Homeland Defense & Civil Support Journal

Peer-Review Guidelines for Authors

What is a Refereed Journal?

Refereed materials are publications reviewed by "expert readers" or referees prior to the publication of the material. After reading and evaluating the material, the referees inform the publisher if the document should be published or if any changes should be made prior to publication. Refereed materials are also referred to as Peer Reviewed. Refereed materials are significant to the research and the literature of most academic fields, because they assure readers that the information conveyed is reliable and timely.

Review and Publication Process

HDCS publishes peer-reviewed research articles with a primary focus on strategic issues/concepts pertaining to homeland defense, homeland security, and defense support of civil authorities. Upon submission, each research article goes through a preliminary screening. Those deemed appropriate and of substantial value to the journal readership are forwarded to the peer-review process. Research manuscripts that fail to pass this prescreening step are rejected without the peer-review process.

HDCS conducts a blind peer-review process. That is, neither the author(s) nor the reviewers have access to any identifying information. Each research article is reviewed by three reviewers. Our target timeline for communicating a decision to authors is 90 days.

Based on reviewers' reports, one of the following decisions will be rendered on each manuscript:

  • Accept as-is
  • Accept with minor revisions
  • Accept with major revisions
  • Reject

Any questions in reference to the peer-review process should be directed to the Managing Editor, Dr. John E. Powell. Email John Powell

Homeland Defense & Civil Support Journal

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