an initial call on manuscripts as to whether they merit further consideration. The most likely reason for rejection at this initial stage would be that the subject matter does not bear upon topics relevant to American diplomacy. If found possibly appropriate for the journal at this stage, the manuscript receives further review, usually in one of these processes:
Original research-based scholarly articles (10,000 to 12,000 words maximum in all but unusual cases) are submitted for “blind” evaluation to two or more outside readers known to be knowledgeable in the field discussed in the submission. Their judgment on the merits of the work will be communicated in general to authors by the editor.
Commentaries on foreign policy issues (generally 5,000 words maximum) receive evaluation, usually blind, by two or more members of the journal’s own editorial review board — not for conformity to any predetermined policy position, but rather for timeliness, appropriateness, interest, and clarity.
Diplomatic memoirs and fiction based on life in the diplomatic and consular services, usually somewhat brief (3,000 to 4,000 words), will be accorded similar review, more often than not by members of the editorial review board who are retired U.S. Foreign Service officers.
General announcements and similar items, usually not more than some 500 words in length, are reviewed and copy edited as appropriate by the editor.
Guidance on the preparation of book reviews has been made available elsewhere by the book review editor and may be sought by addressing him at his email address (firstname.lastname@example.org). The journal does not ordinarily reveal the name of the reviewer to the book’s author before publication of a review. Book reviews, whether volunteered or submitted in response to the journal’s request, undergo revision, as needed, by the journal’s book review editor and the editor. These submissions typically are in the range 1,000 to 2,000 words
Note that the word length of the items listed above are suggestive, not chiseled in stone.
The editor and/or the associate editor, drawing from the findings of outside readers or members of the editorial review board, will decide whether a manuscript will be published. If so, the editor and publisher in consultation will determine the timing of its publication. Either the editor or publisher will make reasonable efforts to advise aut dhors when their work will appear, especially if in contact by e-mail. If after review the decision is that the submission cannot be used, the editor will so advise the author.
The editor or associate editor may or may not suggest to the author substantive revisions to accepted work. American Diplomacy in addition copy edits text for conformity with its end note form, special terms, capitalization, etc.
American Diplomacy, following the general practice of scholarly journals, is not in a position to offer payment for accepted and published manuscripts.
American Diplomacy as a Web-based electronic journal features illustrations and photographs to enhance the visual impact of articles. We encourage authors to submit pictorial or graphic materials that would serve to further the understanding of their manuscripts, either by mail, on disk, or as attachments to e-mail messages (in JPEG or GIF format, as appropriate). The publisher and editor undertake to return photos and similar materials sent through the mails. The determination of materials of this type to be used will be made by the publisher.
The journal expects that authors will assign copyrights to American Diplomacy on their work published in the journal unless previously copyrighted. The journal then routinely grants permission to authors for subsequent use of their materials, formally transferring copyright thereto if deemed necessary.
All this now having been said, American Diplomacy again extends an invitation to everyone interested and knowledgeable in the field reflected by the journal’s title. Get in touch, send us your commentaries, articles, memoirs, and the like. Let us see the results of your research. Your product will, we assure you, receive our close attention.
The Editor, January 2002