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Australian Journal of Defence and Strategic Studies


The Australian Journal of Defence and Strategic Studies is published and administered by the Centre for Defence Research at the Australian Defence College on behalf of the Australian Defence Force.

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Australian Journal of Defence & Strategic Studies
Australian Defence College
PO Box 7917
Canberra BC ACT 2610

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Editorial Review Board Members
Major General Mick Ryan AM
Dr Ross Babbage
Prof. Toni Erskine
Prof. Michael Evans
Rear Admiral James Goldrick AO, CSC, RAN (Rtd)
Dr Jade Guan
Dr Ahmed Salah Hashim
Dr Michael Hatherell
Dr Frank Hoffman
Associate Professor David Martin Jones
Dr Alexey D. Muraviev
Dr Rory Paddock
Honorary Professor Brendan Sargeant
Professor Peter Stanley
Dr Cathy Moloney (Editor)
Fiona Mackrell (Managing Editor and Board Secretary)

AJDSS Editorial Board Policies

Sponsorship and Review
AJDSS is the flagship academic journal of the Australian Defence Force published by the Australian Defence College, Joint Capabilities Division under the sponsorship of the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF).

The day to day functions of AJDSS are managed by the Centre for Defence Research, which provides the Editor and Managing Editor.
The Editor and Managing Editor oversee the journal’s editorial content, peer review and production processes, strategic direction and editorial policies. The Editor and Managing Editor are supported by the Editorial Board.
Members of the Editorial Board are appointed by the Commander Australian Defence College on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Force, in collaboration with the Editor.
The role of the Editorial Board (‘the Board’) is to assess the academic worth and vitality of submissions to the AJDSS: Journal of Australian Defence and Strategic Studies (AJDSS). As such, the Board ensures that AJDSS plays a leading role in advancing research and analysis, debates, issues and developments relevant to the scholarship of war as a national endeavour.

Roles and Responsibilities
The Editorial Board is responsible for:

  • ensuring all editorial submissions presented to it undergo rigorous, unbiased and constructive peer review so that submissions approved for publication are of the highest academic quality
  • developing, setting and reviewing the journal’s policies and procedures and its publication strategies
  • overseeing the effective operations of the journal and ensuring the journal maintains its regular and timely publication schedul
  • upholding the ethical standards of the journal.
Editorial members will actively work to:
  • solicit high quality academic contributions
  • identify editorial opportunities and communicate these to the editorial team
  • source suitable expert reviewers for the journal, particularly where a subject area specialist is not available on the Board
  • participate as reviewers upholding the ethical standards and peer review reporting expectations of the journal
  • provide input on discussions before the Board and contribute to editorial and strategic direction
  • develop and uphold editorial policies that guide the content, scope, purpose and style of the journal and ensure each issue of the journal adheres to these policies
  • submit their own work for consideration
Board Members will commit to:
  • upholding the ethical standards, responsibility and policies of the editorial board
  • attending and participating in scheduled meetings
  • completing peer review assessments and submitting reports to agreed timelines or notifying the editorial office in a timely manner when unable to do so
  • maintaining the confidentiality of board deliberations and the peer review process
  • making themselves available to the editorial office and Board outside scheduled meetings where required
  • sharing relevant communications and discoveries with other board members
  • notifying members of the group, as soon as practical, if any matter arises which may be deemed to affect the work of the Board or the journal
  • championing the work of the journal within their own networks and in appropriate public forums
  • accepting and respecting the editorial independence of the Editor and to not attempting to influence or overrule editorial decisions
  • to not attempting to influence the work of the Board or of the journal for personal, financial or political advantage
  • regularly reviewing and revising where necessary the terms of reference of the editorial board.
Members of the Board will expect:
  • that each member will be provided with complete, accurate and meaningful information in a timely and transparent manner
  • to be given reasonable time to make key decisions
  • to be alerted to potential risks and issues that could impact the journal as they arise
  • open and honest discussions and integrity in decision making
  • ongoing review, of the work of the Board and the editorial processes of the journal
  • feedback and criticism in good faith.

Conflicts of Interest
Where a board member has a conflict of interest (actual or perceived) in relation to the content, author, organisation or institution of work submitted for peer review or on a matter for consideration before the board, the member should notify the Chair and/or the Editor so an informed decision can be made on the potential impacts and appropriate action taken.

Where a board member is found to have a conflict of interest with a paper or article before them for peer review the work must be allocated to another board member or peer reviewer of appropriate expertise to judge its academic merit as soon as possible to ensure the integrity of decision processes. Where a Board member has a conflict of interest with a matter before the Board for discussion, they must raise the COI with the Chair and if required recuse themselves or be recused at the discretion of the Editor in consultation with the Chair. Board members should reveal to the Editor and/or the Chair what other boards they sit on or when they accept a place on the board of another publication so an informed assessment of potential conflicts of interest can be made.

Confidentiality of Peer Review
Submissions made to the editorial board must adhere to the principles of the double blind peer review process. Authors will not be informed of the reviewer/s of their work except where the review has agreed of the reviewer. Reviewers must maintain confidentiality and not share, discuss or use for their own benefit, research or scholarly work provided to them through the peer review process.

Transparency and Recognition The names of the editorial board members, and their affiliations, as well as any external peer reviewers who have contributed to the journal, are to be annually published within the journal and the website in recognition of their contribution and as a matter of transparency. Also as a principle of transparency and best practice in scholarly publishing, AJDSS will make available (through its website or other means) a clear aims and scope statement and information about the journal. The website will also provide submission guidelines, information on its peer review process, policies and procedures and means to give feedback, lodge complaints or appeals and make contact with the journal.