Authors are advised to follow these guidelines:

  • Articles in Survival are 4,000–10,000 words, including endnotes. Length is a consideration in the review process and shorter articles are more likely to be accepted.
  • All articles should contain complete endnote references that include first and last names of authors, article titles, place of publication (for books), publisher, exact publication dates, volume and issue number (for journal articles) and page numbers. Online sources should include complete URLs.
  • Text, including endnotes, should be left-aligned and double-spaced, with wide margins.
  • Tables or artwork should be supplied in separate files rather than embedded in the document.
  • Authors should secure permission when reproducing any figure, table or extract from another source. This applies to direct reproduction and derivative reproduction (in which a figure or table derives substantially from a copyrighted source).
  • Multiple authors should be listed in alphabetical order.
  • A short author biography of one or two lines should be included.
  • Letters to the Editor should be no more than 750 words. If published, the author of the original article is asked if he/she would like to respond to the critic’s points. Letters should be concise and relate directly to the argument or points made in the original article. 

Submissions should be made by email, in Microsoft Word format, to Managing Editor Matthew Harries.

The editorial review process can take up to three months. Survival’s acceptance rate for unsolicited manuscripts is less than 20%. The journal does not normally provide referees’ comments in the event of rejection. Authors are permitted to simultaneously submit their article to another publication, provided this is consistent with its policy and Survival’s editors are informed.


About Survival

Editor of Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, Dr Dana Allin, discusses the publication's history and relevance to policy and academic research today.

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