General Guidelines

Thank you for considering submitting to our journal. We and our readership look forward to reading the final product. This page aims to provide some general recommendations for contributors. However, providing guidelines and being prescriptive about using a particular style of reference in a multidisciplinary journal such as Scientia Militaria is difficult but necessary. The general guidelines and referencing styles below are for uniformity and appearance, to simplify the editorial process, and to avoid unintentionally influencing the peer-review process. Thus, all submissions should conform to the journal’s requirements below.

Please note that the editorial team will not consider submissions for publication if they do not contain any references, have similarities to other texts, or use an alternative referencing style or method. If you used any electronic referencing system, such as Mendeley or EndNote, you would need to deactivate the program and convert all endnotes to static text before submitting your article to the journal.

Please also remember to provide all the requested information (such as ORCID ID, page numbers, and written permission for material reproduction) to ensure your paper is not delayed while we request the missing information from you. Finally, do not hesitate to contact the editorial team for clarification if any guidelines or explanations are unclear.

We look forward to receiving your paper.


An ORCID is unique, like an ID or password number specifically referring to an individual scholar. All academics should thus have an ORCID ID since it ensures that potential readers can quickly locate and identify your research, which means you gain more recognition, citations, and followers. You can easily register if you do not have an ORCID ID yet (please click here).


Only Microsoft Word files will be accepted. In addition, authors must submit two files. One file should contain all the information, and the other should be anonymised for peer-review. The file containing all information should be saved as (year-Surname-short title), for example:

(2023-Skywalker – The Mysteries of the Galaxy).

The anonymised file should be saved the same but include ‘For Peer-Review’ at the end as here (year-Surname-short title – For Peer-Review). For example:

(2023-Skywalker – The Mysteries of the Galaxy-Anonymised).

 The following information should also be removed from the anonymised file.

  • All author names;

  • All author affiliations;

  • All author e-mail addresses;

  • All author ORCIDs and social media handles;

  • All author biographical notes;

  • Headers and footers that would reveal author identities;

  • Self-citation in the main text or endnotes which might reveal your identity;

  • Acknowledgements;

  • Funding;

  • References to authors in figure and tables captions;

  • Clinical trial numbers and registration dates;

  • File identifiers that would reveal author identities;

Article Processing Charges (APC) and Submission Charges

This journal does not charge any article processing or submission charges.

Publishing from a Treatise, Thesis or Dissertation

We welcome any current or past students to submit research from their ongoing or completed studies. The only requirement is that authors submitting articles, which originally formed or forms part of their treatise, dissertations, or theses, should consult with their supervisor(s) before submission and obtain written confirmation to publish as sole author. Moreover, also ensure that you revise your article before submission, as we will not publish an article that reads as a treatise, dissertation, research proposal or thesis.

Format and Layout

Please see the format and layout requirements in the section below. To save time, we recommend downloading our templates along with this guide to help you prepare your article for submission.

Font Times New Roman
Margins    Normal (2,54 cm)
Text Distribution Justified
Spacing 1,5 spacing
  No spacing before and  after paragraphs
  One space between paragraphs,
  Two spaces between sections 
Paragraphs Second paragraph                onwards, after the heading, select First Line indented (1,27 cm)
Main Body Text 12 pt font
Page Numbers  Bottom in the middle
  Arabic Numerals


Indicate the hierarchy of levels, preferably not more than two, as follows:

Article Heading         Bold, 14 pt font

Level 1 Heading        Bold, 12 pt font

Level 2 Heading         Bold, Italic, 12 pt font

Level 3 Heading           Italics, 12 pt font


All lists need to begin with capital letters. The end of each list item requires semicolons, and the final bullet item requires a full stop. For Example:

  • Use this symbol for bulleted lists;

  • Use this symbol for bulleted lists;

  • Use this symbol for bulleted lists.

(1) Use this format for numbered lists;

(2) Use this format for numbered lists;

(3) Use this format for numbered lists.

Maps, Tables, Graphs and Figures

Where maps, figures and graphs are presented, they must be professionally produced and ready for photographic reproduction. Maps and figures (images) must be in high-resolution format. All tables must be editable.

Tables, graphs, maps and figures should be numbered chronologically using Arabic numerals. Captions (in italics) should be placed below each item and referenced using an endnote (not in italics). Captions must include the matching number from the main text reference. The table, graph, map, figure, and caption should be centred on the page.

Remember to obtain permission and include the acknowledgement required by the copyright holder if it is reproduced from another source. If the item is compiled from self-collected data, it still needs to be referenced. For example: