Open Call to Authors (January 2000)
Scope and Objectives. Over the past ten years a number of European countries have seen dramatic political, economical, social, or even cultural changes. The breath-taking pace of these changes has constrained politicians, intelligence professionals, political scientists and historians to share ideas and exchange views referring to an almost identical period of time. Due to the velocity of the developments - the concept of national security has unified the objects of interest of the different scientific disciplines - history, political science, intelligence - under the same focus in time.
Therefore, the journal should have manifold purposes: for professional plans, the journal should do the research and include itself in the debates on methodological problems of intelligence, with scientific plans it should contribute to the establishment and research the phenomenon of national security, while the purpose of it to the public should have a specific pioneer and educational dimensions - by opening space for contemplating serious problems of national security and intelligence in the public of the Central and Eastern European countries; therefore, on those territories where great need for such debates, and the media that will realise it, exists.
Thematically, the journal should be focused on Central and Eastern Europe, but it will not be just for the public in those territories. Namely, in the selected and elaborated topics the emphasis will be on their relevance to the wider problems of international relations and security. The actual historical moment of these geographical territories and the importance of local events for the wider international relations make virtually any theme selected to relevant for the broader international public.
The actuality of the journal will be attained not only by the selection of relevant topics, but also by compentent authors which guaranteed by very international composition of the Editorial Board.
Language. National Security and the Future will be published in English or Croatian, in three annual issues.
Structure. Each issue of National Security and the Future will consist of four main parts:
- Main topic - each issue will be dedicated to one main topic which is important for strategic-oriented understanding of the future.
- Case Studies of main problems and events in transition countries: Political history and/or history of intelligence.
- Theory and methodology of national security and intelligence.
- Overview and reviews of publications.
The main Topics. The thematical field that the journal will cover is as follows:
- Conflict resolution - sources, perspectives
- Intelligence in transition
- Intelligence and national security in the 21st Century
- Non-national intelligence collection
- The future of intelligence services
- Intelligence support to international organisations (e.g. UN, NATO)
- Covert action: pluses and minuses for the 21st Century
- Overt collection of intelligence
- Intelligence and knowledge management
- Intelligence and the public
- Inter-relationships between intelligence and policy makers
- Oversight in a democratic society
Publishing Schedule and Terms. The first volume of the NSF should appear in September 1999. The main topics for the first four issues and the dead-line for contributions are the following:
- Intelligence in transition: August 15, 2000.
- Intelligence and national security in the 21st Century: October 30, 2000.
- Non-national intelligence collection: January 15, 2001.
The papers should focus on the main topic or should fit the remaining three requirements of the journal interest. They should reflect original research, new interpretations, or personal professional experience. Papers should be delivered in English. Manuscripts should be prepared according to Guidelines for Authors.
If you would like to contribute a paper,
please send one-paragraph biographical sketch
together with your paper or proposal for paper to:
National Security and the Future
St. George Association / Udruga sv. Jurja
D. Cesarića 9, 10090 Zagreb, Croatia
Peer Review Policy
All manuscripts undergo initial check, in order to asses whether the manuscripts comply with the scientific, professional, and editorial standards of the Journal, and if it fits in the objectives and themes of the Journal.
Those manuscripts that pass this initial scrutiny, are sent to double blind review that does not reveal the identity of either the author or the reviewer. Therefore, the authors are asked to remove from the text and list of references, as well as from the properties of the electronic document, all the information that can reveal their identity (name, project information, acknowledgements).
All manuscripts submitted in English language require prior proofreading and editing by native speaker or professional editor to eliminate grammatical or spelling errors and possibly in writing style.
After receiving the reviewers' reports, the author(s), in addition to the new version of the manuscript, submit to the Editorial board a cover četter stating which reviewers' proposals were accepted and in what way, and which were not (with explanation and argumentation).
Detailed evaluation procedure is available here: See our Guidelines for Authors