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The Cyber Defense Review

The Cyber Defense Review (CDR) Submission Requirements


The Cyber Defense Review (CDR) consists of a scholarly journal and a website hosted by the Army Cyber Institute (ACI) at West Point. The CDR publishes original, unpublished, relevant and engaging "Work(s)" from across the cyber community and is the only unclassified Department of Defense sponsored journal that exclusively covers the cyber domain. The CDR engineers a multi-disciplinary dialogue through thought-provoking Work(s); this includes research articles, commentaries, and book reviews on the strategic, operational, and tactical aspects of the cyber domain. As cyberspace is global, the CDR welcomes and encourages international participation.


The CDR does not profit from, nor compensate authors for its submissions. In accordance with the U.S. Joint Ethics Regulation, the CDR does not screen Work(s) to fit a particular editorial agenda. Further, publication of the Work(s) by the CDR does not constitute endorsement of the materials or any organizations.


Submission of a Work(s) to the CDR does not create a contractual relationship between the author(s) and the CDR, and does not transfer any rights to or from the author(s) or the CDR.


Submission Criteria: The CDR accepts only complete, unclassified, ready-for-publication original Work(s), including but not limited to research articles, research reports, research notes, military and professional commentaries, blogs, and book reviews. Work(s) submitted to must meet the following submission criteria:

  1. Submit the Work(s) in Microsoft Word or PDF.
  2. Include author's (and co-authors) by-lines, email addresses and a brief bio of no more than 150 words for each author.
  3. Include all necessary pictures and graphics in the desired layout. Use of any graphics must comply with copyright provisions specified below.
  4. Articles should be 1,500–7,000 words and include an abstract not to exceed 200 words. Blogs should be 500-1,000 words. Book reviews should be 600-1,200 words.
  5. Provide references as Endnotes, fully-cited using the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition. (
  6. All U.S. Government authors shall include the following disclaimer in the Work(s): "DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in this work are those of the author(s) and do not reflect the official policy or position of the United States Military Academy, the Department of the Army, or the Department of Defense."
Author Responsibilities:
  1. Original Work(s):
    1. The author must ensure that each submission is original Work(s); that it is his or her property, or he or she has his or her Employer's permission to publish; or that it is a Government Work(s).
    2. Upon submission to the CDR, the author must disclose if the Work(s) [or a portion of the Work(s)] has been published previously. While the Work(s) is under consideration by the CDR, the author must inform the CDR if the Work(s) has been sent or will be sent to another publication.
  2. Security Review and Clearance: The CDR functions under the DoD Public Affairs principle of "security review at the source." All Work(s) submitted must contain unclassified material that is suitable for unrestricted distribution.
    1. To ensure no violation of security or policy clearance strictures, it is the author's responsibility to ensure that Work(s) receive(s) any applicable security review prior to submission.
    2. For U.S. Government authors, Work(s) that is/are characterized as opinion or historical pieces does/do not require security review; all other categories of Work(s) must include proof of security review signed by the security officer and public affairs officer of the author's assigned organization with submission of the Work(s).
  3. Copyright:
    1. The author is responsible for securing permission for any copyrighted material included in the Work(s).
    2. The author must ensure the content of the Work(s) does not contain material that is libelous, or would violate copyright or otherwise infringe upon the rights of others, including patent, trademark, trade secret, or rights of privacy or publicity.
    3. Prior to publication of the Work(s), the author shall provide the CDR with proof of consent to use all copyright-protected material with submitted Work(s).
CDR Review Process:
  1. The CDR makes no guarantee that a Work(s) will be published. Discussions with the author(s) do not create an obligation by the CDR to publish a Work(s).
  2. The CDR considers a Work(s) substantive accuracy, comprehensiveness, organization, clarity, timeliness, originality, and value to the cyber community in determining whether to publish.
  3. The CDR will either accept a Work(s), reject a Work(s), or request that the author resubmit a Work(s) following changes.
  4. For accepted Work(s), the CDR will make minor editorial corrections and formatting changes. Any resulting changes to a Work(s) content will be provided to the author for approval prior to publication.
  5. The CDR will always identify the author of a Work(s), whether publishing online or in the print journal.
  6. If a Work(s) is not published, for any reason, all rights in the Work(s) remain with the author(s). The CDR assumes no responsibility for the return of a Work(s) or any accompanying materials.
  7. If the CDR decides to publish a Work(s), the author(s) will be asked to complete and sign The Cyber Defense Review Author's Agreement.