Journal of Defence Studies

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  • The Journal of Defence Studies is a quarterly, refereed research periodical published by the 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 issue carries three incisive articles on the Indian Defence Budget, data theft and its implications for national and economic security, and perception management in asymmetric warfare. Also included is a commentary on India’s nuclear doctrine and a perspective on ALH Dhruv and the Indian helicopter industry. Read the issue [+]

    Call for Papers

    Journal of Defence Studies is calling for original articles/commentaries/book reviews on various issues related to defence and national security and strategy for its forthcoming issues. The contributions should be addressed to The Editor, Journal of Defence Studies, IDSA and sent to the following email id:

    Detailed Guidelines for Contributors can be found here.

    Letters to the Editor

    We have instituted a ‘Letters to the Editor’ section in the journal. The idea is to engage with our readers, to know what they think about 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, 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 copyright of the Journal rests with the IDSA.
    • The Journal welcomes two kinds of contributions: full-length analytical articles ranging between 4000–6000 words, and commentaries/book review essays between 2000–3000 words.
    • The articles/commentaries should contain new ideas, fresh analyses, and policy recommendations. It is necessary that the articles/commentaries submitted to the Journal are original and not published elsewhere.
    • The articles will be peer reviewed/refereed before final selection for publication.
    • 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.

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