The Strategic Trade Review accepts manuscripts on a rolling basis. Submissions can include articles, practitioners' perspectives, commentary, and book reviews.

Export control and sanctions practitioners may also submit articles for STR's "practitioners' perspectives" section.

I. Submissions

a. Topics Considered

Submissions must contribute new ideas, analysis, and insights to the strategic trade field.

The Strategic Trade Review’s editorial board welcome manuscripts related to any topic covering conventional or dual-use trade control, such as but not limited to:

Regimes, emerging technologies, compliance, trade/proliferation finance, proliferation networks, sanctions, legal instruments and frameworks, national implementation, intangible transfers, transit-trans-shipment, implementation, risk-assessment, enforcement, prosecution, extraterritorial application, capacity-building outreach (strategy, methodology, lessons learned), comparative studies, historical analysis, human security, import control, end-user control issues, control lists, definitions, parcel services, jurisdiction, international cooperation, IT systems, customs and commodity identification, intelligence, regional cooperation, free trade zones, used items, corruption, trade control culture, networking in the field, industry outreach, cloud computing, comparative studies, and communication. Topics not listed can be suggested to the Editor-in-Chief.

b. Process

Articles, once submitted, are initially screened by the Editor-in-Chief. They then undergo a double-blind review process. If recommended for publishing, authors are expected to integrate reviewers' comments and send back a final draft. The Editor-in-Chief is available to support article concept development at any stage throughout the process.

c. Submission Requirements

Manuscripts must not be in simultaneous submission elsewhere or have been published elsewhere. Only original work will be considered.

Articles should be no shorter than 3,500 words and no longer than 10,000 words. Commentary and practitoners' perspective articles may be shorter in length. Please send your manuscript and any associated files such as tables or figures as an e-mail attachment to the Editor in-Chief at the following e-mail address:

All manuscripts must include:

  1. Biographical sketch of 100-125 words
  2. Abstract of up to 250 words
  3. List of 5-10 keywords
  4. Manuscript: Please refer to style guidelines below
  5. Tables and Figures, if included, in a separate attachment, in the highest possible quality. Tables and figures copied directly from other sources without permission will not be accepted.

II. Style Guidelines

a. Quality

The Strategic Trade Review values high-quality style as well as substance. To that effect, authors should use simple and clear phrases and language and avoid self-references.

b. Format

  • Font: Times New Roman, 12 point
  • Margins: One inch on top, bottom, left and right
  • Spacing: Fully justified
  • Non-English words: Italicized
  • Spelling: Follow The Concise Oxford English Dictionary, twelfth edition

c. Style

The Strategic Trade Review follows style guidelines as delineated in the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition. Please strictly follow the style. The guide can be found at

Manuscripts that do not follow the style will be sent back to authors for revision.


Citations should also be in the Chicago Style. For a quick guide, please see

The Strategic Trade Review uses footnotes.