Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

  1. Peer review policy
  2. Article types
  3. How to submit your manuscript
  4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
  5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
  6. Other conventions
  7. Acknowledgments
    7.1 Funding acknowledgement
  8. Permissions
  9. Manuscript style
    9.1 File types
    9.2 Journal style
    9.3 Reference style
    9.4 Manuscript preparation
    9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
    9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
    9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    9.4.5 English language editing services
  10. After acceptance
    10.1 SAGE production
  11. Further information

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists welcomes submissions on nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, climate change, and emerging technologies in the life sciences. The Bulletin selects articles that will contribute to public discussion and help shape the global security agenda.

 

1. Peer review policy

The Bulletin operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. It should be noted that not all manuscripts are peer reviewed, and this decision is left to the discretion of the editorial staff. For those manuscripts that are peer reviewed, each is reviewed by at least two referees. These manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within (e.g.) 4-6 weeks of submission.

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2. Article types

The Bulletin publishes original research, essays, review articles, and book reviews on issues related to nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, biosecurity, and climate change. The editorial approach of the Bulletin is unique, as it takes the best in thought from authors around the world and ultimately presents articles that are written in accessible language for a lay audience. Because of this approach, the Bulletin is known for its editing process. Editors encourage new writers to the Bulletin to familiarize themselves with the tone and content of the publication before pitching an idea or submitting an unsolicited manuscript. Manuscripts should not exceed 4,000 words.

The Bulletin prefers that authors query the Editor via email with an outline of a proposed article, along with a 25-word synopsis of what the article will reveal, prove, or illuminate about the respective topic. The editorial staff will respond within 2-3 weeks to manuscript pitches, and within 4-6 weeks to manuscript submissions.

Additional notes:

1. Essays. The essays that are featured in the Bulletin are research-based commentary, preferably on a currently relevant issue, targeting either the research community, the political agenda, or both. The emphasis is on policy recommendations, but the article should be based on a succinct and balanced summary of existing research on the issue. These manuscripts should not exceed 4,000 words.

2. Letters to the Editors. Readers' letters should address issues raised by published articles or should report significant new findings that merit rapid dissemination. The decision to publish is made by the Editors, in order to ensure a timely appearance in print. All letters must not exceed 400 words. If the letter is in direct response to a previously published manuscript, the Bulletin might ask the original author to provide a response; the Bulletin will not print further dialogue. All letters must be printed with the name of the author. All letters must be sent via e-mail to the Editor, and contain a contact phone number so that the Bulletin can verify the author’s identity.

3. Book Reviews. A list of up-to-date books for review is available from the Bulletin’s Editor. The Bulletin welcomes and encourages pitches for book reviews. Reviews should not exceed 1,500 words.

4. Global Forum. The Bulletin publishes the Global Forum column, which presents questions to top thinkers, experts, policy makers, and opinion makers who live and work around the world. Each writer will have up to 2,000 words in which to explore a response to one of today’s pressing questions. The Bulletin selectively invites participants. However, we always welcome those who would like to be considered to contribute; please send the Editor a brief biography of yourself, and no more than 1-3 published writings. The Bulletin also welcomes suggestions for future questions; please send these to the Editor with “Global Forum Nomination” in the subject line.

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3. How to submit your manuscript

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Manuscripts and pitches should be submitted to the Editor by e-mail:
Mindy Kay Bricker
Email: mbricker@thebulletin.org

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4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement  

Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright.  Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreements are to be returned to:
Lisa McCabe, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 77 W Washington St, Suite 2120, Chicago, IL 60602, USA. (Fax: +001 312-364-9715)

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5. Declaration of conflicting interests   

Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. The Bulletin does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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6. Other conventions

None applicable.

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7. Acknowledgements

Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an ‘Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

7.1 Funding Acknowledgement
To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), the Bulletin additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  All research articles should have a funding acknowledgement in the form of a sentence as follows, with the funding agency written out in full, followed by the grant number in square brackets:

This work was supported by the National Nuclear Security Administration in the Energy Department [grant number xxx].

Multiple grant numbers should be separated by comma and space. Where the research was supported by more than one agency, the different agencies should be separated by semi-colon, with “and” before the final funder. Thus:

This work was supported by the Ploughshares Fund [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Nuclear Threat Initiative [grant number zzzz]; and the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number aaaa].

In some cases, research is not funded by a specific project grant, but rather from the block grant and other resources available to a university, college or other research institution. Where no specific funding has been provided for the research we ask that corresponding authors use the following sentence:

This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

Please include this information under a separate heading entitled “Funding” directly after any other Acknowledgements prior to your “Declaration of Conflicting Interests” (if applicable), any Notes and your References.

Important note: If you have any concerns that the provision of this information may compromise your anonymity dependent on the peer review policy of this journal outlined above, you can withhold this information until final accepted manuscript.

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8. Permissions
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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9. Manuscript style

9.1 File types

Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC and RTF. Please also refer to additional guidelines on submitting artwork [and supplemental files] below.

9.2 Journal Style

The Bulletin conforms to its own style guide. Click here to review the Bulletin’s style guidelines.

9.3 Reference Style

The Bulletin adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style. EndNote supports SAGE Harvard – download the output file by following this link.

9.4. Manuscript Preparation

The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

9.4.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

9.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address, and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures, and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. If a charge applies you will be informed by your SAGE Production Editor. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subject to editorial approval and, in some cases, to peer-review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

9.4.5 English Language Editing services

Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service.  Visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/submission.sp for further information.

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10. After acceptance

10.1 SAGE Production

At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting  and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in the Bulletin with SAGE. 

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11. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

Mindy Kay Bricker
Editor
E-mail: mbricker@thebulletin.org

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