Canadian Army Journal (CAJ) Author Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in the Canadian Army Journal. The Journal is a refereed forum of ideas and issues, and is the official publication of Land Force Command. The Canadian Army Journal is central to the intellectual health of the Army and the production of valid future concepts, doctrine, and training policies. It serves as a vehicle for the continuing education and professional development of all ranks and personnel in the Army, as well as members from other environments, government agencies, and academia concerned with army, defence, and security affairs.

The Canadian Army Journal is a peer reviewed journal and as such each article will be reviewed anonymously by at least two external readers. Comments and recommendations for suitability of publication will be submitted to the Editor who will contact the author with recommendations for changes. The editor reserves the right to make minor editorial changes regarding style or language without affecting the intent or content of the article.

It is important to note that the Chief of the Land Staff (CLS) has delegated authority to approve manuscripts for publication in the Canadian Army Journal to the Editor in chief so serving members of the Canadian Forces and civilian employees of the Department of National Defence are not required to obtain clearance from their superior when submitting an article.

Author’s Check list

To ensure that there are as few delays as possible in bringing your submission to print, we ask you review the following check list and ensure the required information is included when you submit of your work.Please ensure that you have included:

1. Manuscripts must be submitted in Word format and conform to standard academic style using Oxford English or Petit Robert spelling with endnotes rather than footnotes

2. Locations where photos accompanying the text  are clearly identified

Photos and maps submitted separate from the manuscript (not imbedded in the text) and scanned at a minimum of 300 DPI

3. That photo credits for each photo are clearly identified

4. Photo captions are included for each photo

5. Acronyms are unavoidable thus where they are used the first time in the text they must be spelled out in full followed by the abbreviation in brackets

6. Your full name and rank

7. Your post nominal’s

8. Your Biography (approximately 150 words)

The Canadian Army Journal invites the submission of all research and writing on subjects of interest to the Canadian Army. We accept written works in five areas; articles, Stand-up Table, Note to File, Army Biographies, and Book Reviews.

Note that all reviews commissioned by the Canadian Army Journal are considered works for hire and as such are copyrighted by the Canadian Army Journal. The Canadian Army Journal in turn grants the review author the right to reprint their reviews for other publications provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the original publication in the Canadian Army Journal. The following are the guidelines for each type of submission.

Feature Articles

Feature articles in the Canadian Army Journal are between 5000 and 10,000 words long, though longer articles may be accepted the editor reserves the right to publish the piece in two parts. Articles should be an expression of mature professional thought on the art and science of land warfare; the dissemination and discussion of doctrinal and training concepts; or ideas, concepts, and opinion. Related articles on subjects such as leadership, ethics, technology, and military history are also invited and presented.

Note to File

The Note to File section contains short articles with footnotes of between 1000 and 3000 words in length. Photos, graphs or maps may be included as appropriate (though not required). 

Stand-Up Table

The Stand-Up Table section is designed to highlight commentary, rebuttal and discussion on topics previously published in the Journal.  Commentaries should be informed and not simply rhetoric or polemic in nature. Timely submissions are welcome and will be published in the next available spot in the journal to ensure its relevance to the ongoing debate. Contributions should be up to 1000 words in length and clearly reference the article or point to being discussed.

Army Biography

The Army Biography section is intended to highlight the life and times of unique Canadian soldiers. Articles may be a summary of an individual’s life-long contribution such as the life of MGen Sir Samuel Steele, or focus on an individual’s unique achievement such as Private Leo Major, DCM and Bar. Clearly the individual’s rank level is not as important as the deed or contribution they made to the Canadian Forces.   Articles should be between 3000 and 4000 words in length and include a photo of the subject and at least three (2) high quality (300 dpi) images (photos or maps) with citations to be included in the publication.

Book Reviews

Reviewing a book may seem like a simple task but there are many things to consider when doing so. Here are some basic things to remember when writing your review.

Reviews should be in Word format with no special characters or symbols. Reviews should be between 600-650 words in length inclusive of endnotes. All reviews must use the following title layout:

PEGASUS BRIDGE: BENOUVILLE D-DAY 1944
FOWLER, WILL, Oxford, Osprey Publishing, 2010, 64 pages, $22.00
ISBN: 978-1-84603-848-8

Some book review points to consider

Professionalism – Remember that the focus of a review should be on the book itself, and should not be employed as a tool purely to criticize the author. Reviews should make some mention of the author (such as his/her position, professional background, education, etc) but should avoid any ‘backhanded’ compliments or outright personal attacks. Whether the evaluation is positive or negative, express criticism in courteous, temperate, and constructive terms.

Effectiveness – The most effective book reviews will place the publication within a broader context, making particular note of issues that should be brought to the attention of the reader.

Content – Reviews should include a brief summary of the scope, purpose, and content of the book. Where applicable also make some mention of its significance in the general literature of the subject.

Evaluation – Reviews should go beyond basic description to provide a non-partisan and balanced review of the book. Consider the work’s stated purpose, was this met? What are the book strengths, what are its weaknesses?

Audience – Keep your audience mind for which you are reviewing. Provide a bit of background to help situate the reader to the content. Do not use acronyms without explanation or terms that only an army specialist may understand. The Canadian Army Journal reaches a wide audience of both military and civilian personnel, both within the department and in public.

Author’s Responses

Authors are allowed a response to a review in the Stand-up Table section of the Canadian Army Journal.

Editing Reviews and Responses

Both reviewers and authors have a responsibility to maintain professional civility in their reviews and responses. The Managing Editor reserves the right to edit as appropriate all reviews and responses to ensure this, and to not post reviews and responses as applicable.

Submissions

All submission may be sent directly to: thearmyjournal@forces.gc.ca