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Submission Guidelines for AARC Publications

These submission guidelines cover the existing and typical publications of the AARC, but should you have an idea beyond the scope of these guidelines, we would encourage you to get in touch with the publications team at

After all, we are an Army in Motion.

The AARC has three main types of publications:

  • Blog posts, for publication on AARC’s blog—The Land Power Forum,
  • Journal articles, for publication in the Australian Army Journal (AAJ), and
  • Occasional Papers, for publication in the AARC’s various Occasional Paper series.

In producing any of these submissions, it is important that you consider the AARC publication guidelines and standards, as outlined below. If you would like to download a .PDF copy of these instructions, you can do so at the bottom of this page.

The best way to understand what types of submissions the AARC is looking to publish is to read past publications.


The AARC only accepts original, unpublished submissions. Please note that the AARC does not review publications that have been submitted elsewhere.

When writing your submission, it’s best to present an argument in a narrative structure and not in a report or brief format. Ideas and findings should address and make a recommendation to the future Army or ADF.

Avoid technical jargon. Explain any specialised terminology or abbreviations.

Any use of charts, graphs, or illustrations should directly support your argument and should not be considered a substitution for well-written prose (i.e. explain the importance of the illustration, don’t assume it will speak for itself).

All submissions need an author biography. This biography should be less than 100 words, indicate rank/title, provide a brief summary of current or previous service history (if applicable), detail any educational qualifications and also name institution/s represented (if applicable).

Journal articles and Occasional Papers also require an abstract. The purpose of an abstract is to summarise the major aspects of an article or paper. It should not be a rewrite of the introduction in shorter form. The word limit for an abstract is 200 words. In this abstract you need:

  • Purpose of the article/paper
  • Issues or questions that may have arisen during your research/discussion
  • Conclusions you have reached, and if relevant, any recommendations

All submissions to the AARC undergo review by both an academic and military expert. The publication type, length and content will determine the depth of the review and authors should expect to talk with the publications team about any necessary alterations to their original submission, as advised through the review process.

Word Length (including footnotes/endnotes)

  • Blog posts: 600-1000 words
  • Journal articles: 4000-6000 words
  • Occasional Papers: 10,000+ words

Formatting and Style

For quick reference, the most important presentation and submission preferences are below:

  • Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx)
  • 1.5 line spacing
  • 2.5cm margins on all sides
  • 12pt Times New Roman
  • Left align, no justification
  • ‘Single quotes’ are to be used instead of “double quotes” unless ‘a quote is “inside” another quote’
  • Minimal use of abbreviations
  • All abbreviations should be written out in full upon the first appearance
  • Spelling is to be anglicised (eg –ise instead of –ize) and according to the Macquarie Dictionary
  • References to countries, economies and regions should be in accordance with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) website


Take care to reference your submissions correctly. Submissions may be rejected or requests for amendment may be made if referencing is incorrect. This may slow down the processing of your submission.

AARC uses the Chicago Manual of Style, version 17A (Notes and Bibliography system). Please do not use in-text referencing.

All references should be automatically formatted in Microsoft Word as endnotes. Table and figure captions and cross-references should also be automatically formatted in Word.

We strongly recommend you use a referencing software program.

Images, Illustrations and Diagrams

Must be own original creations or be reproduced from non-copyrighted sources. If copyrighted materials are being used, it is the author’s responsibility to obtain appropriate permissions (evidence of these permissions will need to be supplied).

For digital publication on the Land Power Forum, all images, illustrations and diagrams must be at least 72dpi and in either .PNG (preferred) or .JPEG format.

For print publication in the Australian Army Journal or Occasional Paper Series, all images, illustrations and diagrams must be in the CMYK colour profile, 300dpi and in either .TIFF or .JPEG file format. Vectored graphic files (e.g. .AI, .EPS) will also be accepted.

As a rule, it is best to supply the highest quality imagery available to the AARC publications team, regardless of publication of type.

Legal/copyright permissions

The author maintains copyright over the content of their submission but gives full and exclusive publishing rights to the Australian Army Research Centre. Should the author wish to have their work published elsewhere, permission must be sought from the AARC.

It is the author’s responsibility to obtain permission to use any copyrighted material that is not their own in their submission. Proof of these permissions will need to be supplied and appropriate acknowledgement given in the submission.


If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to get in touch with the publications team at

Last updated: 17 May 2021 - 5:55am

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