Journal of Defence Studies

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  • The Journal of Defence Studies (JDS) is a quarterly, refereed research periodical published by the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. It seeks to encourage further research on the core issues of defence, provides the latest perspectives, and serves as a platform for sharing research findings and opinions of scholars working on defence-related issues.

    The Journal contains a mix of research articles, essays, topical commentaries, opinion pieces and book reviews. Each issue includes articles on varied themes of relevance to the Indian Armed Forces, including emerging security threats and scenarios; civil-military relations; higher defence planning; doctrines and concepts; organizations and structures; command and control mechanisms; logistical support and sustainability issues; budgeting procedures and practices; and other related issues in the area of defence and national security. The Journal would also focus on issues concerning defence policy, reforms in defence sector, and defence economics.

    Current Issue

    This special issue titled "Exploring the Roots of India's Strategic Culture" is an attempt to explore and investigate some of the historical sources and strands of India's rich strategic culture in order to better understand the origins of its broad strategic thinking and behaviour. The issue consists of five articles on: hyphenated cultures, with special emphasis on Indian intelligence culture; Kamandaka's Nitisara and Kautilya's Arthashastra; influence of Vedanta on Indian strategic culture; Maratha statecraft in Agyapatra; and cultural explanation of statecraft with reference to the polities and policies of Asoka and Akbar.

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    Call for Papers

    For its forthcoming issues, JDS is calling for submissions as listed below:

    • full-length analytical articles ranging between 6,000-8,000 words;
    • commentaries/perspective pieces between 2,000–3,000 words;
    • review essays of around 4,000-5,000 words; and
    • book reviews of around 1,500 words.

    Submissions should be addressed to The Associate Editor, Journal of Defence Studies, MP-IDSA and sent to the following email id:

    Detailed Guidelines for Contributors can be found here.

    Letters to the Editor

    We would like to engage with our readers, to know their opinion on the content of each issue as well as seek their help in making JDS into a world-renowned journal that appeals to the strategic community. Letters can be sent addressed to The Editor, Journal of Defence Studies, MP-IDSA on the following email id:

    The Journal reserves the right to use the letter in its original form and/or modify, carry excerpts from the letters.

    Important Information

    • The Journal of Defence Studies is a quarterly, double-blind peer-reviewed journal published by Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, 1, Development Enclave, Rao Tula Ram Marg, New Delhi, in collaboration with Bloomsbury Publishing India Pvt Ltd.

      Contact details of the Publisher:
      Bloomsbury Publishing India Pvt Ltd
      DDA Complex LSC, Building No. 4, 2nd Floor
      Pocket 6&7, Sector-C, Vasant Kunj
      New Delhi-110070
      Ph: +91 11 40574957

    • Frequency: Quarterly (January–March; April–June; July–September; October–December)
    • Language: English
    • Starting year: 2007
    • Format of publication: Both print and online
    • Print ISSN: 0976-1004
    • The copyright of JDS rests with MP-IDSA.
    • Submissions to JDS should be original and not published elsewhere, or submitted for publication elsewhere. The Journal reserves the first right of refusal.
    • Submissions will be evaluated initially by the JDS Editorial Board, which will take a call on the suitability for inclusion in the journal and for further peer review/refereeing.
    • The submissions will be peer reviewed/refereed as well as undergo a plagiarism check.
    • The Editor/Institute reserves the right to make a final decision on publication post-review as well as the right to make alterations.
    • Selected contributors will be informed of the decision to include their articles in the forthcoming Journal issue via email.
    • Selected contributors will receive an honorarium for their contribution.
    • If you seek to use an article published in JDS as part of another work, then you will need to get the requisite permission from the Journal.

    Do remember that all stages mentioned above—from initial review to peer review/refereeing, and finally publication—involve time-consuming processes. We will not entertain requests for early publication owing to impending thesis submissions/degree requirements.

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