For Authors

Interested in submitting to this journal? We recommend that you review the About the Journal page for the journal's section policies, as well as the Author Guidelines. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.


Instructions for authors

Authors should use the following guidelines when preparing their manuscript for this journal.


Research articles: research articles should be between 8000-9000 words and not inclusive of reference lists or bibliographies. In the instance that that the article contains notes, the authors should try and keep them at a minimum.

Articles on the practice of leadership: these papers should be no longer than 5000 words. And should focus on leadership lessons from current events in the global arena.  Articles showcasing events and issues at the security development nexus are preferred.



All articles submitted must be in English. The journal prefers that all articles make use of British spellings and grammar. Some examples of words that have both British and American spellings are:

Labour (UK) vs Labor (UK)

Programme (UK) vs Program (US)

Centre (UK) vs Center (US) 

Please take note that the use of proper nouns and normal institutional titles, should be what is officially used i.e. World Health Organization, not World Health Organisation



Words or figures to represent large figures are welcome, (i.e. two million or 2,000,000), however, there must be consistency.  For smaller numbers, 1-10 they must be spelled out. Unless used in a table or as part of a dataset.

Please use the word ‘per cent’ rather than the symbol % except for cases where it is used in a dataset or table.


Quotation marks 

Authors should use single quotation marks except in cases where a quote within another quote is being cited.

Acronyms and Abbreviations

Any articles using abbreviations should put into consideration those who may not be familiar with the topic or context being addressed. As such, each acronym should be spelt out with initial use, then placed in parenthesis besides it. Following that, any future reference may be the acronym itself.


Tables and images

Label properly, graphs and diagrams are welcome as part of articles and must be clearly presented.

Limit number of images used

Use of footnotes/endnotes

The ALC journal prefers the use of footnotes. These notes should be kept at a minimum and only when the information is essential. It is encouraged that footnotes be used as part of referencing.



The journal uses the House referencing style- see examples below on how to format:


Bond, Brian (1977), Liddell Hart: A Study of his Military Thought (London: Cassell)

Van Creveld, Martin (1989), Technology and War: From 2000 B.C. to the Present (New York: The Free Press)

Journal articles:

McGowan, Patrick J., 2003. ‘African Military Coups d’états, 1956-2001: Frequency, Trends and Distribution’ The Journal of Modern African Studies 41(3), 339-370

Organizational publications:

EU, 2008. Report on the Implementation of the European Security Strategy –Providing Security in a Changing World. Available at [Accessed 26 June 2013].

NATO/CCMS, 1997. ‘Preliminary Report: NATO/CCMS Environmental and Security Conference’. Center for Strategic Leadership, US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, PA.


Bratton, Michael and Robert Mattes, 2000. ‘Support for Democracy in Africa: Intrinsic or Instrumental?’. Afrobarometer Paper, no.1. Available at [accessed 17 March 2015].


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