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 the Canadian Army. It is dedicated to the expression of mature professional thought and/or informed debate on the art and science of land warfare, to the dissemination and discussion of doctrinal and training concepts, and to ideas, concepts and opinions from all military personnel as well as civilians interested in such matters. Articles on related subjects such as leadership, ethics, technology and military history are also welcome. The Canadian Army Journal is central to the intellectual health of the Canadian 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 Canadian Army, and of readers from other environments, government agencies and academia concerned with the Canadian Army, defence and security affairs.

The Canadian Army Journal is a peer-reviewed journal: each article will be reviewed anonymously by at least two external readers. Comments and recommendations regarding suitability for publication will be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief, who will contact the author with any recommendations for changes. The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to make minor editorial changes in style or wording that do not affect the intent or content of the article.

It is important to note that the Commander Canadian Army has delegated the authority to approve manuscripts for publication in the Canadian Army Journal to the Editor-in-Chief. Therefore, serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces and civilian employees of the Department of National Defence are not required to obtain clearance from their respective superiors when submitting an article.

Author’s Checklist

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

  1. Manuscripts may be submitted in either of Canada’s official languages.
  2. Manuscripts must be submitted in Word format, and conform to standard academic style. Spelling authorities to follow are the Canadian Oxford Dictionary or Le Petit Robert.
  3. Use endnotes rather than footnotes.
  4. Clearly identify locations where photos accompanying the text are to be inserted.
  5. Photos and maps must be submitted separate from the manuscript (not embedded in the text) and scanned at a minimum of 300 dpi.
  6. A credit for each photo must be clearly identified.
  7. A caption must be included for each photo.
  8. Abbreviations and acronyms are unavoidable. However, the first time they are used in the text they must be written out in full and followed by the abbreviation in parentheses.
  9. Include your full name and rank.
  10. Include your post-nominals.
  11. Include your biography (approximately 150 words).

The Canadian Army Journal invites the submission of any research and writing on subjects of interest to the Canadian Army. We accept submissions for six sections: “Feature Articles,” “Stand-up Table,” “Note to File,” “Army Biographies,” “Army Update,” 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 review authors the right to re-publish their reviews in other publications, provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the Canadian Army Journal as the original publisher. The following are the guidelines for each type of submission.

Feature Articles

Feature articles in the Canadian Army Journal are normally between 4,000 and 6,000 words in length. Longer articles may be accepted, but the Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to publish them in two parts. Articles should be an expression of mature professional thought and/or informed debate on the art and science of land warfare; the dissemination and discussion of doctrinal and training concepts; or ideas, concepts and opinions. Articles on related subjects such as leadership, ethics, technology and military history are also welcome.

Note to File

The “Note to File” section contains short articles between 1,000 and 3,000 words in length, with endnotes. Photos, graphics or maps may be included as appropriate but are 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 rhetorical or polemical in nature. Timely submissions are welcome and will be published in the next available spot in the journal to ensure relevance to the ongoing debate. Contributions may be up to 1,000 words in length and must clearly reference the article or point 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 lifelong contribution, such as that of Major-General Sir Samuel Steele, or focus on an individual’s unique achievement, such as that of Private Leo Major, DCM and Bar. Clearly, the individual’s rank is not as important as their deeds or the contribution they made to the Canadian Armed Forces. Articles should be between 3,000 and 4,000 words in length and include a photo of the subject and at least three (3) high-quality (300 dpi) images (photos or maps) with captions, credits, and permissions as applicable, 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. They should be 1,000 to 1,500 words in length, including any 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 – A review should focus on the book itself, and should not be employed merely to criticize the author. Reviews should make some mention of the author (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, 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 reader’s attention.

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 within the general literature on the subject.

Evaluation – Reviews should go beyond basic description to provide a non-partisan, balanced review of the book. Consider the work’s stated purpose: Was it met? What are the book’s strengths? Its weaknesses?

Audience – Keep in mind the audience for which you are reviewing. Provide a bit of background to help situate the reader. Do not use abbreviations or acronyms without explanation or terms that only an army specialist is likely to understand. The Canadian Army Journal reaches a wide audience of military and civilian personnel, as well as members of the 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 Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to edit all reviews and responses as appropriate and to decline to publish reviews and responses that do not meet this standard.

Submissions

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